Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Pancake flipping, apple picking, candy “tricking” and treating… There’s more to fall than the chilly air and the changing leaves - at least at UVa. The Charlottesville fall is delicious.
Pancakes for Parkinson's was founded in 2004 by Mary McNaught. This Saturday, thousands of UVa students and Charlottesville residents will come together on the lawn to enjoy the event. Music will be played, pancakes will be flipped (and eaten), and the voluntary contributions of many will make an indelible mark on the fight against Parkinson's disease. It's one of UVa's dearest autumn traditions.
Last fall, I got a taste of another delicious UVa tradition: apple picking. Every October, students explore the orchards of Carter Mountain in search of the perfect apple or pumpkin. To be honest, it's more like a hill than a mountain; you won't need your hiking boots! You will need an appetite, however. After purchasing your Pink Lady and Granny Smith, you can indulge in warm cider and apple pie. It doesn't get much better than that.
We're 26 days away from my favorite fall event: trick-or-treating on the Lawn. Charlottesville toddlers sweep the lawn as ghosts and goblins and UVa students distribute candy from the pavilions and student lawn rooms. It's no haunted hayride, but it's an event that can't be missed. Charlottesville embraces the University in so many ways so it's wonderful to see the University embracing the children of Charlottesville. Come out on Halloween for a wicked good time!
Take some time to digest all of the deliciousness I've just described. I don't know about you, but I'm salivating. Like a pancake, an apple, or a bar of chocolate, Charlottesville has all of the right ingredients to make it a rich college town. If you've yet to travel to UVa, it's about time you have a taste. We're 77 days from winter...and you won't find any apples in the snow!
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