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September 2020 - Fall in Lenawee

9/7/2020

September 


Are you ready for Winter? Even though September in Michigan is late summer, with warm days and cool nights, it is time to start to plan for fall yard clean up and preparing the home for the cold season. 


September in Lenawee is marked by abundant produce at the Farmers Markets for home canning, in Adrian, Madison, or Tecumseh, and at local farms, such as Needle-Lane Farm, Ames Acres, Carpenter Farms, or Kapnick Orchards. Our local farms keep us well fed.


September is a great time to check out the outdoor events at the Historic Croswell Opera House: find their  modified schedule here


Some of the trees have begun changing into their autumnal dresses, making September a lovely time to watch the colors change at any of  Lenawee County’s  beautiful local parks. Late summer is the perfect time to enjoy the sights along the scenic, eight-mile Kiwanis Trail , which offers many views of the River Raisin, as well as pleasant stopping points for hikers, bikers, and runners. 


September sunsets come a little earlier, making it a perfect time to gather around a fire on a cool evening with family and friends to swap stories and strengthen our relationships. Make it a September to remember. 


"'Tis the last rose of summer,

Left blooming alone;

All her lovely companions

Are faded and gone."

- Thomas Moore, The Last Rose of Summer, 1830

August 2020 - Fall Harvest

8/12/2020

It’s harvest time in Lenawee. Like the ancient Celts, who celebrated the sun, the grains, the bread, and the beer on August 1, Lenawee county residents are reaping the fruits of their labors in local farms and gardens. 


While many favorite social events of summer have been cancelled, the wheel of the year keeps turning, and the land brings forth her fruits. August is the perfect time to gather at home with family and try your hand at new recipes for meals with locally-grown produce--or putting food by for winter, by pickling, canning, or freezing. Homemade jams, wines, or beer make for fun family projects at home, and they make great gifts at future holidays. 


Lenawee County is home to many farms, and August is harvest time for a lot of delicious foods, like tomatoes, cucumbers, beans, squash, peppers, and sweet corn. Find fresh, homegrown produce at a farmer’s market in Adrian, Madison, or Tecumseh, or visit a local farm and buy direct from the farmer, at Needle-Lane Farm, Ames Acres, Carpenter Farms, or Kapnick Orchards.


While fall sports events and cultural events have been cancelled or are in limbo as August arrives, the show must go on at The Croswell Opera House, and they have posted their  modified schedule here


Even when we’re following social distancing protocols, we can enjoy Lenawee County’s  lakes, hiking, biking, disc golf, picnics, and wildlife watching at the beautiful local parks. The city of Adrian is a river town, and many of the the city’s beautiful parks have the River Raisin running through them. The scenic, eight-mile Kiwanis Trail offers many views of the river as well as pleasant stopping points for hikers, bikers, and runners.


Some paintings become famous because, being durable, they are viewed by successive generations, in each of which are likely to be found a few appreciative eyes.

I know a painting so evanescent that it is seldom viewed at all, except by some wandering deer. It is a river who wields the brush, and it is the same river who, before I can bring my friends to view his work, erases it forever from human view. After that it exists only in my mind's eye.

Like other artists, my river is temperamental; there is no predicting when the mood to paint will come upon him, or how long it will last. But in midsummer, when the great white fleets cruise the sky for day after flawless day, it is worth strolling down to the sandbars just to see whether he has been at work.” ? Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac and Sketches Here and There 

July 2020 - Lakes and Festivals

7/9/2020

July

Area Lakes/Festivals & Events 


The 4th of July has passed us by and summer is in full swing in the Great Lake state. The local landscape offers a wide variety of opportunities to enjoy Michigan’s many lakes. Sixty-two lakes can be found around Lenawee county, making it easy to relax on the beach, on a boat, in a canoe or kayak, or on your favorite float.  


Along with lakes, Lenawee County is rich with parks for hiking, biking, disc golf, picnics, and wildlife watching. The city of Adrian is a river town, with the River Raisin running through it. 

Many of the city’s beautiful parks are down by the riverside. The scenic, eight-mile Kiwanis Trail offers many views of the river as well as pleasant stopping points for hikers, bikers, and runners. 


Along with a wealth of opportunities for outdoor recreation, Lenawee County is home to many fantastic festivals that celebrate the wealth of talented visual artists, musicians, and dancers in the area. While the pandemic has cancelled some 2020 events, some are going ahead in a modified format. Check individual event listings for updates. 


Lenawee County is home to many farms, and July is harvest time for a lot of delicious foods, like tomatoes, cucumbers, and sweet corn. Find fresh, homegrown produce at a farmer’s market in Adrian, Madison, or Tecumseh, or visit a local farm and buy direct from the farmer, at Needle-Lane Farm or Ames Acres


"The dandelions and buttercups gild all the lawn: the drowsy bee stumbles among the clover tops, and summer sweetens all to me."  - James Russell Lowell  

 

June - Hello Summer!

6/18/2020

Hello, June! Good-bye quarantine! Normal activities are resuming. Flowers are in bloom, the grill is on stand-by, and we can drink coffee and welcome the sunrise on the deck or patio. June is a time for graduations, weddings, family reunions, and vacations. It can also be a time of transition, as new graduates look for a home in a city where they’ve gone for a new job, young parents look for a place with more room as they prepare to welcome a new baby to the family, and “more experienced” parents find that they don’t need as much room--now that the kids are gone. 


Summer in Michigan is a busy time as we pack our schedules with activities that don’t require parkas and snow boots. Summer is the season for gardening, for cookouts, for silly games in the backyard, for a dip in the pool, for sitting by a firepit on a chilly night, for watching sunsets and moonrises from comfy chairs on the porch. For many in Michigan, June marks a season of celebration of Home and Family. 


June is also a time when Americans celebrate FREEDOM.  Juneteenth is the name given to June 19, 1863, the day when the Emancipation Proclamation— which had been issued on January 1, 1863— was read to enslaved African-Americans in Texas by Gordon Grange. Juneteenth is a day set aside to celebrate the liberation of Black Americans from enslavement. Juneteenth is also known as America’s 2nd Independence Day.

March - Women's History Month

3/3/2020

March is Women’s History month. For women looking to buy homes, 1974 is a significant moment in history: it is the year that housing discrimination on the basis of sex and credit discrimination against women are outlawed by Congress. 


In Real Estate, most agents are women. In “The Untold Story Behind Why Most Real Estate Agents Are Women,” Grace Stetson writes:


According to the National Association of Realtors, as of May 2018, 63 percent of all Realtors are female….So why do modern-day women remain so drawn to residential real estate? Largely the same reasons they did in the 1920s: According to those in the industry, life as a residential real estate agent provides one of the most flexible schedules for families, good earning potential, and a relatively low barrier to entry. It remains a great option for women looking for a career.


In 2020, women are earning college degrees at higher rates, which is allowing them access to higher wages and has increased their home buying activity and power.


Buying a home can be one of the most significant moments in the life of a woman. A home is a sacred place, a safe-haven, a place where families and friends can make beautiful memories that last a lifetime.  

“The ache for home lives in all of us. The safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.” Maya Angelou

USNews Women’s History Timeline

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