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Minton Sparks
is a regular at
the National
Storytelling
Festival in
Jonesborough,
Tennessee;
precise dates
for the October,
2020 festival
were not
available at
presstime.

ˆ WEATHER APHORISMS
When the edge of moon gets
fuzzy, then it will rain in about 10
hours.
Whirlwinds twisting near the
ground
Rain will soon be falling down.
I wish that every day was Saturday
and every month October.
Charmaine Ford
An abundant crop of berries
signals a cold winter.

ˆ REGIONAL NOTES

JAY HURON

skywatch

	
	

●	New moon-16th
(	First quarter-23th

❍	Full moon-1st
)	Last quarter-9th

October's full moon is the hunter's moon.

Lake Shawnee Amusement Park
in Mercer, West Virginia was
abandoned in 1966 after the
accidental deaths of two children,
but tourists who love everything
creepy still flock to what the
website claims is one of the most
haunted places in the world.
37.4055⁰ N, 81.14319⁰W

ˆ RECIPE
MULLED CIDER
Ingredients:
1 blue sky

OCTOBER ALMANAC

A handful of friends or family

sunrise sunset

Oct. 4 - sun rises 7:18; sun sets 18:57; length of day 11h 39m
Oct. 11 - sun rises 7:24; sun sets 18:47; length of day 11h 23m
Oct. 18 - sun rises 7:31; sun sets 18:38; length of day 11h 7m
Oct. 25 - sun rises 7:37; sun sets 18:29; length of day 10h 51m

A good amount of bracing breeze
1 large apple orchard
1 large bottle of fresh cider
2 cloves, 2 cinnamon sticks
1 orange, sliced

EVENTS
Day of Day of Day of Ç
Mo Year Week Age
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Significa
First Model T, $850, 1908
Thomas Wolfe born, 1900
First U.S. railroad, 1833
Hurricane Hazel, 1954
Appalachian Trail opens, 1923
Google purchases YouTube, 2006
"Saturday Night Live" premiers, 1975
Columbus Day

2-4, Vintage Market Days, Chickamauga, GA, 10times.com/vintagemarket-days-chattanooga
3, Apple Butter Makin' Festival, Tyro, VA, nelsoncounty.com/event/
apple-butter-festival-3-2-2/
3-4, Oktoberfest, Old Fort, NC, oldfort.org/festivals.htm
3-4, Annual Newport Harvest Festival, Newport, TN, cocke-country.
chambermaster.com/events/details/28th-annual-newport-harvest-streetfestival-10-03-2020-7701
4-10, 73rd Annual Daniel Boone Festival, Bourbonville, KY, danielboonefestival.
com
7, 240th Annual Battle of Kings Mountain, Blacksburg, SC, nessar.org/ecwd_
calendar/calendar/
16, 161st Anniversary of John Brown's Raid, Harpers
Ferry, WV, nps.gov/hafe/planyour visit/calendar.htm

OCT

OCT MONTH AT A GLANCE

1 campfire
Directions:
Take family or friends and stir
together with blue sky, breeze
and apple orchard. Bake under
an autumn sun until red-cheeked
and thirsty. Slice orange and add,
along with spices, to cider and
warm over a campfire. Sip under
the stars and finish with toasted
marshmallows. Serves up joy.

ˆ KITCHEN
Apples store well in a crisper
drawer when they are tucked into
a plastic bag with holes or kept
there under a damp towel.

ˆ GARDENING HINTS
J. Brown's raid on Harpers Ferry, 1859

ˆ FACTOIDS
Martha Jefferson born, 1748

First iPod released, 2001
Wall Street crash, 1929

War of the Worlds radio drama, 1938
All Hallows' Eve

Intentionally losing a game of rock, paper, scissors is just
as hard as trying to win.
Over 11 million tons of recyclable clothing, shoes and
textiles make their way into landfills each year.
The expression "rule of thumb" comes from the old
English law that said you couldn't beat your wife with
anything wider than your thumb.
Humans are the only primates that don't have pigment
on the palms of their hands.

Identify areas of your yard where
you can leave leaf litter or dead
plants. These will provide habitat
for overwintering beneficial
(moths, insects, spiders and more).
Remove broken or dead branches
from trees or bushes to stabilize
them for winter.
One year seed. Seven years weed.
Don't let your weeds set seeds.
Pull them out.

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