From the Publisher - Betsy Judge, The Island Reporter


By Betsy Judge

Fall is back! At least according to Wikipedia. It supposedly began with last month’s equinox on Sept. 22 which is supposed to coincide with the earlier arrival of night and “considerably cooler” temperatures. While mentally, I am more than ready to throw open the windows and turn off the A/C, I think it may be just a tad premature.

There are a couple of fall-related events coming up that are included in this issue. A biggie is the annual John’s Pass Seafood and Music Festival. Last year about 150,000 people descended on the pass and organizers are planning for an even bigger and better event this year. They also need volunteers. Music will waft through the air around Horan Park each Friday at St. Pete Beach’s annual October Concert Series, and Downtown Tierra Verde will be rock’n with German music and food during their Octoberfest. There is also the annual Fall Festival at the Island Chapel on Tierra Verde; a great event for the whole family.

Toward the end of the month, Joe and I host our Pumpkin Carving Contest. We started the annual event about 18 years ago when we lived in Annapolis. We introduced it to friends and neighbors when we moved to Norfolk Va. and brought it with us to Florida. As adults with no kids, you tend to lose sight of those great family traditions, and we found that by mixing carving with spooky delicacies and some adult beverages, it can be as much fun as it was when we were kids. Templates allowed, but no power tools.

Happy October and Happy Fall.