Looking at a calendar provides sufficient information for one to determine the warm season is coming to a close, but the recent dip in temperature also indicates fall is fast approaching, even as many Powell River area residents desperately cling to the last remnants of summer.
And let’s be clear, it is still summer, for another week. With the sweltering heat waves of July and August not far in the rear-view mirror, that desire to hold on to a time of year many relate to fun festivals, barbecues and get-togethers with family and friends is understandable, except for those who prefer overcast skies and cooler weather.
Yes, Powell River Fall Fair takes place this Saturday and Sunday at Paradise Exhibition Grounds, but the exhibits, attractions and food pay homage to what was created in the summer months, not the fall. And Powell River Kings play their second and third games of the regular season at home this weekend, too. Hockey in the summer? Sure, why not? But just one note to the BC Hockey League: no earlier, please and thanks.
Next thing you know Powell River Villa will start playing, because soccer is a winter sport, too, except for Major League Soccer teams, who seem to play a seemingly year-round schedule. Low and behold, Villa does take to the field at home this weekend, just in time to get one game in before the weather turns. Okay, the weather has already turned, but Villa fans are well rehearsed in watching the beautiful game during windy and wet conditions. At least it’ll be somewhat warm at kickoff on Saturday at Timberlane Park.
These examples of summer oddities slowly sink in, easing the mindsets of even the most ardent summer lovers and sun worshippers into fall/winter mode.
But really though, winter sports, fall fairs, even clouds, wind and colder temperatures barely register when compared to the most obvious intrusion to the delightful days of summer: rain.
Precipitation in all its forms, whether drizzling, sleeting or pounding, officially ushers in fall and winter, and its presence hangs around for months to hammer the message home.
There are benefits, of course. A reduction in fire hazards is welcome on many fronts, and lawns deprived of water will eventually turn from a dull beige/brown to a more pleasant and natural green.
Also, for those who hide from the sun all summer or pay for air conditioning at home or in the workplace, a reprieve is on the way. Just be careful what you wish for. Spring is a long way off.