We have received word that next door in Crete, they're planning its annual "Great Pumpkin Festival" on Oct. 8. (See details here.)
Good for Crete, we say. And we encourage our readers to make plans to attend. After all, fall is a time of celebration. It's appropriate in this part of the country.
Some of our readers may recall that in the late 1970s, Dorchester held its own fall festival, an idea conceived and organized by school administrators and educators and town leaders.
Dorchester's autumn celebration was complete with a parade, kid activities, performances and food, like kettle corn and carmel apples.
This recollection made us wonder aloud: Why in the world doesn't Dorchester rekindle this tradition?
Dorchester needs more community events to get everyone together again -- and get us talking to one another, other than through blogs, text messages or social media posts.Dorchester -- home of one of the state's largest farmers cooperatives -- is a perfect site for a fall festival.
We already have a fantastic farmers' market each and every Friday during the production months.
In the late '70s, school leaders helped bring about the town's fall festival as a way to unite the entire community and school.
With no football team playing at Nerud Field again this year, solidifying the bond between DPS and the rest of the Dorchester area community is vital. (To re-invigorate football, it's time to initiate plans for six man football and all-fall, youth flag football games, some of our staff members say. But we'll save that for another day.)
Perhaps the Dorchester Community Foundation, business owners, church leaders and Dorchester School personnel can plan a weekend this fall for a town get-together. There have been crazier ideas.
A parade, fundraisers for student events or organizations, caramel apples, kettle corn -- the opportunities for an enjoyable (and even profitable) weekend are endless.
Doesn't a Dorchester fall festival sound nice? It's an idea whose time has come -- again.