As I write, a cold front has gone through and knocked the humidity out of the air after what otherwise has been a pretty hot September.
Now it feels safe to think about cider, all-things-pumpkin and fall fashion.
In German Village, fall fashion takes on a number of traditional forms -- but each with a new twist year by year.
The mix ends up offering something for everyone, whether you're strolling the bricks in your now-out-of-summer-storage boots or attending an official event.
Here's a glimpse of just some of the fun that is planned:
Art & Craft Market
In only its second year, Southside STAY's Art & Craft Market on Saturday, Oct. 7, at Stewart Elementary School's learning garden, is already a great annual event.
Shop local arts and crafts vendors across from Schiller Park from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The event also will raise funds for Stewart's PTO.
The Big Give
Our German Village Meeting Haus remodeling project will benefit when you donate during the Big Give.
Plan to give to German Village Society between 10 a.m. Oct. 10 and noon Oct. 11.
The Columbus Foundation's pool will amplify your gift. We'll apply your donation plus the amplification to improving our shared community space, parts of which haven't been updated since we moved in back in 1991.
We couldn't make up our mind on which costume to wear this year, so Monster Bash on Oct. 14, sponsored by Cover My Meds, is trying on a whole bunch while still bringing back some familiar flare.
Our Alarm One s'more station and UNIGLOBE photobooth are back by scary demand.
You can still get embarrassingly close with your friends in the booth while snacking on grahams and marshmallows around the fire.
Our Beck and Mohawk neighbors are creating a route that's more treat than trick for the first couple hours before you head back to the dance party and costume contest in the German Village Meeting Haus.
But this year, the Columbus Crew is bringing the hooligan lifestyle to Fest Hall and the "best" prizes.
The Daily Growler hosts the Official After-Party starting at 11:30 p.m. at its new German Village locale just blocks away.
Village Ghost Tour
Be in Frank Fetch Park at 7 p.m. Oct. 19 to hear the legends of Villagers past, as told by Columbus Story Adventures. Your $20 ticket is a donation to its summer program to tell stories at homeless and community centers.
The project also gives a new book to each child.
If you love our 150-year-old park, then Kindred Spirits on Oct. 20 is for you.
It is an intimate fundraiser for men in support of Schiller Park. This event that matches a silent auction element with an open bar, delicious appetizers and a private tasting and education by Land Grant Brewing.
It's an event that mixes fellowship and community camaraderie hosted inside the private residence of Chris King and Rob Hunter.
German Village Society Executive Director Shiloh Todorov submitted the Village Notebook column .