|photo taken September 2012 along the banks of the Susquehanna River|
To me, Fall is the most beautiful time of the year in the Binghamton area. Beautiful in the aesthetic sense with the changing of the foliage surrounding us on the hills. One of the advantages of living in a valley is that you do not have to look very far to take in the sweeping landscapes of color. Color that is constantly changing as the days pass.
Then there is the yearly transformation that takes place in the heart of the city. While a bone of contention for many, having both the Binghamton University and SUNY Broome Community College students back in town does add a sense of completeness to the city. It almost feels like we are welcoming our own children home from a long vacation.
September is also when, as a community, we begin gearing up for a flurry of events supporting the many local nonprofit organizations in the area; everything from Duck Races down the Chenango River to Hair Warz. Let's not forget the upcoming food inspired events, also supporting worthy causes, from Restaurant Week to Men Who Cook.
It is also the season of Apple Cider, Pumpkins and Hayrides. All of which have a magical power of transporting us back to our youth.
For the parents of school age children, September is also the time when you can look forward to complaints about homework; chauffeuring to and from after school practices; and what sometimes seems to be the ever present whining about something or other school related. Being a new empty nester, I encourage you to treasure each and every whine and every call to be picked up from practice. The Septembers of your future will quickly pass and these minor inconveniences will be missed.
So, Binghamton say Hello to September! Embrace it for all it represents.