bold, inky ring, this Sunday is circled on our calendar: the
beginning of Autumn. We're gleefully booking our weekends with all
things "outdoorsy," well, at least in city-speak terms: strolling
through shopping plazas, antiquing (complete with the requisite
stop for coffee and/or gelato) and, best of all, fall
This year we've challenged ourselves to head on a vibrant
roadtrip from festival to festival: the State Fair in Dallas;
Wurstfest in the Hill Country; Houston's Bayou City Art Festival
and, of course, Austin's famous live music scene. We're not sure
which aspect of festival-hopping is more memorable -- the sights or
the food -- but we're planning to gorge ourselves on both.
Festivals and cultural events are beacons to us weekend
warriors. Quiet reserve becomes wonderfully pointless when we're
applauding a group of Greek folk dancers with cheers of "Opa!"
Self-consciousness turns into self-revelation as a spirited
9-year-old teaches us to merengue at the Puerto Rican, Cuban &
Dominican Festival. And, surely, a few rounds of the chicken dance
at Oktoberfest will burn off every calorie in a plate of
Explore your area this season, reveling in every bit of the
local savoir faire. We'd invite you to come with us, but a coworker
already called shotgun.