“Fall”ing on Main Street
Did you ever wonder why many of us call this season “fall” while others call it “autumn”? After reading several articles and going down the rabbit hole of late 16th century poetry, I have decided that, rather than the “falling of leaves” or “falling of the sun” explanation, I personally prefer the poetic complement made in Sir Walter Raleigh’s parody “The Nymph’s Reply to the Shepherd” (to Christopher Marlowe’s, “The Passionate Shepherd to his Love”):
“The flowers do fade, and wanton fields, To wayward winter reckoning yields, A honey tongue, a heart of gall, Is fancy’s spring, but sorrow’s fall.”
Regardless, we are officially “fall”ing. My beloved summer has left, the leaves are beginning to turn, pumpkin EVERYTHING is sprouting up, and our flip flops are being forced into retirement for another 8 months or so. Before I get too gloomy, however, I can turn my attention to our town’s celebratory “Migrate to Mayville”, Audubon Days. Audubon Days is a weekend event hosted by the Mayville Area Chamber of Commerce. This year, as they honor their 30th Anniversary, they are bringing it back down to Main Street centered at Foster Park, so I have the opportunity to play along in some of the pre-event coordinating.
There are many fun events to enjoy over the weekend, but I’d like to point out some that I have had the joy in helping to plan. Bed races kick off the event on Friday, October 7th @ 5pm. There is still time to sign up a team if you’re interested. There’s an adult division with both a cash prize for winning the race and a prize for best costume (80’s theme, ya’ll!) and a high school division (no registration fee!)
On Saturday of Audubon weekend, we’re excited that Main Street Mayville, Inc. will be providing entertaining and educational seven seat bike trolley tours of Main Street from 10AM-4PM for only $5/person. It’s been so fun researching historical details to include in these tours. Mayville’s past is vibrant, intriguing, and has a story worth telling. (I don’t know about you, but one of my favorite spots to linger over in this newspaper is the “Remember When” section.) Our tours will include stop @ The Open Door Coffeehouse with free chocolate samples. Meet us in front of the big green building (124 N Main, Genesis Computer Systems) across from Foster Park to join in on the fun.
On Sunday, after the parade at 11am, please make sure to stop by our office @ 10 S. Main and say hi! We have been working at creating a new Visitor Center. Check out our work in progress and grab the new edition of the Make it Mayville Visitor’s Guide.
Save the dates for upcoming Main Street Mayville events: Downtown Business Trick or Treat Thursday, October 27th, 6pm-7:30pm, Small Business Saturday November 26th, and our Christmas event, “It’s a Wonderful Life on Main”, Saturday, December 3rd. Call me anytime with questions! 920-387-1167