The origin of Leaf Day
It's a bit of silliness less amusing as I mature. In 1964, as a college freshman, I encouraged a group of friends to skip afternoon classes on October 17 to walk through an orchard near campus in honor of the falling leaves. I admit alcohol was involved but the celebration was great fun and not so silly, in retrospect, for first year college students.
The silliness comes in later when year-after-year this self-invented 'holiday' was celebrated by handmade greeting cards, dinner parties, days off, vacations, special trips and events all timed for October 17 each year.
I gave up making cards about five years ago. But still, any chance I get to wish my friends a Happy Leaf Day I do. Happily, October 17 everywhere I've ever visited has provided a colorful display of Nature at its best. My two favorite places for Leaf Day celebrations are Italy and the Berkshires of Western Massachusetts. Cape Cod is also very nice on Leaf Day. London not so nice. Coastal Connecticut is okay but Maine, especially around Bar Harbor is wonderful. Vermont is spectacular, New Hampshire north a kaleidoscope of yellow, white and green. The Finger Lakes are exquisite with the added amenity of mixed aroma from grape crushing and wine-making, but not as great as Alsace thick with the perfume of fermented grapes and musky white wine in every golden village. France on Leaf Day is wonderful.
How is your Leaf Day?