Crows on a snow-covered branch
David Meurin / Flickr Creative Commons

By this point in the year, cricket song has quieted, and the silence of Early Winter offers a sound of solitude, an absence that opens space for reflection and renewal.

The Silent Cricket Moon, like all the Moons between Scorpio and Pisces, can be cruel and challenging, but it also offers a context for personal centering, as well as for finishing the work of the year and preparing for the year ahead.

Christmas in Springboro

At Christmas in Springboro there are sleigh bells ringing from the horse-drawn carriage, a sip of hot cocoa, the sound of children’s laughter and a nip in the air. Downtown businesses dress for the holidays with lights decorations and holiday cheer. Food and craft vendors line the streets with delicious goodies and unique treasures. This is tonight, Saturday & Sunday.

jcc_seveq / Flickr Creative Commons

My interest in the weather began in 1972 with the gift of a barometer.  My wife, Jeanie, gave the instrument to me when I was succumbing to the stress of school in Knoxville, Tennessee, and it became not only an escape from intense academic work, but the first step on the road to a different kind of awareness about the world.

From the start, I was never content just to watch the barometric needle. I was fascinated by the alchemy of my charts and graphs that turned rain and Sun into visible patterns, symbols like notes on a sheet of music.

Carillon Brewing at Dayton History

Star City Brewing Company has a big event in celebration of their six-year anniversary with specialty tappings mead and melomel corkings live music and the release of Star City’s first ever bottled beer. This is now through Saturday.

December Sweet Gum Tree
Martin LaBar / Flickr Creative Commons

Global projections are dire for the decades ahead, and for the region where I live in the Lower Midwest, it is likely that by 2030 summers will be a somewhat warmer and drier, springs a little earlier and wetter, autumns and winters milder. Tornadoes may be more frequent, as Tornado Alley moves east from Oklahoma.

Dayton Craft and Artisan Expo

At the Atelier Party you can see the entire fall collection of her ceramics which are available for purchase. It’s the perfect opportunity to do a little early holiday shopping. One of a kind, handmade, and local. Complimentary prosecco and small bites are provided. This is at Front Street Building, tonight 5 to 9pm.

witch hazel
Ian Martin / Flickr Creative Commons

An Almanack horoscope suggests that the many seasons in the landscape of this time of year offer contrast and cheer to the darkening days.

Early November marks the center of the Season of Second Spring: sweet Cicely, Virginia creeper, burdock, red clover, waterleaf, ground ivy, celandine, sweet rocket, dock and leafcup often revive and look ahead six months to Middle Spring.

buffalo statue in front of K12 Gallery in downtown Dayton
Jim Kahle / WYSO

At the night at the Air Force Museum you can meet military re-enactors, Star Wars characters, and zoo animals; view or sit inside a cockpit; experience virtual reality; participate in kid’s activities; take a simulator ride; check-out a movie, and much more. This is tonight, 6 to 10pm.

USFWS Midwest Region / Flickr Creative Commons

Throughout Middle and Late Fall, frogs and toads seek shelter from the coming cold, migrating to protective places underground, in water or in cracks and crevices that will keep them from the forces of Early, Deep and Late Winter

Under the Sleeping Frog Moon, Christmas cacti bud in sunny windows. People plant paperwhite and amaryllis bulbs for the holiday season ahead. As toads and frogs migrate, chickweed grows back all along the woodland paths, and cress revives in pools and streams. Cattails begin to break apart as the final giant jimsonweed opens in the cornfields.

St. Anne the Tart in Dayton

The Dayton Ballet is doing some Phantom Dances to let you see some performances fitting for the autumn season including Halloween. It’s at the Victoria now through Sunday.

CO-OP FEST is a fundraiser for CO-OP Dayton and a celebration of the movement for a new food market. There’s live music, poetry, food, raffles, and games! It’s at the Yellow Cab Tavern, tonight, 6 to 11pm.