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Fall Events & Family Fun Fall Activities We’re Looking Forward To

While we are coming up on fall, I’m reminded of a couple of seasonal activities we all look forward to. We typically go to the pumpkin patch and go apple picking, both of which are great outings that make for perfect opportunities to enjoy the fall weather. These excursions have been pretty special to us through the years, and I’ve been able to really bond with my stepchildren. I didn’t have a chance to do these kinds of festive activities when I was growing up. I moved to the United States when I was 5, and my family didn’t have a lot of money, so we didn’t have much opportunity, nor did we know what the fall traditions were in America. You wouldn’t believe my parents’ reactions to Halloween. Hordes of kids in colorful costumes arriving at your door on a cold fall night and requesting candy? The looks on their faces were priceless. My mom took advantage of the surprise holiday by putting a straw hat on me, and we went trick-or-treating. We’ve been going to the pumpkin patch ever since I met my stepkids. The first time we went, their mother and I weren’t engaged yet. I remember that I really wanted to impress them, so the next day, I carved all the pumpkins myself! What I thought would be a

Ilya Rabkin and his family

quick, 30-minute job turned into a three-hour adventure. From a highly detailed werewolf to a simple witch with a broomstick, it made for quite a long day! Once at the pumpkin patch, we typically jump on the hayride and then go collect a few pumpkins. The rule is that for $25–$30 dollars, you can take as many pumpkins as you can carry! The kids take care to load me up with 4 or 6, and they love it. While they were blown away the first year I carved their pumpkins, we try to carve at least one or two together every year now. Apple picking is always a great time, and it’s one of our favorite fall traditions. The orchard is just an hour out of Richmond, so even the drive is part of the experience. It’s one of my wife’s favorite activities because we’re able to see all the fall colors in the trees. You can get carried away, though, when it comes time to pick apples.

The first time I went to the orchard with my wife and my stepchildren, we got 20 pounds worth of apples! My family is really into baking, so while we typically leave a few to have around the house, we use the rest to make pastry dishes. That first year, though, you wouldn’t believe how many apple pies my mom made from those 20 pounds of apples. These are just a couple of the fun fall activities we have coming up. This year is going to be pretty special since our baby boy Macklin will be joining us for all of this season’s adventures. Do you have any fall traditions you love to do with your family? Next time you stop by, tell us what you have planned this season. I’m always looking for ideas for the next fun outing with my family.


World Heritage Festival Sat, Sept. 7 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. St. Benedict Oktoberfest Sat, Sept. 20 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

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