Fall in the air … and the cornfields (Sept. 4 thru Halloween)

September 2, 2009

I love, love, love, love the first day of school — all the excitement in the air! — and this year I’m blessed to be celebrating it four times. Yep, four. Aug. 17: M.’s first day of first grade. Aug. 22: S.’s first day of Spanish immersion preschool. Today, Sept. 2: the first day at the Soulard School, where I was in charge of back-to-school gift bags for the staff. And tomorrow, Sept. 3: S.’s first day in the Soulard School preschool.

I love fall in general, and I’m so pleased that my kids are sharing my anticipating about the changing seasons this year. S. is a little overboard, as always, asking when we can jump in leaves and when the pumpkins will be orange and when, when when! I’m mostly looking forward to breaking out my football purse, which I only carry between the first week of the season and the Super Bowl.

And this year we’re all excited about The Great Godfrey Corn Maze, which opens on Friday (Sept. 4). Most years Labor Day wouldn’t feel like fall, but this year I think it will, given that the kids are wearing jackets at the bus stop at 7:15 a.m.! If you’re not familiar with the maze, here’s the deal: It consists of two paths cut into a 7-acre cornfield in Glazebrook Park. Every weekend until Halloween, it’s open — with many special events, spooky happenings, outdoor movies, etc. In fact, the kick-off event on Friday features a screening of The Tale of Despereaux at dusk, around 7:30 p.m. The maze opens at 6 p.m.

The homepage is a valuable source of directions, discount coupons, events and other info, or you can call 618.466.1483, the Godfrey Parks and Recreation Department. Prices are $6 for adults, $4 for kids ages 6 to 11, and free for 5 and under.

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