Finally, it feels like New England here in New England.
The real fall has arrived, and we are glad of it. Everything seems to be in the right place — the weather, the kids, the politics, and even our beloved sports teams.
That horribly oppressive, damp and muggy heat is gone, blown far out to sea. The air is crisp and clean and clear, the skies blue and the air is comfortable. The rattle of air conditioners is no longer heard at night. (Though in true New England style, tomorrow offers a one-day temperature rise back into the low 90s.)
On the salt marshes of Ipswich Bay, the grasses are taking on their yellow and reddish hues, a sign that the turn of the tree foliage isn’t far behind. Farther along the coast, on Plum Island, the annual spectacle of the migrating swallows captures the imagination. Thousands of swallows spiral and swirl across the sky in perfect synchronization, sometimes only a few feet above your head. There is nothing quite like it.
All of the local kids have gone back to school, whether it be college, elementary school, or somewhere in between. The fall sports season is in full swing, as evidenced by the storm of activity from the high school gridirons to the youth soccer fields.
After this weekend’s International Festival in Peabody, local downtowns will be relatively quiet, at least for a few weeks. Already, the region has begun planning for the influx of tens of thousands of visitors hoping to experience Salem during Halloween season. And the news that Beverly’s favorite daughter, “American Idol” star Angie Miller, will be performing at this year’s Topsfield Fair, has folks excited about that fall tradition (as if the best event, the giant pumpkin contest, isn’t enough).