Well, Betsters, we can’t ignore it anymore. The season of ever increasing darkness is officially upon us. If the fact that our natural alarm clock the sun has been rising later and later each morning didn’t tip you off, the fact that we just celebrated the fall equinox should have.
Also called the autumnal equinox, it’s the second time each year that there is theoretically the same amount of daylight hours as there are nighttime hours. While this is only really true for those living near the equator where there really are 12 hours of light and 12 hours of night, it gives us another thing to celebrate and a reminder that we are officially under the rule of fall.
That means termination dust creeping onto the tops of the mountains across Kachemak Bay, leaves to rake from front yards and thick jackets to fish out from the depths of our closets.
Now arrives the time of pumpkin carving and spooky decorations. Now comes the opportunity to bob for apples and fill the house with the scent of pumpkin and cinnamon candles.
As you read this, friends are comparing and contrasting ideas for this year’s Halloween costumes. The Betster has it on good authority that this year, Homer will get its very own performance of the Rocky Horror Picture show to truly round out the Halloween experience.
However you choose to spend these cool, crisp fall months that are a constant reminder of the fun we’ll have come winter, supplement your fall activities with a few of these Best Bets:
BEST BUNNELL BET: Head on over to Bunnell Street Arts Center for A Cosmic Hamelt by the Sea, Volume 3 tonight at 7 p.m. Bunnell Street Arts Center’s PechaKucha 20×20 is a concise presentation format for 8-10 speakers to share their passions, story or craft among their community via a self-advancing slide talk: 20 slides for 20 seconds. September subjects include salmon habitat, addiction, tiny homes, indie game development and more. This event is sponsored by Seldovia Village Tribe Health and Wellness. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Beer and wine available for purchase.
BEST BYE-BYE BET: Can you believe this Saturday marks the very last official weekend for the Homer Farmers Market? The Betster sure can’t. Celebrate all that’s good about local growing in Homer by swinging by the last Saturday market from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Homer Farmers Market welcomes all growers of farm, garden, and greenhouse produce to participate in a weekly market. The Homer Farmers Market was established in 2000 to aid in the development of a sustainable local agricultural community for the benefit of the greater community of the Kachemak Bay area.
BEST PET BET: Have an animal still in need of its rabies shot? Enjoy free stuff? Well, the Betster bets you didn’t know that Saturday is World Rabies Day. In honor of that, the Homer Veterinary Clinic is hosting a free rabies shot clinic from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for small animals.
BEST BRRR BET: The Homer Curling Club will host “Let’s Go Curling” sponsored by curlAK and the Kevin Bell Arena on Saturday, Sept. 28 at the arena at 3232 Homer Spit Road. This workshop with former Olympic curler Jessica Schultz will be split into two sessions — one from 6-8 p.m. and another from 8-10 p.m. It costs $30 per person and is for those 18 and older. Wear comfortable clothes and clean gym shoes. Meet at Grace Ridge Brewery before the event to enjoy Brick Mouse handcrafted pizza and beer available for purchase.
BEST BEACH BET: Calling all beach walkers and birders. There will be a COASST Beached Bird Training Session from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday at the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies. Join the Coastal Observation and Seabird Survery Team (COASST) and help make a difference for the environment. RSVP by calling 206-221-6893 or emailing email@example.com.