It sure seems as if Hurricane Hermine blew the Fall season in on us in a flash! The normal summer season came way too early this year; it started in mid-May when we usually still are appreciating the fairly mild days. Suddenly, we had 90-plus degrees that lasted and lasted and lasted. Some days were over 100 degrees. The lack of rain and breezes made this summer practically unbearable.
But right after Hermine, we had blessedly cool, breezy days and have enjoyed these past several weeks. And now, our Fall event season is upon us! Havana merchants have already had their Fall sidewalk sale, a Wine Around the Block evening, the pumpkin-time BBQ and auction as well as the biggest event of the year, PumpkinFest.
Before you know it, it's time to take down all the Fall colors and pumpkin decorations and start thinking green and red for the Christmas season. Merchants are now putting together their customer-appreciation weekend for November 12th and 13th during the Havana Holiday Open House. Shops will have nibbles and tasty beverages as customers visit each shop that has a star on their door. By entering their names it enables them to possibly win a $300, $150 or $50 shopping spree, just in time for gift-giving! The more shops they visit, the more chances they have to win. The drawing will be held on Sunday/13th at 6:00 p.m. by the town's Christmas Tree Lighting ceremony.
And the events just keep on going. Seems like every month of the year the Havana merchants are putting one event to bed and beginning to plan another one. The grand finale of 'event season' will be Havana's Holiday Festival & Lawn Mower Parade on December 10th. People decorate their riding lawn mowers as floats and vie for great prizes. (small town needed small floats!) Whole families plot and plan their floats and there have been many very creative ones over the years, such as Noah's Ark, an airplane, boats, a pirate ship, a duck hunter's blind, Thomas the Train and many more. Find out more about these events at www.HavanaFlorida.com.
It's the 'seasoning' season, so c'mon out and visit the beautiful, historic downtown where everything is walkable and decorated in style and get into the fun by becoming a 'seasoner,' too!