Tuesday, November 19, 2019 Mary Paulton

What season is this?

There are only two noted distinctions that mark our seasons. There is the solstice when the Sun is at the most southerly or northerly point in the sky, and the equinox when the Sun passes over the earth’s equator.  When the sun is in the most northerly setting, we have summer with longer daylight hours, and in its most southerly setting we have winter with the shortest daylight hours.  In turn, the vernal equinox and the autumnal equinox will each display about 12 hours of day and night with the sun rising and setting due east to due west.  The process is slow by most standards but at the end of twelve months we have rotated through all four seasons; spring, summer, fall, and winter.  Albeit sometimes all together.  For instance, just this October we witnessed winter-like conditions of measurable snow, wind and low temperatures.  October is technically considered an autumn month where the weather cools evenly slowing the production of tree sugars prompting vivid displays of color to their leaves...maybe next year.

As we move through the year entertaining ourselves with all the seasons will allow, we find that our interests change as well.  Spring may be full of seed packets, lawnmower tune-ups, and birdhouses, with summer bursting at the seams in blooms, manicured lawns, and fledgling’s flight.  Fall lays claim to shelf-stable harvest, and treetop displays of brilliance only to go to ground in pursuit of anticipation throughout winter months—and the cycle repeats.  As the Fall season is underway, so too, is the Lansing Library activity schedule.  The nights may be getting shorter and cooler, yet the Library is a reason to venture out for indoor enjoyment. Once again, The Lansing Historical Society located on the lower level, is assembling Christmas trees to showcase Christmas decorations from countries around the world; thirty trees in all, and more.   In conjunction with the opening of the Festival of Lights scheduled for December 2 is the Thornton Fractional South Choir performance. Another community favorite is the Friday night After-Hours Concert. This season’s series features Classic, The Steve Cooper Orchestra Band, The Spaniels Forever, Trillium, and Chez Butter on stage on our upper level.   For children aged 8 and up there is a Lord of the Rings movie marathon on January 2, 2020.  There is also reading tournaments, storytelling, contests, knit/crocheting, writing group, and visiting author Art T. Burton. For more details on all events, please view our extensive calendar.

No matter what your favorite time of year is, let us not forget that which marks the best of each season.  The New Life we are given, the Freedom we enjoy, the Blessings we share and the Promise of things to come, will last longer than the peeps, sunburns, costumes, and presents of spring, summer, fall, and winter, respectively.  As the days get colder and the nights get longer, come for a visit and share the warmth and light of story, song, and laughter at the Lansing Library. Until then, in everything give thanks.