Arcanum News: What is Indian Summer?


Indian Summer seems to come for a few days every autumn. The last few days have been beautiful after an unseasonable hot and humid week. What is Indian Summer? There are certain criteria for Indian Summer: 1) As well as being warm, the atmosphere during Indian Summer is hazy or smoky, there is no wind, the barometer is standing high, and the nights are clear and chilly; 2) A moving, cool, shallow polar air mass is converting into a deep, warm, stagnant anticyclone (high pressure) system, which has the effect of causing the haze and large swing in temperature between day and night; and 3) The time of occurrence is important: The warm days must follow a spell of cold weather or a good hard frost.

Why is called Indian Summer? There are many theories: Some say it comes from the early Algonquian Native Americans, who believed that the condition was caused by a warm wind sent from the court of their southwestern god, Cautantowwit. There are some other theories after it was referenced as Indian Summer in an essay written in the United States in the late 1770s (probably 1778) by J. Hector St. John de Crevecoeur. The letter was first published in French. The essay remained unavailable in the United States until the 1920s.

After doing some research, the most probable origin of the term goes back to the very early settlers in New England. Each year they would welcome the arrival of a cold wintry weather in late October when they could leave their stockades unarmed. But then came a time when it would suddenly turn warm again, and the Native Americans would decide to have one more go at the settlers. “Indian Summer,” the settlers called it. Enjoy it – we know what comes after autumn!

The Arcanum Wayne Trail Historical Society (AWTHS), 123 W. George St., invites you to Save the Date for their upcoming Christmas Bazaar to be held on Nov. 23 and 24; it’s the one annual event you don’t want to miss. Don’t forget about The Baker Homes Story to be held at the AWTHS on Saturday, Nov. 3 at 9 a.m.

Looking for a special place to hold your upcoming holiday family gathering or a special holiday party? Did you know that the AWTHS house is available for rent? Please contact Carolyn Furlong at 937-548-6556 to book your favorite time. The facility will be closed for rentals from Nov. 8 until after bazaar due to set up but should be open again Dec. 1.

A.R. Winery invites you to their 4th Annual Halloween Party on Saturday, Oct. 27 from 6 to 10 p.m. They are located at 3564 Gordon-Landis Road, Arcanum. Come dressed in costume for a night of fun and prizes. The Best Dressed and the Scariest costumes will receive a prize!

The Arcanum Alumni Association invites you to enjoy a Pulled Pork Bar-B¬-Q Dinner, prior to the Oct. 26 football game. Dinners include a pulled pork Bar-B-Q sandwich, Au Gratin Potatoes and applesauce. Tickets are $7.50 per person and will be served at the Field House, carryout or dine-in. Tickets will be sold at home football games, home volleyball matches and at Sutton’s on Oct. 20. All proceeds will go to the Arcanum Alumni Scholarship Fund.

Upcoming dates to put on your calendar – Annual Bean Supper and Halloween Parade will be Thursday, Oct. 25; supper at 4 p.m. and parade at 6 p.m. Trick or Treat in the village will be on Sunday, Oct. 28th from 2 to 4 p.m.

Also coming in November is the Abbottsville United Methodist Church’s Annual Harvest Dinner. Saturday, Nov. 3 beginning at 4 p.m. they will serve turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, homemade noodles, green beans, sweet potatoes, rolls, bread dressing, cole slaw, cucumber salad, cranberry salad, deviled eggs, punch and coffee for a good will offering. Desserts will be plentiful with homemade pies and cakes. You won’t want to miss out on this annual event! Abbottsville UMC is located at 4135 State Route 49, Arcanum.

Congratulations to the Girls’ 7th Grade Volleyball team who won the Runner-Up Champion trophy in the Cross County Conference (CCC) tournament at Covington last week! Go Trojans!

The Arcanum-MVCTC FFA Ag Technology and Mechanical Systems team became State Champs on Oct. 5! The team won by over 150 points over the second place team. Winning the individual State Championship was Cale Gostomsky! Not far behind was Levi Walker in 3rd, Ethan Garbig in 5th and Alex Weiss in 6th place! Congrats guys!!

Save the Date! The Arcanum A# Club (AHS Music Boosters) will hold their first Annual Quarter Auction and Luncheon on Sunday, Dec. 2 at Arcanum High School. Lunch will start at 1 p.m. and the auction will commence at 2 p.m. If you’ve never been to a quarter auction, now is your chance to experience the fun! Proceeds from this event will help the Arcanum High School Band on their Disney Trip in 2019! More details to come.

“The Indian Summer of life should be a little sunny and a little sad, like the season, and infinite in wealth and depth of tone, but never hustled.” ~Henry Adams

“Summer will end soon enough, and childhood as well.” ~George R.R. Martin

By Vickie Rhodehamel

Arcanum News

Vickie Rhodehamel is a volunteer citizen columnist, who serves The Daily Advocate readers weekly with her Arcanum community column. She can be reached by calling 937-692-6188, by e-mail at [email protected]. Viewpoints expressed in the article are the work of the author. The Daily Advocate does not endorse these viewpoints or the independent activities of the author.

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