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Under this waxing moon, a major shift in foliage color occurs all along the 40th Parallel. The nights grow colder; the mornings sometimes bring frost. The frogs and toads wander yards and gardens looking the right places to dig in against the winter.  Throughout the fields, aster and goldenrod flowers lose their color. Brown beggartick burs stick to your stockings, and the winged seeds of Japanese knotweed fall.  In urban ponds, water lilies stop blooming.

35MM: A Musical Exhibition. In this, each photo creates a unique song, moments frozen in time. The  intricately woven collection of stories told through song re-imagines what the modern American musical can be. This is at the Schuster tonight and Saturday by the Dare 2 Defy productions.

toad
trekr / Flickr Creative Commons

The days continue clear and warm and bright. Two weeks ago, much of the landscape was still deep, late-summer green. Now, a few maples and dogwoods are red and orange, cottonwoods and catalpas and sweet gums and shagbark hickories are yellow, and grape vines and nettles are bleached with age. Locust leaves drizzle steadily to the undergrowth. The serviceberries are almost bare. The black walnut trees keep only their last fruit. Purple poison ivy and Virginia creeper outline the changes.

The Dayton Art Institute is celebrating 45 years of art, cheers and beers at its annual Oktoberfest which is Saturday & Sunday. Great art to see and buy, great food, and great entertainment….including our accordion band on Saturday afternoon.

goldenrod in the fall
Bridget Leyendecker / Flickr Creative Commons

I wander into the chilly, wet morning of an old farm on equinox, swallows circling above me, crows, blue jays and cardinals and mockingbirds, ground crickets and field crickets and tree crickets accompanying me on my walk.

Common ragweed everywhere has gone to seed. In patches of soil between slabs of old cement and blacktop grow ancient chicory and Queen Anne's lace, horseweed past its best, pink smartweed in large clumps, blushing wild dogwood, small white asters (two tiny bees huddled- one on top of the other - on one aster blossom), tall goldenrod full bloom.

Tonight in downtown Dayton there’s a huge after-work street party! Enjoy live performances and demonstrations in music, theater, dance, puppetry and more. This festival takes place on Main Street between First and Second streets. Food and beer also will be part of the fun. Friday, 5-9pm.

Sara Björk / Flickr Creative Commons

Now when the nights are cool and the moon is dark, those giant puffball mushrooms swell in the woods,  getting so big...

September fogs, the sliding sun, and one of the most radical weather shifts so far in the season, calls them up from the ground.

As the day moves to within a few degrees of equinox, other creatures tell the time as well as puffballs.

Tonight, Saturday, & Sunday Shakespeare in South Park is doing "As You Like It," a madcap romantic comedy set in the 1920s. Gender reversal of some principal roles will leave you thinking Shakespeare assigned the wrong genders in the first place. Bring your chair or blanket.

Giant Hostas
Lola Audu / Flickr Creative Commons

Deep in the woods, tall wood nettle, wingstem, ironweed, and touch-me-nots have obscured the web of spring and summer, all the trilliums, the violet cress, the ragwort, the purple phlox, toothwort, Jack-in-the pulpit and bluebells, honewort, waterleaf.

Dayton Visual Arts Center (DVAC) is presenting 25 works of art by 25 artists for celebrating its 25th year. The 25 artists came together to create new works in pairs or groups resulting in this groundbreaking exhibition. The opening reception is tonight 6-8 pm and is open to all.

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