The Arrival of Autumn – Renaissance Faire and Apple Picking

Is there a better way to welcome the official start of Autumn than by going apple picking? or attending a Renaissance Faire? I can’t think of one.

Last weekend, in celebration of the official start of Autumn, my friend Jordan and I checked out the Warren County Renaissance Faire, which was super cute even though it was small. It’s been put together by the county 4-H group for the last three years, and they had actors, craft & food stalls, archery, jousting, and falconry! We hung out for a bit and then headed down the road to Mackey’s Orchard, where we went apple-picking and did and impromptu photo-shoot. The weather was gorgeous and warm, so we rounded out our fantastic day with some ice-cream! See some of our shenanigans below.

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Petting stalls – goats, sheep, and bunnies!

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Falconry! – This peregrine falcon is only a few months old, so we only saw a tethered training display, but he behaved really well! His owner/trainer said he should be hunting by Halloween. He also had a 17-year-old Harris’ Hawk who was much bigger and beautiful as well. He didn’t like some of the actors much and would screech at them if they came to close. It was hilarious.

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A ferocious female knight takes on a foe during the living chess match. It’s like Wizard’s Chess in real life!

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The orchard at Mackey’s

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Impromptu photo shoot! We kept our flower crowns on for a fairy-tale feel.

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Looking for apples.

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Found loads! I’m pretty sure these were Macouns.

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Jordan picking some apples for our basket.

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We found one that was almost completely red. So proud of ourselves.

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Stunning views of the Delaware Water Gap area.

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Free as a bird. These views are breath-taking. The dip in the mountains to my left is the actual Delaware Water Gap!

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All done and headed home with our bounty. Fantastic day.

How do you celebrate the changing of the seasons? Share in the comments!

Until next time,

~Amanda

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