FALL-ow The Rules
By: Vaughn Crouse


Not a fan of rules? Me neither. There are way too many rules. Sometimes, I understand their purpose and I can even appreciate that without some rules chaos could ensue. My wife, family, friends, co-workers, neighbors, or anyone that has ever known me for longer than 30 seconds can verify that if there is a rule placed upon me then I will probably break it. While this often done intentionally, this doesn’t mean that I am a radical, agent of chaos who laughs in the face conformity. There are some that we bend from time to time but there are others that should never be broken.

I have even made a few rules of my own. I never break these rules because after all, I must hold myself accountable.

1)     Wash your hands before every meal.

2)     Always put the toilet seat down. (This is my wife’s rule, but I have taken ownership of it)

3)     Never give yourself a haircut after three margaritas.

4)     No pumpkin spice until September.

While these are all very good rules to live by some are clearly more important than others. Of those listed above there is one rule which I hold true and no matter what, I will never indulge in pumpkin spice before September!

September is a sacred month for many. It signals the end of summer, the beginning of football season, leaves changing into the most beautiful of colors, and pumpkin spice everything. Admittingly, I am as obsessed with autumn as the next pumpkin spiced latte holding, hooded sweatshirt wearing person who glares at every multicolored tree they pass. But much like Christmas decorations, pumpkin spice season is arriving earlier and earlier every year. I don’t mind seeing the 15 different pumpkin spiced cereals at the grocery store and I did get excited when my wife held up a can of pumpkin spiced whip cream but when it’s August and it’s 97 degrees outside, just no.

Which is one of the many reasons why I love the Adams County Winery! Among their many core values and company philosophies, none is more valued than the release date of the wine, Dancing Pumpkin. On September 29th, during the annual Harvest Festival, Dancing Pumpkin returns. Surely you will enjoy the music, food, games, vendors, and the grape stomping station from 2-5pm but we know why you’re really coming. The sweetly, spiced Vidal wine that can be enjoyed slightly chilled or warmed up in your favorite mug as a mulled wine.

So, on Saturday, September 29th from 2-5pm, slide into your most comfortable pair of jeans, yank that vest out of the closet, pull on those boots and drive on out to the Farm Winery in Orrtanna and have fun at the Harvest Festival. Come out for the wine but don’t forget to enjoy the free live music, indulge in the delicious food, shop your heart out at the vendor tables, and sink your toes into the grape stomping bucket.

Thank you, Adams County Winery for the seasonally appropriate Dancing Pumpkin wine so that myself, and others, don’t have to break any(more) rules.