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Welcome to the October issue of the IN Newsletter!

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Autumn is beautiful in Michigan with the leaves changing color and the cool weather encouraging outdoor activities for the whole family. There are plenty of things to do in the fall. Matthaei Botanical Gardens (1800 N. Dixboro) and the Nichols Arboretum (Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum | ( are great places to take a hike on nature trails and observe the fall colors, as are the many parks in the area. Raking leaves is a task many dread, but kids love it when you rake up a big pile of leaves for them to jump and play in. Another traditional activity is bobbing for apples. To do this, you fill a large tub with water and float apples in it. The objective is to get an apple using only your teeth. In most cases, you have to stick your head all the way to the bottom of the tub in order to be able to bite into the apple. Everyone has a great time getting all wet. There are also some traditional activities away from home in the fall.

In Michigan, cider and doughnuts are a big deal in the fall. You can read about the origins of cider and doughnuts and where to find them in Cider and Doughnuts by Phyllis.

In October, a lot of activities are centered around Halloween. Shirley has compiled an extensive list of activities in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti in Halloween Family Events.

Shirley also describes a docent-led tour taken by two IN groups: the Wildwood Tea group and the Walking group in Gallup Park to see the art exhibition Embracing our Differences.

Veena has had contact with our former president Helga S. and shares some pictures with us in Visit With Helga. Veena also shares pictures and memories of a member who recently passed away in Remembering Carolyn Schultz.

Please make time to attend this month’s IN Day on October 19, 1-2:30 at the Zion Lutheran Church, 1501 W. Liberty. Along with our usual potluck, there will be Halloween games and activities. Bring your kids and wear your costumes!


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