Plum Drop: Fallin’ Into the Swing of Things!

FALLin’ Into The Swing of Things


          The celebration of Labor Day has come to a close and Starbucks is now serving their pumpkin spiced lattes. And for many, this marks the end of Summer and the commencement of the Fall season. Although the official first day of Fall is not until September 22nd, the recent weather change is certainly setting the mood. Just when we feel saddened by Summer coming to an end, Autumn grants us a smooth transition. There is something truly captivating by this season. Robert Browning, an English poet said it most effectively in my opinion; “Autumn wins you best by this, its mute appeal to sympathy for its decay”. So, with all that said, let’s lay out a list of sprucing up the home ideas and festivities we can get into during this glorious season!

Around The Home:

Bring outdoor furniture inside. You may think that outdoor furniture should remain outdoors, but the truth is the harsh weather can cause your furniture to become brittle and crack. Plan on cleaning your outdoor furniture and placing it inside or in storage.

Test smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors and fire extinguishers. As we embark on the season full of candle lighting, fireplaces, space heaters and large oven-cooked family meals, be sure to test your safety devices. Make sure batteries are fully functioning in smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. In addition, check your fire extinguisher level, ensure that the dial is not in the red. 

The NFL draft is probably the only draft you want to deal with this season. So be sure to check your windows for draftiness and resolve the issue to assist with lower utility bills. You can either place your hand over cracks or openings in the windows to feel if any air is escaping. Or you can light a match or use a lighter. If the flame is blown out, then you have an air leak. Renters have been known to use bubble wrap for fast, and easy insulation. Or contact your landlord to work out the best possible solution.

Reverse ceiling fan direction. The reverse mode on your ceiling fan allows the blade to move in a clockwise direction which pushes warm air that hovers near the ceiling, downward into your dwelling space. This may help you save a little green on your next utility bill. 

Around The Town:

Event: Maverick Brew Fest

Date & Time: September 9th 4pm-10pm

Details: Beers, food and live music all for a good cause. The Missoula Athletic Council (Mavericks) is hosting this event. Tickets are only $10 and includes 2 beer tickets and a commemorative mug. For more

Event: The Missoula Maze

Date & Time: Opening day is September 21st – November 2nd. Hours vary each day, so check out their website for specific days and hours

Details: Family fun with hay bales, corn field, pumpkin patch and a petting zoo. Also, 10% of the proceeds are donated to Mountain View Elementary. 

Event: Historical Museum of Fort Missoula Fall Festival

Date & Time: September 17th at 11:00AM-3PM

Details: Annual fall festival hosted by the Historical Museum of Fort Missoula. You’ll have an opportunity to make cider with an apple press, tour all of the buildings on site, visit the Hayes Homestead Cabin to experience how people prepared for winter. Admission is free, but it is kindly requested that you bring a non-perishable food item for the Missoula Food Bank. For more information, please visit their Facebook page:

Event: Montana Brewer’s Fall Festival

Date & Time:  September 23rd 4pm for VIP ($35 in advance, $40 on day of festival) and 5pm for General Admission ($25 in advance, $30 on day of festival).

Details: The festival will feature beer made ONLY in Montana, food vendors, live music, a collectible glass with every ticket purchase and unlimited samples. For more information: