Fall in Fairhope

There are certain times of year that Fairhope really shines. Fall is an exciting time in our town. For one, the weather changes so quickly.  All of a sudden the air is cool and crisp.  It is invigorating. The sunsets come earlier and this time of year are amazing.  Every sunset in Fairhope is beautiful, but the October sunsets take the cake.  Take a stroll on the Municipal Pier at around sunset and you will be amazed.

I believe the best part of this season in our town is the comfort of routine.  After a long hot summer of the kids being home from school, beach trips, out of town guests & family vacations, it is nice to have a few months of routine.  It's almost as if you can put your everyday life on auto-pilot for a short while and allow your spirit to be renewed with the hope and promise of the upcoming holiday season and new year.  

School spirit is abound in the Fall.  Many Fairhopians make their way to Volanta Park on Friday nights to cheer our Fairhope Pirates.  When a town has one public high school, there is no divide.  Blue and yellow are the colors for Fridays in Fall in Fairhope (say that three times fast).  Then, the next morning, we sport the attire of our favorite college teams. 

Fairhope knows how to celebrate a season.  From hay rides to downtown trick-or-treating to costume parties, there is no shortage of activities for children and adults to take part.  Our friends at Eastern Shore Parents have compiled a great list of Fall Activities in Fairhope for Family

Although Fairhope is an awesome place to call home any time of year, the Fall Season is truly a time Fairhopians cherish as we get settled and ready for the holidays and enjoy being a part of this wonderful community. 

-Nicole Gambino
Guest Blogger

Fairhope Gullies

Gullies have been part of Fairhope's history since the 19th century, when the valleys were formed due to the easily eroded soil and rainfall in the area. Gullies are unique to the Fairhope area, and apart from the beauty of the gullies, they serve an important role for the city.  The gullies act as large drainage tunnels for the crazy amount of rain the area receives. The storm drains guide the rainwater into the gullies, the gullies absorb most of it, and direct the rest into Mobile Bay.

Also, the gullies have been used for years for entertainment. In the 1900s, Marietta Johnson's School of Organic Education would take field trips to the gullies, where kids would utilize the gullies for all sorts of recreation and education. They would use the walls of the gullies as chalkboards, play with the clay to make pottery, and perform plays with a genuine backdrop.

I remember playing in the gullies as a kid, as do many that grew up in the area. We would climb down into the gullies at a certain point we knew was less steep and had rocks for handholds. Once we got into the gullies we would walk through them, play in the sand, look for old artifacts, and pretend we were Conquistadors.

This history is why we must protect the gullies of Fairhope. Invasive plant species, debris, and erosion are all major threats to system of gullies beneath the city. The invasive plant species were planted to protect the gullies from the natural forces that created them, but they have gotten out of control. Experts estimate that 90% of the plants currently in Fairhope are not indigenous species. These invasive plants spread rapidly due to their fast growth and massive amount of seeds created and dispersed through by rainwater. Debris, however, we should work to eliminated. The gullies have always been an illegal way to dispose trash, and now trash is starting to pile up. It is up to us to protect our gullies.

Thank you to The Mobile Bay National Estuary Program, The City of Fairhope & Fairhope Single Tax Corporation for the informative information. 

by: Reid Gambino, Guest Blogger