From the Arbor | News for October from Jerry Weakley
It’s full steam ahead on all campuses as we march fully toward the middle of the fall semester. Although we are now well beyond the date on the calendar that indicates fall has arrived, we really haven’t experienced much of the colder weather that normally accompanies the change of seasons. As of yet, there hasn’t been a real frost to speed the changing of the beautiful maples into their many shades of yellow, orange and red and shades that have no formal names. “Leaf color change experts” (I missed out on that potential career field) are saying that with all the rain and moisture we experienced this summer and just this past week that the hard maples will persist longer than normal. Well, we will see about that! (If the leaf change experts are wrong, I wonder whether they get a “less-than-favorable” job performance evaluation from whomever they report to.)
The Maple Leaf Festival, now in its 53rd year will be held on October 15-17 with the big parade and most of the significant activity on Saturday the 16th, regardless of the color of the leaves. I’m betting that the maples and other varieties present in Baldwin City will not disappoint.
The festival has always been a great time to bring family or friends down to Baldwin City to enjoy the sights, sounds, aromas and tastes of a real American small-town festival. I always see dozens (if not more) former Baker students and alumni while walking down the streets and through the crafts booths (certainly not at the food stands) and really enjoy catching up on the careers, families and activities of them all.
Inside this issue of the Arbor is a special note on Dolan Ellis ’57, one of Baker’s own, who will return to Kansas from his current home in Arizona to entertain at Rice Auditorium on Saturday, Oct. 16 at 4 p.m.
Access this month’s edition. I hope you will enjoy it and will find articles that will inform, entertain or engage you.
Jerry Weakley ’70/MBA ‘92