When it comes to tailgates, the SEC has a reputation for doing it right. Whether you're in the Junction, the Grove, USM's District, Alabama's Quad or any other university's tailgating epicenter, it's all about fans, good food, fellowship and tradition.
A successful tailgate party requires a winning game plan for the food, not just for the football game that follows.
The nights are becoming a bit cooler now. Draped over our Golden Triangle is a velvet cloak, scattered with crystal stars. The moon has looked especially lovely lately. We are all anxious for autumn, perhaps the most pleasant of seasons.
If ever there was a case of "build it and they will come," the Lowndes County Master Gardeners found it. What they built is a 4,000-square-foot butterfly garden at the Columbus Riverwalk. And, indeed, the winged insects have come, clad in brilliant coats of autumn amber, ultramarine and buttercup yellow. The pipevine swallowtails, eastern tigers and little skippers, the Gulf fritillaries and monarchs. Cloudless sulphurs, buckeyes, too.
Sept. 22 may be the first day of fall, but the best way to know summer is ending is to look at all the colorful pumpkin and gourd displays at local garden centers around the state.