Keene State College students are welcoming the beginning of fall with open arms.

“I love the changing leaves, I love the weather and I love apple pie,” KSC junior Nicole Albee said .

“There is nothing like pumpkin spice coffee,” junior Samantha Provencher said.

“Pumpkin Fest is just around the corner and I could not be anymore excited,” KSC junior Victoria Lorenzi said.

Lorenzi continued, “Although it is hard to decide what my favorite part about fall in Keene is, I must admit that I am so excited for Pumpkin Fest.”

“Pumpkin Fest” is the annual Pumpkin Festival located in downtown Keene. According to Lorenzi, every year the festival brings thousands of visitors to Keene and two years ago it was featured on “Pumpkin Wars,” an HGTV television show.

“We, in Keene, know how to do fall,” Lorenzi said.

“My favorite part of fall is being able to sleep with the windows open and huddling up in all of my blankets to get warm,” said Nicole Albee.

Albee continued, “Coming from the perspective of a film student, I love shooting during this time,” Albee said, “The colors in this region provide a textured and unique look to outdoor shots.”

According to Albee, the foliage adds a unique dimension to her films.

“I drink way too much pumpkin spice coffee during the fall,” Provencher said while giggling.

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Provencher continued, “It makes me feel so cozy and warm and pumpkin being a seasonal flavor at Dunkin’ gets me so hyped for the season.”

Provencher explained she is a fan of pumpkin muffins and donuts.

“You have not lived unless you’ve had a pumpkin muffin,” she said.

Provencher continued, “I feel like fall is the time of year for Keene students to come together and enjoy all of these things that we haven’t had since last year. It’s such a short season, but one of everyone’s favorites for sure—especially in New Hampshire. I’m just really happy that it’s this time of year again.”

Lorenzi then discussed her plans for the fall season.

“I think I’m going to be doing a lot of raking leaf piles and jumping in them,” Lorenzi said.

She said that she has been doing it since she was a little kid and she does not intend on stopping.

“It’s so much fun,” Lorenzi said.

Albee said she loves everything about fall, especially watching the classic Halloween movie “Hocus Pocus.”

“I watch it so many times during the season,” she said.

She continued to say that she loves pouring a warm cup of tea and watching the film with a group of friends.

“I’m trying to get all of my friends to go out with me on Halloween as the Sanderson sisters,” Lorenzi said.

“One of the reasons I love fall at Keene is because of the Local Day in the Dining Commons,” Lorenzi said.

According to Lorenzi, during Local Day, the DC is bustling with students and visitors from all over and all ingredients used in the food that day are from the local area.

“I have a passion for eating clean and local foods, so I always am looking forward to local day,” Lorenzi said.

She continued to say that her favorite part of this year’s Local Day was the buffalo chicken dip and miniature pumpkin pies.

According to Provencher, hiking is also a very popular thing to do in Keene during the fall.

“I am so excited to hike Mount Monadnock this weekend,” Provencher said.

“The leaves are just so beautiful, and the air is wicked crisp,” she continued, “My friends and I are planning to go this weekend.”

“I think that I am going to be going apple picking this weekend,” Lorenzi said, “Making apple pie is one of my favorite things to do.”

She said that she is looking forward to going to Alyson’s Orchard this year.

“Besides apple picking and Pumpkin Fest, I am just so ready to start wearing sweaters again. There is nothing more cozy and comforting than a sweater,” Lorenzi said.

Lorenzi continued to say out of all seasonal clothing lines, fall fashion was what she paid attention to the most.

“The fall is the best time of year around here,” Provencher said, “It doesn’t get much better than perfect weather, beautiful scenery and amazing food.”


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