“And each man stands with his face in the light. Of his own drawn sword, ready to do

what a hero can.”

— Elizabeth Barrett Browning, who, on this date in 1846, eloped with Robert Browning

Oh sweet September, those days when it seems cooler — and it actually is — with the temperatures hovering in the 90s. And the boys are playing football on Friday nights, when their games aren’t rained out; school’s happening every day; and, just like that, the fall festivals are suddenly bountiful.

It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood. Oh sure, maybe a little damp and drizzly, but we sure do need the rain. A little moisture doesn’t have to spoil all the plans, you know. Just pop open the umbrella or pull on the poncho, get out and get it done. OK, maybe you better wait a week to mow the yard. But, we all know, the yard-mowing will wait. The grass gets high, but its day to be cut down will come, we can be sure.

Speaking of fall festivals, today’s a red-letter day with the Lord’s Acre festival at the First United Methodist Church in Bangs and the ninth annual Fall Arts and Crafts Festival at St. John’s Church in Brownwood. Now there’s some great things to do and some fine places to be.

BHS laptop initiative

Brownwood High School will host the last in a series of parent orientation meetings to discuss the upcoming student laptop initiative from 9 to 10 a.m. This is a change from the previously announced time. Meetings will be held in the Dorothy McIntosh Fine Arts Center auditorium at Brownwood High School. A presentation on the initiative will be followed by a discussion time to allow parents an opportunity to ask questions. Any parents who have not been able to attend previous meetings are asked to attend.

Arts and Crafts Festival

St. John’s Church in Brownwood will host its ninth annual Fall Arts and Crafts Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. today on the church grounds. No admission is charged, and door prizes will be given away every half-hour to those present. In addition to the many items displayed by vendors, the fair will also feature hamburgers, sausage wraps, homemade desserts and casseroles for sale. The festival will also include a silent auction and special activities are planned for children.

Lord’s Acre

Bangs First United Methodist Church’s annual “Lord’s Acre” is scheduled to start at 9 a.m. today in the Youth Activity Center of the church, 307 South First St. Along with a gigantic garage sale, arts and crafts and baked goods will be for sale. Starting at 11:30 a.m. a lunch of old-fashioned burgers with drink and dessert will be for sale, $7 per meal. From 5:30 to 6 p.m., a traditional turkey and dressing dinner will be sold, $10 per meal for adults and $7 for children younger than 12. At 6 p.m., the live auction, featuring a wealth of donated items, will begin.

Art demonstration

Award winning artist and painter Virginia Vaughan will present a demonstration at 1:30 p.m. at the Art Center, 215 Fisk Ave. Sponsored by the Brown-wood Art Association, the demonstration is free of charge and open to the public.

Vaughan spent many years as a graphic designer/art director/illustrator, working in advertising and winning Addy Awards. Her clients included Samsung, The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center and Harcourt Publishing. Vaughan Arts grew through RockSports Inc. which still features Vaughan’s colorful designs in national catalogs and Web sites. Vaughan has studied with the best: Ray Vinella, Kevin Macpherson, Ann Templeton, Kathryn Stats and Carolyn Anderson. From 1989 to 2009, Vaughan was the art instructor at Round Rock Christian Academy, where her students won numerous awards. She teaches painting workshops all across America throughout the year, recently hanging her teaching shingle at the Fredericksburg Artist’s School in Texas. Vaughan also is a plein air painter, and she paints on location all across America.

Got talent?

Musicians, performers, readers and singers are invited to audition at 9 a.m. at New Beginnings Church, 1001 Belle Plain, and be a part of a “Bringing Christ Back into Christmas” program scheduled for Dec. 19. Rehearsals will likely be scheduled on Saturdays at the church. Call Stephanie Bishop at (325) 217-5375 for more information.

Among the reg’lars

• The Elks Lodge will hold an inside sale at 8 a.m. at 1070 W. Commerce.

• The Cox Cemetery Association will meet at 9:30 a.m. Donations or memorials may be sent to June Beakley at 1557 CR 448, Rochelle TX 76872.

• The Brownwood Area Farmers Market is open this season from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. or until sell-out in the shade under the Bill Monroe Overpass (Austin Avenue) at Avenues A and Brady.

• The Heart of Texas Dance Club meets from 7 to 9 p.m. each Saturday at St. John’s Church, on Main and Depot, for open dance practice. Cost is $2 per person. Call 646-0048 or 646-0037 for information.

• The Lake Brownwood Lions Club, 6751 Highway 279, will host bingo at 1:30 p.m.

• The Brownwood Amateur Radio Club’s Volunteer Examiner team hold test sessions at 10 a.m. at the Red Cross building, 600 E. Adams, Brownwood. Visit www.k5bwd.org for information about club events.