Life in our rural communities is more active than people may think. Activities don’t have to be of the big and booming type. They can be small in nature and still packed with fun. After all, people chose to settle in our rural area for a reason.

We couldn’t help but notice a family-friendly Fall Fun Fest held at the Harmony Arboretum Oct. 12. The program featured games, learning stations and activity choices to keep family members busy.

Event sponsors planned activities for children and family with a few spooky stations, but nothing on the haunting experience side of entertainment that sometimes is associated with the spirit of Halloween. There was a parade for those attired in Halloween customs. Pumpkin decorating was included along with a scavenger hunt, crafts and games. Those attending the event had an opportunity to enjoy the experience with livestock. The Kountry Kids 4-H members saw to it that visitors could enjoy offerings at their concession station.

All of the activities took place within the confines of the demonstration gardens, which provided a friendly environment for children from all age levels.

The activities were sponsored by the Marinette County Extension and Information offices and the Northern Lights Master Gardener Volunteers. The Marinette County dairy industry also showcased some of its work.

Plain and simple, the Harmony Arboretum was alive with segments of farm life and the spirit of Halloween at the appropriately-named Family Fun Fest.

Two other segments of small-town life caught our attention on our newspaper pages.

The Northwoods Quilters had 30 members at a meeting in September where members work on their own projects or participated in pinning, tying and basting care quilts. The next challenge for members will involve making a quilt or a quilted item a color with the initials of the quilter’s first name. The quilts or quilted items will be displayed at Spies Public Library in Menominee between Nov. 6 and Dec. 30.

And how about the Twin City Squares who recently held a fall dinner and dance at the Merryman School in Marinette. We don’t know who continues to enjoy the music and maneuvers of square dancers than members of the various square dance organizations in the M&M area.

It’s good to see these organizations — big or small — hosting events for children and adults, or for the pleasure of their own memberships. Marinette and Menominee counties were built and developed on the strength of our rural communities. It’s nice to see some of the traditions they established still in place hundreds of years later.