"Homecoming week this week at Lake Wobegon High School, not that we expect alumni to come back--they don't. They come back, maybe, for the holidays." High school students prepare for the homecoming dance, Laurel returns to town from Long Beach, California after 22 years, and Pastor Liz worries after giving a sermon that everyone enjoys.
"It's been absolutely perfect, perfect autumn weather--temperatures in the 70s and a mist coming up off the lake in the morning and drifting on up the hill into the woods." Dorcas Hansen rehearses for the school play and Pastor Liz dreads a meeting with her friend Carol.
"It's been this gorgeous, gorgeous September, this beautiful time--so much happening." Lake Wobegon welcomes the arrival of fall, a bear surprises Irene Bunsen, then stays in town, starting a debate over who will pay to have it removed, and high school students take the ACT exam.
"It's fall at last. It was very warm--very warm--early in the week. It got hot. People were even thinking of bringing back their air conditioners but that would've shown weakness." College students return to their campuses, the oldest man in town takes up smoking again, Pastor Liz leads a camping trip, and Mr. Dehner's dog plays shortstop for the Lake Wobegon Whippets.
"Oh, we knew it was going to snow. We could see that sky--that was a snow sky. People who have lived here for more than five minutes know what that snow sky looks like." Plus, discovering hidden treasures under the floor of Lake Wobegon Lutheran Church, Pastor Liz delivers a sermon on one of her least favorite Gospels, and Lake Wobegon exiles return home for Thanksgiving, in a monologue from November 2011.
"It's getting on towards fall. The flowers are turning dry. Nobody's mowing their lawn anymore -- there's no need to. It's been kind of dry the last few weeks." Darlene becomes a vegan after accidentally killing a frog, the Schroeder family makes wine from wild grapes, and the Sons of Bernie visit the State Fair, in a monologue from September 2008.