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Taking in The Foliage This Columbus Day Weekend

SUNDERLAND, Mass. (WGGB) — The Columbus Day weekend is the unofficial start of foliage season.

One of the most popular ways to enjoy the foliage of western massachusetts is to jump in the car. Any of the main routes are a good bet like Route 47, Route 20 or Route 9. And you can stop in at one of the many farm stands along the way.

And if a foliage car ride isn’t your thing, how about a foliage bike ride on one of the many bike paths in the area like in Northampton, Easthampton or Montage.”

Then there are corn mazes. Mike’s Maze in Sunderland is a one of kind experience because local artist Will Sillin partners with owner Mike Wissemann to design a different one every year.

“We’ve tended toward the more artistic images,” said Wissemann. “This year, it’s The Sower by Millet.”

But with a couple changes.

“A woodchuck, raccoon, locusts and these are the things, they are added to the original portrait, and these are all the things that go wrong after he’s done his deed in the spring,” said Wissemann. “Anyways, it’s just to show you the toils, trials and tribulations of farming.”

Other mazes in the past have included on of Julia Child, the iconic Campbell’s Soup can and the second one they ever did, Mona Lisa in 2000. It made them famous.

“For whatever reason, we hit kind of the big time,” said Wissemann. “We were on Good Morning America, The Weather Channel. And we got a lot of press, a lot of press.”

Mike’s Maze is also starting a haunted maze for the first time ever. That opens next Friday and runs through Halloween.

So, whether it’s by road, by trail, by maze, there’s no shortage of things to do this holiday weekend.

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