As we stepped outdoors this morning into the end-of-summer, beginning-of-fall weather we were reminded that the Chautauqua Festival of Art and Old Court Days - signs that fall has arrived - are scheduled for this weekend.

Artists from across the country will gather in Madison to showcase their creations at the Old Court Days and Chautauqua. The events are favorites of hometown folks who will be joined by thousands of visitors.

Old Court Days begins Friday and runs through Sunday and is located around the Courthouse. The Chautauqua begins Saturday and runs through Sunday. Visitors can expect to see about 300 artisans at both festivals.

Held twice a year, Old Court Days began in 1967. It is sponsored by the Pilot Club of Madison, a women's service organization. The club supports local groups such as the Boys & Girls Club, Salvation Army and a variety of health awareness groups.

The Chautauqua has grown from a show featuring a few artists 42 years ago to become the premier art festival in southern Indiana and one of the best in the country. Booths will be lined up from Main Street to the riverfront.

Shoppers will find items in all price ranges - from a few dollars to as much as one is willing to spend. Even if you're not in the spending mood, be sure to visit the festivals. They're great fun.

Also this weekend, be sure to check out the Friends of the Library book sale at the Jefferson County Public Library Madison branch.

The sale begins Friday and continues on Saturday and Sunday. Books, CDs, magazines and a host of other items will be for sale.

While at the library join the Friends of the Library. Money raised by the group goes toward library projects.

The weather is expected to be beautiful. It should be a great weekend to head downtown and enjoy one of Madison's best weekends.