STORY BY BRIAN BINGAMAN
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Berman Museum of Art: Notions of home and community by 11 area artists are explored in the exhibit “Good Neighbors” at Ursinus College’s Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art from Oct. 14-Jan. 11. It includes large-scale installations, sculpture, photography and paintings. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, noon to 4 p.m. on weekends (closed Nov. 27–Dec. 1 and Dec. 24–Jan. 5). Admission is free. The college is at 601 E. Main St., Collegeville.
MCCC/Whitpain: This year’s Whitpain Township Community Festival partners with Montgomery County Community College’s 50th anniversary celebration 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 11, featuring fireworks and a concert by Puss ‘N’ Boots — comprised of Norah Jones, Sasha Dobson and Catherine Popper. Admission is free. Get complete details at www.mc3.edu.
Town and Country Players: “The Haunting of Hill House” is presented at 8 p.m. Oct. 10-11, 17-18 and 24-25, with matinee performances at 3 p.m. Oct. 12 and 19. This show is not recommended for children under 13. The theater is on Route 263, Buckingham. Tickets are $15 . Call (800) 838-3006 or visit www.townandcountryplayers.org.
Norristown Farm Park: The annual Halloween night hike, “Park in the Dark,” starts at 7 p.m. Oct. 17 in Norristown Farm Park, Barley Sheaf Drive and Germantown Pike, East Norriton. Flashlights are not permitted and is not intended for children under 7. Registration is $5 per person. Meet at the campfire adjacent to the office parking lot. For more information, call (610) 270-0215 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Al-Bustan: Nicknamed “the Iranian Bob Dylan” by The New York Times, Mohsen Namjoo will perform a concert of classical and contemporary Persian music with Al-Bustan Takht Ensemble at 8 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Trinity Center for Urban Life, 2212 Spruce St., Philadelphia. For tickets, visit www.albustanseeds.org.
Lenape Chamber Ensemble: The ensemble’s 40th concert season includes a 3 p.m. Oct. 12 program, with music by Prokofiev, Beethoven and Faure in the Delaware Valley College Life Sciences Building Auditorium, 700 E. Butler Ave., Doylestown. Call (610) 294-9361 for tickets.
Amici Opera Company: Puccini’s “Girl of the Golden West” is presented at 2:30 p.m. Oct. 12 in the chapel at Dock Woods Community, Dock Woods Drive, Towamencin. Tickets are $20. Call (215) 224-0257.
Perkasie Patchwork Coffehouse: Celtic roots band Long Time Courting is in concert at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 18 at Perkasie Mennonite Church, 320 W. Chestnut St., Perkasie. Admission is $12, $10 for seniors 65+, $6 for students 13 and older. Go to www.perkmenno.net/cofffeehouse.
North Wales Area Library: Pirate queen Red Molly and the Red Molly’s Pirate Academy educates you on pirate lore and explores the power of imagination noon to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 11 and 13 at the library, 233 S. Swartley St., North Wales. Costumes are welcome. Cost is $5 per child, $15 per family. Call (215) 699-5410.
Philadelphia “County Fair:” The Eakins Oval, 2451 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, will have carnival games, a pumpkin patch, live music, a ferris wheel, fair foods and a showing of the movie “Hocus Pocus” Oct. 10-12. Admission is free. Check out www.facebook.com/TheOvalPHL.
Indian Valley Public Library: The library’s Second Fridays series presents Linda Kenyon’s one-woman show as Eleanor Roosevelt at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 10. Admission is free. The library is at 100 E. Church Ave., Telford.
Cocktails at the Castle: The Mercer Museum’s “savory” gala fundraiser features dining and entertainment 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Oct. 10 at the museum, Pine and Ashland streets, Doylestown. Also, bid on destination packages, art, jewelry and more via BidPal automated bidding. Tickets are $150 per person. Visit www.bidpal.net/mercercocktails. For additional information, call (215) 345-0210, ext. 132.
Crossing Vineyards: The winery hosts a multi-course wine and sushi pairing Oct. 17, and a wine and flower arranging match-up Oct. 22. Reservations are required. Cost for either event is $65 plus tax and gratuity. Crossing Vineyards is at 1853 Wrightstown Road, Upper Makefield. To learn more, call 215-493-6500 or visit www.crossingvineyards.com.
Cycling event: The sixth annual Ride Ataxia Philadelphia offers 5-, 10-, 25- and 50-mile bicycling options Oct. 12 at Montgomery County Community College in Whitpain. Enter from Route 202/DeKalb Pike or Cathcart Road. But before that, you need to check the registration information at http://rideataxia.kintera.org.
Feast your eyes
Open Studio Tours: The Center for Emerging Visual Artists and Visit Philadelphia present the 15th annual Philadelphia Open Studio Tours Oct. 11-26. More than 300 artist studios will be open for free self-guided tours from noon to 6 p.m. There will also be guided trolley tours available for a fee, plus several featured exhibitions. Visit www.philaopenstudios.org.
Pennsylvania Guild of Fine Craft Fair: Browse hand-crafted works of contemporary furniture, pottery, designer clothing, fine jewelry, blown glass and more 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 11-12 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 13 along the sidewalks around Philadelphia’s Rittenhouse Square Park, 1800 Walnut St. Admission is free. For more information, call (717) 431-8706 or visit www.pacrafts.org.
Philadelphia Theatre Company: A suburban couple takes in a transient couple that had been living in the deserted house next door in the Pulitzer finalist “Detroit,” running Oct. 10-Nov. 9 at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre, Broad and Lombard streets, Philadelphia. Tickets start at $25. Call (215) 985-0420 or visit www.philadelphiatheatrecompany.org for show times and tickets.
Footlighters Theater: A barber’s murderous revenge turns into a bizarre partnership with a meat pie-maker in the musical “Sweeney Todd,” running Oct. 17-Nov. 8 at Footlighters Theater, 58 Main St., Berwyn. Tickets for evening performances Oct. 17-18, 24-25, 30-31, and Nov. 1, 6, 7 and 8 are $16, $8 for youths. For 2 p.m. matinees Oct. 19 and 26 and Nov. 2, tickets are $13, 46 for youths. Senior discounts are available. Visit www.footlighterstheater.com.
Walnut Street Theatre: The Independence Studio on 3 series presents the adult comedy “Bad Jews” through Nov. 30. The theater is at 825 Walnut St., Philadelphia. For tickets and show times, visit www.walnutstreettheatre.org.
Winetober Fest: Featuring wine and food samples along with live music, Skippack’s fifth fall wine festival is held 1 to 6 p.m. Oct. 11. Tickets are $25, $30 for VIP tickets. You’ll need to check in at After 5 Gifts, 4038 Skippack Pike. Dogs are allowed. Bring an unwrapped toy or food item for Manna on Main Street and get a free gift. Call (610) 584-1155 or go to www.winetober.com.
Boo at the Zoo: Einstein Medical Montgomery’s Boo at the Zoo begins Oct. 11 and runs noon to 3 p.m. weekends through Oct. 26 at Elmwood Park Zoo, 1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown. The family-friendly Halloween event will feature trick-or-treat stations, themed attractions, costume contests, hay bale and corn mazes, and more. For more information, contact Guest Services at (610) 277-3825, ext. 222.
Freddy’s Fallfest: Saturdays and Sundays in October mean the 28th annual Fallfest at Freddy Hill Farms, 1440 Sumneytown Pike, Towamencin. Highlights include pig races, hayrides to the pumpkin patch, a cornstalk maze and giant slide, pony rides and more. Get more details at (215) 855-1205 or www.freddyhill.com.
Merrymead Farm: Harvest Days are back 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays in October at Merrymead, 2222 Valley Forge Road, Worcester. Activities include the Harvest Slinger, a 700-foot cornstalk tunnel, hayrides around the farm, wagon rides for children, games, a cornfield maze, inflatables and more. Learn more at (610) 584-4410 or www.merrymead.com. Fall Fest: Zion Mennonite Church, Front Street and Cherry Lane, Souderton, holds a Fall Fest and Car Show 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 11. For information, call (215) 723-3592.
Beer tasting highlights
Kennett Brewfest: Check www.kennettbrewfest.com for ticket availability for this rain or shine event with food and music, being held Oct. 11 in downtown Kennett Square. Doors open at noon for the Connoisseur Tasting and the regular festival begins at 2 p.m. All taps will close at 6 p.m.
Brews, Blues & BBQ: Fifteen microbreweries, music by Scoville Blues and food from Joey G’s Deli can be found 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 12 on the grounds of the Graeme Park historical site, 859 County Line Road, Horsham. Tickets are $30 ($35 at the gate), $10 for designated drivers. Call (215) 343-0965.
Day of the dead
Waking the Dead Bus Tour: Explore four Germantown burial grounds and enjoy coffee and pastries by the High Point Cafe 1 to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 11. The tour begins and ends at the Upper Burying Ground, 6309 Germantown Ave. Advance tickets are $20, $35 per couple; after Oct. 6 they’re $25 and $45 per couple. Go to www.freedomsbackyard.com/shop.
Vegan retreat: “Peace to All Beings” author Judy Carman, guided meditation, yoga classes, music, an animal blessing, a naturalist walk, and of course a vegan lunch, are part of a vegan spirituality retreat 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 11 in Saunders Woods, 1020 Waverly Road, Gladwyne. Registration is $60, $10 for children. Bring a yoga mat, water bottle, walking shoes and your companion animals. Call (215) 620-2130 or email email@example.com.
American Helicopter Museum: From 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 11 and 12 RotorFest 2014 features an all-helicopter air show, the U.S. Army Golden Knights Parachute Team, Huey and Cobra rides (extra fee required), Sky Soldiers re-enactments of Vietnam rescue missions and a tribute to Pennsylvania National Guard returning soldiers, and the 1960s Batcopter and Batmobile. The museum is at 1220 American Blvd., West Chester. Admission is $15, $10 for children 2-12. Call (610) 436-9600 or visit www.americanhelicopter.museum.
“Cuff Me: The Fifty Shades of Grey Unauthorized Musical Parody” also makes fun of hit songs from “Like a Virgin” to “Baby One More Time” to “Call Me Maybe” at 8 p.m. Oct. 18 at the Keswick Theatre, 291 N. Keswick Ave., Glenside. Tickets range from $50-$75. Call (215) 572-7650 or visit www,keswicktheatre.com.
Pieces of the past
Penn Museum: Channel your inner Indiana Jones during International Archaeology Day 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 18 at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, 3260 South St., Philadelphia. Activities include tours, games, talks on recent discoveries and a simulated archaeological dig. Admission is $15, $13 for seniors 65+, $10 for children 6-17. Call (215) 898-4000 or see www.penn.museum.
RiverCity Festival: The Fishtown Neighbors Association hosts the free festival noon to 6 p.m. Oct. 11 in Penn Treaty Park and includes a 5K fun run; live music by Matt Pond, The Lawsuits, TJ Kong and the Atomic Bomb, Ginger Coyle, Pine Barrons, Katie Barbato and the Levee Drivers; arts and crafts vendors; a beer garden; a family fun area with games, contests, an inflatable rock wall, moon bounce, inflatable obstacle course, magic shows; and more. Check out www.rivercityfestival.org and www.facebook.com/rcfestival.