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Big Bad Bonfire among seasonal weekend events

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BY BRIAN BINGAMAN  
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Scream Mountain highlight
Big Bad Bonfire: Join the 102.9 WMGK DJs 5 to 9 p.m. Oct. 18 at Spring Mountain Ski Area, 757 Spring Mountain Road, Upper Salford, for the free Big Bad Bonfire celebration that culminates with everyone gathering around a bonfire, crowned with a 12-foot high flaming guitar. There will be live music by Work Release, food truck fare, an outdoor bar, fire and rescue demos by Upper Salford Fire Company, plus the John DeBella Wife Carry and Pumpkin Fling contests (sign up at www.wmgk.com). Tickets will also be available for Spring Mountain’s Halloween attraction, Scream Mountain, which includes a haunted woods walk and hayride. Scream Mountain runs through October (see www.springmountainadventures.com).
Home show
Suburban Fall Home Show: Get advice from experts in home renovating, remodeling and fall landscaping noon to 8 p.m. Oct. 17, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Oct. 18 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 19 at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center, 100 Station Road, Upper Providence. Admission is free. Admission is free. Find out how you can win a gift card with your DIY selfie or YouTube video link at www.morefmphilly.com/Contests/Contests.aspx.
Canine caper
Calling All Dogs: This new, family-friendly dog walk, which benefits the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House, is set for 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 25 in Wilson Farm Park, 500 Lee Road, Wayne. There will be agility dog demonstrations, plus games and prizes and an appearance by dog show television analyst David Frei. The one-mile walk looping around the park will be followed by activities and entertainment, including a DJ and appearances by the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House therapy dogs and the National Dog Show Therapy Dog Ambassador Team. Games and prizes will include a top dog trick contest as well as costume and beauty contests. Participants can register in advance at www.nationaldogshowcharities.org for $20 per person or $35 per family (two or more). Day-of registration costs $25 per person or $40 per family. Information is also available by calling What A Good Dog at (610) 296-9243.
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Historic church bus tour: In the name of tolerance, William Penn offered a fresh start in “Penn’s Woods” for various German-speaking religious groups. The Mennonite Heritage Center is sponsoring a one-day bus tour to area historic churches on Oct. 23. The tour covers more than 300 years of church architecture and diverse congregations in Montgomery, Berks and Lehigh counties, including New Goshenhoppen United Church of Christ (congregation organized in 1728; current church built in 1857), Kraussdale Schwenkfelder Meetinghouse (1875), Huff’s Union Church (congregation organized in 1760; current church built 1881), Most Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church (old chapel built circa 1743), Augustus Lutheran Church (congregation organized in 1730; old church structure built in 1743), and Old Goshenhoppen Reformed Church (congregation organized in 1730; existing structures built in 1732 and 1858). A Pennsylvania Dutch style lunch will be served in the Huff’s Church hall. The tour will depart from Perkiomen Tours, Main St. (Route 29), Pennsburg, at 8 a.m. and return there at 5:30 p.m. The fee is $87. Register at www.mhep.org, email info@mhep.org or call (215) 256-3020.
Endless summer
Ocean Fest: The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, hosts Ocean Fest 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 18 and 19. The festival features seashell hunts, shark dissections, live animal shows, sea story readings and an international shell market, and the largest display of shells in the Northeast. Admission is $15.95, $13.95 for children 3-12, seniors, students and military personnel. For more information, visit ansp.org.
Star gazing
Montgomery County Community College: Take a closer look at the night sky during a free community night in MCCC’s Observatory and Observation Deck 8 to 10 p.m. Oct. 20. The Observatory is located on the third floor of the Advanced Technology Center, 1313 Morris Road, Whitpain. Call the observatory hotline at (215) 641-6460, an hour before each event for information about cancelation due to weather conditions.
Spooky times
Morgan Log House: From 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Oct. 24, it’s the annual Mayhem at Morgan. Lantern tours for ages 8 and up of the Morgan Log House site at 850 Weikel Road, Towamencin, will open up a world of ghosts and happenings from the past. Reservations are encouraged, and sturdy walking shoes are recommended. Admission is $7, $5 for students and seniors. Call (215) 368-2480 or email director@morganloghouse.org.
Haunted Germantown: “Ghosts of the Great Road” is an interactive ghost walk covering several blocks in Historic Germantown, with a live paranormal investigation, held Oct. 25. Tour A departs at 3 p.m. from the Germantown Historical Society, 5501 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia. Tour B departs at 6 p.m. from Upsala, 6430 Germantown Ave. Visit www.mtairylearningtree.org or call (215) 843-6333 to register.
Mercer Museum: Mercer by Moonlight Tours at 7 and 8 p.m. Oct. 24 explore the history and folklore of some of the Doylestown museum’s more chilling or ghoulish objects, including a hearse, gallows, “witch” doctor’s canes, brooms and more. Admission is $12, $10 for children under 12. Register for a tour by calling (215) 348-9461.
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 rking2@montcopa.org.
Musical adventures
Montgomery County Community College: “Old School, New School” is the theme of its 2014-15 Lively Arts season. Jazz guitarist and singer John Pizzarelli kicks it off at 8 p.m. Oct. 18 in the Science Center Theater, 340 DeKalb Pike, Whitpain. Visit www.mc3.edu/livelyarts or call (215) 641-6518 for more information and tickets.
Philly Pops: “Era of ABBA” launches the ensemble’s 36th season with the hits of ABBA (which got a second life as songs in the Broadway musical “Mamma Mia!”), Carole King, Paul Simon and John Denver. The Finnish vocal ensemble Rajaton will perform with the Philly Pops. Show times are 8 p.m. Oct. 17 and 3 p.m. Oct. 18 and 19 in Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center of the Performing Arts, 300 S. Broad St., Philadelphia. Tickets range from $33 -$110. Visit www.phillypops.org or call (215) 893-1999.
Pennsylvania Philharmonic: Pianist Simone Dinnerstein will be the featured soloist of the orchestra’s inaugural season during a “Fascinatin’ Rhythms: Gershwin, Ravel, Copland & More” program at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Pottstown Performing Arts Center, 750 N. Washington St., Pottstown. Visit www.paphilharmonic.org.
Bucks County Choral Society: The program “My Soul, There is a Country — Sacred Poetry in Song” is presented at 4 p.m. Oct. 26 at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, Route 413 and Cold Spring Creamery Road, Buckingham Township. For tickets, call (800) 838-3006 or go to www.buckschoral.org.
Swingin’ the Standards: Playground at the Adrienne Theatre, 2030 Sansom St., Philadelphia, presents a Great American Songbook cabaret with Susan Perti, Sarah Lynn Dewey and Tommy DelCorio Jr. at 3 p.m. Oct. 19. Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 at the door. Visit www.swinginthestandards.com or call (800) 838-3006.
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.
Perkasie Patchwork Coffehouse: Celtic roots band Long Time Courting is in concert at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 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.
Christopher Dock High School: The Walking Roots Band, an acoustic Americana music group, performs at 8 p.m. Oct. 18 in the school’s Clemens Auditorium, off Detweiler Road, Towamencin. Donations will be accepted to support Dock’s music program. Visit www.dockhs.org or call (215) 362-2675 for more information.
Good taste
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.
Curtain call
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.
Keswick Theatre: “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. Frank Ferante’s one-man Groucho Marx show, “An Afternoon with Groucho,” starts at 3 p.m. Oct. 19. Tickets range from $19.50-$29.50.
Call (215) 572-7650 or visit www.keswicktheatre.com.
Arden Theatre Company: A stage version of Charles Dickens’ “Great Expectations” runs Oct. 23-Dec. 14 at the Arden Theatre Company, 40 N. Second St., Philadelphia. Adult tickets range from $36-$50. For show times, call (215) 922-1122 or visit www.ardentheatre.org.
Bryn Athyn Community Theater: Louisa May Alcott’s “Little Women” comes to life on the stage at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 23-25, with an additional 2 p.m. matinee on the 25th, at the Mitchell Performing Arts Center, 800 Tomlinson Road, Bryn Athyn. For ticket information, see the Bryn Athyn Community Theater Facebook page or www.bact.org.
EgoPo: The theater company’s “American Giants” season begins with “Death of a Salesman.” Previews are Oct. 22-23, with a run Oct. 24-Nov. 9 at The Latvian Society, 531 N. Seventh St., Philadelphia. Tickets are $25, $30 for opening nights. Visit www.egopo.org or call (267) 273-1414.
Players Club of Swarthmore: “Peter Pan” hits the Players Club of Swarthmore stage Oct. 24-Nov. 9. Note that this particular version of the “Peter Pan” story contains adult language and themes; parental discretion is advised. Wednesday and Thursday performances are at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday performances are at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees are at 2 p.m. Group rates (15 or more patrons) are available. Reservations can be made either online at www.pcstheater.org or by calling (866) 811-4111. The theater is at 614 Fairview Road, Swarthmore.
Fall favorites
Upper Gwynedd: The 18th annual Fall Fest happens 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 18 in the Parkside Place Complex off Sumneytown Pike. Enjoy hayrides, cookie and pumpkin decorating, scarecrow making, a moon bounce and giant slide, arts and crafts, refreshments, a car show and “Touch a Truck.”
Pennypacker Mills: The Victorian All Hallow’s Eve Fall Festival runs 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 18. Children can help with the shucking of dried corn that would have been used to feed farm animals, shred and press fresh apples to make homemade apple cider, paint pumpkins and take a ride around the large meadow in a tractor-pulled hayride. Enjoy refreshments of hot cider, spiced wafers and candy corn. This is a free event. All ages are welcome. Pennypacker Mills is at 5 Haldeman Road, Perkiomen Township. Call (610) 287-9349 or visit www.montcopa.org/pennypackermills.
Boo at the Zoo: Einstein Medical Montgomery’s Boo at the Zoo 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.
Stenton: A free Halloween Harvest Festival happens 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 25, with fall crafts and activities, and a haunted cellar tour at Stenton, 4601 N. 18th St., Philadelphia. Visitors can also take part in pumpkin painting and enjoy spice cookies and cider. Come in costume. Reservations requested by calling (215) 329-7312 or email programs@stenton.org.
Advent Lutheran Church: Fall Fest is held 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 18 at the church, Route 113 at Landis Road, Lower Salford. Highlights include tethered hot air balloon rides (9 to 11), pony rides (1 to 2:30), auction prizes, crafters, a 50/50 raffle, a chili cook-off, a bake sale, children’s games and a moon bounce.
Trinity Lutheran Church: The fourth annual Craft Fair is held 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 18 at Trinity, 1000 W. Main St., Lansdale. Pre-order your homemade corn chowder with chicken, or vegetable soup. Quart size containers are $7 each. Call (215) 368-1710.
Mater Dei Catholic School: All are invited to celebrate autumn at the first annual Mater Dei Catholic School Scarecrow Festival 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 18 in the front of the school, 493 E. Main St. and Lansdale Avenue, Lansdale. Vote for your favorite scarecrow made by Mater Dei families and enjoy snacks and cider. For questions, call (215) 368-0995.
Pumpkin Harvest Weekends: Through October, Milky Way Farm and Chester Springs Creamery, 521 Uwchlan Ave., Chester Springs, has kid-friendly activities, such as hayrides to the pumpkin patch and a corn maze. The farm is open on Harvest Weekends from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. where visitors can see the farm animals and browse harvest products such as pumpkins, gourds and squash while enjoying ice cream from the Chester Springs Creamery. Northern Star Farm: Weekends in October from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the farm, 96 Third Ave., Trappe, means a Fall Festival, with petting zoos, bonfires, pumpkin patches and hayrides. This year, use a cannon to launch small pumpkins and apples at targets to blow off some steam and have fun.
Beer tasting
Conshohocken Beer Fest: A.A. Garthwaite Stadium, East 11th Avenue and Fayette Street, Conshohocken, is the venue for this event with more than 40 craft brewers, held 1 to 5 p.m. Oct. 18. Tickets are $40, $10 for designated drivers. For more information, including Beer Fest “Beer Week” events, go to www.conshohockenbeerfestival.com.
Pieces of the past
Glencairn Museum: “Viking Invasion” is the theme of the 2014 Medieval Festival, held 1 to 5 p.m. Oct. 26 at Glencairn, 1001 Cathedral Road, Bryn Athyn. Call (267) 502-2600.
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.
Halloween fun
Halloween Happening: Burn Brae Day Camp, 1405 Twining Road, Upper Dublin, offers a pizza dinner with healthy sides, snacks, a movie, games, a costume contest and more 5:30 to 9 p.m. Oct. 18. Cost is $35, $30 for additional siblings. Make reservations at burnbraedaycamp@aol.com or (215) 657-3388.
Harleysville Hayride: Fridays through Sundays through Oct. 31, go on either a family hayride or haunted hayride at New Life Youth and Family Services at 585 Freeman School Road, Lower Salford. For rates, visit www.harleysvillehayride.com.
Pearl S. Buck International: Figures from writer Pearl S. Buck’s life and writings come back from the dead with special “Ghost Tours” at 6 and 8 p.m. Oct. 24 and 4:30 and 6 p.m. Oct. 26. Pre- register at www.pearlsbuck.org/events. Tours, which are appropriate for middle school-age children and older, will depart from the Welcome Center, 520 Dublin Road, Hilltown. The $10 fee also includes freshly-pressed apple cider.
Perkiomen Watershed Conservancy: The 24th annual Halloween Night Hike along a pumpkin-lit path offers children 3-9 a chance to meet and talk with several nocturnal creatures Oct. 17 and 18. The guided hikes end at a campfire, where refreshments and seasonal stories top off the evening. The rain date for either evening is Sunday, Oct. 19. Cost is $15 per child and $10 per adult, with discounts for members. Hikes depart every 15 minutes, starting at 6:15 p.m. from the Brownstone Barn Center, Route 73 and Haldeman Road, Perkiomen Township. The last hike leaves at 7:45. Register at https://pwcoutreach.wufoo.com/forms/2014-halloween-night-hike-registration.
Colonial Gardens: Located on Route 724 between Pottstown and Phoenixville, the shop is offering haunted hayrides and admission to their Haunted House of Horrors every Friday and Saturday during October with the option to purchase a joint ticket for both. It also offers night hayrides for children Oct. 20 and 22. Colonial Gardens also has options for those who can do without the haunts. Their Pumpkin Land features daily hayrides, a Halloween Funhouse, moon bounces, a corn maze and Casper’s Castle. New this year is also their Walk of Terror. For $15, participants can begin the walk in the barn ruins and follow a path through their Haunted Woods on Oct. 17, 18, 24 and 25. Walk of Terror begins at 10 p.m. on scheduled nights.
Haunted Hayrides: Tylersport Fire Company’s Haunted Hayrides are back Oct. 17-18 and 24-25 at the firehouse on Ridge Road, Salford Township. Tickets are $10, free to children under 5, and sold 7 to 10 p.m.
Eye catching
Vox Populi: Among the new exhibits on view through Nov. 3 at the gallery on the third floor of 319 N. 13th St., Philadelphia, is “Beat Your Altar” by Mark Stockton. A drawing-based installation exploring themes of longevity, death and relevance, “Beat Your Altar” features a life mask of Michael Jackson, small paintings, a playable PS4, and a “Mad” magazine. Hours are noon to 6 p.m. Wednesdays through Sundays. Call (215) 238-1236 or visit www.voxpopuli.org.

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