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Taste festival, car shows and so much more weekend fun on tap

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STORY WRITTEN BY BRIAN BINGAMAN  
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Eat up the fun
Taste Festival of Food, Wine and Spirits: Paula Deen, “Top Chef” champion Nicholas Elmi and “Next Food Network Star” finalist Nicole Gaffney will be the special guests at this event 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. or 4 to 8 p.m. Oct. 17, and noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 18, at Valley Forge Casino Resort, 1160 First Ave., Upper Merion. Ticket prices vary. See http://philly.gourmetshows.com for the schedule of chef demonstrations and wine and spirit tastings.
Contemporary dance
Zellerbach Theatre: The Urban Bush Women troupe uses cultural expression as a catalyst for social change at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 22, 8 p.m. Oct. 23 and 2 and 8 p.m. Oct. 24. The theater is at 3680 Walnut St., Philadelphia. Tickets range from $20-$50. Call (215) 898-3900.
Trisha Brown: In the New Body: Bryn Mawr Performing Arts Series presents a year-long celebration of choreographer Trisha Brown. The “In the New Body” festival showcases Brown’s work and her influence on movement and art. “Performances the Early Years” is featured at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Oct. 18 at The Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia. At 8 p.m. Oct. 23-24, it’s “Performances the Early Years” at Bryn Mawr College’s Goodhart Hall, 150 N. Merion Ave., Bryn Mawr. See the complete schedule of events at www.trishabrown.brynmawr.edu.
Beer tasting
Ardmore Music Hall: The Ardmore Beer Hall 21+ event returns at noon Oct. 24. The festival will include live music by New Sound Brass Band and Whiskeyhickon Boys, more than 30 craft breweries, and food. Tickets are $40. AMH is at 23 E. Lancaster Ave., Ardmore. Get more details at www.ardmoremusic.com.
A longer look
James A. Michener Art Museum: New installments for the museum’s permanent collection can be found in two exhibitions in the Byers and Putman Smith Galleries, revealing to the public 80 pieces that include Pennsylvania impressionist works, as well as contemporary paintings and sculpture — many of which have never before been shown at the museum. The exhibition in the Byers Gallery is a permanent installation; the exhibition in the Putman Smith Gallery will be on view through Oct. 25. The Michener Museum is at 138 S. Pine St., Doylestown. Hours are Tuesdays through Sundays. Admission is $18, $17 for seniors, $16 for students, $8 for children 6-18, free to members and children under 6. For more information, visit www.michenerartmuseum.org or call (215) 340-9800.
Philadelphia Art Alliance: Poet Norma Elia Cantú and artist Marta Sanchez join forces for the exhibition “Transcendental Train Yard,” a new collaborative expression of Mexican and Mexican-American experiences along the railway in Mexico and Texas. Prints and poems are accompanied by scholarly essays by Constance Cortez and Peter Haney. Sanchez’s prints will be on view in the Shanis Programming Space from Oct. 18 through Nov. 1 during regular gallery hours — 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Books will be available for sale and signing on Oct. 25 at 3:30 p.m. Cantu and Sanchez will read at 4 p.m., followed by a short reception. Also on view at the PAA, 251 S. 18th St., Philadelphia, is “Material Legacy: Masters of Fiber, Clay and Glass” through Nov. 29. See www.philartalliance.org.
Amazing autos
Skippack International Car Show: The show is held 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 18 in Skippack Village, with the center of the event at Hotel Fiesole, 4046 Skippack Pike, Skippack. Activities include a car rally, car corral, live entertainment, food, a beer garden, an appearance by Spiderman, vendors, prizes for car owners and exhibitors in a variety of categories.
Fun to learn
Green Lane Park: “Flight of the Falcon” features live birds of prey demonstrations at 1 and 3 p.m. Oct. 10. Admission is free and all ages are welcome. Check it out at the park amphitheater. “Leave It to Beaver” on Oct. 17 examines the adaptations of beavers, their aquatic engineering and a short hike. Take a three-mile Fall Foliage Hike at 9 a.m. Oct. 24, meeting at the tennis court parking lot. Pre-registration is required for these programs by calling (215) 234-4528. The main park entrance is at Snyder and Deep Creek roads, Marlborough Township.
Peter Wentz Farmstead: What traditional chores were there for the autumn on a colonial farm during the Revolution? Check out “Harvest Hard Won” 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 17 at the historic site at 2030 Shearer Road, Worcester. Suggested donation is $2 per person. Call (610) 584-5104.
Pottsgrove Manor: Another place to learn about colonial life around here is during “The Plantation Whereon I Live” 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 24 at Pottsgrove Manor, 100 W. King St., Pottstown. Most activities will be outdoors, so dress for the temperature. There’s a $5 materials fee for children. Call (610) 326-4014.
Academy of Natural Sciences: Thousands of seashells will be on display and for sale at the Philadelphia Shell Show and Festival 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 17-18 at the Academy, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia. The show features competitive displays by collectors and amateur scientists and an international shell market with shell jewelry, books, knickknacks and more. Visitors also can enjoy live animal shows, learn about the anatomy of sea creatures by watching a dissection, and sift through a sandy beach for shells to take home. Admission is $17.95, $13.95 for children 3-12. For more visit www.ansp.org.
Upper Schuylkill Valley Park: A moonlight tour of the resident animals at the park is offered at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 24 with “By the Light of the Moon.” Register for this weather-dependent program by Oct. 22. Dress for the weather and bring a flashlight. The park is at 1600 Black Rock Road, Upper Providence. Call (610) 948-5170.
Pets day out
Lock 60 at Schuylkill Canal Park: Bark in the Park kicks off with a dog walk at 1 p.m. Oct. 18. Tour the trails, and enjoy demonstrations, seminars and dog contests. Admission is free. Call (610) 917-0021. The park is at 400 Towpath Road, Mont Clare.
Philadelphia Navy Yard: The ninth annual Mutt Strut Oct. 24 is a dogs-and-people-who-love-them walk to raise funds and awareness for PAWS’ efforts to save Philadelphia’s homeless, abandoned and unwanted animals. Check-in opens at 9 a.m., and the Strut kicks off at 11. The Navy Yard is at 4500 S. Broad St., Philadelphia. Registration at www.pawsmuttstrut.org is $25, free to children 12 and under. All registrants get a PAWS eco-bag and dog bandana on the day of the event.
Sister Cities Park: Fall Family Fun Days with Furry Friends continues 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 17 in the park at 18th Street and Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia. The fun includes hay rides around the park, dog safety and bite prevention for kids, free dog nail trims, Philadelphia Zoo’s Zoo on Wheels, dog training and tricks demonstrations, KYW KidsCast and entertainment by Steve Pullara and His Cool Beans Band.
Halloween time
McCoole’s Arts & Events Place: A Haunted House will be open 6 to 10 p.m. Oct. 22-24 and 28-30 at McCoole’s, Route 313 and Main Street, Quakertown. Rated PG-13 by the haunted house organizers, it will feature several room experiences with a ghostly theme and built-in surprises. Admission is $10. In addition, there’s a Halloween Bash 7 to 11 p.m. Oct. 24. Admission to this event is $40 and includes a buffet dinner, live band and complimentary wine and beer. Attendees can also access a cash bar. Costumes are not required. McCoole’s is offering their complimentary shuttle service to guests at the Bash, but is requesting advance notice by contacting Jan at (215) 538-1779. For more details, visit www.mccoolesredlioninn.com.
Tylersport Fire Company: The annual Haunted Hayrides runs 7 to 10 p.m. Oct. 16-17 and 23-24 on the firehouse grounds, Ridge Road, west of the intersection of Ridge and Allentown roads, Salford Township. Cost is $10, free to children under 5. Call (215) 257-5900.
Chestnut Hill Harry Potter Festival: Oct. 16-17 Potter fans of all ages can enjoy a weekend of film screenings, sorting hat demonstrations, a scavenger hunt and much more. Get the complete schedule at http://chestnuthillpa.com/showcase/harry-potter-festival.
Fonthill Museum: Grover Silcox’s dramatic performance of “The Tell-Tale Heart” and a tour of Henry Mercer’s castle at East Court Street and Route 313, Doylestown, gets underway 7 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 16. Registration is $20 and is required by calling (215) 348-9461.
Spring Mountain Ski Area: Scream Mountain, which features adventures such as a haunted hayride and walk, and Heart of Darkness Tours with zip lining, and continues (weather permitting) 6:30 to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, plus Thursday Oct. 29, through Oct. 30. Spring Mountain is at 757 Spring Mount Road, Upper Salford. Tickets are $25 for the walk and hayride (which includes a trip up the ski lift) or $18 for the hayride only. There are discounts for groups of 20 or more and active duty military families. For reservations and more information, call (610) 287-7900 or check www.springmountainadventures.com.
Elmwood Park Zoo: Boo at the Zoo runs noon to 3 p.m. weekends through Oct. 31 at the zoo, 1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown. Enjoy live entertainment, costume contests, costume parades, trick-or-treat stations and more. Harvest Fest is included with zoo admission of $14.95, $10.95 for seniors and children 3-12, $12.95 for students. For more information, contact guest services at (610) 277-3825, ext. 222 and check www.elmwoodparkzoo.org.
Philadelphia Zoo: Boo at the Zoo is held 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 17-18 and 24-25. Put on a costume and join in trick-or-treating, a Scarecrow Scavenger Hunt, animal education programs and more. The zoo is at 3400 W. Girard Ave., Philadelphia. Admission is $20, $18 for children 2-11. Visit www.philadelphiazoo.org.
Please Touch Museum: The Monster Mash from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 24 features trick-or-treating throughout the museum galleries, with goodie bags you can design yourself; themed art activities; ghoulish treats; a Halloween-themed photo booth; unlimited carousel rides; light refreshments; a spooktacular dance party and more. The museum is at 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia. Tickets are $25. Go to www.pleasetouchmuseum.org.
Music highlights
Penn View Christian School: The Liberty Belles Barbershop Chorus presents “A Night of Belles and Gongs,” including a gong-style talent show with participants from the community at 7 p.m. Oct. 17 at the school, 420 Godshall Road, Franconia Township. Tickets are $15, $12 for children under 12. Go to www.thelibertybelleschorus.com or call (215) 450-3853.
Montgomery County Community College: South African jazz pianist and composer Abdullah Ibrahim and his ensemble, Ekaya, are in concert at 8 p.m. Oct. 24 in the Science Center Theater, 340 DeKalb Pike, Whitpain. To order tickets, visit www.mc3.edu/livelyarts or call (215) 641-6518.
Opera on the Mall: Check out a free HD broadcast of the performance of Verdi’s “La Traviata” staged by Opera Philadelphia at the Academy of Music. The pre-show for “Opera on the Mall” starts at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 16 on Independence Mall. Look for the giant outdoor screen in the shadow of the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. Reserve your space at www.operaonthemall.org.
Kennett Symphony: The orchestra’s 75th anniversary opening gala concert starts at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 17 in the Unionville Performing Arts Center at Unionville High School, 750 Unionville Road, Kennett Square. Advance tickets are $25-$48, $30-$53 at the door, $10 for students up to age 18. Call (610) 444-6363 or see www.kennettsymphony.org.
Steel City Coffeehouse: Collegeville’s Don McAvoy & The Great Whatever present a CD release show at 8 p.m. Oct. 24. Steel City is at 203 Bridge St., Phoenixville. Advance tickets are $25. Go to www.steelcitycoffeehouse.com.
Union United Methodist Church: Peggy King and the All-Star Jazz Trio will perform a “Jazz Vespers Celebration of the Sinatra Centennial” at 7 p.m. Oct. 25 at the church, 200 Brookline Blvd., Havertown. The event is free and open to the public, with a free will offering. Call (610) 789-1700 or visit www.unionhavertown.org.
Miller Symphony Hall: The Allentown Symphony Orchestra marks the 50th anniversary of the film version of “The Sound of Music” with a Rodgers & Hammerstein concert program at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 17. Tickets start at $20. Miller Symphony Hall is at 23 N. Sixth St., Allentown. Call (610) 432-6715.
Swarthmore College: It’s the North American premiere of “Chopin Without Piano” as Polish actress Barbara Wysocka, accompanied by The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia, somehow performs both of Chopin’s piano concertos without a piano. Check out a free performance at 8 p.m. Oct. 24 in Lang Concert Hall, 500 College Ave., Swarthmore. Visit www.chopinwithoutpiano.com.
Fall festivities
Telford Oktoberfest: Celebrate the last days of the Indian Valley Farmers Market 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 17 at Stover Park and J.S. Stover Beverages, 115 S. Fourth St. Events include crafts, pony rides, games, face painting, live music, beer tasting and more.
New Hope & Ivyland Railroad: Steam train excursions include Trick or Treat Trains, Haunted Halloween Trains, Fall Foliage trips and the Grapevine Express. The New Hope station is at 32 W. Bridge St. Get the schedule and more details at (215) 862-2150 and www.newhoperailroad.com.
Autumn Alive festival: The festival is set for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 17 in downtown Quakertown. Highlights include a Pet Parade on Broad Street, food vendors, a beer garden and entertainment.
Upper Gwynedd Fall Fest: The 20th annual festival is held 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 17 in the Parkside Place Complex off Sumneytown Pike. For a nominal fee, there will be activities such as children’s crafts, entertainment, games and food. Free hay rides will be given throughout the day and check out the annual Car Show. You’re encouraged to attend Fall Fest in costume; those who arrive in their Halloween attire will be awarded a spooktacular prize. Pets are also welcome; dogs in costume receive a special doggie treat. Call (215) 699-7777, ext. 211.
Collegeville Oktoberfest: This inaugural event happens 4 to 8 p.m. Oct. 17 in the Collegeville Shopping Center parking lot, where guests can enjoy sampling beer and wine, plus German and barbecue small plate signature dishes from the borough’s independent restaurants and food vendors. Tickets are $25 for those over 21, $15 for Ursinus students (with school ID), $10 for those under 21 and designated drivers.
Pennypacker Mills: The All Hallow’s Eve Fall Festival features pumpkin painting, hayrides, kids crafts, refreshments and more from 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 17 at 5 Haldeman Road, Perkiomen Township.
Peddler’s Village: Celebrate fall at the first OctoberFEAST 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 17. The twist on the traditional German festival features a Beer, Wine and Spirits Garden; Bavarian food specialties, live music, kids’ entertainment and family friendly activities. The village is near the intersection of Route 202 and 263, Lahaska. Visit www.peddlersvillage.com or call (215) 794-4000.
Freddy’s Fallfest: Noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays in October mean the Amazing Cornstalk Maze and Giant Slide, hayrides to the pumpkin patch, pig races, pony rides, food, sand and button art and more at Freddy Hill Farms and Freddy’s Family Entertainment Center, 1440 Sumneytown Pike, Towamencin. Check the details at www.freddyhill.com/events.
Merrymead Farm: Harvest Days 2015 is held Saturdays and Sundays in October. Activities include hayrides, wagon rides for children, a cornstalk tunnel, children’s games, pumpkin painting, face painting, inflatables, the Harvest Slinger, a cornfield maze, food and weekday hours for the cornstalk tunnel (If you’re planning on going in the evening, bring a flashlight). Get more information at www.merrymead.com/fallHarvest.php.
Whites Road Park: MY FEST ’15 takes place noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 17 in the park off of White’s Road, Lansdale, with live music, performances, art, games and a variety of youth and family-based organizations offering resources and services for youth and families. The free event, produced almost entirely youth and young adults, aims to raise awareness and reduce the stigma about mental illness, substance abuse, foster care, and juvenile justice-related issues facing youth and young adults.
Main Line Art Center: From fire-spinners, food trucks, and outdoor artwork projections, to art making and demos, it’s at the free Panorama Festival 5 to 9 p.m. Oct. 24. The art center is at 746 Panmure Road, Haverford. Visit www.mainlineart.org or call (610) 525-0272.
Wissahickon Environmental Center: Whispers Along the Wissahickon is held 5:30 to 9 p.m. Oct. 23 at 300 Northwestern Ave., Philadelphia. Activities include hayrides, balloon animals, face painting, a bonfire and a guided night hike in the Wissahickon. Dinner and beer and wine will be served and Urban Drawl will play live bluegrass throughout the evening. Everyone is encouraged to come in costume. Tickets are $30, $15 for children, $85 for a family of four. Go to https://26134.thankyou4caring.org/whispers2015.
Behind the scenes
Old German Township House Tour: Go inside some of the area’s most historic and notable private homes in Chestnut Hill, Mt. Airy and Germantown from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Oct. 18. This year’s tour theme is “Home Design: Antique to Contemporary” and features six homes. Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 at the door. Call (215) 843-6333 or visit http://mtairylearningtree.org/historic-house-tour.
Stepping out
Walk For Freedom: Philly Walk For Freedom, a walk raising awareness and funding for victims of human trafficking, will take place from 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 17. The mile walk will start at City Hall Courtyard, Broad and Market streets, Philadelphia, and ending at Independence Mall, People’s Plaza, Fifth and Market streets. The event will conclude with a brief rally held on the plaza. Email thehopebagmission@gmail.com or register at www.eventbrite.com/e/phillywalkforfreedom-tickets-1855942674.
Norristown Farm Park: A Twilight Hike for ages 7 and up is offered at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 25. Pre-register at (610) 270-0215 and meet at the park office at 2500 Upper Farm Road, East Norriton.

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