WRITTEN BY BRIAN BINGAMAN
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Bounty of good times
Mennonite Heritage Center: The 43rd annual Apple Butter Frolic on Oct. 1 begins with a pancake and apple sausage breakfast 7:30 to 10:30 a.m. The Frolic runs 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., with apple and Pennsylvania German foods, folk crafts, farming demonstrations, children’s activities, horse and wagon rides and a baking contest. Park at Indian Valley Middle School, 130 Maple Ave., Lower Salford, and take the shuttle to the MHC. Admission is $8, $2 for children 6-12. Call 9215) 256-3020 or see www.mhep.org.
Keystone Fellowship Skippack: A carnival is held 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 8 on the church grounds, 2024 Cressman Road, Skippack. Activities include inflatable games, pony rides, zip lining, a mechanical bull, a dunk tank, games like golf swing and football throw, a kid zone, crafts and more. Get more information at (215) 362-8413.
North Wales Community Day: Check out the fun 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 1 in Weingartner Park, Second and Summit streets, North Wales. Activities include touch-a-truck, inflatable amusements, refreshments, music and a bike safety rodeo. There will also be vendors on Second and Church streets. Also, St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Second and Church streets, hosts Oktoberfest from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 1. Highlights include German food, music, beer, wine, raffles and a silent auction of a variety of baskets.
Arasapha Farms: The farm at 1835 Middletown Road, Glen Mills, offers Harvest Hayride festivities 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 30. Highlights include a petting zoo, hayrides and mazes, a pedal cart track, a gem mining experience and more. Call (610) 459-0647 or go to www.harvesthayride.com.
Eagleview Town Center: From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 2, it’s the Falling Leaf Fest. Among the day’s events are a Got Talent? Showcase, a curated craft market, food, children’s activities and more. Eagleview Town Center is off of Wellington Square, Exton. Go to www.eagleviewtowncenter.com and www.growingrootspartners.com.
Skippack Village: Skippack Days are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 1-2, with jewelry, crafts, artwork, live music and food. Check it out on Route 73, Skippack. Call (610) 584-6396.
Tabora Farms: The Big Apple Festival runs 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 1-2, with apples for 69 cents a pound, live music, crafts and wagon rides. The farm is at 1104 Upper Stump Road, Hilltown. Call (215) 249-3016.
Cliveden: The free Revolutionary Germantown Festival is set for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 1, with children’s activities, food, a beer garden and battle reenactments on the 6400 block of Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia. Check out www.revolutionarygermantown.org.
SteelStacks: The sixth annual Oktoberfest at SteelStacks is set for Sept. 30-Oct. 2 and Oct. 7-9. Enjoy German food and beer, live entertainment, dachshund races, the Great Lakes Timber Show and more. Because David Hasselhoff is such a beloved celebrity in Germany, there’ll be a Hasselhoff-Off competition at 8 p.m. Oct. 7. Adults 18+ can show off their Hoff-like good looks in a costume and impersonation contest, a simulated “Baywatch” beach rescue, a “Knight Rider” car-conversation challenge and karaoke songs to be performed in German. For more information on the free festival in Bethlehem, visit www.steelstacks.org/oktoberfest.
St. Eleanor Roman Catholic Church: The church at 647 Locust St., Collegeville, will host its first Amazing Harvest Festival from 1:30 to 5 p.m. Oct. 2. Enjoy food, games, contests and music and entertainment. Other highlights include a “dress like your stuffed animal” children’s parade, a children’s bounce house, a police dog demo and adoptable dogs from the Montgomery County SPCA. All games, contest entries and prizes will be free of charge. Food will be available to purchase from a variety of food trucks. For more information, call Anita at (610) 304-5900.
Meadowlands Country Club: Mingle with the staff and physicians of Grand View Health with Grand View Auxiliary’s Autumn Splendor — The Grand Gala at 6 p.m. Oct. 8 at the country club, 711 Boehms Church Road, Whitpain. Tickets are $150. Call (215) 513-3935 or visit www.gvh.org/AutumnSplendorGala.
Bucks County Wine Trail: It’s a Harvest Celebration weekend with festivities at Bucks County’s nine wineries Oct. 8-9. Sample wines, as well as freshly pressed grape juices that have not yet fermented into wine. Get a look at specific schedule of special activities at www.buckscountywinetrail.com.
John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum: The Philly Fall Nature Fest features free games, crafts, guided discovery hikes, “Trackless Trolley” rides, fishing, archery, paddling the Darby Creek with L.L. Bean, live music, live animals, refreshments and more. Also, vote for vote for the “People’s Choice Award” for the 15th annual Nature Photo Contest. It’s held 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 1 at the refuge at 8601 Lindbergh Blvd., Tinicum Township. Call (215)-365-3118.
PineCrest Country Club: Rotary Club of Blue Bell presents Chefs of the Burbs, a food festival and auction 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 6 at PineCrest, 101 Country Club Drive, Montgomery Township. Tickets are $60. See www.blubellrotary.org.
Bellevue State Park: The 13th annual Vendemmia Da Vinci Wine & Food Festival happens 2 to 6 p.m. Oct. 9 at the park in Wilmington, Del. Sample specialties from more than 20 restaurants, wines from every region of Italy and premium Italian beer. Entertainment includes contemporary and classic opera. The day also features a wine making contest. Tickets are $50 in advance, $60 at the gate. For directions and more information, call (877) 731-5790 or visit www.societadavinci.com.
New age exploration
Media VFW Post 3460: It’s a Holistic Fair and Psychic Party 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 1 at the VFW, 11 Hilltop Road, Media. Learn about natural and organic products, crystals, Reiki, mediums, animal healers and more. Admission is $2, free after 2 p.m. Call (484) 550-1661.
Mercedes-Benz of Fort Washington: Ambler Gives presents Fashion for a Cause 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 9. Local restaurants will be providing food and beverages while you enjoy music, dancers and a fashion show. The site is at 404 Pennsylvania Ave., Upper Dublin. Tickets range from $40-$150. Check out www.facebook.com/amblergives.
University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology: In honor of “The Golden Age of King Midas” exhibition, a Turkish Film Festival offers a look at the culture scene in Turkey Sept. 30-Oct. 9. Six films, ranging from dramas to an English-language travel documentary, will be offered. Admission is $10 per film and start times vary. The Penn Museum is at 3260 South St., Philadelphia. See the complete schedule at www.penn.museum.
Pfizer Collegeville: The Trick or Trot 5K Run/Walk to benefit the Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the National Hemophilia Foundation is set for Oct. 8 at 500 Arcola Road, Upper Providence. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. The kids half-mile fun run ($15) is at 8:45 a.m., and the 5K run/walk ($25) is at 9 a.m. Register at www.hemophiliasupport.org/eventcollegeville.html.
Elmwood Park Zoo: On Oct. 2 is the 11th annual Run Wild 5K & 1 Mile Walk benefiting RSVP’s children’s programs. The zoo is located at 1661 Harding Blvd., Norristown. The event begins at 9 a.m. (registration at 8 a.m.) and finishes at 11 a.m. Register by calling Mo at (610) 834-1040 ext. 30.
McKaig Nature Education Center 5K Trail Race: Park at 889 Croton Road, Wayne, for this inaugural race being held Oct. 1. Visit www.enjoymckaig.org and look for the race icon on the home page, or under the Events section.
American folk heroes
Mercer Museum: Poet and storyteller Michele Belluomini talks about legendary American figures, such as Johnny Appleseed, the Mighty Casey, and Sally Ann Thunder Whirlwind Crockett with “American Tall Tales and Larger-Than-Life Heroes” at 7 p.m. Oct. 8 at the museum, 84 S. Pine St., Doylestown. Admission is $14, $12 for youths. Register by calling (215) 348-9461.
Greshville Antiques and Fine Art: The Berks County Art Show & Sale runs noon to 5 p.m. Oct. 2 and 9, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 3-8 at 1041 S. Reading Ave., Boyertown. Call (610) 367-0076 or visit www.greshvilleantiques.com.
Daylesford Abbey: The 2016 Art Show is held noon to 4 p.m. daily Oct. 8-16. A grand opening is set for 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 7. The abbey is at 220 S. Valley Road, Paoli. Call (610) 647-2530, ext. 150 or go to www.daylesford.org.
Cabrini University: The Main Line Antiques Show happens 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Oct. 1 and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 2. Browse art, jewelry, design and antiques. The university is at 610 King of Prussia Road, Radnor. Learn more at (484) 580-9609 or www.mainlineantiqueshow.com.
Think like a designer
Design Philadelphia: “Home” is the theme of this year’s Design Philadelphia, held at various venues Oct. 6-16 (no programs Oct. 11-12 during Yom Kippur). The festival highlights the work of thousands of local designers, architects and creative professionals. The Kickoff Party is 6 to 10 p.m. Oct. 5 at Provenance, 1801 N. American St., Philadelphia. Plan ahead at www.designphiladelphia.org.
Off the beaten track
Lancaster County Best Kept Secrets Tour: The tour is offered Oct. 6-22, featuring 37 businesses and free special events. Tickets are $9. Learn more at (717) 721-1750 or www.bestkeptsecretstour.com.
Paoli Village Shoppes: The Paoli Blues Fest and street fair happens noon to 6 p.m. Oct. 1. Performing will be Vanessa Collier, Roger Girke Band, Blow the House Down, Little Buddy, Dukes of Destiny and Russ Lambert. Check it out at 41 Paoli Plaza, Paoli, across from the train station. Go to www.paolibluesfest.com.
World Cafe Live: WXPN’s Latin Roots Live! series presents a free, all-ages concert featuring Mexican singer/songwriter Carla Morrison at 8 p.m. Oct. 4. World Cafe Live is at 3025 Walnut St., Philadelphia. The opener will be alt-Latin rock cellist Daniel deJesus, formerly of Rasputina. Admission is free via RSVP at www.latinroots.org.
Calvary Center: Folk singer Ramblin’ Jack Elliot is in concert at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 9 at 801 S. 48th St., Philadelphia. Tickets are $20, $5 for children under 12. Go to www.crossroadsconcerts.org/concert-16-10-09.
SunnyBrook Ballroom: The Fabulous Greaseband plays a Meals on Wheels Fundraising Event Oct. 1 at 50 Sunnybrook Road, Pottstown. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show begins at 8. Tickets are $25 and there will be a cash bar. An all-inclusive buffet dinner will be served at 6 p.m. Contact Ruth at (610) 326-1610, ext. 336 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.fsmontco.org/events.
For baseball fans
Historical Society of Montgomery County: The Making History Greater series features a presentation by Mitchell Nathanson on “The Life and Legacy of Dick Allen,” and the former Phillie’s chances of getting into baseball’s hall of fame. The free Oct. 6 program starts at 5 p.m. with light refreshments, and the lecture at 5:30. The historical society is at 1654 DeKalb St., Norristown.
Eagle Fire Hall: On Oct. 9, it’s the New Hope Doll Show, held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 46 North Sugan Road, New Hope. Antique and modern collector dolls are featured. Admission is $3, free to children under 12. Contact Mark at (215) 657-2477 or email@example.com.
Opera on the Mall
Independence National Historical Park: An HD broadcast of Opera Philadelphia’s production of Puccini’s “Turandot” takes place at 7 p.m. Oct. 1 at Independence National Historical Park in Philadelphia. There will be three giant outdoor screens in the shadow of the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall. Tickets are free and available at www.operaonthemall.org.
Pages to stage
Mitchell Performing Arts Center: Bryn Athyn Community Theater presents “To Kill a Mockingbird” at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 1, 7 and 8, 2 p.m. Oct. 2. Tickets are $10 and 14 online at www.bact.org; $12 and $16 at the door. The theater is at 800 Tomlinson Road, Bryn Athyn.