WRITTEN BY BRIAN BINGAMAN
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Mud Island Halloween
Fort Mifflin: One of the top ten most haunted sites in America, according to Travel Channel, there’s an Open Investigation Evening for paranormal investigation 7 p.m. to midnight Oct. 14. Bring your own equipment, or just your cell phone flashlight and learn tips from experienced investigators. There will be hot beverages and light refreshments. Cost is $45 per person; advance tickets required.
Candlelight Ghost Tours are offered every half-hour from 7 to 10 p.m. Oct. 15, 21 and 29. Tickets are $20, $15 for children 12 and under. Fort Mifflin on the Delaware is at Fort Mifflin and Hog Island roads, Philadelphia. Call (215) 685-4167 or visit www.fortmifflin.us.
Adventures in art
Montgomery County Community College: Philadelphia artist James Dupree successfully saved his art studio from a government eminent domain claim. Dupree will be sharing the story about his fight, and his artwork, with the art exhibition “Stolen Dreams from the Promised Zone” Oct. 12-Nov. 4 in the Fine Arts Center Gallery, 340 DeKalb Pike, Whitpain. Also, see a documentary film Oct. 13 from 5:30 to 9 p.m. in the Science Center Theater. An opening reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. in the gallery, and a reception will be held prior to the documentary showing at 5:30 p.m. Admission is free.
Montgomery County Community College West: MCCC and the Schuylkill River Heritage Area have partnered to present a three-dimensional quilt exhibit, which illustrates the impact of climate change and pollution on our national parks. See it through Oct. 28 in the Fine Arts Gallery, North Hall, 16 High St., Pottstown. Admission is free.
Kings Oaks Farm: Art at Kings Oaks, a pop-up art show with 20 visual artists from across the U.S. and abroad, is on view Oct. 7-16. The exhibition takes place in an historic barn and chapel at 756 Worthington Mill Road, Newtown. The opening reception is held 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 7 and the hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekends. Call (215) 603-6573.
Wayne Art Center: It’s a celebration of the body with “The Nude, Mirror of Desire: Paul DuSold and Scott Noel” in the Davenport Gallery, “The Nude Figure” juried exhibition in the Ethel Sergeant Clark Smith Gallery and “Sculpting the Figure Work by the Students of Jennifer Frudakis” in the Walter J. Miller Student Gallery, all from Oct. 16-Nov. 19. The center is at 413 Maplewood Ave., Wayne. Visit www.wayneart.org.
Dinner and dancing
Norristown Cedar Club: On Oct. 15, the Greater Norristown Art League celebrates its 75th anniversary with a Diamond Jubilee Dinner & Dance from 5-10 p.m. at the club, 810 W. Germantown Pike, East Norriton. The event is open to the public and tickets are $3. Go to www.gnal.org or call (610) 539-3393.
Fall for fun
White’s Road Park: Kicking off Lansdale Oktoberfest Oct. 15 will be a PennSuburban Chamber of Greater Montgomery County/Variety — the Children’s Charity family-friendly Firkin 5K race at 10 a.m. Participants receive race bags with local coupons and giveaways, and the first 200 registrants get a printed shirt. Individual awards will be earned; each handcrafted by a child with a physical or cognitive disability. Race details and registration can be found at www.pennsuburban.org/5k or call (215) 362-9200. Runner registration is $40 through race day, and $25 for each walker.
Spring Mountain Ski Area: Quarrymen who still roam the mountain after death are out to frighten you with the Scream Mountain haunted lift/walk and haunted hayride 6:30 to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through October, weather permitting. For younger kids, there are also daylight hayrides, with no actors, that run at 6 p.m. You have the option to take Heart of Darkness zip line tours for $99. Regular tickets are $25 ($20 for families of active military), $18 for the hayride only. Call (610) 287-7900 or go to www.screammountain.com.
Parkside Place: Upper Gwynedd Township’s Fall Fest happens 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 15 in the complex off of Sumneytown Pike. New this year are hay rides and a petting zoo. Attractions also include children’s crafts, entertainment, games, food and a car show. Prizes will be given for kids who show up in costume.
Green Lane Park: Take a free wildlife hayride around Deep Creek Lake at 4 or 6 p.m. Oct. 8, and sing some songs along the way. Pre-register at (215) 234-4528 and meet at the park’s tennis courts.
Upper Salford Township Park: The township marks its 275th anniversary with a celebration event 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 15 (rain date is noon to 5 p.m. Oct. 16) in the park at the corner of Schwenksville and Salford Station roads. There will be music, crafts, food, a historic trolley tour and a car show with antique cars, street rods, muscle cars, trucks, sports cars and antique tractors from 1900-1990.
Norristown Farm Park: Pre-register at (610) 270-0215 for a free Fall Migration Bird Walk at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 14. Bring binoculars if you have them, and meet in parking lot No. 3.
On Oct. 16 at 2 p.m., create your own scarecrow. Join the contest to see who can make the scariest, most original and the best overall scarecrow. Bring your own scarecrow clothes and scarecrow head. The park will provide the straw. Cost is $5 per scarecrow. All ages are welcome and pre-registration is required. Meet outside the park office.
Tabora Farms: Oct. 8-9 and 15-16, it’s pumpkins, a kids’ maze, a Spooky Walk, wagon rides and more. Check out www.tabora.farm and head to 1104 Upper Stump Road, Hilltown.
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.
SteelStacks: The sixth annual Oktoberfest at SteelStacks continues 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.
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.
Awbury Arboretum Agricultural Village: Harvest Festival 2016 happens 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 8, with live music, children’s activities, cider pressing and more at 901 E. Washington Lane, Philadelphia. Parking will be available on Ardleigh Street and Washington Lane.
Church of the Holy Spirit: Oct. 8 is a pulled pork and apple bake dinner with a car and truck cruise-in 3 to 7 p.m. on the church grounds, Barndt Road and Sumneytown Pike, Upper Salford. There will also be live bluegrass. Food tickets are $10, $6 for children under 12. Take-outs available. Call (215) 234-8020 or go to www.churchoftheholyspirit.us.
Birds of prey
Green Lane Park: Check out free live falcon shows at 1 and 3 p.m. Oct. 8. Meet near the park amphitheater at 2298 Green Lane Road, Marlborough Township.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Lower Providence Community Library: Dave DeLuca presents “The Star-Spangled Songbook” Oct. 13, paying tribute to great American composers and singing the hits of George and Ira Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Rodgers & Hart and Cole Porter from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. This program is free and open to the public. Registration is requested by emailing email@example.com, or calling (610) 666-6640, ext. 25. The library is located at 50 Parklane Drive.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Strasburg Rail Road: The fourth annual Steampunk unLimited event Oct. 14-16 is an immersive experience into Steampunk culture, including musical entertainment, fashion, sideshows, vendors, authors, historians, food, a Victorian Ball and more. Festivities kick off 6 p.m. Oct. 14 and continue 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Oct. 15 and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 16. Ticket packages include $56 for adults and $40 for
children for a three-day pass, $46 for adults and $30 for children for Saturday-Sunday passes, $20 for Friday only, $40 for Saturday only and $30 for Sunday only. Attendees do not have to dress in Steampunk gear. Regular attractions will also operate during Steampunk unLimited at the railroad, 301 Gap Road, Ronks. Visit http://strasburgrailroad.com/steampunk or call (717) 687-7522.
Pottsgrove Manor: Learn about the mills owned by John Potts with a “Grist for the Mill” program at 1 p.m. Oct. 8 at Pottsgrove Manor, 100 W. King St., Pottstown. Suggested donation is $2 per person. Call (610) 326-4014.
Theatre Horizon: The musical “A New Brain” explores one man’s quest for a second chance at life Oct. 13-Nov. 6 at Theatre Horizon, 401 Dekalb St., Norristown. Tickets range from $30-$45. See www.theatrehorizon.org or call (610) 283-2230.