The main theme on my Facebook news feed lately has been how depressing the cold weather is in the area. I try to be more positive when it comes to fall and winter because the cold weather does bring with it holidays like Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s, and some great local events. This weekend offers up some excellent opportunities to enjoy indoor and outdoor activities. This weekend’s weather looks to be chilly, but clear for most of the weekend with a 30% chance of rain tonight. Sunday is expected to warm up with a high in the mid-60s. Most of the events were pulled from our event calendar where you can find hundreds of local area events each month: http://www.newbedfordguide.com/calendar. Know of another event this weekend? Post a reply!
Friday, October 12th
Each year the Button Park Zoo (425 Hawthorn Street) puts together an amazing Halloween themed adventure for the entire family. The event will run every weekend in October. Rides include a spoooooky train ride and a bewitching carousel ride.
Cost: Zoo Members: $8/adult; $5/child
Non-Members: $13/adult; $10/child
The Activist at Your Theatre (12-14 October)
The Activists takes you from the civil rights movement in the 60s to the struggle of someone coming out of the closet as a gay man in the 80s. The Activist opened Thursday night at Your Theatre (136 Rivet Street) and has showings Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. From the producers: “Back in the tumultuous ’60′s Gene was front and center as an activist and organizer in the Black Voter Registration drive in Alabama. Now it is 1982 and Gene has assumed a quieter life. But Gene’s quiet life is powerfully disrupted by Ed, an old ’60′s colleague, who brings his friend Jimmy to meet Gene. Their purpose is to get Gene back in the game, this time to become active and a leader in the Gay Rights Movement. To do so, however, Gene would finally have to openly, publicly, come out of the “closet,” something he has avoided his entire life.”
Ever want to to take part in a ghost investigation? Here’s your chance to investigate Fort Taber (1000 South Rodney French Boulevard) with some experts! The night includes dinner, lectures, and hours of ghost investigating in this historic fort, its grounds, and bunkers for $99.
6:00 PM – Arrive/Meet and Greet
6:30 PM – Dinner
7:30 PM – Lectures and historical overview of the site
9:30 PM to 1:30 AM – Investigations
1:30 AM to 2:00 AM – Reconvene for wrap up and evidence analysis
Full details and to purchase tickets: http://legendtrips.com/forttaber.shtml. Facebook event here: http://www.facebook.com/NewBedfordGuide#!/events/371577806249875/.
The Portuguese Kids Comedy Night (7-10 p.m.)
Finally we are starting to get a lot of comedy shows in the area. There have been shows at Gallery X and Cork Wine and Tapas, and now one at White’s of Westport (66 State Road, Westport). This event is hosted by the Kennedy-Donovan Center. Tickets are $25. Call (508) 997-5875 or e-mail email@example.com for more details.
Saturday, October 13th
New Bedford Pilots Association Toy Drive Flights (10 a.m. – 4 p.m.)
Head over to the New Bedford Airport (1460 Airport Road) and take a scenic tour of New Bedford, Dartmouth and Fairhaven. Flights are $30 for adults and $15 for children. Proceeds will be used to buy gifts for children in the New Bedford PACE Headstart program. You can call (508) 679-6010 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
One of my bucket list items is to stomp grapes at a vineyard. Running Brook Vineyard and Winery (335 Old Fall River Road, North Dartmouth) is offering music, hayrides, craft vendors, harvest bingo, and some grape stomping all weekend. Full details: http://runningbrookwine.com/home/news-and-events
1st Annual Autumn Revelry at For Taber (5-9 p.m.)
Fort Taber~Fort Rodman Historical Association, Inc., (FTFRHA) will host the First Annual Autumn Revelry, a fundraiser to benefit FTFRHA and the Fort Taber-Fort Rodman Military Museum. The inaugural event will take place on Saturday, October 13, and will feature a buffet dinner catered by M&C Café. Dinner will include a fall salad, chicken with Madeira sauce, garlic mashed potatoes, a fall vegetables and rolls. The dinner will take place at the Fort Taber Park Community Center with seatings available at 5 p.m., 6 p.m., or 7 p.m. Full details: http://www.newbedfordguide.com/fort-taberfort-rodman-autumn-revelry/2012/09/18
Spooky Scarecrow Contest (9 a.m. – 2 p.m.)
Drop off your scary scarecrow at the Fairhaven Academy (141 Main Street, Fairhaven) on Saturday between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. for your chance to win some fantastic prizes. The scarecrows will remain on display until 3 November so stop by to check them out! Full details with eligibility requirements: http://hauntedfairhaven.blogspot.com/p/spooky-scarecrow-contest.html.
Sunday, October 14th
Massachusetts Wine Festival (1-4 p.m.)
If you are a wine lover like me, the Massachusetts Wine Festival at Marshfield Fairgrounds (140 Main Street, Marshfield) is the place to be this Sunday. The Marshfield Fairgrounds are located just north of Plymouth so take a moment to see the Plymouth rock on the way up there. Tickets are $45 and includes a souvenir wine glass and wine tasting. The vendors will include artisan bakers, cheesemakers, chocolatiers and specialty food producers. Live music will be performed by jazz musician Charlie Apicella. The event will also feature a winemaking competition for professionals and amateurs. Contact email@example.com for entry information.
List of participating wineries:
- Amherst Farm Winery – Amherst
- Coastal Vineyards – South Dartmouth
- Hardwick Vineyard & Winery – Hardwick
- Mineral Hills Winery – Florence
- Mt Warner Vineyards – Hadley
- Still River Winery – Harvard
- Travessia – New Bedford
- Truro Vineyards of Cape Cod – Truro
- Westport Rivers Vineyard & Winery – Westport
- Zoll Cellars – Shrewsbury
Harvest Moon Seafood Festival in Mattapoisett (2-5 p.m.)
The Harvest Moon Seafood Festival (Shipyard park) benefits the annual Holiday in the Park Celebration that takes place in Mattapoisett. Entrees include grilled swordfish, scallops and other seafood delights donated by local restaurants and businesses. Tickets are $6 per entree. For more information call (508) 758-4100 ext 4.