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October 18th - October 24th 2012 Triangle

by Pam & Michael Davison

 This weekend's events are all about Halloween and Fall! One more great weekend where there is something fun to do for just about every age and interest. The State Fair continues through Sunday if you haven't had a chance yet to take in all the sights and sounds the Fair has to offer.

How many events and parks have you logged in on the ParkGeek Passport Challenge? This weekend, the featured destination is a Corn Grinding Demo & Costumed Tour at Historic Yates Mill County Park. All the Wake County Parks are also Passport Challenge Destinations. Get out this fall, scan the QR Codes and see how much fun you can log!
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Getting in the Halloween Spirit

The Preservation Society of Chapel Hill has partnered with writers John Paul Middlesworth and Ernest Dollar with the acting talents of Deep Dish Theater to present a version of  Voices From the Grave on Friday andh Saturday.

Celebrate fall and pumpkins at Pumpkinfest at the Barwell Road Community Center on Friday evening. Pumpkins will come alive through fun carnival games, obstacle courses and crafts.
Bring your kids to the W.D. Hill Recreation Center for a Fall Festival. Saturday night's celebration will be a safe night of games, music, treats, costume contests and some 'scary' surprises!
Discover the good nature of bats and see a live vampire bat feeding during Batology on both Saturday and Sunday at the NC Zoo.
The Haunted Mordecai Free Festival and Mordecai House Ghost Tours are next weekend, but the fun starts this weekend with Haunted Trolley Tours of historic downtown Raleigh's most haunted places. The trolley departs from Mordecai Historic Park and takes an hour long journey ending at the City Cemetery.
The Carroll Howard Johnson Environmental Education Park will be hosting a Haunted Trail on Saturday night. There will be an early family version followed by a full fright version.
Join the Natural Science Center of Greensboro for their annual Pumpkin Palooza. Kids can decorate pumpkins, play pumpkin-themed games, enjoy tasty pumpkin treats and watch the animals eat or play with theirs!
Make a fall inspired craft, soak up the fall colors as you enjoy a guided nature hike, and enjoy carving a pumpkin during a Fall Foray at Durant Nature Park on Saturday.
Octoberfeast at the North Carolina Museum of Art on Sunday will feature a full day of feasting. Attend "Play with your Food" workshops and make your own edible works of art. Meet local artisans and chefs who craft delicious foods daily, and purchase something delicious from one of the local food trucks rounded up for the day.
Everyone is invited to The Haunting of Wake Forest, a free program about some of the ghosts and spirits who continue to live in and around Wake Forest homes Sunday afternoon.
Creepy Crawlies will be the Family Creature Feature at Crowder District County Park on Monday afternoon. Join them as they explore the world of squirmy animals and their role in their habitat.
Reel-ly Scary Cary starts Tuesday night at Regency Park. The five day long spooky film festival will feature "Carrie" on Tuesday, "Shutter Island" on Wednesday, "Woman in Black" Thursday, "The Spiderwick Chronicles" Friday and "Rocky Horror Picture Show" Saturday.
Festivals, Music & Movies

The Cary Diwali Celebration is back! Come to Regency Park to enjoy music and dance by local children, dance schools, ethnic handicrafts, clothing and jewelry bazaars, exhibitions as well as food choices from various parts of India. This year's theme is Maitri - Celebrating Friendships and the highlight will be a performance by the Shiamak Dance Team.

The NC Museum of Art kicks off the weekend Friday with live music be Ed Stephenson, a Gallery Tour focusing on love and passion and the 1974 Roman Polanski movie Chinatown starring Jack Nicholson, Faye Dunaway.
Main Street Square in Holly Springs invites you to join them for their last Summer Concert of the season. Donnie Howard and the Nautically Challenged will be playing while you enjoy treats from local food trucks.
Head on over to the Raleigh Amphitheater Saturday for the Downtown Family Get Down. Featuring balloon artists, face painting, magicians and the bands Sandbox, Mommie (Doug Mcmillan), and Michael Franti and Spearhead.
Saturday is Dog Day in the Park in Holly Springs. Bring you pup and enjoy food, fun, entertainment and some adoptable dogs.
NewFound Road will be playing their contemporary bluegrass at the Sertoma Amphitheatre for a Concert in the Park on Saturday afternoon.
Come to the Museum of Life and Science on Saturday to Welcome the Alpacas to the Farmyard. The sheep have been retired to a farm, the barnyard renovated and the Alpacas are here!
The Durham Bulls will host their annual Fall Fan Fest on Saturday. Come on out to enjoy behind the scenes tour of the Bulls clubhouse, catch and batting practice on the field, autographs with infielder Elliot Johnson and pictures with Wool E. Bull.
Hillsborough's Fresh Roots Festival & Handmade Parade on Saturday will feature music, author readings, poetry readings, children's activities, a chili cook-off and the popular Hillsborough Handmade Parade.
The annual West End Poetry Festival in Carrboro will feature some of the southeast's most talented poets while celebrating the many exciting and varied poetic styles on Saturday.
How to Train Your Dragon will be the Family Movie Saturday morning at the Holly Springs Cultural Center.
The 1969 hippie biker odyssey, Easy Rider will be the featured flick for Movies at the Gardens at the Sarah P. Duke Gardens Wednesday night.
History & Art Come Alive

Friday is Conservation Assistance Day at the North Carolina Museum of History. You are invited to bring up to three objects to the museum for assessment and advice on care from their conservators. Come back to the museum Sunday for Tar Heel Political Commercials. Rob Christensen, political consultant for the News and Observer, will take a look at a few of the more famous ads that have aired in the state since 1984.

This Thursday's Science Cafe at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences will feature the theme: Discovering New Species and Documenting Life in the Great Smoky Mountains. Both the NC Museum of Natural Sciences and the Nature Research Center stay open until 9pm on Thursdays and the tickets for the Titanic exhibit are discounted after 5pm.
Historic Yates Mill Pond County Park will be running Corn Grinding Demos & Costumed Tours of the fully restored mill both Saturday and Sunday. Discover Yates Mill's revolutionary past and its role in the Civil War on Saturday during a free program about Soldiers and Militiamen. Are you interested in volunteering at the Park? Come to a Volunteer Interest Session on Saturday for more information. On Sunday, take a Fall Bird Hike around the Mill Pond.
Saturday's Fall Arts Fair will highlight local artists from both the Pullen and Sertoma Arts Centers along with music and food trucks.
Historic Bentonville Battlefield will host a Fall Festival and Living History Program on Saturday featuring hayrides, carnival games based on 19th century games, corn shucking contest and townball (19th century baseball). Costumed civilian re-enactors will also discuss how their lives changed at the outbreak of war and the general 19th century civilian lifestyle. Demos will include open hearth cooking, games, spinning and sewing.
Historic Preservation Society of Durham volunteers will lead a Durham Civil Rights Legacy Walking Tour through downtown focusing on sites in downtown Durham that were important in the 1950s and "60s Civil Rights movement.
The Raleigh City Museum celebrates their re-opening with an Official Dedication on Tuesday evening.
Enjoy Fall in the Parks

Take a Night Hike Friday night at Lake Crabtree to learn about night vision, and how diurnal and nocturnal animals use their senses.

Take a Fall Foliage Walk at Kids Together Park with a Landscape Architect and learn about the trees, shrubs and flowers that adorn the park.
Head on over to Jordan Lake State Recreation Area after dark on Saturday for an Astronomy Viewing Session with astonomers from Morehead Planetarium.
Practice your Bird Watching skills Saturday morning at Eno River State Park and see what species are migrating through the park at this time.
The Big Sweep continues this Saturday at Lake Wheeler Park if you are looking for a way to help clean up our waterways.
All levels of skaters and riders will be competing in the annual Sk8-Cary Fall Contest Series on Saturday.
Bring your smart phone and prepare for a leisurely walk outside on Saturday at the Prairie Ridge Ecostation as you learn how easy it is to become a citizen scientist.
Jordan Lake State Recreation Area will host another installment of their popular C.A.S.T. Program on Sunday morning. The program introduces kids to the fun of fishing.
Have you ever wanted to learn about Geocaching? Come on out to Harris Lake County Park on Sunday afternoon to learn how to use a GPS unit and spend time searching for things hidden throughout the park.
Go back in time and technology at William B. Umstead State Park on Sunday as you learn Basic Land Navigation and how to read a map and compass.
The adventures continue into next week. On Tuesday, Historic Yates Mill Pond County Park invites kids on an Orienteering Adventure and Prairie Ridge Ecostation will host their monthly Walk Through the Seasons.






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