Fun, fall, fright in the Valley There's plenty to do around here in October
October is here. Leaves are changing colors, dancing in the wind and reminding us of the beauty of the mountains.
Whether you are a fan of autumn - my favorite time of year - or everything spooky, the Susquehanna River Valley offers a wide variety of fun, fall and fright throughout October.
Festival lovers will have more than their share of events to attend and enjoy: Mifflinburg's Oktoberfest, today and Saturday; autumn celebration at the Country Cupboard, Saturday; Warrior Run-Fort Freeland Heritage Days, Saturday and Sunday; fourth annual Bi-Planes, Trains and Antique Cars in Eagles Mere, Saturday; Fall Family Fun Day at the Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art, Oct. 13; the Union Snyder Agency on Aging Fall Fun Day (games and fun for kids of all ages), Oct. 13; American Heritage Crafters' Fall Festival in Milton, Oct. 12 and 13; Buffalo Valley Antique Machinery Fall Festival, Oct. 12 to 14; Kelsey's Fall Festival in Lewisburg, Oct. 13; Shade Mountain Winery's Harvest Festival, Oct. 13 and 14; Kulpmont Knights of Columbus Wine Festival, Oct. 20; Northumberland Fall Festival, Oct. 27; Stroll Through the Arts Weekend in Lewisburg Nov. 2 and 3, and Heritage Day at the Joseph Priestley House Museum on Nov. 4.
Autumn's beauty entices us to get outside. Download our "Fall Foliage Driving/Biking Routes" from our website to see some of the most magnificent scenery and color in the state. Go hiking, mountain biking or "leaf peeping" at nearby state parks or forests. Rent a bike or canoe and enjoy a river excursions or a trek through our scenic countrysides.
Other outdoor activities include Ard's corn maze and hayrides to the pumpkin patch through Oct. 31. Take the Seven Mountains Audubon field trip Saturday. Bike 16 miles through scenic Snyder County for the first annual Bike4Books ride Saturday. Participate in the fourth annual Pineknotter 5K Fall Fudge Run from Northumberland Saturday.
Take a road trip to R.B. Winter State Park to enjoy to enjoy a variety of programs that include learning about leaves (Oct. 12), Fall Foliage Mountain Bike Hike (Oct. 18), the Colonial Craft of Candlemaking (Oct. 19), and a Snakey Sojourn (Oct. 25).
Take an outdoor and indoor Flashlight Safari at Clyde Peeling's Reptiland or take one last view of their Butterfly House, through Oct. 31. Tour autumn from the farm at Owens Farm outside Sunbury through Nov. 1. If want to have a bird's-eye view of autumn's beauty, head to Penn Valley Airport outside of Selinsgrove and take a 30-minute airplane ride with Heritage Aviation to view the spectacular fall foliage.
Music lovers will enjoy a variety of offerings at Bucknell University that include the Latin American folk music of Inti-Illimani; Sphinx Virtuosi and their mastery of string instruments; the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain; composer-pianist and Theremin player, Rob Schwimmer, plus internationally know Swedish DJ Avicii. Susquehanna University will host the vocal blends of The King Singers, and the Campus Theatre will offer a free concert showcasing Ben Williamsand Sound Effect.
What would October be without mentioning all things scary, and mysterious or Halloweeny? There are way too many cool, spooky events to list here, so be sure to check out our website for more information on the cemetery tour of Sunbury's historic Spruce Street Cemetery, Ghosts and Goblins Tours at Lincoln Caverns, Iron Heritage Festival Cemetery Tours in Danville, Halloween Fun at the Priestley-Forsyth Memorial Library in Northumberland, White Deer Pike Hayride and Haunted Trail, Trek-for-Treats Treasure Hunt in downtown Northumberland; Haunted House, Trail, Hayride and Maze; Halloween Ghost Hunts in the Susquehanna River Valley that include Spruce Street Cemetery, Penn's Tavern, Slifer House Museum, Priestley-Forsyth Library and the Hunter House Museum; Halloween at the Moose Exchange, Trick-or-Treat at the Children's Museum, the Mifflinburg Buggy Museum Cemetery Walk, All Hallow's Eve poetry reading at the Lewisburg Cemetery, Children's Halloween at the Slifer House Museum; trick-or-treating at the Downtown Art Gallery in Lewisburg, and a first-time Haunted Historic Trolley Ride and Cemetery Ghost Hunt. Be sure to download our Spirits 'n' Spooks brochure from our website.
We have so many things going on in the Susquehanna River Valley that I've run out of room. Be sure to visit our website to learn more about art exhibits, dining specials, museum exhibits, kid-friendly fun and activities, history and heritage events, lantern tours conducted by the Northumberland County Historical Society, auctions, educational programs, toy shows, and more.
The fun never ends here in the Susquehanna River Valley. Visit our website to download our Fall Festivities Brochure, Leaf Peepers Guide and complete details on all October events.
Don't wait till next month's column - sign up for our E-weekly events listing "This Week in the Susquehanna River Valley." Have a great October!
(Miller is executive director of the Susquehanna River Valley Visitors Bureau.)