THIS WEEK: Oct. 4 to 10, 2013
Covered Bridge & Arts Festival, with 350 craft vendors, more than 35 food booths, selective Knoebel’s amusement rides, live music, the Knoebel’s Lumber 5K Race (Saturday), antique and classic cars (Sunday), covered-bridge bus tours, Agritourism Fair and a Fun Auction (Saturday). Knoebel’s Amusement Resort, Route 487, Elysburg. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and Saturday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. 784-8279.
Greek Food Festival. Annunciation Greek Catholic Church, 32 E. Ross St., Wilkes-Barre. 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. today and Saturday. Free local delivery within two miles for purchases over $30. 823-4805.
Octoberfest, with live music, vendors of produce, pumpkins, desserts and more along with tours of the Masonic Village. Irem Clubhouse, 64 Ridgway Drive, Dallas. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today. 675-1866.
St. Andrew’s Fall Festival, with crafts, auction, bake sale, flea market and food. St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 12 E. Kirmar Ave., Alden. 4 to 8 tonight; noon to 6 p.m. Saturday. 735-2662.
Big Band Dinner Dance, with music by King Henry and the Showmen. Sponsored by the Big Band Society of Northeastern Pennsylvania at Genetti Hotel and Convention Center, 77 E. Market St., Wilkes-Barre. Tonight with doors at 5:45 and dinner at 6:30. $30. 586-5359 or 654-6454.
Fall for the Osterhout Gala, the annual fundraiser for the Osterhout Free Library with dinner, open bar, live auction, New England trip raffle, special guest author Catherine Gourley and music by the Deja Groove Party Band. Westmoreland Club, 59 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 6 to 11 tonight. $135. Reservations (by Sept. 28): 823-0156.
WACtoberfest, sponsored by the Wyoming Area Catholic Parent Volunteer Organization with live music, food, beer tasting, tours of the brewery and a silent auction. Susquehanna Brewing Company, 635 S. Main St., Pittston. 6 to 9 tonight. $30. 654-7982.
Oktoberfest, with German foods, games, amusement rides, haunted hayrides, pumpkin launching, vendors and music including Robb Taylor and his ten-piece show band Flirtin’ with the Mob (Saturday night). Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, 1402 Route 209, Brodheadsville. 6 to 10 tonight; 1 to 10 p.m. Saturday; 1 to 6 p.m. Sunday. 610-681-6137.
Ghost Walks in Old Mauch Chunk, a lantern-lighted, one-mile walk around Jim Thorpe to hear stories of ghoulish encounters by a costumed guide. Meet at the Inn at Jim Thorpe, 24 Broadway. Through Oct. 27: Fridays through Sundays beginning at 7 p.m. Reservations recommended. $10. 325-2346.
AutumnFest Bazaar, with homemade food, flea market, crafts, silent auction and children’s activities. St. Paul’s Luthern Church, 414 Berwick St., White Haven. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. 443-9424.
Flaming Foliage Festival, the annual juried craft show and sale sponsored by the Craftsmen of the Endless Mountains. With a quilt show, book sale, pony rides, hayrides, alpacas, live music, demonstrations and food vendors. Sullivan County Fairgrounds, 4430 Route 154, Forksville. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 637-0897.
NEPA BlogCon, a daylong conference and networking event for bloggers of all experience levels as well as those interested in marketing, social media and using new media as a tool for business. Luzerne County Community College, 1333 S. Prospect St., Nanticoke. Saturday beginning at 9 a.m. $35. 262-9644.
The Endless Mountains Rendezvous, with displays and demonstrations of antique firearms including guns, knives, powder horns and tools of the Colonial Era along with Indian artifacts. American Legion, Black Walnut River Road 1, Laceyville. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. $3. Proceeds benefit The Oldest House in Laceyville. 499-6758.
Fall Foliage Weekends, with food and craft vendors, live music at four venues and seasonal specials at restaurants and shops. Downtown Jim Thorpe. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays from through Oct. 20. Schedule at jimthorpe.org.
Hawley Harvest Hoedown, a fall street festival with children’s games, arts and crafts vendors, food, live music, farmers market, hayrides and family fun. Downtown Hawley. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. 226-4064.
Apple and Cheese Festival, with juried crafts, fine arts and photography show, quilts, hand-blown glass, weaving and blacksmithing demonstrations, wine and cheese tastings, apple-butter making, cider pressing, apple and cheese desserts and 40 food vendors. Manley-Bohlayer Farm, 141 E. Canton Cross Road, Canton. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. 673-7222.
Tailgate Get Together, a day of food and football with a picnic menu, beer on tap and games including horseshoes, beanbag contest and table pong. Sponsored by the Dallas Lions Club at the Checkerboard Inn Pavilion, 385 Carverton Road, Trucksville. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. $30. 675-4360.
Hillside Fall Festival, with tractor hayrides, pony rides, games for the kids, antique automobiles, vendors, barn tours, fall foods and music by Audio Affair and Will Williams. The Lands at Hillside, 65 Hillside Road, Trucksville. Noon to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. 696-4500.
Fall Foliage Train Excursion, a round trip from Scranton to the Pocono town of Moscow with a stopover at its restored 1904 train station. Steamtown National Historic Site, 300 Cliff St., Scranton. Saturday with a 12:30 p.m. departure and approximate return at 3 p.m. $24, $22 seniors, $17 children. 340-5205.
Fall Foliage Train Excursion, a round trip from Scranton to Gouldsboro with a brief stop at the Tobyhanna Train Station. Steamtown National Historic Site, 300 Cliff St., Scranton. Sunday with an 11 a.m. departure and approximate return at 3 p.m. $24, $22 seniors, $17 children. 340-5205.
2 Wheels 4 Tots, the second annual motorcycle ride with the Anthracite Apostles biker club beginning at Keystone Harley Davidson, 770 State Road, Parryville, and ending at the Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA. Sunday with registration at 11 a.m. and ride 1 to 2:45 p.m. Bring an unwrapped new toy for the children at the YMCA’s preschool and day care. 970-5048.
Monthly Bingo, with cash prizes and door prizes. Sponsored by St. Faustina Kowalska Parish at St. Mary’s School, 1010 S. Hanover St., Nanticoke. Sunday with doors at 12:30 p.m. and games at 1:45 p.m. 829-1154.
Bingo and Card Party, with cash prizes and door prizes, refreshments and raffles. Sponsored by the Ladies of Charity at St. Robert Bellarmine Church, 143 W. Division St., Wilkes-Barre. 2 p.m. Sunday. $2. 868-3959.
Taste the Local Harvest, a casual event with foods from eight local farms prepared by Chef Michael of the Huntsville Golf Club, locally produced brews, televised football games and music by the Coal Town Rounders. Sponsored by the North Branch Land Trust at the Huntsville Golf Club, 1334 Market St., Dallas. 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday. $50. Reservations: 696-5545.
Extremely Mental, exploring the mysteries of the mind with mentalist Mark Piazza, who employs comedy, psychological skills and audience involvement. Hoyt Library, 284 Wyoming Ave., Kingston. 6:30 p.m. Monday. Reservations: 287-2013.
Beginner Crochet Class, a three-week course to learn various stitches and make a scarf. West Pittston Library, 200 Exeter Ave. 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. $20. Hooks and yarn available for the first class. Registration: 654-9847.
Classic Movie Series, a screening of “The King and I” (1956) with Deborah Kerr and Yul Brynner. Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock. 1 and 7 p.m. Wednesday. $5. 996-1500.
Cigar and Scotch Pairing, sampling the smoky essence of Laphroaig and the floral spirit of Glenmorangie along with cigars that bring out the flavors of both. Sponsored by the West Pittston Library at El Humidor, 1116 Route 315, Plains Township. 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. Registration: 654-9847.
Beer Tasting Fundraiser, sponsored by Realtors Reach Out to benefit the Catherine McAuley Center. With hors d’oeuvres and beer samples along with brewery tours. Susquehanna Brewing Company, 635 S. Main St., Pittston. 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday. $20. Reservations: 417-1216.
Socrates Cafe. Discuss, listen and raise questions on a topic chosen that evening. Osterhout Free Library, 71 S. Franklin St., Wilkes-Barre. 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Coffee served. 821-1959.
Civil War Round Table, with a presentation on “The Ghosts of Gettysburg.” Daddow-Isaacs American Legion, 730 Memorial Highway, Dallas. 7 p.m. Thursday. $3. 675-8936.
Northeast Pennsylvania, Lincoln, and the Civil War, the 22nd annual History of Northeastern Pennsylvania all-day session of lectures, films and discussions.Luzerne County Community College, 1333 S. Prospect St., Nanticoke. Oct. 11 with morning session 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. followed by a luncheon buffet ($10) and the afternoon session from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Free and open to the public. 740-0508.
Berwick Riverfest, with APBA Boat Racing, Car Cruise-In, antique and classic boats, Berwick Brewing Beer Tent, craft and food vendors, Battle of the Bands, games, rides, Saturday fireworks and music by the Tommy Guns Band. Test Track Riverfront Park, 50 S. Eaton St., Berwick. Noon to 7 p.m. Oct. 11; 10 a.m. to dusk Oct. 12; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 13. Free. 752-2723.
Haunted Lantern Tours, a one-mile walking tour of the historic mining village with scary skits along the way. Eckley Miners Village, Highland Road, off Route 940. 6:30 to 9 p.m. Oct. 11 to 27. $10, $5 children. 636-2070.
Fall Foliage Trip to Grey Towers, a bus trip from Tunkhannock to Milford for a visit to the historic Gifford Pinchot Estate along with stops at Dingmans Falls, Milford and the McDade Trail. Leaves from the Dietrich Theater, 60 E. Tioga St., Tunkhannock 8 a.m. Oct. 12 with a return at 6 p.m. $100 includes a box lunch. Reservations: 996-1500.
Sullivan County Fall Festival, the 33rd annual event with the Mid-Atlantic National Chainsaw Carving Competition, lumberjack demonstrations of chopping, ax throwing, logrolling and crosscut sawing, juried art expo, juried artisans and demonstrations, quilt show, children’s activities, food and craft vendors and music by Country Express (Saturday) and Covert Action (Sunday). Sullivan County Fairgrounds, 4430 Route 154, Forksville. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 12 and 13. 482-4088 or sullivanpachamber.com.
Harvest and Heritage Days, the autumn street festival with creative scarecrows, hayrides, railroad exhibits, farmers market, pumpkin painting, corn-shucking contest, antique car cruise, Wing & Chili Taste-Off, Pets on Parade Costume Competition, craft and food vendors. Main Street in downtown Honesdale. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 12; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 13. 253-5492.
Pumpkin Festival, with a craft fair, homemade ice cream and apple dumplings, free hayrides, door prizes, entertainment and a pick-a-pumpkin-patch. Ol’ Country Barn, 9 S. Comstock Road, Benton. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 12 and 13. 925-0301.
Fall Foliage Train Excursion, a round-trip from Scranton to East Stroudsburg with a stopover at the Tobyhanna Train Station. Included: a program by Scranton’s Delaney-Delacy Guard, Confederation of Union Generals who will be attired in Civil War dress. Steamtown National Historic Site, 300 Cliff St., Scranton. Oct. 12 with an 10 a.m. departure and a 4:30 p.m. return. $54, $49 seniors, $32 children. 340-5200.
Business and Charity Expo, the first annual event sponsored by the NEPA Business Alliance Group. With 40 exhibitors, speakers, workshops and seminars to promote local businesses and charities. Viewmont Mall, Dickson City. 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 12; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 13. 499-2372.
Harvest & Wine Festival, with more than a dozen Pennsylvania wineries, harvest-themed foods, entertainment by amRadio and Third Degree and artisans offering locally produced items. Lazybrook Park, Route 6, Tunkhannock. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 12. $20 advance; $30 at the gate. Sponsored by the Tunkhannock Rotary Club. 836-1247.
Autumn Timber Festival, with Timber Team Lumberjack Shows, the Marvelous Mutts canine show, chairlift rides, bluegrass music, chainsaw sculpture, Pocono Wildlife Rehab Show, food and craft vendors, the Time Travelling Medicine Magic Show, stiltwalkers, jugglers, pig races and more. Shawnee Mountain Ski Area, 61-64 Hollow Road, Shawnee on Delaware. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 12 and 13. $12 advance, $15 at the gate. 421-7231.
Car Cruise, to benefit cerebral-palsy victim Cody White. With trophies, raffles, music and food. Austie’s Family Restaurant, 2333 Sans Souci Parkway, Wilkes-Barre. 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 12. 824-7015.
Benefit Dance, the fifth annual fundraiser for Blue Chip Animal Refuge with a catered buffet, Chinese auction, raffles, door prizes and music by the Sperazza Band. BYOB. Wilkes-Barre Township Fire Company, 152 Watson St. 6 to 11 p.m. Oct. 12. $25. 333-5265.
What Is New Thought? The 2013 film about the spiritual movement with Wally Amos, Rev. Della Reese-Lett and Deepak Chopra. Unity Church of Northeastern Pennsylvania, 140 S. Grant St., Wilkes-Barre. 6 p.m. Oct. 12. $10 suggested donation. 824-7722.
Fossil Evidence for Creation and the Flood, with Rev. Paul Veit, the Dino(saur) Pastor. New Life Community Church, 570 S. Main Road, Mountain Top. 7 p.m. Oct. 12; 10:30 a.m. Oct. 13. Free. 301-7081 or dinopastor.com.