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PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION COVERAGE Get away for the weekend to remote destination hidden from the constant news coverage.

College Towns across the U.S.A. offer activities and attractions galore!



College Towns U.S.A. Downtown Indianapolis Action Best Town: State College, PA Adventures in Ashland, OH



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Haunted Happenings! It’s time to get S-C-A-R-E-D! Haunted Barn - Pennsylvania Scary Things - Janesville, Wisconsin Frightmare Manor - Knoxville, Tennessee Six places to visit - Savannah, GA For the Kids - Pitnam, New Jersey

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Top Ten Places to get away from all the election coverage

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Midwest Region Farm to Startrek, Illinois Janesville, Wisconsin Dennos Museum, Michigan

Southern Region Historical Grapevine, Texas Movie scenes in Ocala, Florida Garden Gala in Naples, Florida

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Eastern Region AutumnFest, Pitnam, New Jersey Family Weekend, Louisville, Kentucky Exploring Caves, Bowling Green, Kentucky

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People to See Paw Patrol At the Circus



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Published quarterly by BarnettPRO Publishing 71 Plymouth St., Plymouth, OH 44865. PHONE/FAX 419-687-0002 Email: info@barnettpro.com Publisher - Michael D. Arnold mike@barnettpro.com Managing Editor - Kathy Barnett kathy@barnettpro.com Places to Go Editor: Kandy Derden Things to Do Editor: Norman Reed People to See Editor: Sheeree Oney Assistant Editors: Samantha Poe Bradley Lisa Rhoden, Rebecca Embry editor@weekenderextended.com Graphics Design Editor Norman Reed Visit our Website for event coverage between regular issues at www.WeekenderExtended.com Online Subscriptions are FREE! Submit your name and email address & we’ll also enter it in our monthly drawing for a FREE weekend getaway! Copyright 2016 by BarnettPRO Publishing All rights reserved. Reproductions of any material from this issue is expressly forbidden without permission of the publisher. Advertisements in this publication do not necessarily carry the endorsement of the publishing company.

ABOUT THE COVER: Memorial Student Union at the University of Missouri in Columbia, MO. Photo by Adam Procter



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Up Close: From the Editor

Our newest assistant editor, Samantha Poe Bradley enjoys activities at the Kansas City Reinascance Festival with Weekender Getaway winner Tracy Grey (above) while Things to Do Editor Norman Reed enjoys an evening gathering pumpkins for Fall decor with the family at Oak Acres Farm Park, Ohio.


Paw Patrol Live - Throughout the U.S.

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Fall Fun is in the air. So there’s spooks, and witches, and ghouls, and goblins lurking everywhere! Even throughout the pages of this issue. Find them, list them and let us know by using our NEW contest email address (listed below) and qualify to win a great weekend getaway for the whole familly! Thanks to our sponsors, we have some great attraction giveaways from tickets to the World of Treasures Museum in Wichita Kansas to Dinosaur Adventures at Dinosaur World in Kentucky. How about a ghostly tour

of FIVE haunted houses at Ghostly Manor, one of the top 10 haunted attractions in the U.S. located in Ohio. Our feature stories describe all the great activities found in college towns. It not just about sending the kids off back to school. The whole family can join in the fun on a Weekend Getaway. See pages 67. Of course, we can’t leave out all the scary places to experience haunted happenings. See pages 8-9. Happy Ghost Hunting!

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College Towns to Visit Feature Focus


thens, Georgia


he birthplace of R.E.M and the B-52s attracts a trendy, artsy culture. For a taste of the live-music scene, hit up the Georgia Theatre; for a tamer cultural experience, head to the Georgia Museum of Art, which celebrates and endorses diversity in art. James Beard-winner Hugh Acheson started the onslaught of world-class eateries here with contemporary Southern cooking at Five & Ten. Like a true Southern university, Georgia football takes over on game days. Join the rowdy crowds for the consistently top-ranked team’s “Dawg Walk” through the fans and band and make sure to catch a glimpse of Uga, the school’s live mascot. With an incredible bar-per-capita ratio, this city’s nightlife is perfect for celebrating a big win.




issoula, Montana

hough its acres of parkland, miles of trails and proximity to breathtaking nature like Glacier National Park and Flathead Lake never go unnoticed, the home of the University of Montana is often overlooked when it comes to its thriving restaurant scene. Check out The Silk Road Restaurant for a tapas-style tour of the world, from Austrian pork schnitzel to mango habanero sorbet, or pop into Biga Pizza for the Vesuvio, a pie topped with mozzarella, salami, hot cherry peppers, and kalamata olives. Missoula is also home to Montana’s largest brewery, Big Sky Brewing Co. The taproom closes at 7 p.m. at the latest, so it’s perfect for reliving your day-drinking college days— except now you can enjoy a Moose Drool Brown Ale rather than a can of Natty Light.



hapel Hill, North Carolina

ife in this classic college town inevitably centers on the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (the first state university in the U.S.), the powerhouse Tar Heel basketball team, and the energetic collegiate atmosphere. Indulge in the smalltown feel by stopping at the boutiques and eateries on Franklin Street and attending the many food, arts, and music festivals throughout the year.Recently called “America’s Foodiest Small Town” by Bon Appetit, Chapel Hill is a must for the food-obsessed. For unbeatable Southern comfort food, hit up Mama Dip’s, or stop by the funky Sandwich for BLTs with avocado and roasted jalapenos, twice-cooked fries, and “antidepressant chocolate chip cookies.” For more upscale dining, pop into Lantern for locally sourced ingredients with an Asian twist.

School is now back in session and there are so many colleges worth visiting throughout the U.S., it’s hard to list them all. With all the art scenes, restaurants, historic sights, and Fall scenery, these college towns offer every weekend visitor a good time.



harlottesville, Virginia

he UNESCO World Heritage Sites and Thomas Jefferson-designed Monticello and University of Virginia define historic Charlottesville. Along with these famed sites, you can pack in more of the past with a visit to James Monroe’s home, Edgar Allan Poe’s room at UVA, and the Lewis and Clark Exploratory Center. The pedestrian-perfect, brick-paved blocks of the Downtown Mall are lined with farm-to-table outdoor restaurants, charming shops, and street vendors, and picturesque wineries and vineyards circle the city. Sip on reds and whites surrounded by the rolling hills at Trump Winery, paired with a picnic at Jefferson Vineyards, or combined with a few rounds of corn hole and horseshoe at Knight’s Gambit Vineyard.


aratoga Springs, NY


ome to SUNY Empire State College and Skidmore College is most known for the Saratoga Race Course, the oldest sporting venue in the U.S., which hosts the Travers Stakes. It’s also well known for its mineral water healing springs to visit, bottle, or indulge in spa treatments. Saratoga Springs also has over 20 golf courses and a lively nightlife. Make sure to stop by Caffe Lena, the oldest continuously operating coffeehouse in the nation and one of Bob Dylan’s first performance venues. Nearby, Oneonta is home to Hartwick College and SUNY Oneonta. Oneonta provides tons of hiking across the Susquehanna Trail, and sportier types can check out the National Soccer Hall of Fame and nearby Baseball Hall of Fame. Stop by Brooks’ BBQ for ribs and pulled pork cooked in a giant indoor charcoal pit.


vanston, Illinois


owntown of Northwestern University’s stomping grounds is full of quirky coffee shops and promising restaurants. Pop into the charming Unicorn Café for a bookish, coffeehouse vibe or funky Kafein with its hipster décor and extensive menu. Bennison’s Bakery is a classic, while up-and-coming Hewn boasts delicious artisan breads. Stop by Edzo’s for truffle fries and one of the best burgers in the Chicago area or Found for a seasonally changing menu of rustic American dishes, surrounded by a bohemian hodgepodge of eclectic furniture. Evanston, the setting for Mean Girls and where much of Sixteen Candles was filmed, is located on Lake Michigan and provides easy beach access. It is also nearby the beautiful, domed Baha’i House of Worship, the world’s oldest surviving Baha’i temple, and the only one in the U.S. FALL, 2016 ~ WEEKENDEREXTENDED.COM | -7-

Haunted Happ Feature Focus


itches of New Salam

DORR, MICHIGAN Enter the corn at your own risk,” warns the witches of New Haven. This nightime tour will take you on a wild ride of dead ends, twist and turns, and the entire time you’ll be haunted by creepy corn stalkers. And if your heart can take it, take a tour of the Witches Woods’ for even more frightening fun. There are two frightening trails through the haunted woods. You will find yourself clinging to the closest person next to you, we just hope it’s not one of our patients that have escaped the mental ward. This frightening eperience brags dozens of actors and props. -8- | WEEKDEREXTENDED.COM ~ FALL, 2016


ent Schoolhouse

CINCINNATTI, OHIO Come and experience award-winning makeup, movie-like scenes and special effects plus relive the horror movie that is the sotry of a murderous janitor. The legend of Charlie the Janitor is about a janitor in the 1950s who killed students from Dent School who taunted him.still haunts the Dent Now he and the dead children still haunt abandoned Schoolhouse. Tour this haunted schoolhouse, where town lore says the missing children were killed. While general admission is $20, fast passes are available.

Hangmans Horrors

House of

FORT WORTH, TX Features the Cique de Fantomes, Hillbillies Revenge and a wild 3-D Funhouse. Inspired by the legend of Hezekiah Jones, a murderer known as “Hangman,” this house of horrors also includes less scary entertainment like live music, rides and karaoke. Celebrating its 28th Anniversary as the top charity-benefiting haunted house in the WORLD, new new ownership and location, the house has entertained over half a million patrons and donated almost $2 million to local charities! The production involves 1000 adult volunteers and 200 companies

who contribute time, talent and supplies.

penings Bates Hotel

GLEN MILLS, PA., When you check in to the Bates Motel located at the Arasapha Farm, be prepared for the creepiest trip you’ll ever take. Whether exploring the hotel’s gruesome interior of computerized lighting and high - tech special effects, hopping aboard the 20-minute haunted hayride through a forest of nightmarish ghouls, or getting lost in the spine-tingling aisles of the corn maze, visitors are sure to be spooked. Celebrating 25 years of fear, a new giant set was added to the hayride that will put it over the top as the scariest haunted hayride in the country.

Haunted Trail

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA - The Haunted Trail takes over the city’s famous Balboa Park for a millong, terrifying walk through the woods. The haunted Trail is San Diego’s only all-outdoor haunted attraction and it’s NOT for the fain of heart Enter the trail through the twisted grove of pines and gnarled oaks. But watch your back because you never know which way the terror will come. Before sent through the trail, you will have to find your way out of the corn maze described as “The Experiment.” Find your way out before YOU become an experiement!

The Beast

KANSAS CITY, MO., You are transported to a creepy Louisiana plantation, complete with a live alligator pit and bayou filled with who knows what else! Find your way through this thrilling open format design where visitors pass by dramatic scenes on four floors with a twisted path out. Traverse through the haunted house in a true 4D experience that includes movie-quality special effects, holograms, props, and animatronics. Located in the historic West Bottoms District off the 12th Street Bridge, this haunted house is worth the trip! FALL, 2016 ~ WEEKENDEREXTENDED.COM | -9-

Top Ten

Places to Escape Election Coverage

The 2016 United States presidential race has been…unique. And lengthy. With both parties’ conventions in the news and plenty of discussion swirling around VP candidates, swing states and the electoral college, the non-stop coverage will only intensify between now and November. Even the most involved Americans need a break from the around-the-clock name-calling and controversy, so here are 10 of the most remote, unconnected, middle-of-nowhere homes - a great (and maybe the only) way to escape telection coverage. So choose from private islands, remote wilderness huts and treehouse hideaways. We could all use a break from constant coverage about who should get the vote.


Pocono Mountains, NJ EDITORS PICK: Only one destination made the list this issuefor a quiet nonelection coverage Weekend getaway. With a private bay and no television, this cozy English cabin will allow you to unplug completely and get away from your email. The sunsets are a can’t-miss sight, and French windows make it easy to soak in the views. This cabin is the solitary home of your dreams—with some luxe touches to sweeten the deal. See next page for added details.

Fafarua Private Island: French Polynesia

A private island is the ultimate relaxation destination, and fortunately, these coveted retreats are no longer reserved for the top 1%. Accessible by boat from a local village, this South Pacific Island property gives ‘privacy’ a whole new meaning. The island is rented on an all-inclusive basis, so don’t worry about bringing groceries or cooking—the staff can prepare your meals while you snorkel at the nearby reef.



Loch Ness Farmhouse: Scottish Highlands, Scotland


Located in the Scottish Highlands, this secluded stone house is set on 13 acres (some might say it’s “UUUUGE!”) above the Loch Ness. The home is fenced in on three sides by trees, giving you an added sense of privacy and comfort. Enjoy the views from the bright, open rooms, cozy up by the fireplace or get cooking in the colorful L-shaped kitchen to relax. Sleeps up to six for $197 per night.


Purepod Stay: Little River, New Zealand Every day in Aotearoa/New Zealand nature puts on a show and you are invited to participate in a way that even when the doors are shut you are not shut out. Head to the other side of the world and into the wilderness with a trip to this unique all-glass hut (including the roof and floors). Rain or shine, a stay in this rental is a great way to enjoy the scenery and reconnect with nature from the comfort of your bed. One bedroom, one bath.


Uma Stana Villa:In Bali

Tucked away in the rice fields and lush valleys of Ubud, Uma Stana Villa is a 4-bedroom oasis. Thanks to the stunning architecture and tasteful design, you can replace the exhausting news updates with a casual dip in the pool or relaxing afternoon on the patio. A harmonious blend of cutting-edge design and lavish comfort less than 10 minutes South West of Ubud village. Each room features a king-size bed, spacious bathroom, and a host of luxurious amenities. Two rooms feature a solida stone soaker tub built for two. FALL, 2016 ~ WEEKENDEREXTENDED.COM | -11-

Top Ten...


TOP PICK! Pocano Mtns - NJ: Relax at this gorgeous one-of-a-kind private lodge on 10 Acres. This contemporary log cabin is located in beautiful Pike County- a must see for those who desire the feel of a cabin-in-the-woods getaway with all of the comforts of a luxury home. The Lodge features an open floorplan with vaulted ceilings, skylights, wood stove, huge fully equipped kitchen, and a gigantic open stone fireplace at the center of the Great Room--perfect for large groups! The home also features an outdoor 6-person Hot Tub, over-sized sectional couch, 60” Flatscreen HDTV Home Theatre, Wi-Fi, and a huge rear deck overlooking the Delaware State forest.

Cedar Croft: Isle of Wight, England


Take a peaceful break away from the crowds in this quirky little cabin. Get up, have a stroll along the beach on our private bay, then sit outside and have breakfast while looking at the beautiful view and watching the boats sail by, you may want to spend time on the beach, go fishing, bird watching, fishing, painting or exploring the coastal footpath. There is no TV, but so much to see and do, you won’t miss it! Enjoy the famous and spectacular sunsets.

Annapolis Converted Church: Annapolis, Nova Scotia

If you’re really feeling reflective about the current state of affairs, head north to this lovely converted church to kick back. The church boasts two-and-a-half bedrooms, a gourmet kitchen and spa-inspired bathroom. Old world charm with modern conveniences and spacious living. Professionally decorated with the modern vacationer in mind. Eating in? Enjoy professional grade cookware and high-end appliances. Dining out? We will provide you with our own personal recommendations of local cuisine. -12- | WEEKDEREXTENDED.COM ~ FALL, 2016


Loch Ness Farmhouse: Scottish Highlands, Scotland


Located in the Scottish Highlands, this secluded stone house is set on 13 acres (some might say it’s “UUUUGE!”) above the Loch Ness. The home is fenced in on three sides by trees, giving you an added sense of privacy and comfort. Enjoy the views from the bright, open rooms, cozy up by the fireplace or get cooking in the colorful L-shaped kitchen to relax. Sleeps up to six for $197 per night.


Purepod Stay: Little River, New Zealand Every day in Aotearoa/New Zealand nature puts on a show and you are invited to participate in a way that even when the doors are shut you are not shut out. Head to the other side of the world and into the wilderness with a trip to this unique all-glass hut (including the roof and floors). Rain or shine, a stay in this rental is a great way to enjoy the scenery and reconnect with nature from the comfort of your bed. One bedroom, one bath.


Uma Stana Villa:In Bali

Tucked away in the rice fields and lush valleys of Ubud, Uma Stana Villa is a 4-bedroom oasis. Thanks to the stunning architecture and tasteful design, you can replace the exhausting news updates with a casual dip in the pool or relaxing afternoon on the patio. A harmonious blend of cutting-edge design and lavish comfort less than 10 minutes South West of Ubud village. Each room features a king-size bed, spacious bathroom, and a host of luxurious amenities. Two rooms feature a solida stone soaker tub built for two. FALL, 2016 ~ WEEKENDEREXTENDED.COM | -13-

Featuring College Towns:


Branch out of your college bubble this year and explore the downtown area

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN -- Welcome back college students! The fall semester is starting back up and we are thrilled to welcome students from IUPUI, Butler, UINDY, Harrison College, Ivy Tech and other local schools. Non-Indy colleges don’t fret though, Downtown is a great place to escape from campus when the semester gets too monotonous. Check out these reasons students should visit Downtown Indy. Instead of being bored and keeping your weekend routine of watching Netflix, why don’t you pay a visit to the city that you called home this summer? Between the exciting food and drink scene and sports for every fan, Downtown Indy has something to offer every college student – and offer it within their budget. Start becoming more familiar with Downtown now and mark your

calendars for upcoming events.

1. Better Food

Yes, pizza and Jimmy Johns are delicious, but nothing beats the experience of going Downtown for a dinner with friends. Check out NADA for #TacoTuesday or enjoy the casual environment of Scotty’s Brewhouse for Wing Wednesday. Make the most of your weekend and explore the many offerings of

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Mass Ave or Fountain Square – two Downtown districts recently named the top Cool Streets in nation. Going to Mass Ave? We recommend shopping the one of a kind shops (pick up jewelry or an Indiana pride t-shirt at Silver in the City) and stopping at a local restaurant for food and drinks (The Tap has excellent craft beer and live music). Headed to Fountain Square? Visit Bluebeard for shared plates and #treatyoself to Rocket 88 Doughnuts.

2. The Bar Scene

As much fun as college bars can be, sometimes you just need to mix up your weekend routine. On Wednesdays, Kilroy’s offers half-priced drinks. On Thursdays, enjoy FREE cover when you present your college ID to Howl at the Moon. The Tilted Kilt also has specials every night of the week. My favorite? $5 Bloody Mary Sundays. Make plans to visit the Slippery Noodle Inn, Indiana’s oldest bar and home of

the Blues in Indiana. The Noodle has live local, regional and national Blues seven nights a week.

3 More Sports

Indianapolis has more to offer than just NASCAR and basketball. Cheer on the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium at least once while you call Indiana your home. There’s basketball on every level – catch the Indiana Pacers during the winter and spring, the Indiana Fever during the summer. Also, mark your calendars for the Crossroads Classic in the fall at Bankers Life Fieldhouse that brings together Indiana’s four college basketball teams: Notre Dame, IU, Purdue and Butler. Going to a professional sports game Downtown can also be relaxed and cheap. Tickets for Indy Eleven games at “The Mike” are just $9 for college students. Lawn tickets to an Indianapolis Indians game at Victory Field are just $10. Continued.... Next Page FALL, 2016 ~ WEEKENDEREXTENDED.COM | -15-

Downtown Indy: Continued

Take a break from your typical tailgate season and cheer on the Indy Eleven during their fall season.

4. Musice Galore Big name music may not come to your mind when you think Indy, but we have it this year. Kanye West is opening his Saint Pablo tour at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Aug. 25. The Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park offers picture-perfect views of the city. Some performers this fall include O.A.R., Needtobreathe and Rachel Platten. For a more casual, fun night out with live music, visit the Rathskeller located in the historic Athenaeum building. The Rathskeller hosts everything from Polka nights to local bands.


You can be the “I” in Indy for your own selfie or weekend getaway photo. The INDY sign is located throughout Downtown and is a great spot to take a photo. #LoveIndy it Downtown for Circle of Lights dola with Old World Gondoliers on Nov. 25 and Downtown Indy, for a memorable ride down the No more using the “Help me Inc.’s New Year’s Eve Celebration scenic waterway. I’m poor” line as an excuse to keep on Georgia Street. yourself from Downtown. Some of Emily Sickert 6. Better InstaDowntown Indy’s biggest events is Communicaare FREE! IN Light IN, a two-day grams with #Nofilter Downtown Indy has several tions Associate light festival, takes place on the Canal featuring artists and perform- fantastic places to take photos be- for Downtown Indy, Inc. Emiers from Indy and beyond. Hoosier cause honestly, we college folk do ly is a senior at Homecoming on Oct. 15 will take anything to “insta” a fabulous pic. Butler University place on the grounds of the Indi- The INDY sign is a popular spot #GoDawgs and enjoys going to all ana Statehouse as a celebration of with many different locations such the coffee shops, farmers markets Indiana’s Bicentennial. This event as Mass Ave, Monument Circle, and food festivals Downtown. will feature local celebrities, food, Georgia Street and more. The Caentertainment and activities. Come nal is another great place to snap a holiday season, be sure to make picture with a fantastic city view. Rent a paddle boat or take a gon-

5. College Student Friendly Budgets


Places to Go:

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State College

Residents already knew the secret, but it’s out now: State College is the best town in Pennsylvania. In the 2015 rankings from Niche, State College topped the state list for “best towns” and came in at 14th in the nation.Niche is an online service that ranks towns, cities, suburbs, colleges, and more using a number of criteria. Those include things to do, ease of commute, education, community, housing, jobs, crime/ safety, health/fitness, outdoor activities, and weather. Mayor Elizabeth Goreham already knew she lived in a great town, but was still pleasantly shocked by the town’s high ranking. “I’m surprised and delighted,” she said. “I see that we’re number one in Pennsylvania and I like that a lot. It’s a great place to live.” State College edged out DuBois, Huntingdon, Bloomsburg, and Spring Township in the ranking for best Pennsylvania town. Ferguson Township and Patton Township did well in the rankings as well, coming in as the fifth and eighth best Pennsylvania suburbs respectively. State College regularly ranks high on lists of top college towns or the safest towns in the nation. Goreham adds that State College is one of the safest towns in the nation and that borough police are known for being humane when dealing with unruly people. As for housing, Goreham says the town has rebounded nicely from a lack of student housing in the past, but it’s now time to address affordable housing for working professionals as well. “Housing is available but it’s relatively costly because of the competition with student housing. That’s a problem that we share with other college towns,” she said. But in the end, Goreham says that State College is an extremely attractive place to live or visit. She cites the Knight -18- | WEEKDEREXTENDED.COM ~ FALL, 2016

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State college Continued. . . Foundation’s Soul of the Community report, which ranked the borough highly in three categories that are particularly resonant with people deciding where to live. “First, we have a lot of social offerings,” Goreham said. “Secondly, it’s a beautiful place. And thirdly, and I like this one very much, is our willingness to change.” There has recently been an implementation of more bike paths in lieu of parking.

If you visit this Fall:

Place to Go: Harvest Festival October 15, Noon - 5 PM Mount Nittany Vineyard & Winery Stroll through our mountain side vineyards and enjoy complimentary wine tasting in our charming, chalet-style tasting room. Sample and purchase food items from local food vendors and enjoy hotoff-the grill sandwiches and sides from Hog father’s Old Fashioned Barbecue. A parking donation of $5 will benefit the State College Food Bank. For more information, call - 814-466-6373. People to See: Jeff Dunham October 20, 7:30 p.m. Bryce Jordan Center / Tickets $53.50 or Students $25.50 International comedy sensation Comic/Ventriloquist Jeff Dunham, has performed in front of sold-out audiences worldwide showcasing the undeniable power of induced laughter. Dunham along with his cast of hilarious characters are set to embark on the second leg of their hugely successful “Perfectly Unbalanced” Tour. The show is packed with new surprises and old favorites and will be stopping at Penn State’s Bryce Jordan Center on Thursday, October 20 at 7:30pm. Things to Do: Experience the Dinosaurs Come back to Life Through Oct. 31 Clyde Peeling’s Reptiland Travel back in time with this prehistoric outdoor adventure! See life-size animatronic dinosaurs roar, spit, and bellow as you trek through this exciting educational exhibit. The impressive Giganotosaurus is back, and we’ll welcome Diabloceratops, Stegaceras, Muttaburrasaurus, and Sarcosuchus for the first time. There is a climbable model for picture-taking, and a recreated paleontologist dig site. Visit Dinosaurs Come to Life to learn all about these fascinating creatures from the past! Call 570-538-1869 for details. -20- | WEEKDEREXTENDED.COM ~ FALL, 2016

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Things to Do:

By Kathy Barnett Senior Editor

Adventures for Anyone in the College Town of Ashland, Ohio

ASHLAND, OH – There are so many places to go, things to do, and people to see in this lively college town. The local calendar remains full the year round and you are invited to come along and enjoy the fun! The best of the Midwest is on bold display in Ashland. The small-town charm, rustic scenery, and world-class cultural offerings are all combined into one lovely package for a fun-filled weekend getaway. In staying with our theme of visiting college towns. I suggest lodging at the College House Bed and Breakfast which offers quiet and relaxing accommodations. All four guest rooms are decorated and named after a different college department, such as art and music. The Colonial Revival Foursquare home has been beautifully updated and restored with the four guest rooms named after college classes. Modern amenities include wifi, high definition flat screen televisions, private bathrooms with tub and shower combos. The best part is the delicious, made-fromscratch breakfast served to get your day off to a great start. Bring along comfortable shoes because College House Bed and Breakfast is conveniently located within a walking distance to either Ashland University or Ashloand Theological Seminary. The College of Arts & Sciences at Ashland University has released its annual Arts Guide, which highlights multiple arts events for the 2016-2017 academic year. The Arts Guide offers a comprehensive -22- | WEEKDEREXTENDED.COM ~ FALL, 2016

view of the Ashland University Theatre season, Department of Music recitals and special events, and Coburn Art Gallery exhibitions. Arts patrons are encouraged to use the Arts Guide as they plan their cultural events as a one-stop reference guide that includes events through May 19. Dr. Dawn Weber, dean for the College of Arts & Sciences, emphasizes that “The Arts enhance our understanding of our self, one another and the world. From theatre and music to visual art, the arts provide a unique means of expression and allow us to explore new ideas, subject matters and cultures.” She encourages patrons to “Use the Arts Guide as you plan your cultural activities for the year. Please join us for an unforgettable experience as we celebrate life through the Arts!” Highlights include: • Ashland University Theatre’s season themed “The Pursuit of Happiness” which is a collection of life experiences including The Autumn Garden, a drama of an annual reunion of old acquaintances in their 40s reflecting on their lives; followed by the hard-driving musical fable Pippin, winner of the 2013 Tony Award for Best Musical Revival; and the whimsical vignettes of couples falling in and out of love in Almost, Maine. • Department of Music’s 41st Annual Madrigal Feaste and Maplerock Jazz Festival along with many recitals and concerts performed by the University’s award-winning

students, highly acclaimed faculty and world-renowned visiting artists. • Coburn Gallery’s exhibitions focusing on the work of nationally known contemporary artists as well as Ashland University art faculty and students in various mediums including sculpture, drawing, found objects and more. • Art experiences for high school students through the Pursue Your Passion Day with the Departments of Music and Theatre, and the art studio experience with the Art Department. For more information, visit www.ashland.edu/tickets. Ashland University’s Coburn Gallery and Art Club have established “Art Saturdays,” an educational and creative experience for children of all ages. The Oct. 22 class is a “Monster Mash,” from 10:30 a.m. to noon for young artists ages 4-7 years old at a cost of $5 per child. “Monster Mash” will have young artists exploring their drawing skills while creating an adorable mismatched monster. On Nov. 12, the class, “Leonardo Da Vinci Robots” is for ages 8 - 13 from 10 a.m. to noon at a cost of $10 per child. Learn about Da Vinci’s famous notebooks, focusing upon his creative vision of futuristic robots. All supplies are included and class sizes are limited. Call 419-289-5652 to register. Homecoming weekend is Oct. 7-9. Highlights include Pizza Pizza Pizza Fan Fest prior to Saturday’s football, a window painting competition, a powder puff football game, and a tribute concert to Rosemary Clooney, then a silent auction fundraiser. “Homecoming is a wonderful tradition for alumni all over the country, coast-to-coast, to ‘come back home’ to reminisce and reconnect with roommates, classmates and friends. To interact with current students, see improvements to campus and realize even though the physical elements of campus may have changed over the years the spirit you feel walking on campus remains the same,” said Jeff Alix, director of development and alumni engagement. On Friday, Oct. 7, at 7:30 p.m. Ashland Univer-

sity will host a tribute concert titled, “Tenderly: A Tribute to Rosemary Clooney,” that will cover all of Rosemary Clooney’s most memorable songs and take the audience back to another era. The event is open to the public and general admission tickets are $10 for adult and $5 for senior citizens, students and AU employees. Call 419.289.5125 or go online at ashland.edu/tickets. On Saturday, Oct. 8, walkers will hit the streets at 9:30 a.m. as part of the 5K Fun Run followed by the runners at 10 a.m. The start will be set up in front of the Recreation Center off King Road. In lieu of an entrance fee, participants are asked to bring a canned good to benefit the Ashland County Food Bank. The event is open to everyone and the first 100 registrants will receive a free shirt. Prizes will be awarded to the first male and female to finish the race and all who participate will be entered into a raffle for a prize pack. Official results will not be recorded. Reservations are required and those interested should contact Rec Services at 419.289.5440. A Legacy Visit Day for high school students who have parents or grandparents who graduated from Ashland has been set for the morning of Oct. 8. These prospective students will check in at the Student Center Piano Lounge at 10:15 a.m. and will attend an admission presentation followed by a student-led campus tour. Those interested in attending should call 419.289.5975. Kickoff for the football game is set for 1 p.m. The cost is $10 general seating and $15 for reserved. Ashland University, ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2016, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University (www.ashland.edu) values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience combining the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships. FALL, 2016 ~ WEEKENDEREXTENDED.COM | -23-

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SPRING GROVE, ILL. -- When the corn was “as high as an elephant’s eye” at Richardson Adventure Farm, George and Wendy Richardson took the farm’s small plane up and snapped a birds-eye view of their corn maze, a tribute to the 50th Anniversary of the “Star Trek” TV/movie series. The farm is at 909 English Prairie Rd. near the small town of Spring Grove in McHenry County, just a 60-minute drive northwest of Chicago. This is Richardson Farm’s 16th maze, and it’s better than ever. Over the years, maze themes have honored milestones for the Chicago Blackhawks, StarSpangled Banner, Beatles, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Military Veterans and even “The Race to the White House” back in 2008. The lush green 28-acre cornfield is sculpted with 11 ½ miles of trails depicting the “Star Trek 50” logo, portraits of Kirk and Spock, the Starship Enterprise and an array of planets, asteroids, comets and stars. (Imagine 21 football fields arranged in one big rectangle; that’s the size of the maze.) But don’t be intimidated by the size of the maze! It has many entry and exit points and no dead-ends. You can explore a small portion of the trails that comprise the design, or the whole thing. Maps are provided, marked with corresponding “checkpoints” and three wooden “bridges” serve as viewing platforms within the maze. “No one’s -24- | WEEKDEREXTENDED.COM ~ FALL, 2016

ever gotten lost,” said George Richardson, with a grin. “At least not for long! And no one’s ever called 911.” What’s new this year? “Sixteen acres of pumpkins,” said Robert Richardson. “That’s the most ever, all sizes and colors: from two pounds to 150 pounds, orange, white, blue, smooth and warty. And we brought some beehives in, so there’ll be lots of pollination.” Richardson Farm has been in the family since 1840, and they planted their first corn maze in 2001. Over the years, it has become an annual destination for family fun, with a huge maze that’s different every year, plus more than 30 activities, including wagon rides, pig races, a carousel and a “park train” that runs on real tracks. Most of the activities are included in the admission fee. Only a few, such as the zip line and orb rides, cost extra. Private picnic sites and campfires are available by reservation, and there’s plenty of free parking. All the favorite foods are back, including fresh donuts, kettle corn and fudge.

to StarTrek

Richardson Adventure Farm’s corn maze near Spring Grove, Ill.

Richardson Adventure Farm is open through Oct. 30, Wednesdays through Sundays, plus Labor Day and Columbus Day. Admission

is $16 for ages 13 and up, $13 for ages 4-12 and free for ages 3 and under. For more info, log on to www. RichardsonAdventureFarm. com and check out Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

Flavors of Fall Taste Fest McHenry, Oct. 9: Sample culinary offerings from participating down-town McHenry food and beverage establishments, plus vote for your favorite autumn window decorations. Specials and discounts at other downtown shops, too! www.mchenrydowntown.biz FALL, 2016 ~ WEEKENDEREXTENDED.COM | -25-

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Gravestones and ghoulish tales await you at Janesville’s largest city of the dead. On the tour you’ll learn some interesting stories about people from Rock County’s past. Led by local expert Sherry Thurner. Be sure to dress for the weather as October can be rainy, cold, or both. Tours are limited to 35 people per date, and will be

Chill at Oak Hill Cemetery Tour 608-756-4509 Oct. 5-7; 12-14 5-6 p.m. www.rchs.us/event/chill-at-oak-hill/ all/

Spirits in the Night: A Tallman Thriller Oct. 6-8, 13-15, 20-22, 27-29 7:30 - 11:30 p.m. www.rchs.us/event/spirits-in-the-night/2016-10-06/

Train of Terror Thresherman’s Park Begins at 6 p.m.


held rain or shine. $5 per person.

Discover the mysterious fate of an innocent family as you explore the Lincoln-Tallman House and unearth their killer’s true identity. Drywater Productions and local performing arts community worked with the Society to create this original theatrical experience using the Rock County Historical Society campus as its stage. For ages 13 years & older.

The Spooky Halloween Train is perfect for the little ones from 3-6 p.m. Then, once the sun goes down, the Haunted Train of Terror begins. This ride is not for young children; parental guidance is strongly recommended. Each ride lasts approximately 15-20 minutes through the haunted forest. The famous Rock River Cannonball departs about every 20 minutes.


Janesville Skelly’s Corn Maze Thru Oct. $7 Skelly’s Farm Mkt. www.skellysfarmmarket.com/maze.php

Wisconsin’s longest and scariest outdoor haunted forest. Choose your trail in this nearly hour long scare-fest. Attractions include Shoot-A-Freak, Clown House, Hillbilly Haven, Haunted Maze, Werewolves Den, Witches Hollow and much more. Recommended for ages 13 and up. Enjoy a bonfire and

Forest of Freaks At the Edge Paintball & Airsoft 8-10:30 p.m. Weekends - Oct. http://wescaredyou.com/

Paul McCartney 8 p.m. July8

Two mazes on more than 15 acres; The Adventure maze is six and the Impossible maze is nine. Find all checkpoints throughout and punch your map to enter to win a giant pumpkin. World’s first corn maze to feture smartphone GPS. This year’s them is Secret Agent Scarecrows. Also, a pumpkin patch and wagon rides available. www. skellysfarmmarket.com/maze.php

Murder at the Malt Shop Hedburg Public Library 7-9 p.m., Oct. 22 www.hedbergpubliclibrary.org/ murder.html

concessions in the waiting area.

Whoa, Daddy-O! Looks like someone’s cruisin’ for a bruisin’! Participate in this 7th annual literacy fundraiser, an interactive murder mystery game with local actors as “suspects.” Catered hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar will be available. 50s attire is encouraged but not required. Cost is $40 per person.


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By MIKE NORTON TRAVERSE CITY, MI – Most visitors are lured to this coastal resort community by its scenic beauty, its plentiful recreational opportunities and its growing reputation for great food, wine and beer. But Traverse City has also gained a reputation as a place of unusual artistic activity. It’s ranked with places like Nantucket and Taos in John Villani’s “100 Best Art Towns in America,” and the National Center for Arts Research lists it among the nation’s Top 20 “Arts Vibrant” Small Cities. USA Today calls it “one of 10 great places for big-city art and small-town feel.” A lot of credit for that vibrant art scene goes to institutions like the Dennos Museum Center, which celebrates its 25th birthday this summer. Tucked away in a grove of tall pines at Northwestern Michigan College, the Dennos is regularly hailed as one of the finest small art museums in the nation. It boasts a collection of about 2,500 works of art (including over 1,500 catalogued works by the Inuit people of the Canadian Arctic, its signature collection) and has sponsored major exhibitions of Egyptian, Chinese and Japanese art, as well as shows of national and international interest, while its state of the art Milliken Auditorium has become a major venue for lectures and concerts – including annual jazz, blues and world music programs. “Our mandate from the beginning was to bring things to this community that other organizations and facilities couldn’t bring here on their own,” says museum director Eugene Jenneman. That began the first day the museum opened in 1991, when it presented work by studio class artist Dale Chihuly -28- | WEEKDEREXTENDED.COM ~ FALL, 2016

and has continued up to the present day. This summer, it celebrates its birthday with a series of exhibitions that highlight the best of its own collection as well as some unique works by artists of national and international stature. They include: • Looking Back to the Beginning, an homage to the very first exhibition in the museum’s Zimmerman Court sculpture space that includes the first two paintings to ever hang on its walls: works by the late Clifton McChesney, former professor in the art department at Michigan State University, as well as a collection of Chihuly glassworks. • Unwoven Light by Korean born artist Soo Sunny Park, best known for using everyday building materials to create large, experiential installations that rely on repetition and the interplay of light. Unwoven Light is a suspended composition of chain-link fencing and iridescent Plexiglas that creates a shimmering world of light, shadow, and brilliant color. • Seed Universe by Korean artist Ilhwa Kim, who hand-dyes, cuts, and rolls thousands of sheets of Korean mulberry paper, creating colorful, three-dimensional works of art that form vibrant patterns and shapes. She developed this nearly sculptural way of creating artworks using layers of paper (which she calls “seeds”) to make the surface and sense of her images change from morning to night. • Silver Clouds, an installation by pop art icon Andy Warhol. To mark its Silver Anniversary, the museum is presenting this floating installation, first shown in 1966 at New York’s Castelli Gallery, in which silvery pillow-shaped forms filled with helium float on a gentle breeze created by a fan. (The Dennos owns a large number of Warhol prints and photos from the Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.)

Unwoven Light by Soo Sunny Park

• Exhibited and Acquired, a 25-year retrospective that chronicles the growth of the museum’s various collections through successive shows and exhibitions. The Dennos is also observing the 25th birthday on its Facebook page with a feature called 25 Years in 25 Days, which contains highlights from each year since opening in 1991. It can be a wonderful trek down memory lane and a way to get a sense of what the museum has brought to the Traverse City area. In August, the Dennos will also break ground on a 14,000-square-foot expansion project that will enlarge its permanent collection galleries while changing the largely windowless museum building into a structure that uses large expanses of glass wall to incorporate more of the surrounding wooded landscape into the museum experience. Jenneman said the open design was influenced by the new Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City, with its taller ceilings and airy atmosphere. “When completed, the Dennos will offer our visitors an entirely new experience,” he said. “What I am most excited about is getting the works from our permanent collection, that now languish in storage, out for visitors to see on an ongoing basis…” For more information on the Museum and its programs,

go to www.dennosmuseum.org or call 231-995-1055. For information on other cultural attractions and events in Traverse City, and for help with lodging, dining and other activities, contact Traverse City Tourism at www.traversecity.com or call 1-800-TRAVERSE.


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A Day in Grape



By Kathleen Walls Editor of American Roads & Global Highways Coseyed between Dallas and Fort Worth is one of Texas’s best kept secrets, Grapevine, Texas. From its historic downtown to its urban wine trail, there is something for everyone here. I’ll give you a sample day’s itinerary and let you judge for yourself. Here’s a typical day in Grapevine: The Gaylord Texan Resort is just six miles from DFW Airport. You can grab a Super Shuttle to the resort for $13. The Gaylord Texan is a total resort. There are dining, shops, pools, a spa, a fitness center, and pretty much everything you need to have a wonderful time without leaving the resort. You never have to worry about weather as the 4.5 acres of lush indoor gardens and Riverwalk are covered and climate controlled. If you’re traveling with kids, they can pop down the rabbit hole with Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland this summer. But there is too much else to see and do so head out to visit Grapevine’s historic downtown. No car? No problem. There’s a shuttle that takes you all over downtown for $10 per family. The historic downtown ara is filled with shops antiwues, boutiques and so many art galleries like Great American West Gallery, Giddens Gallery of Fine Art, Holder Dane Art Gallery & Studio and Vetro Glassblowing Studio & Gallery. Grapevine is big on art and you find examples all around without ever entering a gallery. There are the bronze statures of a group of children skating called “Sunday Skaters” in front of Wine Fusion Winery. Just across the street atop Bingham Family Vineyards you will see “The Night Watchman” representing Grapevine’s first policeman. That block is interesting as each building is designed to replicate a certain time in Grapevine’s history. The Convention and Visitors Center is on the corner and a great place to get information about the town’s attractions. To keep your spirits up there are lots of wine tasting rooms here. You might stop by Homestead Winery at 211 E. Worth St. just a block off FALL, 2016 ~ WEEKENDEREXTENDED.COM | -31-

Grapevine_Con Main Street. It’s housed in a 100 yearold Victorian home. There’s Messina Hof Winery Grapevine which has won countless awards for their wines as well as many others all within walking distance. Grapevine newest downtown attraction is its127-foot-high Clock Tower featuring two 9-foot tall Glockenspiel characters, the Would-Be Train Robbers, Nat Barrett and Willy Majors. The bandits emerge on a platform 75feet in the air within the clock tower each day at the noon, 3 p.m., 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. to prepare for the perfect robbery. If you love museums as much as I do, you will be thrilled with the collection of Settlement to City Museums at Ted R. Ware Plaza just about a block from the tower. It features a collection of historic houses from the area. Each had a different museum within. The Keeling House Museum was built in 1888 and features Grapevine artifacts, and lots of their old police and firefighter treasures. Their Settlement to City collection tells Grapevine’s early history The Donald Schoolhouse offers a lesson on how Grapevine’s education system grew. As small as this house is, the docent told us it had once been two different one room schoolhouses and they were combined way back to make a two room schoolhouse. Grapevine Historical Museum is the largest of the museums and is housed in the replica of the original Grapevine Ice House. One exhibit really sums up what this museum is about. It is called -32- | WEEKDEREXTENDED.COM ~ FALL, 2016

The Grapevine Would-Be train robbers make their stand daily at noon, 3, 6. and 9 p.m.

The Old Ice House is home to one of Grapevines Settlement to City Museums.

Memories to Melt the Heart and is comprised of letters and notes from the citizens who have happy memories of the ice house. One reads “The ice house was an oasis for me! The

weather was hot and the ice house was always so cool. I could always find a stray piece of ice to wash off my face and pop into my mouth for the rest of my bike ride home after school.” –Ter-


This is the block with buildings representing different sections in Grapevine’s history

in Historic Downtown Grapevine. It’s a great place to have lunch. I loved the Bowl of Red, their take on chili con carne, but you can also get steaks, burgers, salads, soups and many other local favorites. My favorite Grapevine treasure is Nash Farm. In 1859, Thomas Jefferson Nash came from Kentucky to the Grape Vine Prairie to find a good life for his family. He was impressed with the land and bought the farm for $500. It proved to be a good investment. Thomas served in the Confederate army but the farm survived and remained in the family. It prospered until 1927, when Thomas’s descendents sold it. In subsequent years it passed through different hands. Much of the land was sold. Then in 1997, the remaining 5.2 acres with house, barn and family cemetery was bought by the Grapevine Heritage Foundation. You can tour and see chickens, turkeys, sheep, local crops and life as it was in Grapevine’s early years.

Tolbert’s restaurant displaying a photo of the founder.

ry Tillman. There is an old Cotton Ginners Museum which was not yet open when I visited but the docents told me it would be open by next spring as they are wait-

ing for an authentic cotton gin which is presently in North Carolina and needs Cody, our guide, welcomes us to to be brought here and set up. Nash Farm. Tolbert’s is where the locals have been dining for 28 years. It recently reopened FALL, 2016 ~ WEEKENDEREXTENDED.COM | -33-

Grapevine - Cont. All photos by Kathleen Walls By now, you may be in need of refreshment. Head over to DeLaney Winery. Besides tasting the wine, you can see how it is bottled and even visit the small vineyard on the premises. Most of the grapes are grown at a different location near Lubbock and bottled there but enough are grown and bottled here to get a real feeling for the entire process. The building itself is a work of art. It’s modeled on a historic French chateau. I particularly liked the mural on the entryway ceiling. For supper you have a lot of choices from fast food to upscale. Mac’s on Main is a good choice for traditional American fare. It’s quite eclectic, combining southwestern, Cajun and worldwide foods. The Winewood offers an open kitchen with a wood fire grill where you can watch the chef at work. A Smoked Gouda Mac and Cheese is one of their specials. Farina’s Winery & Café is filled with antiques and had an old world atmosphere with everything from pizza to steak. It you visit during late November or December, the Vintage Railroad will be offering two special runs. The Wine Train is for adults and offers wine tasting as you ride the rails. This is only for three days in December. From Thanksgiving to Christmas, you can take the youngsters on the Polar Express. Don your PJs and ride out to meet elves, Mrs. Claus and Santa for a memory of a lifetime. During the rest of the year, the train offers several trips where you can experience the railway heritage, the Great Train Robberies trip provides train robbers who will stop the train and attempt to hold up everyone. Naturally they are foiled with the help of any junior deputies aboard. There are trips to the Stockyards and various other excursions. Day or night, the train is a step back to a more luxurious time. -34- | WEEKDEREXTENDED.COM ~ FALL, 2016

What a perfect place to spend a day or more. There is so much more to see and do in Grapevine you can’t experience it all in just one day. You have to come see even more of Grapevine for yourself.


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Ride in the Glass B Hollywood gives a nod to Silver Springs; Ocala, Florida

Some scenes with Elvis Presley in Follow That Dream, were shot in Ocala

007 Movie Thunderball

Tarzan - 1930

OCALA, FL - Lights, camera, action! Experience a cinematic tour of Central Florida that has been captivating both filmgoers and moviemakers for generations. Since the early 1900s, Ocala/Marion County has been the set of familiar films, all of which showcased the area’s cool springs, warm temperatures, and sprawling forests. It’s this diverse natural beauty that demonstrates what makes the Sunshine State’s hidden gem ideal for the silver screen, and what keeps drawing fans of the great outdoors to Ocala/ Marion County. Well-known for palm trees, natural forests, and small town charm, Ocala/ Marion County has been the backdrop to many unforgettable shots in film history. With crystal-clear waters and an abundance of natural wildlife, it comes as no surprise Silver Springs has been a popular choice for shooting underwater films such as the James Bond movies, starring Sean Connery. Discover where Moonraker came alive and relive the climactic scenes, of Thunderball on your next glass-bottom boat tour of these iconic Springs. Silver Springs also welcomed the King himself, with the classic musical starring Elvis Presley, Follow that Dream, being partially filmed at a bank on Silver Springs Boulevard in 1962. You may have also watched 1930’s Tarzan Movie.


Tarzan swings his way through the trees in the 1930s film named for the character, also shot on location. Movie magic was born with the Ocala National Forest turning into an African jungle with the addition of elephants and chimpanzees for the production. Ocala’s natural beauty radiates in the modern film as well. Jeepers Creepers, starring Justin Long, scouted the County’s lengthy roads and outskirts of the city, providing the necessary ambiance to create the thriller-horror film. Uncover cinematic history and walk past the star-studded streets, while you make movie history a part of your vacation in Ocala/Marion County, Florida. About: Outdoor adventures abound. Ocala/Marion County offers countless opportunities to connect with nature and relax in a classic Florida destination. Home to the Ocala National Forest, the second largest national forest in the state, as well as historic Silver Springs. This unique destination is ideal for both leisure and business travelers who seek authentic outdoor experiences. Known as the Horse Capital of the World™ with more than 700 horse farms, the County boasts a legacy of breeding and training world champion thoroughbreds. Centrally located less than two hours from Orlando, Daytona Beach and Tampa, Ocala/Marion County is a must-stop when visiting Central Florida. For more information on Ocala/Marion County, visit our website, follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter, or call tollfree 1.888.FL.OCALA.

Bottom Boats


Garden Gala Nov. 9 the official kickoff to

the social season

NAPLES - Naples Botanical Garden’s Hats in the Garden debuted in Naples in 2004 and is known as the official kickoff to the social season. The event is supported by the Sustaining Leadership Council, a group of 38 dynamic women who dedicate time and charitable support to the Garden’s special events and mission-focused programs. Last season, the 12th annual Hats in the Garden, presented by Northern Trust and chaired by Leslie Fogg and Kathleen Rooney, netted a record $470,000 with an additional $66,000 raised during the luncheon’s Fund-aGarden for Naples Botanical Garden’s Rare Orchid Program. The fashion show, “Confection Collection: Delectable Designs from Garden to Runway,” featured confectionary creations from the region’s top caterers paired with couture from the Saks Fifth Avenue Carolina Herrera collection. Naples Botanical Garden will host the 13th Annual Hats in the Garden, presented by Northern Trust on Wednesday, November 9, 2016 from 11:30 am - 2 pm. at 4820 Bayshore Drive, Naples, Florida. The event, where 550 guests debut their finest millinery begins with a cocktail reception throughout the Eleanor and Nicholas Chabraja Visitor Center and gardens, followed by a tented luncheon on the Sustaining Leadership Council Plaza. Hats in the Garden 2016 is chaired by Kathryn Woods and the Patron Party on Monday, November 7th will be hosted by Mr. and Mrs. Harmon Brown. There is currently a wait list for individual tickets; patron tickets are still available. For more information on Hats in the Garden or Naples Botanical Garden, call Renée Waller at 239.325.1925, emailrwaller@naplesgarden.org or visit www.naplesgarden.org. Naples Botanical Garden is a 170-acre world-class garden paradise that features the plants and cultures of the tropics and subtropics between the latitudes of 26 degrees North and 26 degrees South including Brazil, the Caribbean, Southeast Asia and Florida. A hands-on interactive Children’s -38- | WEEKDEREXTENDED.COM ~ FALL, 2016

Garden along with 90 acres of beautifully restored natural habitats, walking trails and a Butterfly Garden offer educational entertainment and enjoyment for people of all ages. Hours of operation are 9 am – 5 pm every day, with an early opening on Tuesdays at 8 am. Regular admission is $14.95 for adults, $9.95 for children (4-14), members and children 3 and under get in free. The Garden will be closed on Wednesday, November 9 until 3 pm, at which time the gates will reopen until 5 pm for free to the public. Naples Botanical Garden Naples, Florida Web: www.naplesgarden.org


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Ride the Airboats See the Alligators


e l c o m e to Orlando’s Only Airboat & Gator Park

Experience! As native Floridians, we have always dreamed about owning the most pristine and exciting airboat tours in Orlando. After years of searching for the perfect location, we discovered the beautiful shores of Cypress Lake at the headwaters of the Everglades and Wild Florida was born.

When it comes to airboat eco tours, there is simply no comparison to Wild Florida. Just 45 mins from the Orlando and Disney area, we offer beautiful day tours, relaxing sunset tours and exciting night tours that guests of all ages will love. Travel deep into the protected swamps, marshes and rivers that make up the Central Florida Everglades. Get an in depth look at the gators, birds, eagles, trees and plants as you glide through over 100,000 acres of beautiful wetlands. This is Natural and Authentic Florida at its best! We guarantee you won’t see any

development, homes, or signs of human life. See for yourself how good it feels to be in the middle of nowhere and what Florida looked like 1,000 years ago!

Florida cypress swamp ecosystem. With over 200 native and exotic animals, birds and alligators we promise an adventure your whole family will love.

Included in the price of your airboat tour, explore our amazing wildlife park full of zebras, watusi, deer, emu, lemurs, sloths, monster alligators and much more. Visit the tropical bird aviary, handson alligator demonstrations, gift shop and 500 ft. sightseeing dock. Discover the Hawk Swamp boardwalk through a pristine

Don’t forget to try the Chomp House Grill with smoked chicken, pulled pork, hamburgers, hotdogs and even fried alligator! Wild Florida is family owned by native Floridians that know the true meaning of southern hospitality and old Florida charm. We are also committed to safety with a fleet of US Coast Guard approved and properly


insured airboats captains.


Groups of all sizes or individuals are welcome. We offer amazing packages for meetings, incentive travel, students, corporate team building, family reunions and birthday parties. With over 2200 square feet of air conditioned meeting space and 1500 square feet of covered deck overlooking the swamp, we can provide an incredible venue in a beautiful, natural setting. Day or night, we are prepared to offer an experience you will never forget!


Places to Go: Located on the outskirts of Knoxville, exists as a must-see, multi-element, indoor/outdoor, sensory attacking haunted attraction that has been consistently and repeatedly voted #1 by the Knoxville News Media. This attraction is gaining national recognition as more and more people return every season. What started as a small endeavor years ago has now transformed into the ultimate Haunted Attraction in the East TN region with over 100 of the scariest haunted house monsters and performers hired annually to bring “True Terror” to this historic property. Owner Chris Wooden reflects on the process of developing the haunt. “We have poured so much work and countless resources into what Frightmare Manor has become today,” he said. “The most grati-


fying part of owning a Haunted Attraction is seeing others have a blast and creating those unforgettable memories for our customers. We are very proud of the complete entertainment package we have developed at Frightmare Manor.” Wooden continues, “We have recently had to secure over 20 acres adjacent to our property for parking on our busiest nights. When the Fall chill rolls in and you feel the tingle in your spine, it’s time to make the pilgrimage to Frightmare Manor.” Frightmare Manor is a multiple event haunted attraction featuring a house (yes, a real house), a haunted woods and a “Crazy Maze.” There is never a dull moment, never a let-up of fear at this attraction. Just in case you can’t see Frightmare Manor for yourself this Fall, let’s take a look into arguably the most successful haunted attraction

in Tennessee and why their victims keep coming back for more: Frightmare Manor receives year round notoriety because of its unique, historic location in sleepy Morristown, TN now presided over by its legendary, murderous inhabitant, Jeremiah Lexer. This spooky plantation had previously sat vacant on a major 4-lane highway for over a decade with no signs of life or activity. The feel and appearance of desertion played perfectly into the vision of establishing a first-class haunted attraction. As you arrive, you are greeted by an enormous Gargoyle that is 20 feet tall with red glowing eyes.

to enter. Although the names and theming can change from year to year within the attractions, the true terror” feel is always present.

The Manor

With the haunted manor attraction sitting so close to the Highway and the originally aged, 100 year old concrete staircase leading to the actual road, it’s no wonder that passersby are instantly intrigued with this amazingly authentic Haunted House. Once on site, you are surrounded by 3 uniquely themed, separate, intimidating haunts, and you immediately feel that this is not a normal haunted attraction. Instantly, you realize that the level of professionalism and quality of entertainment here is something different, something authentic, something resembling TRUE TERROR. “I attribute a lot of the success of Frightmare Manor to the over-

all package we offer on site” says Wooden, “including 3 of the scariest walk-thru haunted houses balanced with high-tech animatronics, special FX, and demented, highly-aggressive haunt actors.” There is a very large common area where you will find concessions, fire pits and the largest outdoor movie screen within the Industry. Surveillance scare footage is shown from previous years, entertaining customers standing in line. The movie screen diverts attention so the roaming lot actors can stalk them as prey and deliver the perfectly timed scare! All of the attractions have great curbside appeal, striking fear in its victims who are nervously waiting

The first attraction is set in the original 19th century plantation home that has survived on the property for over 125 years. Most of the original attributes inside the Manor remain untouched, including the kitchen, dining area, three burnt-out fireplaces, original staircase, cellar, upstairs bedrooms, and many more authentic details one might find in a mansion built in the 1800’s. Nearly 50 years ago, the state laid a highway right through the plantation, leaving the Manor’s large staircase directly connected to the highway. It appears to be luring people to the dark entrance of the Manor. With the amazing detail already existing inside the structure, efforts are made to accentuate the authentic design with lighting and enhanced props. The Manor has a very confining feel throughout, as many rooms are small, allowing the haunt actors to interact very personally with each customer, with each haunted house victim!



This attraction was built from the ground up where the old barn structures once stood. Fronting the entrance of Carnivore is the Gargoyle surrounded by 200’ wraparound, 16’ tall façade. Easily their biggest undertaking to date and highly visible from the highway, Carnivore uses wildly intense, gory actors, a multitude of disorienting lighting, special FX, chain link fencing, multiple drop panels, and heart-stopping music to confuse and attack every sense possible.


The final walk-thru attraction is a walking path set in the deep haunting woods extending to the very back of the property. Backwoods is such a vulnerable environment as the thick brush, towering trees, and dark paths allow for great startle scares. Because Backwoods leads down into a valley before emerging again, the feeling of being alone and separatism is strong. All of the haunt structures in the woods are constructed of materials that fit in its surroundings. Aged barn lumber used fits right in with its environment – heightening the realism. Whatever the customer sees should make sense. Backwoods is scary even when not open. Not even their own haunt staff will go back there alone unless equipped with a flashlight equal to the sun. In review, Frightmare Manor itself is a high-energy, 4 attraction Screampark that capitalizes on its


creepy setting and scary atmosphere with in-your-face actors, animatronics, and spine-ripping special effects.

The Money Back Challenge

is an optional, upgraded ticket, 3-phase challenge with tasks that anyone can do – it’s just each person’s decision whether they WANT to or not! These 3 tasks will test the participant’s psychological fortitude and will either be passed or failed by their choosing. That’s what makes this different from anything else offered within the industry before and why the customers leave entertained – which is the industry’s goal. Terrified (yet thoroughly entertained) means repeat customers. Each victim’s success or failure in The Challenge is decided by themselves and not reliant on guessing a door, at random, chance or luck. If successful-

ly completed, the customer gets all their money back for the entire evening and their picture put on our website as being the “Frightmare Manor Elite”. We see a lot of people visit Frightmare Manor because of our “Money Back Challenge®” but then chicken out and just buy a General Admission ticket to the haunts. It’s okay, maybe next time… It truly is “The Few. The Proud. The Elite.” “We view Frightmare Manor as a living, breathing, constantly adapting, and always improving life form. The moment you stop innovating and pushing the level of creativity is the exact point your customer loses interest. We work to always keep Frightmare Manor fresh on people’s minds within our market.” If the past serves as a guide to the future, Frightmare Manor will be tormenting countless souls for many years to come, said Wooden

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PAW Patrol is on a roll with the first-ever live tour! It’s the day of the Great Race between Adventure Bay’s Mayor Goodway and Foggy Bottom’s Mayor Humdinger, but Mayor Goodway is nowhere to be found. PAW Patrol to the rescue! For the mission, Ryder summons Chase, Marshall, Skye, Zuma, Rubble, Rocky, and the newest pup, Everest. Their mission is to rescue Mayor Goodway and run the race in her place. Using each of their unique skills and teamwork, the pups make several heroic rescues on their race to the finish line. RYDER is a 10-year-old boy who runs the Lookout and serves as PAW Patrol’s leader. Ryder adopted each of the puppies and trained them to be a part of PAW Patrol. When he receives a distress call, he summons the pups by sounding the PAW Patrol Alarm from his PupPad. He functions as the team commander, picking the right pup for the job, organizing the pack, and – when the work is done – making sure they all get a healthy dog snack, a relaxing soak at his friend Katie’s Pet Parlor, or a run out at the Lookout’s Pup Park.

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Savannah is widely known as the mos historic building or cemetery in Savann presences surrounding you. Whether y stories, you need to visit these Savanna anormal activity. By Larissa Allen 1. Hamilton-Turner Inn

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This historic inn was made famous by Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil. Paranormal activities inside the inn include the sounds of children laughing, billiard balls rolling around on the upper floors and sightings of a strange, cigar-smoking man sitting on the roof.

2. The Marshall House Today named the Marshall House as one of the best haunted hotels in the U.S. Since 1851, this hotel has been used as a hospital three times – once for Union soldiers and twice for 19th century Yellow Fever epidemics. Guests have reported their fair share of paranormal experiences, like seeing ghosts in the hallways, hearing nonexistent children running down the halls and faucets turning on by themselves. -48- | WEEKDEREXTENDED.COM ~ FALL, 2016

st haunted city in America. Walk into any nah and you may catch sight of ghostly you’re a ghost hunter or a lover of ghost ah spots to experience some serious par3. 17 Hundred 90 Inn and Resaurant The ghost of a woman scorned, a slave cook and a servant boy are said to hang around 17 Hundred 90 Inn and Restaurant, haunting guests and diners alike. While dining at the restaurant, you may hear the cook banging on pots in the kitchen or see a glimpse of the little servant boy. If you stay at the inn, you might spot Anna, one of the most famous ghost-girls in the city, who haunts the upstairs guest rooms waiting for the return of her lost love.

4. The Pirates’ House Once a saloon and rest stop for seafarers from abroad, the Pirates’ House still stands today as one of Savannah’s most well-known restaurants. However, The Pirates’ House can’t escape its dark past. Many were brutishly shanghaied down in the boarding house basement and forced to serve in the sea. There are many secrets to be discovered at this world famous site – some you’re sure to learn about over dinner. Continued on next Page...


Savannah - Continued... 5. Kehoe House

The Kehoe family consisted of 10 children, and rumor has it that two of them died in the house. Although rumor is completely unsubstantiated, many guests have ghost stories of children after staying at this bed and breakfast. Also, before becoming a beautiful bed and breakfast, the Kehoe House was a funeral home. So is the Kehoe House haunted? We dare you to stay a night and see for yourself!


6. Moon River Brewing Co.

This beer house is considered by many to be the most haunted place in Savannah. Many guests have spotted a lady wearing white at the top of the restaurant’s staircase. Ghosts have also been known to throw bottles, breeze by patrons and play tricks on staff members. Guests of Moon River have nothing to worry about — just stay away from the basement and upstairs, which are the two most active paranormal spots in the joint.




Things to Do PITNAM NJ - Costumes and fun will be found at the Autumn Fest & Children’s Halloween Weekend taking place at the Virtura Total Turf, 614 Lambs Rd. in Pitman, NJ, on October 22-23, 2016. Hours are Saturday, 11am to 9pm and Sunday, 11am to 6pm. This is Halloween fun exclusively for children under 12 years old and held indoors and outdoors. The Autumn Fest will cover over 50,000 sq. ft. and is billed as the largest indoor event in South Jersey’s history. Five big events all take place over the weekend. Everyone is invited to wear their favorite Halloween costume. Visitors will enjoy games, magic shows, Autumn Arts & Crafts Show, indoor carnival, South Jersey Fall Home Show Expo, Trick or Treat Stroll, House & Home Exhibitors, Stilt Walkers, The Monkey Man, Jugglers, Brainwash Game Show, Money Machine, Halloween Décor, delicious food, shopping, handmade crafts, face painting, daily drawings and giveaways.

kids dressed in costumes will receive a free gourd. Enter to win TV’s, appliances, gift cards and home décor. You must be 18 & older to enter and the drawing will be held every two hours at the Information Booth located inside the Total Turf Experience.

Bill at (631) -617-2478.

The Halloween Fest is sponsored by J-Dogs Catering & Amusements, Always Positive Group and Total Turf Experience. Visit the events website for a full schedule of events and driving directions and vendor information. Contests schedule In addition to the Autumn and entry forms will be available Fest, the local Pitman Fire at alwayspositivegroup.com Department is sponsoring a Corn starting October 1, 2016. Free In keeping with the Halloween Hole Tournament fundraiser and parking, admission fee, free theme, there will be contests like pumpkin or gourd for every the Parents and Guardian Pumpkin outdoor beer garden, complete with entertainment. There will child ages 12 & under. Call Pie Eating Contest (no professional (856) 401-9111 with questions eaters), Gourd and Pumpkin Hunt, be an admission fee to the beer garden and visitors must be 21 or visit the website at www. Best Halloween Costumes for & older to enter. Information alwayspositivegroup.com/visitorkids 12 and under, and coloring about the Corn Hole Tournament information.html#Autumn-Festcontests. Fun for the whole family, Fundraiser is available by calling Pitman-NJ. all contests are free to enter and -54- | WEEKDEREXTENDED.COM ~ FALL, 2016


Places to Go: By Norman Reed Things to Do Editor Sometimes to stay sane, you just gotta get away and relax. With four kids, two girls and two boys, involved in every sport or scout activity available, it’s hard to adjust the calendar for a weekend off. It’s also hard to find something that attracks the whole family. How do we get them to put their phones and tablets down long enough to enjoy a decent family meal together or even have a solid conversation? Well, that was my goal when I planned a trip to Kentucky. A couple adventure parks, swiming, a cave tour, and pizza were sure to do the trick. And for the most part, everyone had a great time. Then we headed for Louisville where the unusual responses began. Out of all the kid stuff we tried so hard to schedule, I personally wanted to do at least one thing on my bucket list. Something I’ve always want to do is experience a steamship cruise. So I made reservations for the dinner cruise on the Belle of Louisville. The Belle is America’s last true Mississippi river steamboat still in operation, which turned 100 years old in October of 2014. Originally called the Idlewild when built in Pittsburgh, this steamboat is completely paddlewheel-driven with a steel hull that draws only five feet of water. Therefore, it was able to travel through every navigable inland waterway, earning her the dis-56- | WEEKDEREXTENDED.COM ~ FALL, 2016

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tinction of being the most widely traveled river steamboat in the nation. Conveniently located right across the street from the steamboat office is Louisville’s only waterfront hotel, The Galt House. You can be pampered at the spa. You can relax in the outdoor bar, a shopping trip may be in order at the indoor mall complex. When you stay at

the Galt House Hotel, you’re right in the heart of downtown just minutes from several attractions, including the KFC Yum! Center, Fourth Street Live!, Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, Muhammad Ali Center, Whiskey and Museum Row. This is not your typical chain hotel. Family owned and operated, the Galt House has a good reputation for it’s gracious hospitality and southern flair. Luxurious - style accomodations indeed.

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Louisville_Cont. the one-of-a-kind Frazier Museum Collection, featuring American and international artifacts. See the Worlds largest bat at the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory. It is actually six stories tall. You will get a free mini-bat as a souvenir with every tour. The gift store offers other momentos and gifts. Don’t miss the original and inspiring 13-minute film, “The Heart

tory takes the museum onto the sidewalks of the city with pieces sculpted by Wyatt Gragg. Players inducted into the LouisCelebrate the harvest season on ville Slugger Walk of Fame are enOct. 15th or 22nd when an Oktoshrined with a bronze caste of the berfest is scheduled on the Belle Louisville Slugger model bat they of Louisville. The lunch buffet will used, and a bronze home plate have German-style theme for this with highlights of their career. occasion along with lively music Before heading for home, we ate and dancing. dinner at the Spaghetti Factory, Or perhaps the Boo cruise around the corner from the Galt scheduled for Oct. 29 is more House. Who doesn’t like suited for your taste. delicious Italian food? Thanksgiving and “You are invited to Home Run It’s not just a simple Christmas cruises are it’s an experience. also scheduled. PubHalloween! A wicked fun time meal; The kids enjoyed it too. lic lunch and dinner that’ll feature Creepy Cocktails, Like all the other Spacruises include live two nights of Double Creature ghetti Factories, the sigentertainment or DJ nature trolley car is place service and the kids Features, and a Family Fun Day. d in the center of the dinenjoyed the narration Make sure you keep an eye on our ing hall. Prices were very of historic facts shared From Octothroughout the cruise. Facebook over the next few days reasonable. ber 10-19, this location They also loved pickto get all the devilish details!.” will be undergoing a resing what they wanted www.facebook.com/sluggermuseum toration project on a few to eat from the numerareas of the restaurant. ous menu items at the During this time they buffet table. See www. will not be open. belleoflouisville.org for of the Game.” Enjoy insights and So go where your kids won’t details. anecdotes on hitting that you’ll even miss their phones or notepds. Every time I ask any of the only learn here from some of the That would definately be Louiskids what their favorite part of great players of all-time, includ- ville! our weekend getaway was, their ing Tony Gwynn, Jim Thome, and answer is always the same: “The Derek Jeter. Cruise Ship - Belle of Louisville!” Ripley’s Believe It or Not!® Oddball™ Just a few blocks walking disexhibit showcases bizarre baseball tance from the hotel are the Fratreasures and other unbelievable findzier History Museum and the ings. The exhibit, which runs through Louisville Slugger Museum and January 8, is included with regular adFacotry. mission. At the Frazier Museum, history As you stroll down Louisville’s comes to life every day through historic Main Street, don’t miss ever-changing and interactive the Louisville Slugger Walk of temporary exhibits, as well as FameTM. This artful extension of fascinating and one-of-a-kind Louisville Slugger Museum & Facpermanent galleries. Experience -58- | WEEKDEREXTENDED.COM ~ FALL, 2016

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America’s Sports Car… an exciting legend produced only in Bowling Green, Kentucky. The Museum features over 80 Corvettes in periodic settings, including mint classics, one-of-a-kind prototypes and modern-day wonders of engineering and design. Test your knowledge at interactive trivia kiosks, and don’t miss the chance to try a Corvette on for size in our lobby where we have a 2015 Stingray waiting for you. Displays continually rotate so no two visits are the same. Round out your visit with a souvenir from the Corvette Store, grab a bite to eat in the Corvette Cafe, and race over to the NCM Motorsports Park to spectate or take a lap! For more information, visit www.corvettemuseum.org/ There are more than 150 lifesize dinosaurs to discover at Dinosaur World in Cave City. This kid-friendly attraction is dedicated to the giants of years past. Wander through the 20 acres as you explore a some of the most feared predators known. This natural setting with lush gardens and paved walkways takes you into a completely different world ! Visit on Halloween day and get FREE admission for the kids if they are dressed in costume. They also get in free (with adult) on their birthday! General admission is $12.75 for adults and $9.75 for ages 3-12. For more information, visit online at www.dinosaurworld.com. FALL, 2016 ~ WEEKENDEREXTENDED.COM | -63-


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The Circus!

The Kelly Miller Brothers Circus, founded during the Depression, is marking another milestone this year as it celebrates its 78th anniversary. Founded in 1938 by Obert Miller and his sons, Kelly and Dores, this traditional tented circus has seen the passing of the millennium and still offers the same great family entertainment it presented in its humble beginnings. While the show started with little more than the Miller family, some ponies, and a couple of monkeys, they still moved about the country as they do today. The went through the same routine each day of setting up and giving performances in a new town. The Circus will roll into several Michigan cities this month with its all new edition promising a more exciting and extravagant exhibition than ever before. The 2016 season features an elephant and a variety of mixed animals along with a host of international circus stars. Everyone is invited to step back in time as the Kelly Miller Bros. Circus brings the history and tradition of the old-fashioned circus to blend with new and extraordinary acts. An altogether different kind

of show is in store for those who in the mornings for setup. The circus lot comes to life when the trucks pull up, animals are unloaded, stakes are driven, and the giant Big Top rises into the air. A knowledgeable circus veteran will be on hand to explain the action and answer questions about circus life. This season, the Kelly Miller Bros. Circus will travel nearly 10,000 miles and give performances in more than 200 towns across the U.S. So pick your location, buy your tickets in advance and save money at www. kellymillercircus.com.


ILLINOIS Oct. 9 - Dupo, IL

MISSOURI Oct. 10 - Warrenton, Mo Oct. 11 - Waynesville, Mo. Oct. 12 - Versailles, Mo. Oct. 13 - Lexington, Mo. Oct. 14 - Excelsior Springs, Mo. Oct. 15 - Pleasant Hill, Mo. Oct. 16 - Nevada, Mo. Oct. 17 - Neosho, Mo. OKLAHOMA Oct. 18 - Pryor, Ok. Oct. 19 - Wewoka, Ok. Oct. 20 - Ardmore, Ok. FALL, 2016 ~ WEEKENDEREXTENDED.COM | -65-



Plan a weekend of fun and adventure in the mountain town of Franklin, where fall foliage, waterfalls and a charming downtown await. Plus, the annual PumpkinFest takes place Oct. 22, featuring the “world-famous Pumpkin Roll” and pie eating competitions. www.discoverfranklinnc.com

BAINBRIDGE - The Fall Festival of Leaves is a celebration of the beauty of season and region Oct. 14-16, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. Festivities include arts, crafts, entertainment, flea markets, midways, parades, pedal tractor pull, and an opportunity to experience times past, or drive the four self-guided scenic Paint Valley Skyline Drives. Plan to visit “Leaf Country, USA!” www.fallfestivalofleaves.com


TOPEKA - Gage Park offers a hauntingly good time this Halloween with a variety of activities from Oct.14 - 41: Project Terror, a Haunted House, Project Halloween, A Pirate Treasure Adventure, Boo at the Zoo, Spookomotive! While you’re out give Gage Park a shout by using #VisitGagePark! View details at http://parks.snco.us/

INDIANA FORT WAYNE - Two outlet sales - one town! Come to the cinda B sale Oct. 12-15 featuring handbags, travel bags and totes. Deep discounts on their luggage and accessories. The Matilda Jane Warehouse Sale is Oct. 28-29 and is a designer of whimsical children’s (and women’s clothing. Think “Great Bargains” for erlybird Christmas shopping! For more details, visit http://www.visitfortwayne.com/ -66- | WEEKDEREXTENDED.COM ~ FALL, 2016


Oct. 14 - Come celebrate the Grand Opening of our new Shoshone Rose Casino & Hotel on U.S. Hiway 287 near Lander. There will be a prayer, blessings, drums and dancers, second ribbon cutting, keynote speakers and tours of new building. Opening Party with ATV 4-wheelers and a BBQ Grill to be given away and more! Playing and staying has never been


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In October, Charlottesville and Albemarle County offer some of the most spectacular autumn landscapes in the country. The Shenandoah National Park (SNP), is one of the best places to view nature’s grand spectacle of colors. Enjoy hiking one of the many trails or take a relaxing drive on the Blue Ridge Parkway. www.nps.gov/shen



NEW YORK NIAGARA USA From the leaves to the waters, nobody delivers spectacular falls like Niagara USA! Each October the blazing reds, yellows and oranges of Niagara Falls State Park come together in a jaw-dropping display of nature’s beauty. And that’s just the opening act of the dramatic outdoor adventures you’ll find throughout the region. Oct. festivals include the Scarecrow Expo, NYPA’s Halloween Spooktacular, The Maize and the Boo Bash. www.niagara-usa.com

On Oct. 14-16, Pumpkin Palooza in Fort Myers is a celebration of the Fall harvest season at Fleamasters. Children’s crafts, face painting, live music and pumpkins from the Great Pumpking Patch. Oct. 28 - the Oktoberfest is one of the biggest festivals in Cape Coral year-round. It has a great variety of food and beverages to choose from. Bring the kids along because it has a wonderful carnival area featuring rides and games! www.swflorida.travel


ACE Adventure Resort - Here Nightmare in the Gorge Haunted Hike takes place from 7:30 - to 11:45 p.m. Oct. 21-22, 28, 29. $13 - adults and $10 - youth. Combine the walk with a Night Sky Zip Line Tour at $99 for adults, $89 for youth. On Oct. 22 only, add a 5K Zombie Run . www.aceraft.com


ANN ARBOR/Oct. 27- ypsiGLOW is a glow-out block party built by Ypsi artists, organizations, businesses, and community members. Join in illuminating Washington Street between Michigan Ave. and Pearl St. with live music, street performances, and interactive art! 6:30 - 9 p.m. FALL, 2016 ~ WEEKENDEREXTENDED.COM | -67-


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