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Pymatuning Fall Spooktackular in PA


The Pymatuning State Park in Pymatuning, PA hosts their Fall Spooktackular this weekend, October 10 & 11, 2014. This year’s event will be family oriented. They are planning a night hike, movie, kids craft; costume contest for kids, pets, and adults, trick-or-treat, site decoration contest, non-scare hayrides, and bonfire with music. There will also be two new events related to pumpkins, the Pumpkin Derby and the Pumpkin Slingshot. The event is open to the public and there is no parking or entrance fee.

Some individual events have a small fee to participate others are free.

Food, beverages, and pumpkins will be for sale.

Events with a fee are the Pumpkin Derby, Pumpkin Slingshot, Hayrides and Kids Craft.

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Boo at the Zoo for Family Friendly Halloween Fun in Philly

The Philadelphia Zoo is adding a little green to your Halloween with the return of Boo at the Zoo for two spooky weekends.

Image Courtesy of Philadelphia Zoo

Image Courtesy of Philadelphia Zoo

Put on your favorite costume and join us for a creepy, crawly celebration. Enjoy treats and sweets while playing your favorite Halloween games, listening to live music and much more.

• Do you know why Halloween is an orangutan’s favorite holiday at the Philadelphia Zoo? Be sure to visit the Sustainable Palm Zone during Boo at the Zoo to find out.

• Take a walk through the Philadelphia Zoo’s not-so-scary Extinction Graveyard to learn about the extinction of species around the world. You’ll be shocked to see that some of your favorite creatures could be extinct in the wild in 15 years.

• Enjoy festive fall offerings throughout the Zoo: hot apple cider, Children’s’ Halloween Sippers filled with a Witch’s Brew, reusable Boo at the Zoo trick-or-treat bags and much more! Pick up a Boo at the Zoo map at the entrance for all the details.

• Set out on a Scarecrow Scavenger Hunt and discover your favorite animals in the form of life-size scarecrows.

October 18, 19, 25, 26
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Terror Behind the Walls at PA’s Eastern State Penitentiary

Friday, September 19, 2014 – 7:00pm – Saturday, November 8, 2014 – 7:00pm
Sponsor LUKOIL providing discount coupons!

Terror Behind the Walls is located inside the massive castle-like walls of Eastern State Penitentiary in Philadelphia, PA. Now in its 22nd year, Terror Behind the Walls is consistently ranked among the top haunted attractions in the country. Check out their preview page to get a sneak peek of the action.

Their FAQ page provides lots of tips and info for first timers. They promise to do their “absolute best to terrify you and your friends. Just imagine being inside an 11-acre abandoned prison at night. Their goal is to make you scared. Really scared. And yes, it’s possible that someone (or something?) might be lurking inside one of those empty, dark cells you keep walking past….”

Additionally, “when you enter Terror Behind the Walls, you will be confronted with a critical decision: should you explore the prison and watch the action, or should you mark yourself to truly interact with the denizens of the cellblocks? Those who opt in for true interactivity may be grabbed, held back, sent into hidden passageways, removed from their group, and even occasionally incorporated into the show. They will deal with the consequences of their decision through six long attractions.”

If that isn’t scary enough, you can upgrade to a VIP status. The After Dark VIP Tour begins with an hour-long, guided flashlight walking tour of the penitentiary. You’ll hear about riots, escapes, and other scandalous incidents throughout Eastern State’s history. Highlights may include the cellblocks, Al Capone’s cell, the dining halls, and the Operating Room.

Following the tour, you will be escorted to the front of the Terror Behind the Walls lines and experience all six haunted attractions. Remember your evening with a souvenir photo of your group and a Terror Behind the Walls LED flashlight (included in ticket price).

Don’t forget that buying online is ALWAYS the cheapest and most convenient way to purchase Terror Behind the Walls tickets, guaranteed. You’ll save time and money, and purchasing in advance is the only way to guarantee entry to the event.

Best of all, discount coupons are available courtesy of Terror Behind the Walls sponsor LUKOIL. Visit any Pennsylvania or New Jersey LUKOIL location for a $5 off coupon. Coupons available while supplies last. Cannot be combined with any other discounts or promotions.

Terror Behind the Walls
Eastern State Penitentiary
22nd & Fairmount Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19130
(215) 236-3300

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Image Courtesy of ArtsQuest

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October 3-5 & 10-12, Festival will not require an admission fee

When Oktoberfest presented by Yuengling gets underway Oct. 3, the festival will be free for the first time in its history thanks to the Pottsville-based D.G. Yuengling & Son.

As part of this year’s Oktoberfest presented by Yuengling, guests will find a number of new attractions and activities to enjoy and explore. These include a free Penn State-Michigan football game viewing party on the Levitt Pavilion Lawn Oct. 11, and a new craft brewers’ village presented by the Brewers of Pennsylvania at PNC Plaza at SteelStacks on both weekends. The festival is also adding pairing experiences featuring great German food and beverages, as well as a new Yuengling Oktoberfest 5k on Oct. 5. The 5k race has already attracted more than 2,000 entrants.

2014 Oktoberfest presented by Yuengling
October 3-5 & 10-12
Fridays: 5-11pm
Saturdays: 12-11pm
Sundays: 12-8pm

Music Performance Schedules:

Friday, October 3
Crazy Hearts
5:30-9:30pm | FestHalle Tent
Crazy Hearts is one of the most popular country bands in the Lehigh Valley and Eastern Pennsylvania. Crazy Hearts’ high energy, heart pumpin’, foot stompin’ country music will have you singing along and dancing all night to the latest covers of George Strait, Alan Jackson, Miranda Lambert, Reba McEntire, and Taylor Swift to name a few.

Brosky/Meyer Band
6:00-8:30pm | TD Bank Community Stage on the Air Products Town Square
Lehigh Valley icon Steve Brosky teams up with Jimmy Meyer Extraordinaire (honorably mentioned in “the rock n’ roll hall of fame” with corporate band “The Difference”). From the very start they had “it”, call it chemistry, ying and yang or peanut butter and jelly…however you say it , “it’s” their’s!

The Remnants
9:00-11:00pm | TD Bank Community Stage on the Air Products Town Square
The Remnants (previously known as Good Time Charlie) is a Blues/Garage/Rock band. Their motto is “Good People…Good Music….Good Time!”

Saturday, October 4

Chardon Polka Band
12:00-3:00pm | FestHalle Tent
The Chardon Polka Band’s own distinctive brand of oom-pah combines traditional with zany. While the group seeks to keep old time polka music alive, they do it with their own unique attitude and liveliness.

The BC Combo
12:00-3:00pm | TD Bank Community Stage on the Air Products Town Square
The BC Combo is a highly respected group of singer-songwriters who bring their wealth of experience and passion to Blues, Jazz, Swing, Folk, R&B, Soul and more.

The Philadelphia German Brass Band
3:30-6:30pm | FestHalle Tent
Founded in 1935, the Philadelphia German Brass Band is dedicated to upholding the tradition and fostering the continued development of authentic German, Eastern European and American brass band music.

Common Bond
3:30- 7:00pm | TD Bank Community Stage on the Air Products Town Square
Common Bond entertains with a blend of hits from the ’60s to the present including disco, R&B, Motown and Swing.

The Mighty Manatees
7:00-10:00pm | FestHalle Tent
The Mighty Manatees are a group of musicians who play a style known as “dreadneck” music. It is a blend of country, blues, rock, and reggae.

Sunday, October 5

10:30am-12:00pm | FestHalle Tent
Not your ordinary oompah band, Polkadelphia plays both traditional oompah tunes as well as modern cover songs by artists like Radiohead and the Beatles.

Ricky Smith & the Crush
12:00-2:00pm | TD Bank Community Stage on the Air Products Town Square
Ricky Smith & The Crush plays a great variety of dance music from Buddy Holly to Green Day, The Stray Cats and more. Ricky brings spirits back to life with his Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix styles.

The Polka Brothers
12:30-4:30pm | FestHalle Tent
The Polka Brothers are a four man band of young polka lovers, out to spread the joy of polka, one wild party at a time.

The GTV Almrausch Schuhplattlers
Playing during The Polka Brothers set breaks
Based in Philadelphia, the G.T.V. Almrausch is one of the oldest Schuhplattler Vereine in North America.

Andrew Portz Band
2:30-4:30pm | TD Bank Community Stage on the Air Products Town Square
Andrew Portz has captured the sounds of today’s most adventurous indie pop rock and Americana’s purest songwriting traditions to put fouth a sound that will take you back…and lead you forward.

5:00-8:00pm | FestHalle Tent
An energetic mix of Modern-Dance, Pop & Rock covers with THE VERY BEST OF THE 80’s smash hits to keep crowds singing and dancing

Swift Technique
5:00-8:00pm | TD Bank Community Stage on the Air Products Town Square
Swift Technique, based in Philly, strives to push the musical boundaries in the current music scene. Through the fusion of funk, soul and rock, Swift Technique can be enjoyed collectively by all people. With hard grooves and soulful hooks, Swift Tech will have everyone up and dancing.

Friday, October 10

Alex Meixner Band
5:30-9:30pm | FestHalle Tent
The Alex Meixner band is equally at home playing a traditional Oktoberfest or amped up Rocktoberfest while also having the ability to meld into a swinging jazz combo, gypsy world-beat band, authentic European folk ensemble or smoking zydeco-blues group at the drop of a hat

Lou Franco Project
6:00 – 8:30pm | TD Bank Community Stage on the Air Products Town Square
Philadelphia native Lou Franco takes the word “virtuoso” to a whole new level with his classic rock influenced guitar stylings.

Wild Adriatic
9:00-11:00pm | TD Bank Community Stage on the Air Products Town Square
Wild Adriatic is a dynamic rock and soul trio from Upstate New York, crafting a powerful yet subtle sound rooted in the basics of American rock and soul music. With a compellingly honest and raw live show, the band has been successfully making friends and fans across the country since January 2011.

Saturday, October 11

John Stevens’ Doubleshot
12:00-3:00pm | FestHalle Tent
John Stevens’ Doubleshot is a polka band that can mix up their music to fit any occasion.

Dina Hall and Christine Havrilla
12:00-3:00pm | TD Bank Community Stage on the Air Products Town Square
Dina Hall is an award-winning singer/songwriter who recently released “Logic and the Heart” – a stunning album that blends folk/rock and Americana instrumentation with intimately powerful vocals. Christine Havrilla, a Philadelphia native, who has six studio albums, three EPs, and over a decade of touring under her belt, continues to venture out under “Christine Havrilla & Gypsy Fuzz”, showcasing ALL of her music with new twists.

The Apple Strudel Gang
3:30-6:30pm | FestHalle Tent
The Apple Strudel Gang is an authentic German band with a bit of the American Songbook thrown in.

The GTV Almrausch Schuhplattlers
Playing during The Apple Sturdel Gang’s set breaks
Based in Philadelphia, the G.T.V. Almrausch is one of the oldest Schuhplattler Vereine in North America.

Call Your Mama
3:30-6:30pm | TD Bank Community Stage on the Air Products Town Square
This 7-member band covers a wide variety of pop/rock and dance music.

Igor and the Red Elvises
7:00-10:00pm | FestHalle Tent
Siberian surf “rokenrol” that has been conquering the hearts of screaming fans all over the world for more than 15 years.
The Whiskey Uproar
7:00-10:00pm | TD Bank Community Stage on the Air Products Town Square
The Whiskey Uproar takes your modern alternative songs and naturally brings a powerful rocking sound and performance. Powerful vocals, heavy hitting drums, soulful melodies, and groovy rhythms are things you will notice that will make you want to get up, dance, and sing along with this band.

Sunday, October 12

Fritz’s Polka Band
12:00-3:30pm | FestHalle Tent
Jagermeister-sponsored Fritz’s Polka Band plays everything from modern-style polka to country to rock and even blues, resulting in an eclectic mix of musical styles.

Friday’s Child
12:00-2:30pm | TD Bank Community Stage on the Air Products Town Square
Friday’s Child is a New Jersey-based rock band that formed in the late 1990s.

Billy Bauer Band
3:00-5:30pm | TD Bank Community Stage on the Air Products Town Square
With a sound like the Goo Goo Dolls and Dave Matthews Band, this group has opened for Uncle Kracker and O.A.R.

The Uptown Band
4:00-8:00pm | FestHalle Tent
An explosive, melodic and grooving mix of Jazz, Funk, Rock, and Pop.

The Romantic Era
6:00-7:30pm | TD Bank Community Stage on the Air Products Town Square
A pop rock band from Pennsylvania, The Romantic Era has won multiple awards, sold thousands of albums, and rocked hundreds of stages.

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Peep Mobile in Bethlehem,PA

Gail A Sisolak Copyright 2014.

Gail A Sisolak Copyright 2014.

I visited Bethlehem, PA during the summer of 2012, and found it to be a fun town, filled with a variety of activities for all ages. Until I went there though, I didn’t know that it is the birthplace of Peeps. Peeps make me happy! They are bright, cheerful and deliver an instant sugar rush. The make great s’mores too. While in Bethlehem, we found the Peep Mobile at a small community fair. Like the more famous Oscar Mayer Weiner Mobile, its function is largely decorative and promotional. Still, wouldn’t it be fun to be the driver? Imagine the smiles you’d get driving down the highway.

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The National Apple Harvest Festival Celebrates its 50th Year

Image Courtesy of The National Apple Festival

Image Courtesy of The National Apple Festival

When we refer to a mother’s beloved child, we say he or she is “the apple of her eye.” When refer to a wholesome, down-to-earth, patriotic person, we refer to them as being as “American as apple pie. The apple holds a special place in American society, so it’s only fitting that there is The National Apple Harvest Festival.

Held during the first two full weekends in October, The National Apple Harvest Festival celebrates beautiful crafts, great music and wonderful food. The festival has something for everyone with hundreds of arts and crafts dealers, demonstrations, contests, food stands, and entertainment.

The festival is located in the heart of Pennsylvania Apple country, near historic Gettysburg, and is within a two hour drive of Washington DC, Baltimore MD, and Harrisburg PA.

Special Attractions Include: The Apple Auditorium and Antique Cars, Steam Engine Displays, Orchard Tours, Petting Zoo, Craftsman Demonstrations, and Appearances by PA Apple Queen.

National Apple Harvest Festival

Festival Address:
615 Narrows Road,
Biglerville, PA 17307 ‎
(717) 677-9413
92 Miles from Washington, DC
73.5 Miles from Baltimore, MD
53.8 Miles from Harrisburg, PA
10 Miles from Gettysburg, PA

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Free Family Fun at Franklin Institute, Philadelphia, PA

Image Courtesy of Franklin Institute

Image Courtesy of Franklin Institute

The Franklin Institute presents Target Community Nights one night per month. Target Community Nights are from 5:00PM-8:00PM, usually on the third Wednesday of the month unless otherwise specified.

Everyone is welcome to join in the fun at these FREE educational and fun-filled science extravaganzas sponsored by Target. Experience The Franklin Institute’s famous exhibitions, special programs, and themed activities.

Admission is free and there is no need to pre-register. Doors open at 5:00PM. Check in at the registration table for a chance to win a free Family Membership.

Parking in the Franklin Institute garage is available at the discounted rate of $6.00 for the evening. The garage is located at 271 North 21st Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103.

Please note: Target Community Night does not occur in June or December 2014.

Target Community Nights:

Wednesday, August 20
Wednesday, September 17
Wednesday, October 15
Wednesday, November 19
Wednesday, January 21
Wednesday, February 18
Wednesday, March 18

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