Top 10 To-Dos for October 2019

1 October 5 | Central Market Harvest Breakfast

Lancaster Central Market

This tasty event provides a festive way to kick off the harvest season. Delicious breakfast items will be served in the market alleys. View a lovely array of flowers and harvest décor. Children’s events, activities and live music round out the fun-filled morning. 23 N. Market St. 8 a.m.-12 p.m. Information: 717-735-6890 or centralmarketlancaster.com.


2 October 5-6 | Lancaster City ArtWalk

Downtown Galleries

Presented by Lancaster City Art Galleries, visitors can discover the city through art. This self-guided tour of the downtown galleries features special exhibits, meet-the-artist events, children’s activities and live demonstrations. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, 12-4 p.m. Information: lancastercityartgalleries.com/lancaster-artwalk.


3 October 11-12 | Apple Dumpling Sales

Historic Ephrata Cloister

A fall favorite, these Pennsylvania Dutch treats will help to raise money to support the Back to the Cloister Fund, which assists in returning original artifacts to the museum. Pre-orders can be placed for five or more dumplings. Free delivery for orders of 20 dumplings or more. 632 W. Main St., Ephrata. 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Information: 717-733-6600 or ephratacloister.org.


4 October 19 | Wine Heart Gala 2019

Lancaster Country Club

Join Lancaster General Health for the perfect pairing – exceptional wine and sumptuous food. The 21st Annual Wine Heart Gala, which benefits the Heart & Vascular Institute, is an important effort that makes many of the cardiovascular community-based programs and patient-support services possible, including equipping first responders and local organizations with life-saving AED devices. Take part in an auction of vintage wines and Wine Spectator’s Top 2018 Wine Raffle. 1466 New Holland Pike. 6:30-10:30 p.m. Information: 717-544-5513 or lghealth.org/wineheartgala.


5 October 4-26 | Jekyll & Hyde

Prima Theatre

When the world is out of control, what lengths would you go to change everything for the better? As Dr. Jekyll attempts to solve humanity’s most challenging dilemmas, his passionate drive is met with internal and societal friction. The scientist’s experiments spiral out of control, strengthening his notorious alter ego – Mr. Hyde. Featuring an electrifying score, Jekyll & Hyde is an evocative, pulse-pounding tale. 941 Wheatland Ave. Information: 717-327-5124 or primalancaster.org.


6 October 12 | Tailwagger’s Trick-or-Treat

Buchanan Park

Enjoy a day of family-friendly fun, entertainment, food vendors, children’s activities and more! Take part in the costume contests. Delight in delicious food and chill in the wine/beer garden. Peruse the vendor and specialty goods booths. Pose in the Halloween-themed photo booth. It’s sure to be a howling good time! 901 Buchanan Ave. 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Information: 610-750-6100, ext. 211, or humanepa.org.


7 October 25, 26 & 31 | Calling All Spirits

Lancaster Marionette Theatre

Express yourself and come in costume to see Artistic Director Robert Brock don his high heels to bring Judy Garland, Liza Minnelli, Mae West and Bette Midler to the stage of the Lancaster Marionette Theatre. In Brock’s uncanny impression of Theresa Caputo, the Long Island Medium, she will read the audience and call up the spirit of her fellow Long Island resident, Little Edie of Grey Gardens fame.

The legendary Billie Holiday is expected to materialize in marionette form during this Halloween spectacle. Brock’s latest dame, Bette Davis playing Baby Jane Hudson, will end the spirited evening battling with her sister, Blanche, and attempting her long overdue comeback to the stage. 126 N. Water St. 7 p.m. Information: lmt.yapsody.com.


8 October 3-November 17 | Blooms & Bamboo

Longwood Gardens

Autumn is here, and with it comes a debut exhibit, Blooms & Bamboo: Chrysanthemum and Ikebana Sogetsu Artistry. Prepare to be wowed by towering bamboo art forms and enchanting arrangements by international artists.

Autumn also brings a painted landscape of ever-changing color, with pumpkins artistically displayed, and creative chrysanthemums meticulously grown into gorgeous forms throughout the Conservatory. The Thousand Bloom Chrysanthemum – a single plant bearing more than 1,000 perfect blooms on a single stem – makes its dazzling debut October 24. Also, the outdoor Garden Railway reflects the season in an imaginative way. 1001 Longwood Rd., Kennett Square. Information: 610-388-1000 or longwoodgardens.org.


9 October 24 | Rock Lititz “Shock the Block”

Rock Lititz

Trick-or-treaters of all ages are invited to a night of treats and family-friendly Halloween thrills. Tickets purchased in advance are $8 at eventbrite.com (search for “Shock the Block”). Tickets purchased day-of at the door are $12. Children under 2 are admitted free. Admission benefits the Warwick Education Foundation. 201 Rock Lititz Blvd., Lititz. 5:30-8 p.m. Information: 717-626-0338 or rocklititz.com.


10 October 26 | A Taste of Science

Lancaster Science Factory

Enjoy an extra special Halloween edition of ‘A Taste of Science’ to benefit Lancaster Science Factory. This spooktacular night will feature delicious food and drink by local restaurants, music and dancing, costumed fun, and more – all set against the backdrop of a newly expanded Science Factory. New for this year, the host and mistress of ceremonies will be the bride of Frankenstein, Kahmor Vixenn! For your dancing pleasure, DJ Smiles will be spinning the scientific and spooky tunes. Go all out for your chance to win the costume contest or craft your own Halloween mask or costume in the Maker Space. Wear your costume over to Tellus360 where you can receive $5 off admission to their Halloween Party with your Taste of Science proof of attendance! This year the theme is spooky science, and that includes the food! Sample delicious small plates from the best local restaurants at eight stations throughout the Hall of Science. The Baker’s Table, The Commons Company, Quip’s Pub, Four54 Grill, TFB Hospitality – Per Diem at the Rock Lititz Hotel, American Bar & Grill, The Horse Inn open bar. Enjoy beer, wine and cocktails! Raffle and 50/50. Enter the raffle to win local experiences, treats and treasures. Only 250 tickets are available for this event. Early-bird specials and ticket bundles are available until October 7. 454 New Holland Ave. 6 p.m. Information: 717-509-6363 or lancastersciencefactory.org.


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