Happening This Week: Moonlight Rides, Zombie Walks, Civil War Days

Looking for something to plan your weekend around? Look no farther than these suggestions.

Where/When: , 7 p.m. Oct. 7.
Why Go: Bring the kids to the nature center for "The Night the Animals Talked." Everyone will tour the grounds and "meet" animals and plants that populate the park -- played by actors in costume. Kids will learn some unforgettable lessons about nature, and to cap off the fun everyone will walk the upper trail and enjoy cider and donuts by the campire.
Pricing: $4 per person. Tours will leave every 10 minutes, with the last tour beginning at 8:30 p.m. To register, visit the center, or call Parks and Recreation at 586-731-0300.

Where/When: , 7 p.m. Oct. 7.
Why Go: Enjoy an evening full of romance, mystery and Mother Nature with a moonlight wagon ride at Stony Creek. Enjoy a drive through the woods, plus a bonfire, music, cider, donuts and roasted marshmallows.
Pricing: $6. Preregister by calling 586-781-9113. 

Where/When: , 10 p.m. Oct. 7.
Why Go: Cass Bar & Grill has a night of fun planned. It's a birthday bash for one of its bartenders, Taylor Keene, plus a breast cancer awareness party. Ladies will enjoy $1 drinks from 10-11 p.m., plus drink specials, and the Boobie Rock Girls will be in the house with giveaways. The night won't be complete without music, so DJ Mattmatics will provide the noise.

Where/When: , startng 9 a.m. Oct. 8 and continuing until 1 a.m.
Why Go: Sherwood is celebrating Oktoberfest with Keggs & Eggs from 9-11 a.m., traditional German fare starting at 3 p.m., and the 9 p.m. Miss Oktoberfest trivia contest, with the miss who knows the most taking home the crown. And be sure to wear your dancing shoes, as the live music kicks off at 10 p.m.
Pricing: No admission. 

Where/When: , 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oct 8 and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 9.
Why Go: Wolcott Mill comes alive with the past this weekend with two days of Civil War reenactments. See soldiers clash and perform drills, sutlers sell wares, crafts made, chores performed, music played and more. Kids will learn hands-on lessons by joining a military drill, making a craft or attending a school lesson, 19th-century style. There will also be a reenactment of the Battle of Bull Run at 2 p.m. both days. 
To get into the spirit of things, visitors can sign up for the  Saturday night. It starts at 7 p.m. and guests will be guided by an apparition through the era's turbulent past. It's not recommended for children under age 6. 
Pricing: $3 for adults, $1 for children to attend the Skirmish. The candlelight tour costs $6.

Where/When: Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm, 1005 Van Hoosen Road, Rochester; 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Oct. 8.
Why Go: The Stonewall Pumpkin Festival returns, and families can enjoy an afternoon of pumpkin carving, food, crafts, hayrides, pumpkin bowling and more, all from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. From 7-9 p.m. the pumpkins will be lit and placed on the stone wall.
Pricing: $7 for the daytime activities, and children under 2 get in free. (A pumpkin is included in the price), and the evening activity is a food drive. Please bring a canned item to benefit the Rochester Neighborhood House. 

Where/When: 111 S. Main, Romeo; 4 p.m. Oct. 9.
Why Go: The streets of downtown Romeo will be overrun with the walking dead this weekend. They've come hungry for brains, and determined to feed homeless veterans. The price of admission is two or three non-perishable food items. Show up in your most gruesome costume for a chance at best costume and for raffle prizes.


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