Family-Friendly Events For Sept. 28-Oct. 5
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Festival — Wilderness State Park’s fall festival will run all day on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 4-6, at the park near Mackinaw City. Events will include pumpkin carving, games, trick or treating, hayrides, pie-eating contest, decorated camp sites, pancake breakfasts. Murder mystery hayride is new this year. Open to all. Make reservations at (231) 436-5381.
Color tour — The Breezeway color tour is throughout the day today, Saturday, Sept. 28. Pick up a participants’ bag between 10 a.m.-noon at the start of the route at Royal Farms and Cellars, 10445 North U.S. 31, in Atwood. The Breezeway committee offers a bag of surprises which includes local coupons and a route map. The designated route is a rural ride along C-48 from Atwood through Ellsworth and East Jordan, ending at U.S. 131 in Boyne Falls. The route is filled with scenic overlooks, great motorcycle or bicycle rides, working farms and orchards, artist galleries and studios, resale shops, restaurants and lodging options such as rental cottages, campgrounds, bed and breakfast places, motels and a famed Up North resort. (231) 536-7351 or www.ejchamber.org.
Wiener dog events — The Parade of Wiener costume contest begins at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, on Mason Street in front of the Elks Lodge in Charlevoix. Entry fee is a donation to benefit the Charlevoix Area Humane Society. Racing begins immediately following the parade to determine the fastest Wiener of the North. The heats will be multiple-lane, straight track, drag style and two adult participants are allowed to start and coax the contestant to the finish. Prizes to overall race champion and the costume contest winner. Preregistration is encouraged. (231) 675-2498 or email Mick Randall at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fundraiser — A Meet the Team Dinner will be 5-7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at East Jordan High School to benefit the East Jordan Red Devils football teams. A chicken dinner will cost $6 per person. www.ejchamber.org.
Event — A community potluck and program of campfire storytelling by Jim Ribby will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at Martha Wagbo Farm and Education Center, 5745 M-66 North, just south of East Jordan. Come early for a self-guided farm tour to meet the sheep, goats and chickens. Bring treats to roast and share at the campfire, an instrument for jamming after the stories. Campfire activities for all ages. Stories begin at sunset, about 7:30 p.m. Beverages and roasting sticks provided. Will move to a shelter in case of bad weather. Free, donations welcomed at this family-friendly event. (231) 536-0333 or www.wagbo.org.
Event — A night on the farm will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, at Pond Hill Farm, 5581 S. Lake Shore Drive, north of Harbor Springs. Event will include a farm fresh dinner, a bonfire with marshmallow roasting, wine and hard cider, plus feeding the animals and more. Reservations requested, but not required. (231) 526-3276 or www.pondhill.com.
Concert — The summer folk series concludes with Jack Elliot performing at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 30, at Charlevoix Public Library, 220 W. Clinton St., Charlevoix. This one-hour folk and blues performance will be followed by an open mic session. (231) 237-7340 or www.charlevoixlibrary.org.
Festival — A Narnia Book Club with LEGOS will be 3:30-5 p.m. Thursdays, Oct. 3, 10 and 17, at Petoskey District Library, 500 E. Mitchell, Petoskey. The C.S. Lewis Festival will team with the YMCA for an after-school reading of “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe,” and Paul Vermeesch will create the Narnian castle using LEGOS. For middle school aged students. Preregistration preferred with the YMCA at (231) 348-8393. Visit www.cslewisfestival.org or email email@example.com.
Event — A kids workshop and safety day will be 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, Oct. 5, at Home Depot, 1700 Anderson Road, Petoskey. Kids will make a fire rescue plane, as well as see clowns and fire trucks, plus face painting and refreshments. Free.