As you should know by now, Talk Doesn’t Cook Rice is about getting out there and doing instead of sitting at home and thinking about doing. There’s no other time of year when there seems to be more going on locally than autumn — the apple picking, the outdoor festivals, hiking through mountains of red and orange leaves, hayrides, winding through the pumpkin patch looking for the perfect pumpkin ...
You get the picture.
Here are some of the events for the next couple of weeks that’ll get you out there doing something.
The Milesburg Museum and Historical Society will hold its Apple Harvest Festival and Car Show from
8 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 29 on Market Street. There will be food, entertainment, crafts, and, of course, don’t forget the cars. The museum also will be open.
Also on Sept. 29, Millbrook Marsh Nature Center will host an event called Scarecrow Stuff-It. You bring your old clothes for stuffing and they provide the straw, string and bags to make your own scarecrow. This event is not just for kids; families are encouraged to participate. The festivities start at 2 p.m., and there’ll be other activities besides scarecrow-making, such as face painting and relay races.
If you don’t want to participate in building your own scarecrow, the nature center is inviting people to come and watch. Just looking at the scarecrows might be enough to get you in the mood for autumn.
There’ll be a Haunted Hayride/Cave Tour at Woodward Cave and Campground from 7-10 p.m. Oct. 6. This is a charity event, with all proceeds being donated to the American Cancer Society through the Restek Relay for Life Team. According to Heather Bierly, of Restek, the spooky hayride and tour will be about 15 minutes each. Food will be available, and the gift shop will be open to guests.
Black Moshannon State Park will host two events on Oct. 6. The Black Moshannon Monster Hunt starts at 1 p.m. Both the 5-mile and 10-mile trails will be transformed into scavenger races with a Halloween theme, with each race consisting of “going to a station, getting a clue and trying to figure out where the next station will be,” according to the event website. For the 5-mile race, participants can mountain bike, hike or run; for the 10-mile race, participants can either mountain bike or run. This also is a charity event, with the proceeds benefiting Michael McCloskey, a local resident in need of a bone-marrow transplant.
At 7:30 p.m., you can get educated and scared simultaneously with a guided tour of the Sleepy Hollow trail, which promises to help you, according to their website, discover “some interesting facts about the history of the area.” I hope that history doesn’t involve regular sightings of the Headless Horseman.
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