Autumn fest in McHenry, food fest in NYC


National Wildlife Refuge Week

Celebrate America's wildlife heritage by visiting a local refuge during National Wildlife Refuge Week. On Sunday, Oct.14, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Eastern Neck National Wildlife Refuge will host "The Big Sit!," an annual event in which teams count and report on bird species observed from a 17-foot-diameter circle. Check out the Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge in Virginia Beach, Va., throughout the week to learn about fish species in the Back Bay, learn practices for pruning bushes and trees, and take tours of the refuge.

National Wildlife Refuge Week is Oct. 14-20. For more information about the Fish and Wildlife Service, visit


Autumn Glory Festival

Bask in the glory of the fall season at this festival featuring scenic tours of the Youghiogheny River, Ginseng Run and Deep Creek Lake Scenic Overlook, among other spots. With food and live music, the Autumn Glory Kickoff Dinner will open the festival's activities, which will include concerts, area tours, antique and craft shows, fine arts exhibits and other activities.

The festival takes place Oct. 10-14. The Garrett County Chamber of Commerce is offering a 3-2-1 lodging and activity promotion. The promotion offers three nights for the price of two and runs from Oct. 15 to Dec. 16, excluding some holidays. Go to

Lancaster, Pa.

Happy Hauntings at Dutch Wonderland

Ideal for the whole family, Happy Hauntings will allow guests to try more than 20 theme rides including the "Scareeeee-Go-Round," the "Bat Swing," and the "Witchie Whip." Additional activities include trick-or-treating, pumpkin painting and other activities. A live show of "Molly's Wacky Witches Brew," and storytelling with the Princess and Knight of Dutch Wonderland will fill out the schedule.

Happy Hauntings is open Saturdays and Sundays, Oct. 13-14, Oct. 20-21, and Oct. 27-28, at Dutch Wonderland. Tickets are $21.99 per person for ages 3 and above. For more information, call 866-386-2839 or visit

Cape May, N.J.

'Phantoms of the Physick Estate'

Part of Cape May's Halloween Happenings, the self-guided daytime tour of the "original haunted house" — the Physick Estate — will include spooky sounds, special effects and scary stuff. Other tours offered include the terror tour, the kid-friendly tour and evening tour.

The kid-friendly tour is $10 for adults and $5 for children (ages 3-12). The evening tour is $15 for adults and $12 for children (ages 3-12). Visit to learn more about the Halloween-themed event.

New York City

Food Network Wine & Food Festival

Food trucks, farmers, celebrity chefs, tastings and more are all at the center of this foodie festival in New York City. The festival, in its fifth year, is also a fundraiser to fight hunger, with 100 percent of net proceeds going to community organizations. Highlights include "On The Chopping Block: A Roast of Anthony Bourdain," hosted by Mario Batali, and "Meatball Madness," hosted by Giada De Laurentiis.

The festival is Oct.11-14. Tickets can be purchased at or by calling 866-969-2933.

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