Five Things for October

I still can’t believe it’s almost October.

Where did the summer go? This has honestly been the fastest summer of my entire life, and I don’t like to see it end.

Luckily, I love the Fall too. All those gorgeous turning leaves. The crisp, sunny, sweater days. Thanksgiving. Harvest themed decor. And we can’t forget pumpkin in all its various forms -lattés, candles, cupcakes and more.

I also think I’m going to like this Fall for the five reasons I have listed below. These are on my list of things to do this month. What’s on yours?


1. The North Star Festival

I am very excited about the North Star Festival.

As a history nut, I am quite embarrassed to admit that I never realized the extent of Niagara’s role in the Underground Railroad. Thanks to Bravo Niagara!, it has been brought to my attention. And also thanks to Bravo Niagara! I can spend a whole weekend learning more about this important part of our history.

Starting on Friday, October 2nd, there will be a symposium held at the Niagara Historical Society Museum. Tickets are free for this afternoon – yes, free! – and there will be a series of fascinating lectures and roundtable discussions. You can read about all of the speakers and topics here.

There are also incredible concerts planned all weekend long. One of them will even involve cruising on the Niagara Riverfeaturing Blues and Motown legend Harrison Kennedy.

I am particularly looking forward to Food for the Soul – a celebration of African-inspired food, music and artisanal products, which will be held at the Market at the Village. Can’t wait to taste the food.

Doesn’t this sound like a great weekend? I hope you’ll join me. All the details are on Bravo Niagara!’s website.


2. See Rocky Horror Live

Well, I’ve already been to see Rocky Horror, and could definitely be tempted to see it again. But if you haven’t, you’ve only got a couple of weeks left to see it! It’s a great production, and such fun. The cast is wonderful, and the audience really gets into the action too. Many of the attendees show up in costume, and of course everyone loves getting up for the Time Warp. Even Ken. He originally said there was no way he would do it, but lo and behold, he amazed me. I’m sure there would have been some price to pay if he didn’t!

I’m told this is the last season that they will be doing the show. It’s only playing until October 10th, so get moving on those tickets.


3. Do the Wine Run

Ok, so the picture above is not of me running. That would not be a flattering picture at all, and I would not inflict that on you. It is, however, an example of some of the gorgeous sunrise scenery I see on my morning runs. Running around Niagara sure beats pounding city streets, I tell you.

Anyway, I’ve been working my butt off trying to get back into running, and it seems to finally be paying off. So, I think I could handle running a race. Enter the Red Roof Wine Run.

This race ticks a lot of boxes for me. First, it gives me a goal during those brutal long runs. I’m now up to 12K, which feels absolutely horrid at times, but somehow I have convinced myself that 10K will be no problem. Second, the race is for a great cause – the Red Roof Retreat. Third, I get WINE at the end, thanks to Pillitteri Estate Winery.

Need I say more, really?

Now I just have to talk my running buddy into doing it with me.

The race is on October 17th, and all the details are here.


4. Stock Up at the Reif Red Sale

If you love red wine, and haven’t yet been to the annual Reif Estate Winery Red Sale, boy you are in for a treat. Offered only once a year, this is your chance to stock up on some terrific red wines – perfect for the holidays, and those colder days ahead. I really don’t want to think about those colder days, but if I can look forward to a great glass of red at the end of them, winter just might be a tad more bearable.

You really can’t miss this. Last year I stocked up on Merlot, Merlot Reserve, and Meritage and the prices were really incredible.

Mark your calendar – the sale begins Thursday, October 29th and runs until Sunday November 1st.


5. Go on a Ghost Tour

Alas, I have no pictures of ghosts. But I do have a picture of Fort George, who apparently does an amazing ghost tour in the weeks running up to Halloween.

I’ve done ghost tours in some of my past travels. One of them was just great fun, but one of them really scared the you-know-what out of me. Though ghost tours are offered in Niagara-on-the-Lake, I still haven’t done one yet. Probably cause I don’t want to have the you-know-what scared out of me in my lovely little hometown. Yes, I’m a bit of a chicken.

I am told that NOTL is the most haunted town in Canada.  So perhaps I need to be more courageous and learn some of its spooky stories. The tours at Fort George start running on October 16th, click here for all the details.  Ghost Walks of Niagara-on-the-Lake also runs daily tours, with multiple tour times leading up to Halloween.

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Of course, in October there will also be walks out to see the beautiful fall colours.

And, like last year, a visit to a pumpkin patch.

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You just can’t beat the vibrant colours of Fall, can you?

What will you be up to this month?

  • Nancy

    Oh my gosh! That was so great! I can’t wait for fall now – bring it on! Good luck with your run. If you are looking for a ghost walk buddy, I’m in. I’m sure we can convince your running buddy to do it too:)

    • Nancy, so sorry for the delay in this response….a tech issue. The ghost walk would be so great for us all to do! If you’re all with me, I won’t be such a scaredy-cat 🙂