AFRICAN-AMERICAL FEST Richmond, Va.
2nd Street event honors heritage this week
Up in Richmond, Va., on Oct. 2-3, the 2nd Street Festival evokes the time when 2nd Street - also known as "Two Street" or "The Deuce" - was the heart and soul of Richmond's African-American community. This celebration of African-American culture in Richmond's historic Jackson Ward neighborhood includes live music, fashion shows, gospel music, and performances by community groups on four stages. There will also be children's activities, a marketplace, dancing in the streets and food vendors. The free event begins at noon each day, with the festivities continuing into the evening. Details: www .venturerichmond.com/events .
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Blues, jazz and more Oct. 9-10
The Pleasure Island Seafood, Blues & Jazz Festival will be staged Oct. 9-10 at Fort Fisher Air Force Recreation Area in Kure Beach, just south of Wilmington, on the Cape Fear River. There are 16 acts, headlined by the legendary Leon Russell, who plays Oct. 9 (a Saturday). The event also includes a wine tasting and seafood prepared by area restaurants. A Fine Arts Plaza will host arts and crafts vendors; a Kidz Zone features magicians, juggling acts, clowns and more. Two-day tickets are $30 in advance. Saturday-only tickets are $30; Sunday-only tickets are $15. Gates open at 11 a.m.; music begins at 12:30 p.m. both days. Pets, coolers and political materials are not permitted
Details/tickets: 910-458-8434; www.pleasureislandnc .org .
A-MAIZE-ING Western North Carolina
Corn mazes in the foothills, mountains
Like to find your way through maize (corn) mazes? Here are several that are now up and running west of Charlotte:
Ashe County Corn Maze, through Oct. 31, Crumpler. $7. Details: www.ashecountycornmaze.com..
N.C. Foothills Corn Maze, through Nov. 1, Morganton. $6, $4 for ages 3-10. Details: foothillscornmaze.com.
Deal Farms, Oct. 1-31, Franklin. $5, $3 for students. Details: www.dealfarms.com/Cornmaze.
Blue Ridge Corn Maze, Brevard, weekends-only, through October. $7; $5 for ages 6-12. Details: www.blue ridgecornmaze.com .
The Maize, through Nov. 7, Canton. $7 for 6 and older. Details: www.themaize.com/sites.php?ID=&username= ncclyde .
Fodder Trot Trail Corn Maze & Pumpkin Patch, Sparta. $7, $5 for ages 4-12. Details: www.otgs.net.
GSMRR Bryson City
Ride the train to Charlie Brown's Great Pumpkin Patch
The Great Pumpkin Patch Express returns to the Great Smoky Mountains Railroad - with Charlie Brown, Lucy and Snoopy -starting Saturday. The rail excursions, themed after "It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown," will depart from the Bryson City depot Saturday and next Sunday, Oct. 8-10, 15-17, 22-24 and 29-30. Friday departures will be at 3 p.m.; Saturday-Sunday departures will be at 11:30 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Guests will hear a narration of Charles Schulz's "It's The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown" as the train travels to the Great Pumpkin Patch, where passengers will be greeted by Charlie Brown, Lucy and Snoopy. Also there: campfire marshmallows, a coloring station, temporary tattoos, trick or treating, a bounce house, hayrides and live musical. Each child will also select a pumpkin to take home. Kids are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes.
Tickets: $53; $31 for ages 2-12. Details/reservations: 800-872-4681; www.GSMR.com.
HISTORY AFTER DARK Ninety Six, S.C.
Honor a Patriot victory Oct. 9
Ninety Six National Historic Site presents the 29th Autumn Candlelight Tour on Oct. 9, with approximately 500 candle luminaria and torches lighting the one-mile historic trail to honor the soldiers who died at Ninety Six in 1781. Ninety Six was a loyalist stronghold captured by Patriots after a 28-day siege.
Costumed volunteers portray settlers and soldiers of old Ninety Six during the Colonial and Revolutionary eras. Cannons and muskets will echo across the site.
Tours will begin at 6:50 p.m. and leave at 10-minute intervals; the last tour at 8:20 p.m. Each tour will last about 75 minutes. Admission and activities are free. Reservations are not necessary; tickets will only be available the evening Oct. 9.
The visitor center will be open 9 a.m.-9 p.m. The park is two miles south of Ninety Six, on S.C. 248, about 60 miles south of Greenville, S.C. Details: www.nps.gov/nisi.