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Mary Pickels

The days are getting shorter, the evenings cooler and fall activities are ramping up.

From musical performances to amusement parks and farm festivals, Westmoreland County offers a lengthy potential “to do” list this weekend.

Get outdoors and enjoy Indian summer, then head indoors for some culture. And maybe enjoy a few mild scares along the way.


Small scares

Idlewild & SoakZone brings back its popular, kid-centered HALLOWBOO this weekend.

TheHalloween celebration was introduced in 2005, says marketing director Jeff Croushore.

HALLOWBOO continues at the Ligonier Township park Saturdays and Sundays through Oct. 27. Little ones and their families can enjoy a daytime stroll through the park cheerfully decorated with pumpkins and other seasonal accoutrements.

Rides and attractions will be open in Olde Idlewild, Jumpin’ Jungle, Hootin’ Holler and Story Book Forest; concession stands will offer fall treats; kids in costume can trick-or-treat through Story Book Forest.

Details: 724-238-3666 or idlewild.com


Apples for sampling, slinging

This year marks the Delmont Apple ‘n Arts Festival’s 37th anniversary, and visitors can enjoy all things apples from cider to dumplings, as well as vendor crafts, many with an autumn or holiday theme.

The Oct. 5-6 festival takes place at the Shields Farm, East Pittsburgh Street in Delmont.

The Fort Allen Antique Farm Equipment Association plans an antique tractor pull demonstration at 2 p.m. Saturday and a garden tractor pull at 11 a.m. on Sunday. A daily tractor parade is planned at 1 p.m.

Back this year is the apple sling shot for youngsters, along with train rides by Triple “A” Express, Jan’s Barnyard Petting Zoo, a straw bale maze, gem mining, and the popular Wild World of Animals.

Visitors also will find music and crafts to enjoy as they stroll the grounds.

Details: 724-325-8867 or delmontapplenarts.com


Lend an ear

Westmoreland Choral Society, led by Saint Vincent’s Thomas Octave, will hold the first concert of its 49th season at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 4.

The society will perform Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” at Seton Hill University’s Performing Arts Center, 100 Harrison Ave, Greensburg.

In addition, as an effort to support the local community’s needs, members will hold a coat drive during the event.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $5 for students, and may be purchased at the door or online.

Details: 724-454-9378 or westmorelandchoralsociety.com


Too cool for school

John Van Hamersveld likely always was too cool for school.

Lucky for us, the “Era of Cool: the Art of John Van Hamersveld” exhibition, featuring his iconic poster and album cover art from arguably the coolest era ever (that’s the ’60s, folks), continues at The Westmoreland Museum of American Art through Oct. 20.

And on Oct. 5, the museum, located at 221 N. Main St., Greensburg, will hold its annual Big Art Party with a theme of “Peace. Love. Art.” So rat up your beehive, dig out your bellbottoms and tie-dyed threads or don any bold, colorful cocktail attire and enjoy music, food and fun at the museum’s own version of (late) Summer of Love.

Details: 724-837-1500 or thewestmoreland.org


Big, bold brass

River City Brass will bring the concert “Hollywood & Bollywood” to The Palace Theatre, 21 W. Otterman St., Greensburg, at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 5.

While Hollywood continues to produce a treasure trove of fabulous music, there’s a whole other world that’s a little less familiar to Western audiences. And, according to a release, it’s no less amazing: the music of India’s Bollywood.

Audience members will enjoy old Hollywood favorites by John Williams, Ennio Morricone and Danny Elfman, and also will be introduced to the “spicy sounds” of “Meera Joota Hai Japani,” “Jai Ho,” and “Badtameez Dil,” sung by Akshay Hari.

Tickets are $25-$31 for adults, $23-$29 for seniors, $10 for students. Free to those age 6 and under.

Details: 800-292-7222 or rivercitybrass.org

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