Warm, sunny days. Cool, crisp nights. Shades of orange, brown and gold covering fields and forests. Is it any wonder why October isn't a favorite month for a visit to Racine County? This October, choose from seasonal festivals, live theater and much more. See you soon!
The annual River's Edge Art Festival turns Downtown Waterford into a fine arts show from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2. Local businesses and community organizations are hosting nearly 30 artists displaying and selling their creations. Just look for the flags and pick up a map identifying the art stops and where you can find food and entertainment along the way. A free trolley shuttle runs all evening and includes a narrated history of the downtown area. The River's Edge Art Festival is presented by Absolutely Waterford. Visit www.absolutelywaterford.org
You won't want to miss the chainsaw carvers at the River Bend Nature Center's Chain Saw Carving Art Festival on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 3-4. These artists from all over the Midwest will turn pine and spruce logs into incredible sculptures right before your eyes. The artists will be at work from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday at the nature center, 3600 N. Green Bay Road, Caledonia. Also, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, is a free admission art fair featuring nature-focused, handmade, original works of art. Starting at 3 p.m. Sunday, the chainsaw sculptures will be auctioned with the proceeds split between the artists and River Bend. Visit www.RiverBendNatureCenterRacine.org
A baseball season favorite, "Damn Yankees", will be presented by the Haylofters theatre troupe over three weekends starting Thursday, Oct. 8. This is a tale of the baseball fanatic who trades his soul to the Devil for a chance to lead his favorite baseball to victory in a pennant race against the New York Yankees. Performances are staged at the Malt House Theatre, 109 N. Main St., Burlington. Tickets and show times at http://www.thehaylofters.com
Take a walk through history at the Half Point Historical Re-enactment on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 10-11 at the Racine County Fairgrounds, 19805 Durand Ave., Union Grove. Volunteers and history buffs will re-create the county's earliest settlers and Native Americans. You and your family can see demonstrations of centuries-old woodworking tools and watch a flintknapper fashion knives from rough rocks. Armies from the Civil War era through World War II will be represented. Admission is free. Donations are accepted.
Quilting enthusiasts will want to see and be part of the 2015 Lighthouse Legacies Quilt Show on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 17-18. The show, presented by the Lighthouse Quilters Guild, features more than 250 competition quilts, plus quilting/textile art demonstrations, vendors, holiday gift boutique, a raffle quilt, and more. It all takes place at Fountain Banquet Hall, 8505 Durand Ave. Sturtevant. Admission is $5. Details at www.lighthousequiltersguild.org
A classic theater comedy will be presented by the Racine Theatre Guild, 2519 Northwestern Ave., just in time for Halloween. "Arsenic and Old Lace" is a 1940s black comedy about two elderly spinster aunts who are actually serial killers. Performances are on weekends from Friday, Oct. 23 through Sunday, Nov. 8. Visit www.racinetheatre.org for tickets and show times.
Put on your Halloween costume and start running! The 6th Annual Real Racine Skeleton Skamper 5k Run/Walk is Saturday, Oct. 24 at the Mount Pleasant Civic Campus, 8811 Campus Drive. Skeleton Skamper is the only race of its kind in Southeastern Wisconsin. Get your group together, find your most outlandish costumes and have fun on a new, timed 5k course. The run/walk starts at 8:30 a.m. All registered participants (by Oct. 19) are guaranteed a long-sleeved, commemorative t-shirt and goody bag. Awards will be presented to the top three male and female finishers in 13 age/ability categories. Be sure to bring the kids for the FREE after race party, kids trick-or-treat walk and costume party (with cash and merchandise prizes.) Register at http://www.skeletonskamper5k.com
Union Grove's Great Pumpkin Chuckin Fest is back and bigger than ever, Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 24-25 at the Racine County Fairgrounds, 19805 Durand Ave. This year's event includes a spirited competition to see which device can hurl a pumpkin the greatest distance, a chili cook-off, a pie auction, pumpkin baking contest, kids games and music. New this year is the Kansas City Barbecue Society (KCBS) Best of the Midwest BBQ Cook-Off. Free admission and parking. Details at http://www.pumpkinchuckin.com