The 17th annual "Punkin Chunkin" championship… (Doug Kapustin, Baltimore…)
Lancaster County, Pa.
Take a journey to the 1800s and spend some time with Baltimore's favorite bard at 'Poe Evermore.' Guests are greeted at the Mount Hope Estate and Winery by Frederick Rauch and led to a series of small theater rooms, where the show begins. Watch a panel of doctors as they conduct a psychiatric evaluation of patients, and you may find Poe in the audience with you. Join Poe afterward in the chapel where he will tell some of his own eerie tales and poems, such as "The Raven" and "The Tell-Tale Heart."
"Poe Evermore" is at Mount Hope Mansion, 2775 Lebanon Road, Manheim, Pa., until Nov. 13. Tickets are $18.95 mid-week and $21.95 on weekends. Call 717-665-7021 or go to parenfaire.com.
World Championship Punkin Chunkin
Every fall, competitors set up giant catapults and other contraptions to see who can hurl pumpkins the farthest. Called Punkin Chunkin, the event is sponsored by the World Championship Pumpkin Chunkin Association, a nonprofit that raises money for youth scholarships. The weekend draws thousands of people each year and has been featured on the Discovery Channel.
If pumpkin throwing isn't your thing, compete in the cooking contest, see fireworks or enjoy live music. The Miss Punkin Chunkin Pageant and the Mr. & Mrs. Punkin Chunkin Pageant are guaranteed to get you in the pumpkin-loving spirit.
Punkin Chunkin starts on Friday and runs through Sunday at Wheatley Farm, in Bridgeville, Del. Adult tickets are $10 per person per day. Children under 10 are free. Go to punkinchunkin.com.
Alexandria Film Festival
If you're looking for a cinematic weekend, be a critic for a day and check out the Alexandria Film Festival, a weekend-long tribute to more than 50 quality short and feature length films, documentaries, director panels and art presentations. Crowds get the chance to view a wide range of films by both up-and-coming and renowned filmmakers against the picturesque backdrop of historical Alexandria.
The festival runs through Sunday at 1108 Jefferson St. in Old Town Alexandria. Go to alexandriafilm.org.
Cape May, N.J.
Sherlock Holmes weekend
This weekend, come solve the mystery of Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Surreptitious Ghoul. Put on your best Victorian attire and join Holmes and Watson as they scour the gas-lit streets of Cape May for clues, leading to a $250 grand prize. While you're there, check out the Ghosts of Cape May Trolley Tour on Friday, where you can ride past haunted houses and hear spooky tales. If you need a break, the Fall Arts & Crafts Festival is Saturday, featuring over 40 vendors offering hand-made goods and seasonal decorations.
Sherlock Holmes weekend runs Friday through Sunday, with the Search for Clues tour on Saturday. Full weekend packages are $180 per couple or $95 per person. Admission for the Trolley Tour is $10 for adults and $7 for children. The Fall Arts & Crafts Festival is $1 per person. For more information, call 609-884-5404 or 800-275-4278 or go to capemaymac.org.
Big Hair Ball
Break out the hairspray and your best dance moves, because the Signature Theatre is converting into a giant retro dance party this Saturday. Called the Big Hair Ball, it's a tribute to John Waters' "Hairspray"— first a movie, then a Tony award-winning play, then re-made as a film. Prizes for most colorful suit and Best Beehive will be awarded. Guests can snack on classic Baltimore treats including crab cakes, sliders, Natty Boh and more. Here's the highlight for all you Broadway buffs: "Hairspray" cast members will be there to show off their moves.
Big Hair Ball is 8 p.m. Saturday at the Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Ave in Arlington. Tickets start at $75 per person. Call 571-527-1828 or go to signature-theatre.org.