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The Weekender: Autumn Arrives – Hay Rides, Mum Sale & 23rd Annual FestiFall

Autumn is between Summer and Winter and it lasts from the Autumnal Equinox to the Winter Solstice. This means cooler weather, so grab a sweatshirt and check out Patch's calendar of fun events for this weekend.

It is time to enjoy the Autumn Season that begins on Saturday, September 22.  You can participate in a hay ride, purchase beautiful fall mums for your garden or attend the 23rd Annual FestiFall Celebration.

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The first Fall weekend offers a number of events, indoor as well as outdoor, for you to enjoy. Grab a sweatshirt and head out into the fields to pick the perfect pumpkin. After you are done pumpkin picking, you can venture over to the 4th Annual Summit Wine and Food Festival and sample a glass of a bold, full body Chianti.

Please check the Patch calendar for more events and feel free to add your event to the calendar. If you need assistance adding an event/announcement or if you would like to blog on Patch, please contact Kathy (kjppostings@aol.com) or Jane (janebaumrind@yahoo.com).

Friday

Titanic: Case of Murder

Join Dr. Stephen Schoeman as he describes the flaws which contributed to the sinking of the Titanic. Discussion will focus on the lack of needed lifeboats and mis-steps of Captain Smith and his crew.  Free – 7 p.m. – Westfield

Hay Rides & Family Fun Around the Campfire

The Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders will be hosting fun Autumn activities at The Trailside nature & Science Center. You can enjoy hay rides, sing along to folk songs around the campfire or have a cup of hot chocolate with marshmallows. $5.00/person  - 6:30 p.m. – Mountainside

Emmanuel Cancer Foundation Fall Vendor Bazaar

The Emmanuel Cancer Foundation will be hosting their Fall Bazaar at the Fanwood Train Station. There will be an assortment of vendors, activities and food. Free – 10 a.m. – Fanwood

4th Annual Summit Wine and Food Festival

Featured at this event will be Chef’s demonstrations, wine expert seminars, wine tastings, food and wine dinners and so much more.  This will be the culinary spectacular of the year!  $45.00/person – 6 p.m. – Summit

Saturday

VFW Post 6259 Pig Roast

VFW Post 6259 of Berkeley Heights will be hosting it’s 1st Annual Pig Roast behind the First Aid Building. Cost to include roast pig, hamburgers, hot dogs, chicken, corn on the cob, mixed salad, watermelon, soda and beer tags are available for the Budweiser Beer Truck. Adults: $25/person, Youth (8-14yrs old) $10/youth and children under 8yrs. old are free – 1 p.m. – Berkeley Heights

Hetfield House Mum Sale

Mountainside’s Historic Restoration Committee will hold it’s Annual Fall Mum Plant Sale at the Historic Deacon Andrew Hetfield House. The Committee’s experts travel to local growers and select each plant that is for sale. Proceeds from this sale will benefit The Hetfield House (circa 1760). Prices Vary according to plant – 10 a.m.-4 p.m. – Mountainside

7th Annual Step Up for The ARC 5k Walk/Run

The ARC of Union County will host it’s 7th Annual Step Up for the ARC 5K walk/Run.  This is a great way to support programs and services provided to children and adult with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Fundraiser – 9 a.m. – Clark

Sunday

23rd Annual FestiFall

Downtown Westfield will host a fall festival with more than 300 vendors, food and activities for the children.  Free – 10 a.m. – Westfield

Howliday Wines

The Executive Board members of Brendan’s Meadows Rescue will host a Holiday Wine: A Seasonal Wine Pairing and Tasting. Festivities will include wine tasting, entertainment, hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction to benefit the homeless dogs of Brendan’s Meadows. $40/person -  1 p.m. – Westfield

RJS@BHS September 22, 2012 at 10:26 PM
Any CHS sports information??? The football team was only state champions last year and I think they play Summit this weekend. I think maybe they are newsworthy. Is anyone even home at the Cranford Patch???
Camilo H. Smith September 23, 2012 at 01:31 AM
RJS, The game was last night. Here are some photos: http://summit.patch.com/articles/summit-defeats-cranford-30-27
RJS@BHS September 23, 2012 at 10:35 PM
Thank you. In the future I will look to Patches from other municipalities to get my local information about Cranford. Maybe Cranford Patch advertisers should start seeking other options as well.

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