Here are lots of things to do for you and your children in and around Bristol and Warren this weekend, Oct. 18-20.
Blithwold Museum, Gardens and Arboretum holds an apple workshop titled “Apples, Apples, Apples with Betsey Williams” on Saturday starting at 9:30 am. Participants will make and take home apple candles to decorate the seasonal table, a spicy apple pomander for gift giving, fragrant old-fashioned mast balls, ornaments made with apple-cinnamon dough, and a fresh Winter Apple Potpourri.
The Audubon Environmental Education Center, 1401 Hope St. Bristol, hosts its annual Perfect Pumpkin Party on Saturday starting at 10 am. Join Audubon for its annual day of pumpkin fun, including rolling pumpkin art, a pumpkin ring toss, and pumpkin stamping. This event is free with admission. No need to register. Wear clothes that can get dirty.
The Mount Hope Farmers Market, 250 Metacom Ave., Bristol, celebrates its second outdoor season with family-focused event on Saturday starting at 10 am. Among the activities will be a pumpkin decorating table with pumpkins and gourds from Maplewood Farm; a booth staffed by the URI Master Gardeners, who will answer questions and do workshops on “Putting the Garden to Bed for the Winter” at 10 am and 12 pm; Lee Anne Freitas of Indie Growers farm giving presentations at 10:30 am and 11:30 am on “Outside-the-Box-Herbs” for you kitchen; live music from the Patty & Buster Show; a visit from the Mount Hope Farm goats, and vendors offering food and hot cider.
The annual Warren Walkabout runs from 12 to 5 pm all over town on Sunday. The Walkabout is the town’s annual autumn arts stroll and general celebration of the season. A “Taste of Warren,” in particular, will showcase samples from local restaurants and food producers. Musicians, artists, shops, restaurants, and galleries are open to visitors. A trolley will provide rides for anyone who prefers that mode of transportation. The historic Maxwell House, 59 Church St., will be open for tours, activities, demonstrations and more. You can meet a Revolutionary War soldier, explore the Colonial era house, find out which herbs cure headache or stomach aches, admire photographs of Warren’s forgotten houses.
Linden Place mansion in Bristol hosts its own “Taste of Bristol and Beyond” from 4 to 7 pm. More than 40 restaurants, wineries, and breweries will offer samples of gourmet food, craft beers and fine wines in the ballroom and tented gardens of the downtown estate as floral and event designers work their magic and the band, Rockin’ Soul Horns, provide music. The event helps to support Linden Place’s continuing restoration. Tickets are $65 for Linden Place members and $75 for non-members. Call 253-0390 for reservations or more information.
Internationally known pianist Yana Reznik performs a dedicatory concert on the Roland V Grand Piano at First Congregational Church, 281 High St., Bristol, on Sunday at 3 pm. The event is free of charge. Contact the church office (401) 253-7288 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to save your spot.