Historic St. John's Church

St. John’s Church Foundation and the Poe Museum present Fancy Me Mad, our fall event honoring the spirits of the season, All Hallow’s Eve, as well as master storyteller, Edgar Allan Poe.  Please join us for a ghostly Graveyard tour, followed by tales from Mr. Poe himself.

An evening of fright — for you! if you dare;
For spirits come alive, and welcome you here.
When the gates swing wide, and you enter in,
These ghosts will confess... Buyer Beware!

The spirits expected to appear include Eliza Poe, the mother of Edgar Allan Poe; George Wythe and his murderous nephew; and Elizabeth Van Lew, the infamous Union spy, who lived down the street. At 6:30, Edgar Allan Poe himself arrives and speaks inside the church.

Fancy Me Mad: Graveyard Tour + Tales from Edgar Allan Poe
Historic St. John's Church, Richmond
October 17, 5-7 pm, $5 admission

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Eastern Shore Birding & Wildlife Festival - Cape Charles Fire House and Kiptopeke State Park
Cape Charles, October 9-11
Based in Cape Charles, Virginia, the Eastern Shore Birding and Wildlife Festival provides an incredible opportunity to catch sightings of species you may have never seen before. As one of the most important migration stop-overs on the East Coast, millions of songbirds and butterflies and thousands of raptors will converge here on their long journey south. With the natural splendor provided by the Eastern Shore of Virginia National Wildlife Refuge and Kiptopeke State Park, this is a migration celebration you'll always remember. We offer a variety of bird and wildlife viewing field trips, with over 100 guided hikes, boat trips, kayak trips and stationary hawk watch. Enjoy free family and children activities all day Saturday, October 10, at the Kiptopeke State Park.
This is a Virginia Science Festival event.
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Science After Dark: Glow! - Science Museum of Virginia
Richmond, October 16, 5-9pm
Join us for an evening filled with glow-in-the-dark crafts, games and experiments as you learn about luminescence and phosphorescence. Step into The Dome for an all-live Cosmic Expedition at 6:30 pm before enjoying a special showing of Back to the Future Part II. Venture outside to stargaze with the Richmond Astronomical Society or get glowing with black light activities and more!
This is a Virginia Science Festival event.
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Night of the Living Museum - Virginia Living Museum
Newport News, October 17, 4:30-8pm
Come dressed as your favorite character or wild animal.  Trick-or-treat throughout the museum as you walk through themed galleries filled with characters and themed decorations! Enjoy live animal shows featuring fierce and not-so-fierce Halloween critters. Discover pumpkin carving secrets in the Pumpkin Patch. Learn the ways of spiders large and small from the Spider Lady. Visit tooth fairyland and pirate cave and meet creepy crawlies. Take a nighttime hike along the outdoor boardwalk. Make creepy crafts and play Halloween games. There will be trick-or-treating for kids throughout the event.
This is a Virginia Science Festival event.
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Veterans Day “Give Me Liberty or Give Me Death!” Reenactment - Historic St. John's Church
Richmond, November 7, 1:45-2:30 pm
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Fall Festival - Amazing Farm Fun @ Ticonderoga
Chantilly, through November 8th
The changing of the leaves, the cool crisp air, and hot apple cider seem to turn the fall into the season of festivals. Enjoy the great outdoors, the colors of fall and take a break from your busy schedules. All our Fall Pumpkin Festival activities will be here for you and your family. Amazing Farm Fun @ Ticonderoga is the place you want to visit for all the fun of fall this year.
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Smithsonian TechQuest: Astronaut Academy
Smithsonian TechQuest: Astronaut Academy is a new FREE alternate reality game at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center that will challenge you to become an astronaut-in-training for a future trip to Mars. What skills will you need to survive a long trip to the Red Planet and return safely? Find out by choosing what role you will play on the mission; engaging in fun interactive activities; and exploring the science, technology, engineering, and math skills you will need as a member of the next generation of space travelers. Along the way, you'll learn about some of the Museum's fascinating artifacts.
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