Here's a story that reporter Jackie Majerus wrote about things you can do in Bristol this weekend (but you should know the Pumpkin Festival events on Saturday have now been moved inside to Chippens Hill Middle School):
For anyone looking for something to do this weekend, Bristol has plenty to offer, and much of it is free.
In addition to a pumpkin festival that goes on all weekend, the Hoppers-Birge Pond Committee is sponsoring a guided fall foliage walk through the Hoppers-Birge Pond Nature Preserve on Sunday.
The fun starts tonight at the Bristol Historical Society Museum, where the members are holding a pumpkin carving party for children.
Steve Vastola, co-president of the society, said free pumpkins will be given to participants, but that donations of non-perishable food will be accepted for the St. Joseph's food pantry.
The carving party starts at 6:30 p.m., and child-friendly carving tools and refreshments will be on hand.
The carved jack o'lanterns should be done in plenty of time to be entered in the Pumpkin Festival, scheduled for Saturday on the former downtown mall property [but now moved inside to Chippens Hill Middle School because of the threat of rain]. Judging will be between 5 and 6 p.m.
On Saturday, carvers can drop off their pumpkins as early as 1 p.m.
The Bristol Parks and Recreation Department is holding a Halloween costume parade at 1:45. A magic show follows the parade, and throughout the afternoon, there will be games, arts and crafts and other entertainment.
Food vendors will be around starting at 3 p.m., and the music, dancing, games and contests continue.
The pumpkin illumination is from 7 to 8 p.m.
On Sunday, Roberts Orchard is hosting Pumpkin Chuckin' 2008 at the orchard on Hill Street at 2 p.m.
At the Pumpkin Chuckin' event, contestants will use catapults, slings and other mechanical devices of their own invention to hurl the pumpkins across the field. It is free and open to everyone.
For a more serene Sunday, head to the Hoppers for the annual leaf peeping walk that offers spectacular views of the fall colors.
A presentation by someone on the Hoppers-Birge Pond Committee will begin at 1:30 p.m. and the hike to the glacial "kettles" starts at 2 p.m.
Patricia White, co-chair of the city committee, said that new pewter Christmas ornaments showing the Old Gate House will be available on Sunday.
Proceeds from the sale of the ornaments will benefit the Bristol Historical Society, said White, who said the ornament is attractive.
"It's really cool," said White.
The action starts at the site of the Old Gate House near the Birge Pond parking lot at the corner of Beech Street and Crescent Drive.
To get to the nature preserve, take Rt. 69 North and turn left before Jennings School onto Cypress Street, following it to the parking lot.
In the event of rain the hike through the nature preserve is canceled. There is no rain date.
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