The Valley Forge Tourism and Convention Board (VFTCB) has compiled a list of the top things to do this fall in Montgomery County. These activities offer something for everyone, from beer tasting to scarecrow making. For more information, please visit www.valleyforge.org
· For the third year running, the King of Prussia Beerfest Royale creates all the atmosphere, music, food and drink of a German biergarten, at the easily accessible King of Prussia Mall. Running Thursday, October 2, and Saturday, October 4, this celebration of the art of the local craft brewery traditionally sells out, so grab your tickets now!
· Pennypacker Mills, an outpost of General Washington in 1777, invites history buffs to experience the fall splendor of its lush grounds on Saturday, October 4. An educational walk concludes with the story of the Colonial troops’ display of valor, told around a toasty campfire.
· On Sunday, October 5 Norristown Farm Park offers a scarecrow-making demonstration. The park supplies the straw and invites arts-and-craft lovers and families to bring all the other accessories. Finished products are either taken home or donated to decorate the “Park in the Dark” night hike on October 17.
· Peter Wentz Farmstead holds a Fall Harvest outing each year, with the 2014 edition scheduled for Saturday, October 11. The traditional chores of a Colonial farm in autumn are on full and active display, presenting agricultural history, live and in person. Visitors can take note of preservation techniques and try their hands at shelling corn and pressing apples for cider.
· The Fall Foliage Boat Tours on the Green Lane Reservoir are designed to show off the vivid colors of fall. These pontoon boat tours are offered on Saturday, Oct. 11 and Sunday, Oct. 12. Call 610-458-5040 to make a reservation.
· The Medieval Festival held at Glencairn Museum on Sunday, October 26, recreates the days of knights and damsels and lords and ladies, bringing back the artistry and pageantry of a long-ago age. Perfect for those into arts and culture, this exploration of a Romanesque castle includes a costume contest.
· On October 28 the John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove’s two resident eastern screech owls — Sam and Owlbert — take center stage, as their life cycle is explained in detail, including their sharp-eyed approach to tracking and hunting. An owl-themed takeaway craft is also part of this family-fun, outdoor program.
For the month of October
· The Valley Forge National Historical Park also offers trolley tours as a way to take in the beautiful fall scenery. Tours are available weekends through Oct. 26.