1. On Friday, the Matthew Hornell and his Newfoundland Band is on stage downtown with Josh Bourden (drums), Paddy Byrne (low end), Clayton Saunders (lead instruments), and Ryan Kennedy (keyboards) from The Long Distance Runners. Plus bands The Delusional Victims and Ilia Nicoll’s new group. It’s all happening at The Rock House at 11 p.m.
2. Don’t let the ‘Big Dig’ on Bonaventure Avenue deter you — the St. John's Farmers' Market is going ahead on Saturday and they’ll have a huge harvest assortment of beets, parsnip, cucumber, peppers (hot and mild), carrots, potatoes, tomatoes, kale, swiss chard and salad greens. Plus, Oliver’s Farm will be at the Market with a limited number of turkeys for sale. If you haven’t pre-ordered, it will be first-come, first-serve. They’ll also have other meat options like roasts, sausage and beef patties.
3. Festival of New Dance Closing Party on Saturday at 10 p.m. at the Ship Pub. You can see Mortified (a dance I find myself doing more often than I'd like) by Camilla Singh and Jenn Goodwin, who use tap dancing, drumming and cheerleading. at the Ship Pub.
4. We’re off to see the Wizard this week, all weekend. Peter MacDonald Productions puts The Wizard of Oz on stage at the Arts and Culture Centre in St. John's.
5. All Weekend, it’s the annual Feast of Pottery — functional feastware made by Canada’s hottest potters and ceramic artists. You’re invited to the Quidi Vidi Plantation to see and buy the work. The event will take place from October 12 through 14 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.
And for holiday Monday …
6. On Thanksgiving Monday, take advantage of a takeout turkey dinner! Topsail United Church has take out Jigg’s Dinner this weekend and it’s all part of their Harvest Festival. The day starts out at 11 a.m. with a Thanksgiving breakfast of baked goods, preserves, and crafts, as well as soup for lunch and - wait for it - Jigg’s Dinner from 4:30-6 p.m. Takeout available.