3 things to do in Windsor-Essex this weekend
Dark nights, horses and zombies among the options
The weekend is here and in the name of fall, Mike Evans has found a few events in tune with the season.
This weekend's possibilities list include stargazing, a harvest and a run with zombies.
1. Dark Sky Night at Point Pelee
If you're into astronomy and want to take advantage of the warm weather, you'll love Dark Sky Night at Point Pelee.
And it's no coincidence it takes place Saturday night. It will be especially dark due to the proximity of the new moon. Organizers are recommending you bring along a telescope, binoculars or even a camera. On these nights, prepare for a fantastic view of the Milky Way.
Because it's also the season for bird migration, prepare for a view of blue jays, red wing black birds and many more species making their way south.
2. Harvest and Horses Festival
In its inaugural season, this fall festival takes place at one of the oldest homes in the county this Sunday.
The John R. Park Homestead was built in 1842 and will open to the public for classic seasonal activities.
There will be a parade of horses, including ponies, blacksmith demonstrations, seed saving and garden tours, and apple cider making. If you want an extra thrill, head up to the attic for candle lit ghost stories.
The Harvest and Horses Festival takes place Sunday between 12 p.m. and 4 p.m.
Admission fee is $6 for adults and $4 for kids.
3. Zombie Run
If there's one motivation to run, it would be a frantic escape from zombies.
The 5-km stretch through Windsor's Malden Park will be filled with the living dead.
Runners start out with three flags and as they weave through the course, zombies will try to get them. The goal? Crossing the finish line with at least one flag as a sign of survival.
Unfortunately, those who haven't signed up will have to watch from the sidelines as the event is sold out.
The Zombie Run takes place Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.