October Events for Watchers, Wanderers and Wine Lovers

There’s truly something for everyone at this time of year! Festivals abound, fall harvests boast full fields of pumpkins, parks offer trails dazzling in colorful displays. Don’t miss out! Here are three local options, each one with its own unique appeal factor. The first one is October 11!

Rail Fanning Day – Painesville Depot

Railfans-1939 Camera Excursion Photo by Don O'Brien
Railfans-1939 Camera Excursion Photo by Don O’Brien

Come and enjoy a day of watching trains at the historic Painesville Depot on Saturday, October 11, 2014 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Spend the day visiting our depot and see the artifacts of the glory days of railroading. The depot opened in 1893 for the LakeShore and Michigan Southern Railroad. The NYC was formed in 1914 and consolidated the LS&M. The station was closed in 1971 when passenger service was stop.

Rail Fanning is the hobby of taking pictures of real trains as they are running on the tracks. Many times you get to see very rare and unusual trains and engines. Some people post them on the web and the train is tracked across the country. You might be lucky and take pictures of a real John Deere Train, Circus Trains or a Dept of Defense train.

The station is on what is now the CSX water front main line and has about 4 trains per hour pass by it. So bring your camera and chair and enjoy the day.

The Painesville Depot
475 Railroad Street
Painesville, Ohio 44077


Three Acre Corn Maze at Lake Metroparks Farmpark

Do you have a good sense of direction? Here’s a chance to test your skill as you ”walk the stalk” through a multitude of twists and turns through a three-acre corn maze at Lake Metroparks Farmpark.

Trivia questions are posted throughout the maze to help guide you along the way. Answer the questions correctly and you will proceed on the correct path. Outside the main entrance to the maze is a kids’ play area and can also take pictures of your children in the farm-themed character cutouts.

The corn maze is included with regular daytime Farmpark admission. On Sunday,October 12, you can enjoy Free admission to the whole park! 

The maze is only through October 19, so be sure to get your fun day planned soon!

Farmpark Hours:

11 am to 4 pm
(Weather and conditions permitting)
Call for conditions 440-256-2122 · 800-366-3276

Lake Metroparks Farmpark
8800 Euclid Chardon Rd
Kirtland, OH 44094

Field to Fork Wine Country Progressive Dinner

Friday, October 17, is the place to be vino lovers! A fun evening of fine local wines and delicious cuisine from our own local farmers awaits you. Here’s what on the menu.

Beginning at Grand River Cellars:

Cucumber (Rainbow Farms-Madison) and feta (Lucky Penny-Kent) cheese spread on toast points followed by a kale salad (Debevc Farms-Madison) topped with an avocado Caesar dressing.
Progessing to Debonné Vineyards:

Pork tenderloin (New Creations Farms) topped with spiced apple chutney (Robinson’s Apple Barn), mashed red skin potatoes and carrots (Rainbow Farms) with maple syrup glaze (Bissel Farms) and hearth baked bread.

Finishing at South River Vineyard:

Dessert from Gartman Bakery (Painesville).

Vegetarian option available. Wines will be paired with each course.
This is a non-refundable event. Tickets are $49.95 per person.

(440) 974-5735

5750 S. Madison Rd (Route 528)
Madison, OH 44057