Saturday, October 18, 2003

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A guide to help make your day

House Tours

East Row Historic Homes: The official homes tour for Tall Stacks includes 12 outstanding Victorian, Queen Anne, Second Empire and Colonial Revival houses in the National Register of Historic Places' Newport neighborhood, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. today-Sunday. Many hosts will be dressed in period costume. Tickets can be purchased at the George Wiedemann Jr. Mansion, 401 Park Ave. $20 (discounts for Tall Stacks pinholders). (866) 327-8769.

MainStrasse Village: The historic Covington neighborhood offers a 10-home house/garden tour showcasing some of the area's best Victorian, Gothic Revival and Greek Revival homes, noon-6 p.m. today. Event also includes short seminars on restoration and conforming to historic neighborhood standards. Purchase tickets at Goose Girl Fountain, Sixth and Main streets. $10. (859) 491-0458.

Ghost Walk of Dayton Lane: One of Hamilton's oldest and most beautiful areas offers a neighborhood tour with ghouls, goblins and long-dead residents, starting 7 p.m. today at the Wolf Gazebo, 900 Campbell Ave. Hour-long walk ends with a reception at the landmark Reister House. $15. 887-1100.

Orchid Show

Orchids everywhere: Krohn Conservatory's Fall Orchid Show and Plant Sale finds members of the Greater Cincinnati Orchid Society competing. Close to 1,000 plants are on display throughout the conservatory. Open noon-5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Eden Park. Admission by donation. 352-4080.

For Kids

UnBear-able fun: Preschoolers will go crazy for the Broadway-style stage show Bear in the Big Blue House Live, featuring super-sized characters from the popular television show singing and dancing their way through a surprise party, 10:30 a.m., 2 and 5:30 p.m. today, 1 and 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Procter & Gamble Hall, Aronoff Center. $12-$22. 241-7469.

Peanut Butter & Jam: The interactive classical music series presented by the Linton Music Series offers up-close activities with "Mighty Brass Instruments," 10 and 11:30 a.m. today, Wyoming Fine Arts Center, 322 Wyoming Ave. For ages 2-5 with adult. $4. 381-6868.

Driving Tours

As tree colors hit their peak, Caesar Creek State Park has put together some suggested driving and walking tours through the 12,000-acre nature preserve in Warren County. Representatives are on hand to answer questions at the Caesar Creek Lake Visitor Center, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, 4020 N. Clarksville Road (near Waynesville, 2 miles south of Ohio 73). (513) 897-1050.

Fall Fun

Corn-fusion: The super-sized Harvest Moon Maze at the Niederman Family Farm is open all month with 14 acres of twists and turns through a cut-out corn field. Visitors to the farm can also enjoy a pumpkin patch, hayrides, petting zoo and refreshments. Hours are 6-10 p.m. Friday, 2-10 p.m. Saturday and 2-6 p.m. Sunday through Oct. 31, 5110 LeSourdsville-West Chester Road, Liberty Township. $6, free under age 6. 779-6184.

Train rides: The Turtle Creek & Lebanon Railway is running the Pumpkin Patch Express weekends in October with a short stop on a family farm with a corn maze, petting zoo and seasonal products. Rides depart from and return to Lebanon Station, 198 S. Broadway, one block south of the Golden Lamb in downtown Lebanon (total time with stop is about two hours). $13-$15. (866) 468-7630.

Jason Nebel

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