SAT 10/29Instead of listening to stories about what Florida was like back in the day, experience pioneer life this weekend at the Cutler Days heritage celebration at the Deering Estate at Cutler (16701 SW 72nd Ave., Miami). Children can enjoy sack races before filling up in an apple pie-eating contest, and the whole family can watch history re-enactments Saturday and Sunday at 2:00. "It's a blast to be able to sit down with young people and convince them that South Florida has a lot more history than they think," says local military re-enactor Fred Parks, who's looking forward to giving his musket a workout.
Do you think you make a mean pie? Children and adults can show off their baking skills and try to take home a blue ribbon (and a Publix gift card) in the Heritage Apple Pie Baking Contest. The contest is free, but you must register by October 27. The judging takes place at 1:00 Sunday. Experience Florida the old-fashioned way today and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is eight dollars; children under twelve pay the pioneer price of 25 cents. Parking is free. Call 305-235-1668, ext. 233, or visit www.deeringestate.org. Lyssa Oberkreser
For a decade the charity group SAVE Dade has been celebrating all things gay and fabulous in Miami. Its annual Halloween fundraising event, known among regulars as the "Belle Meade" party, began as an intimate house party. This year's tenth anniversary bash is expected to be bigger, better, and crazier than ever. The party will be held at Legion Park, (6447 NE Seventh Ave., Miami), a venue that lends itself to indoor and outdoor fun. But be forewarned, RuPaul wannabes: The dance floor will be on the grass. "We have to tell the people that are wearing high heels men and women to make sure that they have grass protectors on their shoes," laughs event organizer and local gay-rights champion Ellen Wedner. The fun begins at 9:00 p.m. General admission costs $40, VIPs pay $125. For information, call 305-751-SAVE, or visit www.halloweenmiami.com. Patrice Elizabeth Grell YursikEnter the Graveyard
Dr. George's annual macabre perambulation
FRI 10/28In a city where overpriced condos are prized above longstanding notable sites, it speaks volumes that Miami's history all comes together at the boneyard. "The cemetery is one of the few places in Miami today where you can get a connection with yesteryear. The tombstones, even the foliage is almost of another era," says popular local historian Paul George. Tonight Halloweeners can enjoy his Ghosts of Miami City Cemetery Night Walking Tour. Owing to a massive turnout last year, he will lead two tours, one at 8:00 p.m, the other at 10:30. Convene at the Miami City Cemetery, 1800 NE Second Ave., Miami. Tickets cost $20. Advance reservations are recommended. Call 305-375-1621, or visit www.historical-museum.org. Patrice Elizabeth Grell YursikCamp Creepiness
FRI 10/28Find out what lurks in the wild after dark at the tenth annual Halloween Family Fun Nights at Camp Owaissa Bauer (17001 SW 264th St., Homestead) tonight and Saturday from 6:30 to 9:30. Take a hay ride through the haunted forest, listen to ghost stories by the campfire, and dress for the costume contests. Admission is three dollars per car; food, drinks, and some activities cost extra. Call 305-247-6016.