There is no way of knowing at press time what the fate of the Marlins will be. We tried consulting Miss Cleo, but she's been impossible to track since entering the FBI witness protection program. As you read this, scores of fly-by-night Marlins fans, newly christened by the glow of postseason play, could be asking "Pudge who?" They might be wondering, in a sports fervor hangover stupor, how it is they ever became obsessed with the game they don't understand. Of course the Fish could have overcome a two-game deficit and won the pennant at Wrigley Field. It's hard to say. But regardless of the outcome, it's great to observe the city in Marlins mania. Suddenly everybody, from cafecito window girls to prissy loafered advertising execs, have become Marlins faithful. Oh, by the way, the Marlins play baseball.
Walking the Dead
A draft on the back of your neck. The squeaking sound of a bat swooping by. You're in North Miami's beautiful and historic Arch Creek Park (1855 NE 135th St.). From around 400 A.D. to 1200 A.D. Tequesta Indians occupied the site, which was home to a picturesque 60-foot bridge formed of natural limestone. And beginning in the 1800s, various peoples began building mills, creating pineapple plantations, and later on setting up trailer parks. That many folks over a number of years means lots of tragic stories and maybe a few tortured souls still slogging around the park. Might be the perfect place to run into a ghost -- or 12. It is said that folks have encountered apparitions there since the late 1880s. Arch Creek Ghost Tours commence at 8:00 p.m. Cost is $3. Call 305-944-611 for reservations. -- By Nina Korman
Walking the Dead
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Need a new look for your bachelor pad? The International Bamboo Festival 2003 at Fairchild Tropical Garden (10901 Old Cutler Rd., Coral Gables) features plants and items from fine art to furniture created with this sturdy, versatile grass. If that's not enough to create a Martin Denny-style atmosphere, tonight at 7:30 John Kaizan Neptune, master shakuhachi player, and his group Také Daké will play music through various bamboo instruments. The festival is free with $10 garden admission and runs from 9:30 a.m. Saturday, October 18, to Sunday, October 19. The concert costs $25. Call 305-667-1651. -- By Margaret Griffis