1 Discover nature with MDC through fall color – As the heat of summer fades to the cool weather of fall, trees and shrubs around the Show-Me State transform from leaves of green to a fall-foliage color palette of golds, reds, oranges, and purples. The Missouri Department of Conservation encourages people to discover nature through fall-color adventures. The color change starts earliest in northern Missouri and moves southward across the state. The peak of fall color in Missouri is usually around mid-October. Normally by late October, the colors are fading and the leaves start to drop from the trees. MDC offers weekly online fall-color updates from Department foresters all over the state. The updates include species of trees that are turning and recommendations for where to see them. Get fall color updates at mdc.mo.gov/fallcolor
2 Haunted Ghost Tours – Tour include the 1859 Jail and Marshal's Home and a covered wagon ride around the Independence Square for a total of 2 hours to hear about the history and ghosts. Tours are at 7, 8 and 9 p.m. Saturday, and Oct. 20, 21, 27 and 28. Tickets are $20 for adults; $15 for ages 8 to 16 (not suitable for children 7 and under.) Tickets may be bought through eventbrite.com and will not be available at the door. Call 252-7454 or visit www.jchs.org.
3 The Bandit Rides Again – The Jackson County Historical Society plans to reenact the retrial of Bill “Whiskeyhead” Ryan and his involvement in the 1881 robbery of an Alton & Chicago train about 5 miles east of Independence at the Glendale Station. It is equally a story about the end of the Jesse James gang. The performance will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday in the historic Brady Courtroom, the actual courtroom where the case was first heard in September 1881, located inside the Truman Courthouse on the Independence Square. This event is based on extensive research by local historian Ralph Monaco and will feature many members of the Jackson County legal community and other historic re-enactors. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased at eventbrite.com All proceeds benefit the Jackson County Historical Society.
4 Downtown Car Cruise – Bring the family out to view the latest innovations in car restorations from more than 100 exhibitors and enjoy delicious food and drinks from downtown merchants, as well as concession treats and sodas. This event will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, in downtown Blue Springs off Main Street, between 11th and 12th streets.
5 “The Princess Bride” returns to the big screen – Thirty years after its release, this adventure-romance-fantasy-comedy returns to movie theaters at 2 and 7 p.m. Sunday and Oct. 18. The screening will include a special, newly created introduction by Turner Classic Movies primetime host Ben Mankiewicz and the film’s acclaimed director, Rob Reiner, who will discuss The Princess Bride and its legacy. Swept up in the passions of their rekindled true love, Westley (Cary Elwes) and Buttercup (Robin Wright) encounter great obstacles – giants, fire swamps, rodents of unusual size – to be together in this epic tale. Theaters include: Independence Commons 20, 19200 E. 39th St. S.; The Palace at the Plaza, 526 Nichols Road, Kansas City; Barrywoods 24, 8101 N.W. Roanridge Road, Kansas City; Cinemark 20 Merriam, 5500 Antioch, Merriam; Town Center 20, 11701 Nall Ave., Leawood; Studio 28, 12075 S. Strang Line Road, Olathe. Purchase tickets online at www.FathomEvents.com or at participating theater box offices.
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