Williamsburg in Wooster
Time-travel back to the 18th century at the Colonial Williamsburg Festival, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today at Pine Tree Barn, 4374 Shreve Road, Wooster Township.
Colonial craftspeople will be on hand to give demonstrations and sell their goods, and the 8th Pennsylvania Regiment will be camped on the grounds, re-enacting drills and performing exhibitions. Historical programs and children’s activities are part of the fun, too.
Admission and parking are free. Details are at www.pinetreebarn.com.
Fair celebrates herbs
Explore the culinary and decorative possibilities of herbs at the Western Reserve Herb Society’s annual Herb Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the Cleveland Botanical Garden.
The event features sales of herbal products and a seminar on holiday decorating with herbs at 11 a.m. You can also visit the herb garden that the society maintains at the botanical garden.
The fair is included in the regular garden admission of $9.50, or $4 for children ages 3 to 12. Members and younger children are free. Parking is free with a $20 purchase of Herb Fair items.
Cleveland Botanical Garden is at 11030 East Blvd. in the University Circle neighborhood.
Drink to the harvest
Troutman Vineyard, 4243 Columbus Road (Route 3 South) Wooster, will be hosting its annual Harvest Festival from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday.
There will be music from the Little German Band from 1 to 4 p.m. and from the Apple Creek Bluegrass Band from 5 to 8 p.m. Cellar tours will be offered from 1 to 3 p.m., with wine sampling going on all day. The Orange Trük will be selling its gourmet fare.
Phone 330-263-4345 for more information.
Cleveland Cinemas’ showings of classic movies from the ’70s continues on Thursday at the Chagrin Cinemas in Chagrin Falls with the Roman Polanski masterwork Chinatown. Starring Jack Nicholson and written by Robert Towne, it involves a private eye (played by Nicholson) whose investigation of a supposed cheating husband leads to a bigger scheme, stunning revelations and an agonizing conclusion.
Towne’s script won an Oscar. The cast also includes Faye Dunaway, John Huston and, in a small role, Polanski himself. The grandeur of the film is even more evident when you see The Two Jakes, a muddled and misguided sequel.
Two fests, one magical day
We don’t know if magic will actually be involved, but the Highland Square neighborhood in Akron will be alive with the festival combo platter of Porch Rokr and Art in the Square, happening from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday. There will be a gaggle of local music acts playing on Highland Square denizens’ front porches, and many area artists and artisans selling their wares.