Imported Image Virtue Cider: Apple Fest We celebrate all sorts of things in Michigan, and rightly so. But at Virtue Cider, it’s all about the apples!  Raise a glass of cider and toast to the apple harvest on Saturday, October 7, from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Virtue Cider Apple Fest. Local farmers come and drop off giant crates of freshly picked apples that are then pressed on-site, fermented underground where it’s nice and cool, and ultimately served up as 20 different delicious hard ciders.  If you’ve never been to Virtue, it’s a pretty cool place that embraces sustainability and authentic age-old cider practices, and they’d love to tell you all about it. But today is a unique apple day, so come and enjoy live music, tastings, yard games, a bonfire, and much more! Frederik Meijer Gardens Chrysanthemums & More! Autumn Tapestry: now through October 29 A mum by any other name is a…Chrysanthemum!  Autumn at the Frederik Meijer Gardens is spectacular!  Inside and out, the gardens are ablaze with bursts of color, held centerstage by the mighty mum - the quintessential fall flower! The cabbages, kale, squash, and pansies are in fine supporting roles that add texture and variety to the displays. Look in one direction, and you may see a wall-hanging tapestry of flowers and, in another, a whimsical suspended sphere - everywhere, so many different shapes and patterns of color. This truly is something you must simply see for yourself.  This Frederik Meijer Gardens Chrysanthemums & More exhibit goes strong until October 29th, so you have a few weeks to make your plans. Enjoy the beautiful shops, tours, cafe, and scenery while you are there. Most days, they are open 9:00 - 5:00 (Sunday’s at 11) and Tuesdays until 9:00 p.m. Adults $ 20; Seniors $ 15; Children $ 10 (2 and under free). The Highlands Harvest Fest: October 7th: 11:00 a.m.  - 4:00 p.m. Plan now to venture north to the Highlands Harvest Fest at Harbor Springs on October 7th, and you’ll be in for an authentic Michigan fall experience. Enjoy breathtaking views of trees blazing with spectacular color AND a day jam-packed with loads of fun. Ride the chair lift up and down the slopes, check out the views, and enjoy family-centered activities like burlap sack racing, face painting, cookie decorating, bounce houses, and smores’.  And here’s a new twist - pumpkin bowling!  So, get your strike zone going and then quench your thirst by tapping the keg of the latest local brew. And…. what is fall without cider and donuts? - Of course, they’ll be served up too.