1. A trip to the country.
A "Taste of Amish" benefit will be held at the Depot, at the corner of Routes 68 and 83 in Cherry Creek, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. This family-oriented event features baked goods, quilts, pillows, rugs, furniture, wooden toys and baskets. There will be doughnut-making demonstrations and a working threshing machine, as well as other farm equipment and antique tractors. Horse-drawn wagon rides will run all day. The event is a benefit for the children of Noah and Lizzie Miller who have cystic fibrosis.
Visitors are welcome to ride on motorized train cars operating on the New York/Lake Erie Railroad lines between 1 and 2 p.m. Donations will be accepted. Call 296-5697 for information.
2. Close to home.
The Buffalo Audubon Society presents its annual Homestead Festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Beaver Meadow Nature Center, 1610 Welch Road, North Java.
Exhibitors and events include: wood carving; cider pressing; walks and talks on herbs and wild edibles; hearth cooking; leather working; early American fur trading; wagon rides; nature walks, and a scavenger hunt. Admission is $4 adults; $2 children 12 and under. Call 457-3228.
3. The screen scene.
Shea's opens its Free Classic Film Series with "Singin' in the Rain," with the excitement of seeing Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Donald O'Connor in this classic. It begins at 8:30 p.m. Saturday.
Tickets are available at the theater, 646 Main St., from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. They're also available at the Walden Galleria, McKinley and Lockport malls, and at Media Play.
Allow enough time to park and to get to the theater. Saturday is Curtain Up! night, so there are sure to be lots of partiers and theater-goers on the downtown streets and in the parking spaces.
4. Festival at the Falls.
The eighth annual Art by the Falls festival will be held from 1 to 6 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Niagara Falls, it will be at Rapidsview Park, across from Marineland, Niagara Falls, Ont.
More than 100 Canadian artisans will sell jewelry, pottery, paintings and wooden items. Food will also be available. And there will be entertainment for children, including the Just Kidding Band.
Admission is $2; children 12 and under are admitted free.
5. Join the annual Mount Calvary Cemetery Tour, which takes place Sept. 25. Reservations are needed. Call 892-6600. Tours will be held at 2, 3, 4 and 5 p.m. Each takes about 1 1/2 hours and begins and ends at Pine Lawn Chapel (red brick building with clock tower) on Harlem Road near Genesee Street. One space for a person in a wheelchair is available in each time slot.
This year's tour includes United German and French Roman Catholic Cemetery and Mount Calvary. Michael Riester, archivist of St. Louis Church, will be a guest guide, along with Patrick Weissend, director of the Holland Land Office Museum in Batavia. Also, members of the 155th New York Volunteer Infantry Re-enactment Regiment will be on hand.
Reservations are necessary for all participants. Call 892-6600.