> Fall antiquing
If you love combing through antique stores and flea markets, consider planning your next getaway to one of the treasure-hunting destinations listed in the September issue of Weekend magazine.
In the Northeast, good bets include Wells, Maine, where 100 dealers lay their wares out at Reed's Antiques & Collectibles; Essex, Mass., home to three dozen antique shops; and the 70 antique stores, plus an armory housing 60 dealers, in Hudson, N.Y.
Lambertville, N.J., has individual antique shops, 50 dealers at the People's Store, and the Golden Nugget weekend flea market, according to Weekend. In Kutztown, Pa., Remingers Antique Market is known for Saturday sales featuring 300 antique and 150 flea-market dealers. In Virginia, head for Valley of Virginia Antiques in Fairfield, and in Lexington, Queen Victoria's Fine English Antiques and the Antique Mall.
Heading west, Lebanon, Ohio, is home to about 100 dealers, while the Red Arrow Highway on Lake Michigan's southeast shore will take you to towns like Harbert and Sawyer, where you'll find 60 dealers at the Dunes Antique Center, the magazine said.
> Lunar phenomenon
It's not every day that Chimney Rock Archeological Area in Colorado invites the public in at 1 a.m.
But it happened in August and more invitations to visit the park at unusual times will be issued over the next five months so the public can observe an unusual lunar phenomenon. On these particular nights, as part of its natural cycle of movement across the sky, the full moon will appear to rise between two natural stone pillars in the park.
You can view the phenomenon from a fire tower observation deck. But archaeoastromers -- who study what was known about astronomy in ancient times -- believe that the Great House Pueblo, an ancient ruin in the park, was built by a tribe of puebloan people to watch this celestial event.
The Great House Pueblo provided a perfect vantage point for seeing the moon come up between the pillars more than 900 years ago. Its construction has been dated to 1076, with another phase of construction 18 years later. The moonrise is visible between the pillars for three years in a row, every 18 years.
The park is hosting a 2 1/2 -hour program to see the moon rise between the pillars, including an orientation session and a short drive followed by a hike past the Great House ruins to the fire tower.
Tickets are $50; children under 12 not admitted. Dates are Sept. 24, with visitors admitted at 10 p.m.; Oct. 21, at 7:40 p.m.; Nov. 17, at 4:30 p.m., and Dec. 15, at 3 p.m. For details, call (970) 264-2287, Mondays or Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to noon.
Chimney Rock is located in the San Juan National Forest, 44 miles east of Durango and 17 miles west of Pagosa Springs, Colo.
> More fall fests
Fall festivals are a great way to get outside and enjoy the season. Here are a few events from around the country.
At the Fresh Hop Ale Festival, in downtown Yakima, Wash., on Oct. 1, you can sample a variety of craft beers, including fresh hop ale, a unique drink that goes from vine to vat in 24 hours. The hops will come from a local source -- Yakima Valley growers, who claim to produce up to 70 percent of American hops used for brewing. For details, go to www.freshhopalefestival.com or call (509) 966-0930.
In Colorado, check out the Elk Festival, Oct. 1-2, where visitors can observe the annual elk rut, or mating season -- complete with the elks' loud and impressive bugling -- in Estes Park, www.estesparkcvb.com.
In New England, a harvest festival at the Edaville Cranberry Bog is scheduled for Oct. 6-8 in South Carver, Mass. -- www.cranberries.org or (508) 295-4895 -- while Sakonnet Vineyards' harvest festival takes place Oct. 7 in Little Compton, R.I., (800) 919-4637.