The pumpkin rises

Like Brigadoon returning again, Pumpkinville is back on the map, The gourd-geous attraction at 4844 Sugartown Road, Great Valley (off Route 98, just past Ellicottville) is open now through Halloween, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Hen-House Five Review, starring what may be our area's only animatronic chickens, is new this year. Coming up Saturday and next Sunday is the Apple Cider festival. Other attractions: a corn maze, pony rides, the cow train, with some requiring a small fee, although admission to come and walk around is free. For more information, go to

One-nighter comedy

Honestly, what will Road Less Traveled Productions come up with next? It's hosting Honesty Theater in its theater place, with a one-night-only show, "The Honesty Theater Presents Fairy Tales," Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.. The short plays, written by Honesty founder Heather Ackerman, are described as "quirky, whimsical, and even downright hilarious." The theater is in the Market Arcade Film & Arts Centre on Main Street.

One more chance

There is one final "last chance" information session for the 2013 New York State Council on the Arts regrants on Wednesday at 5 p.m. at the Arts Services Initiative offices; 95 Perry St., Suite 402 for groups planning to apply by the Oct. 10 deadline. According to ASI, attendance at an information session is mandatory to apply for the following grants: Erie County Community Arts; Niagara County Community Arts; Erie County Arts Education; Niagara County Arts Education; and Erie & Niagara County Individual Artist Tier.

Welcome back

The Back to Buffalo 4 - UB Alumni Dance Concert will take the stage at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the Drama Theatre, University at Buffalo Center for the Arts, North Campus. Alumni performing include Michael Peter Deeb, Amy VanKirk, Nicole Calabrese, Claire Jacob-Zysman and Gina Pero
Tickets are $26.50, $11.50 for students, at the Center Box Office and For more information, call 645-2787.