More great fall activities for you and your family

The Fairmount Water Works is a great place to visit during its FLOW Festival Sept. 21.

Some weeks I have a love/hate relationship with doing this column. I love learning about all the outdoor possibilities in our area and I love that all these fun activities are delivered right to my inbox for my choosing. The hate part is that there simply are not enough hours in a week to do as many of them as I would like. Some months, I hate choosing, and September and October are usually two of those months because there are so many great things to do.

Here are a few you might be interested in.

64th Brandywine ScoutingFirst, this is your last chance if you are reading this on Thursday. Tonight is the organizational meeting for the new Baden Powell scouting group forming in southern Chester County. It’s at 6:30 p.m., at the West Grove Borough building. If you missed it in previous columns, Baden Powell scouting is open to anyone — male, female, any religion and all inclusive. If you can’t make it Aug. 11, visit for more information on future events or how to get involved. I’m really excited for this, even if I am overwhelmed with back to school stuff right now. Not going to miss this!

Jam on the BrandywineSaturday, Sept. 20, from noon until 9 p.m., with gates opening at 11 a.m. A day full of music and fun, featuring live music and other fun activities for families. Tickets are $10 in advance, $20 at the gate ($10 with student ID). Advanced ticket sales end Friday, Sept. 17, at noon. Kids under 12 get in for free. All proceeds benefit Brandywine Valley Association.

Fairmount Water WorksFLOW (For Love of Water) Festival, Sept. 21, from 1 p.m. to dusk. Join Fairmount Water Works for FLOW, a day-long celebration of water. I visited the Fairmount Water Works just a few weeks ago and we really enjoyed it. We hopped on the train in Parkesburg (more environmentally friendly travel) and got off at 30th Street. From there, it is about a mile-long walk to the Water Works, but it is all along the Schuylkill River Trail, which was a really nice walk. You’ll enjoy spectacular views of the Art Museum, the Water Works, Boathouse Row and the Zoo Balloon.

The festival is free and open to all ages and will feature performers, art installations and hands-on activities, including: Drip Drums, Sonic States of the Schuylkill, a Splash Organ, a Fishway, River Net, Flood Stories and for the finale, a dramatic lighting show, illuminating the Water Works exterior. This is a fantastic way to enjoy the city and the outdoors, all in one trip. Two-hour parking is located on Waterworks Drive behind Water Works and at the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s parking garage. For more information, visit The train schedule can be found at and there are a surprising number of trains that run on Sundays.

As always, I can be reached at Have a great week!

Outdoor enthusiast Lisa Lightner lives in Avondale.

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