Through Nov. 3: Unity Theatre presents "First Night"

It is New Year’s Eve, and Danny Fleming is waiting to close up the video store where he works. Then in walks Meredith O’Connor. Back in the eighth grade, Meredith sparked Danny’s adolescent fires, but she went out of his life to pursue her vocation and become a nun. Now she’s back, and the sparks fly when Danny learns she has left the convent to seek him out. Danny doesn’t want a woman on the rebound from the Almighty, but as Meredith sees it, God made both the religious and secular worlds, so the religious world isn’t losing a daughter, the secular one is gaining a nun!

Nov. 1: Fifty Miles to Harvest

Celebrate the local harvest with Chef Jesse Griffiths as he prepares a five course meal elegantly served in the field at the historic Citadel on the outskirts of Brenham. Dine with the farmers; reservations close Oct. 27. www.homesweetfarm.com 

Nov. 1-3: 25th Annual Fall Festival of Roses

Enjoy three days of garden-related seminars presented by nationally and internationally known speakers at the Antique Rose Emporium in Independence. The Gardens and Fragrance Gallery open at 9 a.m. All programs are free and there will be barbecue available Saturday from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

Nov. 1-3: 16th Annual Theatre Forum: Treasures of German Theatre

An illuminating weekend about Goethe, Schiller and Brecht and their influence on Richard Wagner, Charles Gounod, Arrigo Boito and Kurt Weill. Lectures, performances, picnics, dinners, accommodations ... Sonja Bruzauskas, Vern Sutton, Ann Thompson, Felicia Londre and other distinguished scholars and performers.

Nov. 2-3: Grand Art Trail & Sale

Arts at The Lake is a non-profit arts organization dedicated to exposing the art and artists in Central Texas and educating artists and art lovers about art. Our organization covers a three-county membership area, Burleson, Lee and Washington counties. We invite you to enjoy the works representative of over 100 artists including ceramics, pottery, stained glass, bronze, pastel, oil, watercolor, photography, jewelry and more. Find that “just right” original piece of artwork for your collection.

Nov 16: Wine & Pottery Celebration

Pick up your wine goblet that was handmade by master potters Stephen & Bonnie Todee at Bluebonnet Pottery. Tour the pottery studio and check out the special chili bowl display. Then make your way to Windy Winery with your new wine goblet for a sampling of a new wine released for this special celebration. See if you can find King Arthur's hidden gold, sit back and relax on the porch and savor a bowl of chili while listening to live music

Nov 22: Victorian Christmas Tea & Flower Show

The Bluebonnet Garden Club is hosting a Victorian Christmas Tea and Flower Show from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Ross-Carroll-Bennett house in Brenham. Both the Bennett house and the historic Giddings Wilkin house will be lavishly decorated for the holidays by Garden Club members. The Bennett house, a Victorian built of cypress wood cut to look like stone blocks, will be decorated in Victorian style and the Giddings Wilkin house in the 1840s time period in which it was constructed.

The tea, a come-and-go light lunch similar to a high tea menu, will be catered by Design II and served throughout the day. Tickets are $20 and also include tours of the Giddings Stone Mansion and the Brooks House.  Reservations must be made by Nov. 8; tickets may be purchased at the Chamber of Commerce office and the Washington County Visitor Center, or from any Bluebonnet Garden Club member. For more information, e-mail charlottelaroche56@gmail.com.

Nov. 23-24: Holiday Home Tour & Trunk Show

Heritage Belles in period dress guide guests through homes of historic or architectural note beautifully decorated for the holidays. Shop at the 1870 Giddings Stone Mansion where dealers display unusual items to delight everyone on your Christmas list.

For more information, visit www.visitbrenhamtexas.com or call 888-273-6426.

Brenham/Washington County is located halfway between Houston and Austin on Hwy. 290 and is the home of Blue Bell ice cream, Washington-on-the-Brazos State Historic Site – “The Birthplace of Texas,” more than 40 bed and breakfast inns, wineries, Brenham’s Main Street District and more.