If you are yearning to get out and enjoy the upcoming fall days in the Lakes Region, there are many events taking place that are sure to please and are just right for families.
Fall means apples and apples means festivals! The 29th Annual Apple Festival and Craft Fair takes place on October 6 from 9am–3pm at the Tapply Thompson Community Center in Bristol. There will be homemade apple pies and baked foods as well as home baked beans and freshly baked bread. Pies can be pre ordered by calling 744-2713 by October 5. The Community Center also will hold a huge craft fair during the festival; it’s a great chance to start holiday gift shopping.
The historic Belknap Mill on Beacon St. in downtown Laconia has a number of fall events starting with a fascinating Rug Hooking Exhibit in the first-floor gallery, open Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm. The exhibit features the work of a group of traditional Lakes Region rug hooking artists.
The Mill offers a lecture series called Lakes Region Talks, starting with a chat about rug hooking and some antique rugs by Carol Dale, Gilford rug hooker. The lecture is free, open to the public and will take place on Tuesday, September 25, at 7 pm.
The second in the Lakes Region Talks series will feature local writer Carol Lee Anderson, whose book Gunstock traces the history of the resort area. Carol is working on a new book focused on NH cartoonist/artist Bob Montana and her talk will share her work on the book. The talk will be on Wednesday, October 17, at 7pm. For information on the Mill events, call 524-8813.
The 1st annual Tuftonboro 5K Run/Walk will take place on September 29 at the Tuftonboro Central School. All ages of runners and walkers are welcome. The proceeds benefit the project to replace playground equipment at the elementary school. For more information email email@example.com.
The New Hampshire Highland Games & Festival, the largest and most diverse Scottish cultural festival in the Northeast, is presented by The New Hampshire Gathering of the Scottish Clans, Inc., a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the music, dance, athletics and customs of the Scottish people and to the continuance of the Gaelic culture. There will be three full days of activities that offer something for everyone and include competitions (Highland Dance, Piping, Drumming, Pipe Bands, Fiddle, Harp, Scottish Heavy Athletics and Sheep Dog Trials), Clan Village, Vendor Villages, multiple World-Class venues, Seminars, Whisky Tastings, a Living History area and more. The event takes place at Loon Mt. Ski Resort in Lincoln on September 21 to 23. Visit www.nhscot.org or www.loonmtn.com for information.
Pretty little Newfound Lake in the Bristol area is home to the Annual NH Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K Road Race and Health Walk on Saturday, September 29, at 9am. The course, including the Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K Road Race and Health Walk, circles Newfound Lake, and is challenging, but the scenery is beautiful! Call 744-3335 to register. The Newfound Region Chamber of Commerce sponsors the event, with things happening all weekend, including an arts and crafts show on September 29 from 9am to 3pm at Newfound Memorial Middle School on Lake Street in Bristol.
The Remick Country Doctor Museum and Farm in Tamworth is a great place to bring the entire family, and it’s at its best in the summer and fall. On Saturday, September 29, the Museum offers a Harvest Fest from 11am to 3pm. Join the staff at the farm for a day of fall fun. Many of the Festival demonstrators will invite visitors to participate: the potter will have clay available to make a pinch or coil pot. There will be games, two live bands, hands-on activities, tractor rides, cider pressing, a guided mushroom walk and educational talks in the garden to name just a few of the happenings.
There will be an Herbal Workshop & Lunch on Saturday, October 6, at 10 am. Participants will learn about the healing uses of common herbs with Jessica Cole of Sumner Brook Herbals, and sample culinary and medicinal herbal products and savor a seasonally inspired farm lunch.
A Hearthside dinner will be featured at the museum on October 13. Call the museum at 323-7591 for registration information on all Remick Museum events.
The New Hampshire Farm Museum, located on Route 125 in Milton, has events slated for families during the fall. If you have a hankering for pie, come to the September 23 Great NH Pie Festival from 12noon to 4pm. Partake in all the pie you can eat and enjoy music, farmhouse tours and more. Kids can enter the annual pie-eating contest and win a prize, vote on the best pies in New Hampshire and enjoy tastings from the best pie bakers.
Harvest Day will take place at the Farm Museum on September 29 from 10am to 4pm. Celebrate the farm harvest and dig up potatoes and carrots to help make Stone Soup. Press apples to make cider, make applesauce and learn the technique to make dried apples and pumpkins. Take farmhouse tours, horse-drawn wagon rides, visit the farm animals, watch blacksmith and spinning demonstrations and shop the Harvest Market with local homemade goods and produce.
A Pumpkin Party comes to the NH Farm Museum on October 13 from 10am to 3pm; choose a farm-grown pumpkin to carve or paint at the carving station. Learn to make pumpkin pie and dried pumpkin. There will be pumpkin stories and pumpkin games for kids and roasting pumpkin seeds over the campfire.
A Stone Wall Workshop takes place on October 20 from 9:30am to 4pm with Kevin Fife, master stonemason. The hands-on workshop will teach the history and techniques of building New England’s historic stonewalls. Kevin Fife has completed restoration work at Canterbury Shaker Village and The Fells/John Hay Estate in Newbury NH.
November 17 brings an Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving on the Farm from 10am to 3pm. Visitors will enjoy homemade pumpkin pie, take horse drawn wagon rides, pop popcorn over the campfire and go on a special farmhouse tour with costumed role players.
The season ends at the NH Farm Museum on December 15, with An Old Fashioned Christmas on the Farm from 10am to 3pm. Tour the beautifully decorated historic Jones Farmhouse with costumed role players and enjoy a horse drawn sleigh or wagon ride, make a Christmas candle to take home, roast chestnuts over the open fire and partake of gingerbread and hot cider in the farmhouse kitchen. Call 652-7840 for NH Farm Museum information or visit www.farmmuseum.org.
Canterbury Shaker Village pays homage to the past with present-day fun activities. Ghostly Encounters comes to the Village on October 12 and 13. Six characters share their ghostly encounters at the Village said to be true and hair raising!
Shaker Village will offer a Vintage Car Show on October 20, with autos from all eras on display. There will be tours of the Village, exhibits and more.
Also scheduled at Shaker Village is A Gift in Hand artisan show and sale just in time for early holiday shopping on November 9 through November 11. Call 783-9511 for details or visit www.shakers.org.
There are many events taking place at historic and beautiful Castle in the Clouds in Moultonborough right through the Christmas season.
A very popular Murder Mystery Dinner takes place on October 26 and again on October 27; this event books fast, so reserve now.
Planning a wedding in the future? Come to the Castle Wedding Affair, a unique bridal show held on October 21 at Castle in the Clouds. It’s every woman’s dream to get married at a castle, and this show brings the fantasy to life with bridal gowns, door prizes and many wedding vendors to help plan a perfect day. Enjoy a catered bridal brunch on the Carriage House patio with spectacular views of the lake and mountains, get an instant updo, and visit with the wedding professionals to plan your big day. Visit www.lakesregionbride.com for information.
What could be more magical than Christmas at a castle? Castle in the Clouds will offer Christmas at the Castle this year on Nov. 16 to 18 and again on Nov. 23 to 25. Call 476-5900 or visit www.castleintheclouds.org. for further information.
Fall just wouldn’t be fall without New Hampshire’s great fairs. This year’s fairs feature so many things: farm animals, live musical entertainment, amusement rides for all ages, judging of horse pulling, animals and baked goods, to name but a few.
Rochester Fair, located on Lafayette Street in Rochester, runs from September 14 to 23. This popular fair will have something for everyone; call 332-6585 for details.
Deerfield Fair, while technically not in the Lakes Region, is definitely worth a day trip. This fair, which takes place September 27 to 30, brings visitors from all over New England who are looking for a taste of New Hampshire’s down-home fair atmosphere. Call 463-7421.
The premier fair for the Lakes Region, the Sandwich Fair, runs from October 6 to 8 in Center Sandwich. With every farm animal, every form of baked goods, vegetables, demonstration and competition imaginable, as well as music, amusement rides and much more, this fair is a must. Call 284-7062.