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Fun Lakes Region Events for Fall

Kathi Caldwell-Hopper - August 31, 2011

If you are yearning to get out and enjoy the late-summer/early fall days ahead in the Lakes Region, there are many events taking place that are sure to please.

The Winnipesaukee Relay Race brings hundreds of runners of all ages and abilities to the Lakes Region on Saturday, September 10. This long-standing and arduous road race takes competitors on a course around beautiful Lake Winnipesaukee starting in Weirs Beach at 8am. Visit for information. This race is not only fun for participants; spectators love to watch the roadways full of runners reminiscent of the Boston Marathon.

The New Hampshire Highland Games, the largest 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 furtherance of the music, dance, athletics and customs of the Scottish people and to the continuance of the Gaelic culture. The event takes place at Loon Mt. Ski Resort in Lincoln on September 16-18. Visit or for information.

Pretty little Newfound Lake in the Bristol area is home to the Annual NH Marathon & 10K Road Race and Health Walk on Saturday, October 1 at 9 am. 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 October 1 from 9am-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 10 from 2 to 4pm, the museum hosts at Victorian Tea in the Captain Enoch Remick House with a seasonally inspired menu of teacakes, scones, sandwiches, hot mulled cider and English tea. Visitors also can tour the home and get a lesson in tea etiquette!

On Saturday, September 24, the Museum offers Harvest Festival day. Join the staff at the farm for horse-drawn hayrides, crafts, and farm games and live folk music.

Hearthside dinners will be featured at the museum in September and October; there also will be a Historic Thanksgiving program from 1 to 4pm on Nov. 12, with traditional foods, live music and more. Call the museum at 323-7591 for registration information on all Remick Museum events or visit

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 25 Great NH Pie Festival from noon to 4pm. Partake in all the pie you can eat and enjoy music, tractor hayrides, farmhouse tours and more. Enter the annual pie-baking contest and win a prize, vote on the best pies in New Hampshire and enjoy tastings from the best pie bakeries.

Harvest Day will take place at the Farm Museum on October 1. Enjoy hayrides, a harvest market and fall fun. Help with the harvest, press apples to make cider, visit the blacksmith, take a tractor hayride to meet the farm animals, paint a gourd, pick out a pumpkin and make a cornhusk doll.

A Stone Wall Workshop takes place on October 15 from 9:30am to 4pm with Kevin Fife, master stone mason. 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.

On October 29, a Halloween program runs from 4 to 7pm; on November 19, Over the River & Thru the Woods, a Thanksgiving Program runs from 10am to 3pm. Take a horse-drawn hayride through the woods to Grandmother’s and enjoy some pumpkin pie and hot cider in the farmhouse kitchen. Costumed role players tell the stories of how Thanksgiving was celebrated through the centuries on a special farmhouse tour. Visit the blacksmith, grind some corn to feed the farm animals and explore the 104-foot long great barn.

The season ends at the NH Farm Museum on December 10 with Christmas on the Farm from 10am to 3pm. Tour the beautifully decorated historic Jones Farmhouse with costumed role players and experience a Victorian Christmas. Enjoy a horse-drawn sleigh or wagon ride through the fields. Make a Christmas candle to take home, roast chestnuts over an open fire, and partake of gingerbread and hot cider in the farmhouse kitchen.

Call 652-7840 for NH Farm Museum information or visit

Elsewhere in the Lakes Region, Canterbury Shaker Village pays homage to the past with present-day fun activities. Dewey the Dog & Friends takes place on Saturday, September 10, from 10am to 5pm. Join the fun for a Dewey Scavenger Hunt to benefit the Concord SPCA. Dewey the Dog Day is a celebration for the whole family, including the canines. On this one day out of the year, visitors may bring dogs on a leash outside at Canterbury Shaker Village. There will be demonstrations of agility training, disc dog, fly ball, K-9 Search and Rescue and therapy dogs. There will even be activities for your dog to participate in such as biscuit toss, bobbing for tennis balls, and cakewalk. Bring a photo of your favorite companion animal friend and enter the “Best Friends” photo contest. Shop the Dewey Bazaar and take home a souvenir for your companion animals.

Wool Day will be held on September 17 from 10am to 5pm. This is the 25th anniversary of celebrating the fiber arts at Shaker Village. To help celebrate, a new feature this year will be the Llama Fashion Show, as well as sheep-herding demonstrations and other fiber-producing animals on display. Watch demonstrations of spinning, weaving, dyeing, knitting and more. Shop the vendor bazaar for a wide array of beautifully crafted items. There will even be a used equipment sale for textile enthusiasts.

Shaker Village will offer an Antique Show on Sunday, September 18 from 10am to 5pm. The event is sponsored by the NH Antique Dealers Association and will feature a large group of exhibitors with authentic American antiques for sale in exhibits under tents.

Also scheduled at Shaker Village is a Vintage Car Show on Saturday, October 15 from 9am to 2pm; A Gift in Hand three day artisan show and sale just in time for early holiday shopping on November 11 to 13 from 10am to 5pm and Christmas at Canterbury on Saturday, December 3 and 10 with a Christmas celebration of a simpler era, Shaker-style. Canterbury Shaker Village will be lit up and decorated for the season. Enjoy a candlelight stroll and horse-drawn sleigh or wagon rides. Attend a wide variety of musical performances, see a 19th Century Magic Show. See traditional crafts and demonstrations. Visit the Gingerbread Showcase. Call 783-9511 for details or visit

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 28 and again on October 29; 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 23 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. This year the show will feature a Battle of the Wedding Cake Bakers judged by Boston’s famous Montilio’s Bakery – brides-to-be can register to win a free wedding cake by the winner of the cake battle. Added to this will be a catered bridal brunch on the Carriage House patio with spectacular views of the lake and mountains. Visit 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. 25-27 and December 2, 3 and 4. Call 476-5900 or visit 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 16-25. 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 29 to October 2, 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 8 – 10 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. 

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