Category Archives: Fall in Mount Washington Valley

Mark Mandeville and Raianne Richards will perform live on Saturday, November 18th at 7:30 pm at the Medallion Opera House

Mark Mandeville and Raianne Richards will perform live on Saturday, November 18th at 7:30 pm at the Medallion Opera House, 20 Park Street, Gorham Town Hall, Gorham.  Tickets will be $12.00/Adult and will available in advance at the Gorham Town Hall and online at Medallion Opera House or at the door. The concert is sponsored by Marie’s Boutique and Scoggins General Store in Gorham.

Mark Mandeville and Raianne Richards are clearly inheritors of a timeless legacy, creating music that is both original and evocative of a rich tradition. Blending distinctive voices and a wide range of accompaniment (guitar, harmonica, ukulele, clarinet, penny whistle, electric bass), their songs have been well-received by audiences around the eastern United States since 2010. Transcending the genre of folk Americana, their music echoes inspiration from traditional folk duos and singer/songwriters like Ian & Sylvia, Kate Wolf and Neil Young – combining beautiful harmonies and a lyrical intensity, while establishing a unique sound of their own.

Their new CD, Grain by Grain, demonstrates an ever progressive richness in songwriting and performance. From the opening title song through its closing track—“Across the Morning”—it is an exemplar of what modern Americana can and should be. I maintain that Mark and Raianne’s previous CD—Hard Times & Woes—is one of those rare singularly perfect albums, but with Grain by Grain this talented duo takes it all to a new level, rivaling their earlier effort with terrific original songs beautifully presented.

Both artists are products of central Massachusetts mill and factory towns, and for all their national exposure, they are passionately dedicated to the region and what it has to offer. Each summer for the past eight years they have organized the “Massachusetts Walking Tour” where they hike the roads and trails of the Commonwealth, more than 100 miles in less than two weeks, in support of the arts in local communities along the way. Each eveningthey stop over in yet another Massachusetts town, putting on a free concert there, along with local performers and fellow artists who accompany them on their journey. These annual two-week treks also raise awareness of the trails and greenways in Massachusetts, using music to make important connections. It is my privilege to be able to join them each year for these annual walks and evening concerts, just as it has been my pleasure and honor to have Mark and Raianne on my radio program multiple times over the last several years. They also represented the folk tradition at WICN’s 45th Anniversary gala at Worcester’s Mechanics Hall. With their bandmates—Doug Williamson on bass and piano and Peter Hart on pedal steel guitar—they continue to  impress listeners with their heartfelt songs and to inspire in me an even deeper appreciation of contemporary American folk music.

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The Ghoullog Returns for 2017

North Conway’s premier Haunt, the Ghoullog, is back for its 11th season. Held at the base of Cranmore Mountain, the month-long, annual haunt has been rated as one of the top haunts in New England, including being rated #6 on Buzz Feed’s 23 Haunted Houses Around the World That’ll Freak You The F*** Out, USA Today’s 10BEST Extreme Haunted Attractions, 10 Must-Visit Haunted House Attractions in the US by the Active Times, 11 Spooky Spots in New Hampshire by WMUR and the #1 Haunted Attraction for 2016 by NewHampshireHauntedHouses.com.

Operating from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Fridays and from 7p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturdays and select Sundays, the event starts Saturday, September 23, and will run weekend nights through Saturday, October 28. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. at Cranmore’s Artist Falls Lodge.

“Each year, we add elements of fear to the Ghoullog,” said Lance Davis, creator, and mastermind of the haunt. “Whether it’s another character or a scene that seems just too realistic, we know how to get underneath peoples skin. We have found that people really don’t like being in situations where they don’t have control over their surroundings.”

The approximate 50-minute haunt is recommended for ages 10 and over and features 15,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor twists and turns. Appropriate footwear and outdoor clothing is highly recommended.

Feeling too fearful to enter the haunt? The Ghoullog’s Haunted Playground features a one-of-a-kind experience with nighttime rides on the Mountain Coaster, Giant Swing, and Soaring Eagle Zip Line.

The Mountain Coaster is a two person, self-controlled sled, which brings riders on a 3,600-footround-trip ride up and down the mountain on a steel track reaching speeds up to 25 miles per hour on the descent. The Soaring Eagle Zip Line fleshes out the Haunted Playground, letting visitors fly 750 feet up and back down the mountain on a seated zip line; the Giant Swing offers up to four people a breathtaking sky ride in the darkness. The Haunted Playground is appropriate for all guests, though age, weight and height restrictions do apply.

Back for 2017 is the Broken Skull Pub, located at the Artist Falls Lodge. The fully-licensed lounge will offer an array of draft beer, including Angry Orchard Cider, favorite mixed drinks and favorites from the grill before and after scares. The Broken Skull Pub is open nightly during the Ghoullog and begins serving at 6:30pm.

On Tuesday, October 24, local residents can visit the Ghoullog for just $19 per person. Guests must show proof of residency in Carroll, Coos or Oxford County.
For the final evening of the event, Oct. 28, all lights will be turned off for Ghoullog: Lights Out! Each group will be given a single glow stick to navigate their way through the haunt.

An all-inclusive, Ghoullog Plus package is available, which includes a trip through the Ghoullog and unlimited rides in the Haunted Playground.

Tickets to the Ghoullog are $32 and tickets to the Ghoullog Plus are $44.
Tickets for unlimited rides in the Haunted Playground are $19 for guests under 54 inches and $25 for 54”+.

Discounted rates are available for groups larger than 15, when reserved 48 hours in advance. For group information, please call 603-356-5544 ext. 323.

Advanced reservations for the Ghoullog are highly recommended and can be made online at theghoullog.com or by calling the ticket office at 603-356-5544.

North Conway Library’s Annual Bike For Books- MTB Adventure Rides Fundraiser Sept. 30:  Registration is now OPEN!

Join the North Conway Public Library on Sept. 30 for a day of mountain biking fun at “Bike for Books: Mountain Bike Adventure Rides!” 

Bike for Books offers mountain bikers of all levels a great opportunity to explore the trails in North Conway, NH.  It is a fundraiser for the North Conway Library- the Valley’s free community library, free for all MWV residents.

All routes are self-guided rides on trails clearly marked by Eastside Bike Guides especially for the event, with almost no pavement riding. Signed loops showcase some of the best mountain biking trails in Northern New England for riders of all ages and abilities: two easy loops in Whitaker Woods for kids, families, and novice riders, one long intermediate loop, and several expert loops on technically challenging trails.

Have fun learning new trails at your own pace- on your own or with a group of your friends.  You can bike for an hour or all day; easy or technically difficult routes – it’s your choice!

Riders should be on mountain bikes with knobby tires and children should have some off-road cycling experience.  During the ride we have a snack stop with food & drink mid-course, and a mechanical support tent. After the ride, join other riders for the included pizza lunch, hot soup, fresh coffee, and delicious desserts.

For the second time in its 15-year history, Bike for Books will focus on North Conway’s Eastside for the intermediate and expert rides, while children and beginner riders will enjoy the easy forest trails in Whitaker Woods. The intermediate loop will follow Sticks & Stones, Beaver Fever, the Knot, Swamp, Muffler, Pillar to Pond, and more.  The expert loops include Red Tail Trail, Rattlesnake, Outer Limits, Twilight Zone among others. Almost all riding is off-road, only a short connector is on pavement (approx. ½ mi). North Conway’s Eastside was written up in NEMBA’s “SingleTracks” magazine as one of the great places in New England to mountain bike!

Day-of registration will be held from 8 – 11 a.m. at the Whitaker Woods Homesite in North Conway. Free event water bottles for first 120 riders!  If you want to raise extra money for the North Conway Library’s children’s room, this is an appreciated option and top fundraisers will get prizes.

Registration forms and pledge forms may be downloaded on the library’s website. Online registration is available at BikeReg.com.  FMI go to NorthConwayLibrary.com/BfB or contact the library at (603) 356-2961.

Tuckerman Brewing Company presents Miss Maybell & Slimpickens

Tuckerman Brewing Company has packed up the tent and is bringing their music series back inside with a great line-up through the winter!

This Sunday, October 23 they present Miss Maybell & Slimpicken’s.

maybell-tuckermanAs always this will be a family friendly event. They will have Dueling Chefs Smoke-n-Grille food truck parked out front to take care of dinner and snacks for you!!

Tickets are $5 at the door – 12 years and under are free!

They look forward to seeing you!

8th Annual Halloween Town Returns to Camp Tohkomeupog in Madison October 22

Join the fun on Saturday, October 22 from 3 pm – 8 pm at Camp Tohkomeupog in Madison.

***The Trick-or-Treat Trail Opens at 4 PM!

Trick-or-treating through 25 themed cabins is FREE OF CHARGE,
made possible by a whole slew of sponsors like
Hannaford North Conway • Bank of NH • Storyland

Festivities include (some for small fees)…
Dizzy Dragon Amusement Ride
Face Painting
Carnival Games
Story Telling
Fried Onions
Pizza
Burgers • Hot Dogs
Baked Goods • Hot Drinks
For more information: www.thelaurafoundation.org/events/

Proceeds benefit the Laura Foundation for Autism & Epilepsy, providing funding to develop & support therapeutic recreation & educational programs that enrich the quality of lives of individuals with autism and/or seizure disorders.

Barbara Smith McLaughlin – Jewelry Making Demonstration

The Cassidy Gallery in Jackson has another wonderful event scheduled for this Saturday, October 8th from 10 – 4.  Outstanding jewelry artist  Barbara Smith McLaughlin of southern New Hampshire will be set up on the porch outside our gallery, demonstrating her techniques in roller-printing and torching.  And since it looks like we will be rain-free, Bab’s husband, Bob, will be demonstrating stonecutting.  Babs will also bring new work not previously exhibited.  All work will be available for sale.


Join us between 2 – 4 for light refreshments.
 
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Southern New Hampshire jewelry artist Barbara Smith McLaughlin will be on hand to discuss her work and process. Barbara will demonstrate various techniques for texturing her work, such as roller printing. Weather permitting, she will also demonstrate torchwork out on the front porch of the Snowflake Inn. “Bold geometric shapes, various metal textures and loads of color are how I convey my passion. A lot of thought, time and patience have been blended into each piece, creating an heirloom to be treasured for generations.”

All Aboard the Autumn Express!

Sponsored by the Conway Scenic Railroad, this special excursion through Crawford Notch on Sunday, October 16, will be hosted by the Kiwanis Club of Mt. Washington Valley and the Mt. Washington Valley Habitat for Humanity.  The event is a fundraiser to benefit local families and children’s charities supported by these non-profits, and the public is invited to participate.

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The train departs from the Railroad’s North Conway station at 11:00 a.m. and returns at approximately 4:00 p.m. Included in the excursion is a photo “run-by” at Willey Brook Bridge and an hour’s layover at Crawford Station, which is across from Saco Lake, a small pond from which the Saco River originates. Passengers are encouraged to get off the train, stretch their legs, and explore their beautiful surroundings.

Coach tickets are $54.00; First Class $69.00. Included in these fares are appetizers, desserts, and a souvenir photo. Children under 13 ride free in Coach when accompanied by a paying adult. Passengers have the option of ordering a hearty box lunch prepared by Brandi’s Pizza Pasta Grille for $14.00, bringing their own picnic, or ordering from the onboard snack bar.

“This event has enjoyed tremendous support from the community over the years,” according to Janice Andrews, President of the Kiwanis Club.  “Both host organizations offer special thanks to the Conway Daily Sun, 103.7-The Peak, Magic-FM, and WMWV for helping us to publicize this event.”

Habitat President Dick Ficke added, “We hope that folks plan to join us again this year for a fun-filled day that will benefit these two very worthy organizations.”

Seating is limited, and advance reservations are recommended. This event usually sells out.   For more information visit ConwayScenic.com or call (603) 356-5251.

ATTITASH CELEBRATES OKTOBERFEST IN PEAK FALL FOLIAGE – COLUMBUS DAY WEEKEND

Attitash Mountain Resort is pleased to announce its 19th Annual Oktoberfest, to be held this Columbus Day Weekend, October 8th and 9th. The annual fall festival will feature plenty of beer, German food and music as well as activities for both young and old.

oktoberfest_kingludwing_outside_720x480_72_rgb The weekend gets off to a running start with the annual Hills & Hops 5k featuring a course spanning the base areas of both Attitash & Bear Peak.  A shorter, one-mile option is available as well. All event proceeds benefit the Attitash Alpine Educational Foundation, a non-profit youth ski racing program operating in the heart of the Mount Washington Valley.  Registration is available online and check-in opens at 7:30am at the Attitash Adventure Center on Saturday with the race starting at 9:00am at the base of Attitash Mountain.

The Oktoberfest gates open at 12:00pm at the base of Bear Peak on both Saturday and Sunday.  Festival-goers will find traditional Oktoberfest food and beverage offerings inside the festival grounds including beers and ciders from 19 different breweries from across the region.  Throughout the weekend traditional Bavarian music will be performed from the world renowned King Ludwig’s Band.

A true family festival, the Attitash Oktoberfest offers activities for all ages. Within the festival grounds the Midas of North Conway Kinderplatz will feature arts & crafts, face painting and other mini-games for kids organized by the Mount Washington Valley Children’s Museum. Outside, youngsters will also find a giant inflatable obstacle course to play in.  Adults can participate in the spectator favorite keg toss or the Sam Adams Stein Hoist where participants attempt to hold a full beer stein for as long as possible.

New this year is the Bud Light Beer Garden: a fully transportable bar that will feature a new beer serving area, bar seating and a number of TVs showing college and pro sports throughout the weekend.

Oktoberfest traditionally coincides with some of the best fall foliage in New England.  This year the Columbus Day weekend will feature colors at their peak across the White Mountains.  Attitash Mountain Resort will operate the Flying Bear Quad for scenic chairlift rides from 10:00am – 4:00pm Saturday, Sunday and Monday.  Adventure seekers can also experience the best foliage view from above the canopy by hopping on the ZipTour – New Hampshire’s longest zip line.  The Alpine Slide & Mountain Coaster will also be open for one last weekend as well.

Hours for this year’s Oktoberfest are 12:00pm – 6:00pm on Saturday and 12:00pm – 5:00pm on Sunday.  The Alpine Slide, Zip Tour, Mountain Coaster and Flying Bear for scenic rides will be open 10:00am– 4:00pm Saturday, Sunday, and Monday.

For more information visit Attitash.com or call 1-800-223-7669.  For high res image downloads please visit:  http://bit.ly/AT_Ofest_Photos

There are lots of activities this weekend in Mt. Washington Valley, NH

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Only a few more chances to get to the North Conway Farmer’s Market Saturday 9 am – noon at the Community Center. The last one is October 8.

In conjunction with the Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual Return of the Pumpkin People Contest Settlers Green presents the Pumpkin People Decorating Contest.

Return of the Pumpkin People is a self-guided tour to view the amazing pumpkin creations by participating businesses and individuals around the Valley. Maps and “People’s Choice” ballots will be available at all participating properties.

While you are checking out the pumpkin people in Jackson stop in at the Cassidy Gallery for a Jewelry making demonstration by  jewelry artist Wendy Wetherbee.

Can you make it out of the Ghoullog unharmed after a 50-minute haunt leads you through dark twists and turns and an outdoor element leading through the scariest of dark woods.

Enjoy spectacular views of the highest peaks in the Northeast on a FREE scenic lift ride.

Join the North Conway Public Library on Oct. 1 for a day of mountain biking fun in the White Mountains at “Bike for Books MTB Adventure Rides.

The Wildcat Tavern presents “Cold River Radio Mini Series”, Vanessa Trouble and The Red Hot Swing, Saturday, October 1, 7:30 opening act, 8:30 main act.

The Ghoullog Returns for 10 Years of Fear at Cranmore Mountain

Cranmore Mountain’s annual month-long Halloween event, the Ghoullog, is back for a tenth season of haunting. The Ghoullog will begin Saturday, Sept. 24 and run weekend evenings through Nov. 5.

Nightly haunts will operate from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Fridays and from 7p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturdays and select Sundays. Doors for the event open at 6:30 p.m. at Cranmore’s Artist Falls Lodge. Ticket prices start at $27 for the Ghoullog and $39 for the Ghoullog Plus.

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“I can’t wait to celebrate 10 years of fear this season. We have worked hard to create a premier haunted attraction over the years. We strive to create new and exciting themes and designs for our guests every season. This year is going to be more exciting than you can imagine,” said creator of the Ghoullog, Lance Davis.

To celebrate 10 years of haunting, guests can visit on Nov. 4 for an exclusive 10 Years of Fear Celebration. Taking place at the Artist Falls Lodge, the package includes one trip through the Ghoullog, a “lights on” tour through the haunt with the opportunity to take a closer look at the construction, speak with the actors and enjoy a cocktail party immediately following. Each ticket also includes two complimentary drink tickets, heavy hors d’oeuvres, a Q&A session with the creators of the Ghoullog and a 10th anniversary t-shirt. Tickets for the event are $125 and must be pre-purchased by October 17th, online at theghoullog.com, at Cranmore’s ticket office or by calling 1-800-SUN-N-SKI. Tickets will not be available at the door. A limited number of 150 tickets will be available.

“With this event, we want to give Ghoullog fans and haunt enthusiasts a chance to go behind the scenes of the haunt… speak to the actors, myself and colleague, Jim Chichwak, and really let them in on the details and planning that is involved in running a production like the Ghoullog,” Davis continues. “We have never done something like this before and it will truly be a unique event that you don’t want to miss out on. There will also be door prizes, themed cocktails and appetizers, special appearances and more.”

More information on the 10 Years of Fear Celebration can be found online at theghoullog.com.

Feeling too fearful to enter the haunt? The Ghoullog’s Haunted Playground features a one-of-a-kind experience with nighttime rides on the Mountain Coaster, Giant Swing and Soaring Eagle Zip Line.

The Mountain Coaster is a two person, self controlled sled, which brings riders on a 3,600 foot round-trip ride up and down the mountain on a steel track reaching speeds up to 25 miles per hour on the descent. The Soaring Eagle Zip Line fleshes out the Haunted Playground, letting visitors fly 750 feet up and back down the mountain on a seated zip line; the Giant Swing offers up to four people a breathtaking sky ride in the darkness.

Back for 2016 is the Broken Skull Pub, located at the Artist Falls Lodge. The fully-licensed lounge will be offer an array of draft beer, including Angry Orchard Cider, favorite mixed drinks and favorites from the grill before and after scares. The Broken Skull Pub is open nightly during the Ghoullog and begins serving at 6:30pm.

On Tuesday, Oct. 25, local residents can visit the Ghoullog for just $19 per person. Guests must show proof of residency in Carroll, Coos or Oxford county.

For the final evening of the event, Nov. 5, all lights will be turned off for Ghoullog: Lights Out! Each group will be given a single glow stick to navigate their way through the haunt.

An all-inclusive, Ghoullog Plus package is available, which includes a trip through the Ghoullog and unlimited rides in the Haunted Playground.

From Sept. 24 through Saturday, Oct. 1, plus Friday nights through Nov. 4 and Thursday, Oct. 25, Ghoullog tickets are $27 and Ghoullog Plus tickets are $39. Saturday nights from Oct. 8 through Nov. 5, plus Sunday, Oct. 9, Ghoullog tickets are $32 and Ghoullog Plus tickets are $44. The Ghoullog is recommended for those 10 and over. All ages are welcome for the Haunted Playground.

Tickets for unlimited rides in the Haunted Playground are $19 for guests under 54 inches and $25 for those over that height. Age, height and weight restrictions apply and can be viewed online at Cranmore.com.

Discounted rates are available for groups larger than 15, when reserved 48 hours in advance. For group information, please call 603-356-5544 ext. 323.

Advanced reservations for the Ghoullog are highly recommended and can be made online at http://www.theghoullog.com or by calling the ticket office at 603-356-5544.

Purity Spring Resort welcomes autumn and you!

The crisp, autumn days are winding their way into New England as we welcome September at Purity Spring Resort. As fall approaches, we offer seasonal activities, theme weekends and special rates for those wishing to enjoy the quieter times paddling, hiking or biking around Purity Lake.

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Join us for a variety of unique, fall fun weekends including Artisan Workshops, Ballroom Dancing, Scrapbooking events, QuiltingKnitting and much more. Each weekend is sure to provide instruction, camaraderie and a welcoming atmosphere for beginners to experts.

Fall is a great time to visit Purity Spring Resort with all of the lodging packages available, amenities and activities available. Visit the individual package pages for the details on what’s included and how you can make your reservation online or call us at 800-373-3754 or 603-367-8896

Fall Festival at Settlers Green Kicks Off String of Fall Events at the Outlets

Settlers Green’s annual Fall Festival is slated for Saturday, September 24, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. “on the green” by Timberland Factory Store. Kid-friendly activities include pumpkin painting, free horse-drawn hay rides, live music, complimentary apple cider and apples and a nonprofit bake sale.

“September is a great time of the year to visit North Conway and our Fall Festival provides plenty of added activities for our shoppers to enjoy,” said Assistant Director of Marketing and Events, Laura Tuveson.

New this year, artist William Janelle of Bridgton, Maine, will be doing a series of pumpkin carvings throughout the event. The pumpkins will be auctioned off at the end of the day and the money raised will go to a local charity.

The always popular free horse-drawn hay rides, provided by Carousel Horse Farm, begin and end at the Timberland Factory Store and follow a route throughout Settlers Green. Free pumpkin painting with the purchase of a small pumpkin for $2 will include paints and some guidance from local artist, Carol Hanson.

To add to the day’s autumn atmosphere, local vocalist and guitarist Julia Velie will play at the Gazebo from 12-2 p.m., with lounge chairs available for listeners.

Fall Festival marks the start of a busy fall event schedule at Settlers Green Outlet Village, including its 3rd Annual Pumpkin People Challenge, which is set for October 1 and coincides with the Jackson Area Chamber of Commerce’s Return of the Pumpkin People event. For information about all events at Settlers Green Outlet Village, see settlersgreen.com/events.