Vermont 2014 Fall Festivals, Harvest Festivals, Apple Festivals. . .

Continuing with our roundup of fall festivals in New England finds us in the State of Vermont where there will be plenty of celebration of the fall season…

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New Hampshire 2014 Fall Festivals, Harvest Festivals, Apple Festivals. . .

While it is not officially fall yet, it is definitely fall festival season with plenty of apple festivals, craft festivals, harvest festivals, and pumpkin festivals on tap to celebrate the season, in this the first in a series of post on the fall festival season we visit the Granite State for a roundup of 2014 fall festivals in New Hampshire.

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Agricultural Exhibition at Old Sturbridge Village

Old Sturbridge Village (OSV) will host an old-fashioned agricultural exhibition this coming weekend – September 13 and 14, 2014. The event should be both educational and great fun for the entire family. Some of the things that you will be able to see, learn, and do include:

  • Attend the agricultural fair highlighting heirloom vegetables
  • Hear tips and tricks for successfully cultivating heirloom vegetables at home
  • Learn to winnow and thresh grain
  • See OSV’s heritage breed farm animals
  • See the submitted items in the home gardening exhibit
  • See the ox-powered cider mill in operation
  • Shell corn
  • Try plowing behind the Village oxen
  • Watch Dairy demonstrations will including milking cows, butter churning, cheese-making, and ice cream making
  • And more. . .

Gardeners are invited to bring their best heirloom vegetables, herbs, and flowers to be judged by 19th century standards at the Agricultural Fair.

This is a great way to to get into the spirit of fall harvest season.

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JazzFest Falmouth on Tap for the End of the Month

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Headliner Catherine Russell

Mark you calendars for JazzFest Falmouth at the end of the month – September 27 through October 8, 2014 in Falmouth, MA.

Headlining JazzFest Falmouth this year will be Grammy Award winner Catherine Russell who will perform at the festival on Saturday, October 4, 2014. Ms. Russell is just one of many artists and activities that make this year’s JazzFest a not to miss event.

A special attraction that you will want to make it a point to catch is the Jazz Stroll on October 3, 2014 from 6 to 11 PM with over a dozen performers along Queen’s Buyway and Main Street.

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Robert Wyatt will present The Birth of Blues: A Lecture and Recital on Saturday, September 27, 2014

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Labor Day Weekend Fun in New Hampshire’s Lakes Region

Many thanks to the Lakes Region Tourism Association for bringing these great events to our attention. Here are some great events in New Hampshire’s Lakes Region to help you say goodbye at the symbolic end of summer:

These are just a few of the many great things going on in New Hampshire’s Lakes region this coming Labor Day Weekend. And remember, it’s only a few short weeks before you can say hello to fall foliage season in the Lakes Region…

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Some Ideas for Fun for Labor Day Weekend 2014

It is that time once again. The symbolic end of summer, Labor Day Weekend, is upon us. So as the kids head back to school it’s time for that last taste of summer fun. To help you plan you Labor Day Weekend, we have pulled together some ideas for fun things to do. Check them out…

Take in an Arboretum or Public Garden
It will not be long now before the leaves are gone and cold winds are blowing. How about getting out and enjoying mother nature in a public garden or arboretum. Some notables ones include the Arnold Arboretum in Boston, the Blithewold Gardens and Arboretum in Bristol, RI, the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in Boothbay, ME, gardens at the Florence Griswold Museum in Lyme, CT, Heritage Museums & Gardens on Cape Cod in Sandwich, the gardens at the Shelburne Museum in Shelburne, VT, and the historic gardens at the Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth, NH.

Spend a Day at an Amusement Park

There are over a dozen amusement parks in New England. Get in one more thrill-filled weekend!

Take in Some Baseball
While the Boston Red Sox are out of town for the Labor Day Weekend, many of the region’s minor league will be playing at home. Among them, the:

  • Connecticut Tigers – Home vs. Lowell on 8/31 to 9/1/2014 to finish their 2014 season.
  • Lowell Spinners – Home vs. Aberdeen on 8/28 and 8/30/2014.
  • New Britain Rock Cats – Home vs. New Hampshire on 8/29 to 9/1/2014 to finish their 2014 season.
  • Pawtucket Red Sox – Home vs. Syracuse on 8/29 to 8/30/ 2014 and Rochester on 8/31 to 9/1/2014 to finish their 2014 season.
  • Portland Sea Dogs – Home vs. Harrisburg on 8/29 to 9/1/2014 to finish their 2014 season.
  • Vermont Lake Monsters – Home vs. Tri-City on 8/31 to 9/1/2014 to finish their 2014 season.

Go to a Drive-In Movie
It will soon be too cold for this retro attraction. Pile the kids and the jammies into the car and take in a movie at a drive-in theater. There are still over 20 drive-ins left in New England. Find the one nearest to you here: New England Drive-In Theaters.

Ride an Antique Carousel
Another wonderful retro activity for the whole family is to ride an antique carousel. New England is lucky enough to have the two oldest in the country – the Flying Horses Carousel in Oak Bluffs on Martha’s Vineyard, and the Flying Horse Carousel at Watch Hill in Westerly, RI. in To find New England’s antique carousels check out New England’s Antique Metal Carousels and New England’s Antique Wooden Carousels.

You can also check out our post from last year – Some Ideas for Fun this Labor Day Weekend – for some additional ideas for Labor Day Weekend.

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End the Summer in a Festive Mood in Vermont

Looking for a good festival to end the summer? Well look no further than the Green Mountain State! Vermont will host two wonderful festivals to bring the summer of 2014 home with a great time. On tap before we run out of summer are:

Both promise to be a great time and a wonderful way to end the summer season. The Vermont Life Wine and Harvest Festival is late enough in the season that you might even get a little taste of fall foliage too…

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Downtown Plymouth Waterfront Festival

Downtown Plymouth is the place to be this weekend if you love the water and a good time. On Saturday, August 23, 2014 from 10:30 AM to 7 PM the already beautiful Plymouth, MA waterfront gets turned into a festival for the whole family. What will you find at the Downtown Plymouth Waterfront Festival? Well how about:

  • Over 250 crafter and vendor booths
  • Over 30 food trucks and food vendors
  • The 9th Annual Motor Head’s Cruise-In Car Show (from 2 to 4 PM)
  • The Ducky Dash Race (at 4 PM)
  • Mamma Mia’s Restaurant Pizza Eating Contest
  • Festival sponsor Pilgrim Aviation will be displaying a full size airplane onsite
  • GEICO Interactive Experience and meet and greet with the GEICO Gecko
  • A kids fun zone with games, inflatables and more
  • 2 Stages of live entertainment with eight different acts performing from 10:30AM to 7 PM

What better way to spend a late August weekend day?

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Debut Exhibition of South African Photographer Jo Ractliffe at PEM

The Peabody Essex Museum (PEM) is the proud host of South African photographer Jo Ractliffe’s U.S. debut exhibition. The exhibition, Someone Else’s Country, Photographs by Jo Ractliffe, features nearly 50 works from the aftermath of the bloody Angolan Civil War. That civil war was one of the longest and bloodiest in African history costing nearly 1.5 million lives and displacing millions more.

The exhibit will start on October 11, 2014 and will run through the spring of 2015

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Boston StrEATS Motors its Way to Franklin Square in Boston

Last night kicked off Boston StrEATS, a nighttime food truck festival in Franklin Square, a beautiful park on Washington Street in Boston’s South End. The festival will be a regular Thursday night occurrence from 5 PM to 9 PM featuring some of Boston’s best food trucks and live music. Time to put a recurring event into your calendar for Thursday nights!

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