Harvest Party and Pottery Firing at Old Sturbridge Village

Need some help getting into the spirit of fall? Well let Old Sturbridge Village (OSV) help you out. This Saturday evening (September 27, 2014), Old Sturbridge Village is hosting an evening harvest party and pottery firing. The festivities will include:

  • A bonfire on the Common
  • An old-fashioned barn dance
  • The annual lighting of the Village’s 24-foot-high brick kiln
  • Horse-drawn hayrides
  • Live music including performances by the Old Sturbridge Village Dancers, Quintebrass, the Celtic band Full Gael, and Vic and Sticks
  • Native American storytelling
  • Paths illuminated by lanterns
  • A blazing water fire display on the millpond

In addition, you will be able to see hearth cooking and watch the blacksmith, potter, and tinner at work. There will be food and beverage tents that will offer chili, clam chowder, hamburgers, hot dogs, beer, and other beverages.

What a great way to dive into the fall season! The festivities will run from 6:30 PM to 9:30 PM. Harvest Party tickets are $12 per person and $10 for OSV Members.

Make a fulll night of it with a stay at the Old Sturbridge Inn & Reeder Family Lodges.

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Rhode Island 2014 Fall Festivals, Harvest Festivals, Apple Festivals. . .

Moving on into southern New England, following are a roundup of the fall festivals in the State of Rhode Island. Although it may be small, the Ocean State does not want for fun fall activities…

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Massachusetts 2014 Fall Festivals, Harvest Festivals, Apple Festivals. . .

Moving on to Massachusetts in our roundup of 2014 New England fall festivals. In addition to the classic fall, harvest, apple, and pumpkin festivals, the Commonwealth throws in festivals for cranberries, oysters, scallops, and more…

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Maine 2014 Fall Festivals, Harvest Festivals, Apple Festivals. . .

Again continuing with our roundup of 2014 fall festivals in New England finds us in the State of Maine where they have apple, harvest, and pumpkin festivals galore to help you celebrate foliage season…

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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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