Haunted Happenings - A month long celebration of Halloween in Salem, Massachusetts. See the website http://www.hauntedhappenings.org/ for a schedule of events. For those interested in history and genealogy there is a play about Bridget Bishop, the accused witch, playing daily all month long, as well as historic house tours, Pioneer Village is open, and “The Legacy of the Hanging Judge” presented in the rooms of Nathaniel Hawthorne’s birthplace (his ancestor was Judge John Hathorne of the witch trials). There are many other fun, silly, scary and interesting activities all month long in Salem for all ages.
Concord, NH Literary Festival, October 21-23 http://familyfriendlylife.wordpress.com/ Lots of free events in our capitol city, for kids, adults and everyone in between.
Apple Picking and Farmer’s Markets - Londonderry is blessed with FOUR orchards! Open through Thanksgiving, and some until after Christmas
1.) Merrill Farm, Old Mammoth Road, - apples, peaches, plums, pears, fresh eggs, veggies
2.) Mack’s Apples, Mammoth Road- http://www.macksapples.com/ U-Pick apples, pears, pumpkins, veggies, farm store with maple products, honey, pies and other goodies
3.) Sunnycrest Farm – 59 High Range Rd, http://www.sunnycrestfarmnh.com/ U-Pick apples, pumpkins, berries, veggies, local milk and eggs, and homebaked goods, petting farm
4.) Elwood Orchards- 54 Elwood Rd, corn maze, U-Pick apples, peaches, veggies, hayrides
October 4- New Hampshire Cemeteries and Gravestones, Hampstead Public Library, 7PM Learn about history, art, epidemics and religion as you examine rubbings, photographs and slides of New Hampshire gravestones. Presented by the New Hampshire Humanities Council. Free
October 7- Witches, Pop Culture and the Past, Nashua Public Library, 7PM. Learn where history, tourism and performance collide when Salem tells it’s witch stories. Presented by the New Hampshire Humanities Council. Free
October 9- Lafayette and the Farewell Tour: An American Idol, Derry Public Library, 11:30 AM Presented by Londonderry’s own Alan Hoffman. Presented by the New Hampshire Humanities Council. Sponsored by the Molly Reid DAR. Free
October 12- A Woman That Keeps Good Orders: Women, Tavern Keeping, and Public Approval, Salem Museum, 310 Main St., Salem, NH, 7:30 PM. Presented by the New Hampshire Humanities Council. Free
October 16- Family History Day- Boston, Massachusetts Seaport Hotel, All Day, $38, see the website http://www.familyhistoryday.com/ for details on the schedule of classes and registration information.
October 18- Brewing in New Hampshire: An Informal History of Beer in the Granite State, Griffin Free Public Library, Auburn, 7PM. Presented by the New Hampshire Humanities Council. Free
October 12 – November 16, every Tuesday, Introduction to New England Furniture, Collections and Conservation Center, Haverhill, Mass. 6:30 – 8PM, $75 Historic New England Members, $120 non members (includes Historic New England membership) Examine furniture from the seventeenth to the early twentieth century. Learn about regional variations in style, shops, craftsmanship, from conservator John Childs. Register by calling 617-994-5959 or visit HistoricNewEngland.org
October 20- Crosscut: A Spoken Documentary, Derry Public Library, 7PM, New and vintage photo tell the story of logging in the mills, and the Androscoggin Valley from the boom years until 2007, marking the end of an era. Presented by the New Hampshire Humanities Council. Free
October 20, Crime and Punishment on the Isles of Shoals: The Ballad of Louis Wagner, Nesmith Library, Windham, 7:30 PM. Wagner was convicted and executed in 1873 for murdering two sisters on Smuttynose Island. How fair were the trial, media, and popular sentiment of the times? Presented by the New Hampshire Humanities Council. Free
October 23- Your Great Ancestral Connection, Family History Day, Concord, New Hampshire, LDS Church, 90 Clinton St., 8AM – 2PM. Free to the public. See the website for a schedule of classes and registration information. http://concordfhday.crossett.net/Your_Great_Ancestral_Connection/Welcome.html