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  October, 2014 E-Traveler
The Insider's Guide to Mt Washington Valley
Anything is possible! 

October is not only the most colorful month of the year in Mt Washington Valley, it's possibly one of the most packed months with so much on the calendar, we simply can't cover it all. With scare-the-pants-off fun for Halloween, fairs, brewfests, music and more, there's something to do every single day in Mt Washington Valley. We'll try to cover it all here, but you should also visit the Events Calendar at www.mtwashingtonvalley.org for a complete and up-to-date listing of all the fall festivals, scary and family-friendly Halloween fun and live entertainment this month. Just to add to the excitement, we're kicking off our Harvest to Holidays Shopping Season in October too! Phew! It'll be a fun time to visit. We look forward to seeing you for some leaf peeping, brew drinking, zipping, hiking, golf and more in Mt Washington Valley. (Photos provided by MWVCC, Fryeburg Fair, Dan Houde/Wiseguy Creative).     

 

Event of the Month  

     

 
17th Annual Oktoberfest at Attitash Mountain Resort

 

Billed by New Hampshire Magazine as one of the best fall brewfests in the state, the long tradition of keg tapping and throwing continues once again over Columbus Day weekend (Oct 11-12) at Attitash Mountain Resort. Featuring live, traditional Bavarian music from the renowned King Ludwig's Band, dancing, and plenty of food and great local and regional beers for adults, plus kids' activities and games, authentic German food and the Biergarten tent featuring local and regional brewers, Attitash has a full line up brewing for this year's Oktoberfest.  

 

This year's Oktoberfest will include a Samuel Adams Stein Hoist Competition happening both days as well as the annual favorite "Keg Toss" contest. This year's attending brewers will compete for the annual "Best Brew" award too. Slacklines, Cornhole Decks, Kinderplatz, Bouncy House plus more along with an activities area for children will also be located within the outdoor festival area.

Tickets are $10 for ages 21 and up, $5 for ages 6-20, free for ages 5 and under and include admission; food and beverages are additional. Valid ID is required for alcohol purchase. Click here to purchase tickets online. For a complete schedule of events visit www.attitash.com.

Lodging Package of the Month   

   

Self-Exploration for Women: The Four Agreements at Admiral Peary Inn

The simple ideas of The Four Agreements provide an inspirational code for life; a template for personal development, behavior, communications and relationships. Join other women at Admiral Peary Inn October 17-19 for a workshop to explore the Four Agreements and learn to embrace anger, boundaries, shame, body gratitude and so much more. Through this workshop and weekend take part in didactic and experiential processes where you will shift self-limiting beliefs that rob joy and create needless suffering. Discover within yourself the beautiful woman you are at your core. Know you are right where you are supposed to be.

The class cost of $100.00 per person and includes: Friday night social, lunch and snacks Saturday and Sunday, and all the discussions and guidance from an experienced workshop leader. Additionally, stay at the inn during the class; two nights for $198.00 + tax, including breakfast. Note: a prerequisite for this class is to read "The Four Agreements". Info: http://www.admiralpearyinn.com/specials.htm.

 

News from the Valley

              

Join AidClimb

On October 4, 2014, Northeast Mountaineering invites hikers and climbers for a fundraising climb of Mt. Washington to honor the lives of the three Boston firefighters who lost their lives in service last summer. Dubbed Aidclimb this "summit at sunrise" climb will begin at the trailhead at midnight with the goal of getting to the summit of Mt. Washington as the sun rises. Plan to be back at the Northeast Mountaineering Bunkhouse by noon or 1:00pm on October 4 where a silent auction and cookout will take place for all the participants. Volunteers, participants and silent auction donations are being sought. Join fellow hikers and supporters of the Boston Fire Department to honor three very special lives. Visit http://www.aidclimb.com/ for complete information.


Planning to relocate or open a business in Mt Washington Valley?

Are you considering a second home or possibly relocation to Mt Washington Valley? Planning to open a business here? Did you know that more entrepreneurs call Mt Washington Valley home than nearly any other region of New Hampshire? Learn all about living, relocating and doing business in Mt Washington Valley via the Mt Washington Valley Tour Book videos. These helpful videos cover everything from community organizations to business and industry and quality of life in Mt Washington Valley. We look forward to welcoming all new residents to the Valley. And skiers, Liftopia just named North Conway among the three most livable ski towns too! More on that next month.

 
Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center presents Met Opera Live in HD, 2014-15

 

The Emmy and Peabody Award-winning Metropolitan Opera Live in HD series will return to the Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center, on the campus of Fryeburg Academy, for the 2014-15 season. Don't miss these October performances:

October 11th at 1:00pm - Macbeth -Star soprano Anna Netrebko delivers her searing portrayal of Lady Macbeth, the mad and murderous mate of Zeljko Lucic's doomed Macbeth, for the first time at the Met.

October 18th at 1:00pm - Le Nozze di Figaro - Met Music Director James Levine conducts a spirited new production of Mozart's masterpiece, directed by Richard Eyre, who sets the action of this classic domestic comedy in a 19th-century manor house in Seville, but during the gilded age of the late 1920s.

November 1st at 1:00pm - Carmen - Richard Eyre's mesmerizing production of Bizet's steamy melodrama returns with mezzo-soprano Anita Rachvelishvili singing her signature role of the ill-fated gypsy temptress.

Season passes, which get you into all ten performances for the price of nine, will be available until October 11th. Single tickets are $26 for adults, $23 for seniors, and $18 for students. Order online at www.fryeburgacademy.org/tickets or call the box office at 207-935-9232. Additionally, Joe De Vito, opera enthusiast and recently retired member of the English Department, will be returning to deliver his always informative and entertaining "opera workshops" for this season's Met Opera Live in HD series. De Vito, a former amateur singer, has been studying the stories and music of operas for several decades and approaches the workshops as an opportunity to share some of what he's learned with others who enjoy music and the stage. De Vito's workshops will be held at 3:00pm on the Thursday prior to the Saturday performance at the Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center. Donations accepted for workshops.

Carroll County Retired Senior and Volunteers Meals on Wheels Auction, October 26

Start your Holiday Shopping early at a special auction to support the Meals on Wheels and Medial Transport Programs in Mt Washington Valley. Valley resident, Rob Clark, will be auctioning off hundreds of items perfect for you or for holiday gifts. Look for dining certificates, spa treatments, household items, sporting goods and entertainment opportunities.  It all takes place at the American Legion Hall on Tasker Hill Rd in Conway with a 1:00pm preview and 1:30pm auction start. For a bid list call (603)356-9331.  This is a wonderful shopping opportunity to help support a great cause. Info: (603)447-1125 or click here for info.


Family Fun

Halloween may be filled with ghosts and goblins, but like Casper they don't have to be too scary. Mt Washington Valley certainly offers its share of "scare-the-pants-off" fun, but alongside are plenty of family-friendly events meant for all ages. Here are five family-friendly events to which you won't be afraid to bring any size kid or adult.  

 

 

5th Annual Halloween Town at Camp Tohkomeupog - October 25:  For those in rural areas the chance to "trick-or-treat" is somewhat limited where houses are few and far between, so starting at 3:00pm Camp Tohkomeupog in East Madison, NH is transformed into a Halloween happening kind of place. There will be a food court, bouncy house, face painting and kid carnival games. The "Halloweenie Walk" is designed for younger children. Older children will enjoy the Trick or Treat Trail from 4:00-8:00pm with a little more adventurous route; flashlights and appropriate footwear are recommended. Walking the 'Trick-or-Treat Trail' at Halloween Town has become known as a safe, entertaining way for kids to celebrate the holiday.  This event benefits the Laura Foundation for Autism and Epilepsy. Info: http://halloweentown.thelaurafoundation.org/.  

 

Return of the Pumpkin People, October 1-31: Nearly 75 businesses throughout Mt Washington Valley will create "pumpkin people" displays, each utilizing at least one pumpkin in a sometimes scary but mostly whimsical display to celebrate Halloween.  This year the tour has been extended throughout the entire month of October. Maps and "People's Choice" ballots will be available at all participating properties and at the Jackson Chamber of Commerce in Jackson Village.  Don't forget to vote for your favorite for the People's Choice Award.  Info: www.jacksonnh.com/event/81/Return-of-the-Pumpkin-People.

 

October 18, 25: Silly Spooky Halloween Extravaganza at Santa's Village: Santa is busy gearing up for the holidays, so he's left the park to the Silly Nilly Witch of the North, who will be on board to stir up her own spooky brew and some Halloween fun. Santa's Village will be transformed into a magical Halloween adventure the two Saturdays before Halloween. There are "spooky" areas for the older children; some "fun" areas for the younger goblins. Rides and food shops will be open too. It's silly. Admission for the entire day is $24.00 per person. This includes all the rides and festivities for the day. Info: http://www.santasvillage.com/public/seasons_and_events/events/halloween.cfm. 

 

Pumpkin Patch Express on Conway Scenic Railroad,October 17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26 :  Special Halloween trains aboard Conway Scenic RR travel to the "Pumpkin Patch" (White Mountain Cider Company in nearby Glen), where everyone gets off the train, and each child gets to pick out their own pumpkin. Everyone's encouraged to wear costumes. Departures that travel directly to the Pumpkin Patch leave at 1:30pm, Friday-Sunday, with an extra 3:00pm departure on Saturday only.  The 11:30am Bartlett Valley Train also stops at the Pumpkin Patch on its return to North Conway. Kids under 4 ride free in coach. Tickets and info: http://conwayscenic.com/events/event/pumpkin-patch-express/.


Haunted Happenings
 at Settlers' Green Outlet Village, Saturday, Oct 25, 10:00am-2:00pm:  While Mom conjures up some of the most chilling deals at name brand outlet stores at Settlers' Green, the kids are finding their own great deal.  Free candy!  There will be Halloween treats for all costumed characters up to age 11 at stores throughout Settlers' Green (while supplies last).  Info:  www.Settlersgreen.com.

   

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Oct 24, 25, 31, Nov 1:
Murder Mystery Dinner Train: Dust off your bell bottoms, platform shoes and disco balls and get ready to get down tonight for an adult-only night of groovy murder mystery at Club 54, the trendiest dinner club this side of "Funky Town." You're all going for a ride on the "Love Train" where "Stayin' Alive" will be the order of the night as the drama unfolds and murder "Turns the Beat Around." It's up to you and others who help solve the murder mystery to solve the crime. If you live through it! Board the Conway Scenic Railroad promptly at 6:00pm.  The fare includes First Class seating for the 3-hour train excursion, a 4-course dinner, live theatrical performance, taxes and gratuities.  Beverage service is additional. Tickets may be purchased for the Friday night dates directly from Conway Scenic Railroad at $125.00 per person for the Murder Mystery Dinner Train only (no lodging). Additionally, a number of inns and B&Bs have put together packages including overnight accommodations and tickets. For a complete list of participating lodging properties and more info go to http://conwayscenic.com/events/event/murder-mystery-dinner-train/.

Saturday, October 25, 2014: Ghost and Goblin Trail: Inn-to-Inn Trek for TreatsTreats and tricks go hand in hand as Halloween marauders trek from inn to inn through Bed & Breakfasts Inn Mt.Washington Valley (BBInnsMWV) on the Ghost & Goblin Trail, Saturday, October 25, 11:00am and 4:00pm. Don your favorite costume (and feel free to make it as scary as you like!) and tour participating historic inns while sampling a grab bag of special treats (and maybe some tricks!) and solve the great mystery muddle. Each inn entrance, uniquely decorated to bid farewell to Autumn, will welcome revelers, costumed with a little fright and quite a sight! Click here for Ghost and Goblin Trail details and package information.

October 31 - November 2: Wicked Woods Weekend at Omni Mount Washington Hotel: Come spend your Halloween in the Wicked Woods of the Great North at the reputedly haunted Omni Mount Washington Hotel. If you're very lucky, you may just meet the Princess who once lived here, still hanging around to insure that all is well with guests. This continued Halloween tradition includes witches' cauldrons, black cats, superstition, mischievous acts and spooky tales. There's fun for the entire family, yet the adults, enjoy a "Wicked" costume party designed to let guests let loose and howl at the moon!  Info: click here.

 

 

Outdoor Adventure

  

Scare the Pants Off Events this Halloween Season!

October 3, 4, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18, 24, 25, 26, 31, November 1 : The Ghoullog at Cranmore Mountain: The Ghoullog, now in its 8th season, transforms Cranmore Mountain Resort into the perfect thrilling Halloween setting that will spark fright to those mighty enough to brave the chilling scene. The approximate 60 minute haunt features over 15,000 square feet of indoor space through a series of dark rooms, scary mazes and unknown places, plus an outdoor element which leads the unsuspecting through the dark woods with all of the scares and screams you've come to expect from this Halloween adventure. Plus, Cranmore' s 2,000 foot summit offers Halloween marauders breathtaking night-time views of the Moats, Mount Washington and the village of North Conway, NH. Additionally, "The eventfeatures unlimited rides on Cranmore' s Mountain Coaster, Giant Swing and Soaring Eagle Zipline, all of which will receive a Halloween-themed face lift offering a unique night-time experience with special lighting, effects and the occasional ghost or ghoul when you least expect it. Then plan to visit the Bloody Noose Pub, a fully-licensed facility serving up brews, libations and a menu featuring favorites from the grill. The Ghoullog is for ages 10+. Ticket prices vary depending upon date and what is included. For complete ticket information, visit http://www.cranmore.com/ghoullog/dates/. Also note: Sunday, October 26th is Local's Night where residents of Carroll, Coos & Oxford counties; enjoy special discounted rates. Saturday, November 1st is The Ghoullog Lights OUT- you will be given a glow stick to navigate your way through the haunt. Full info: http://www.cranmore.com/ghoullog.


October 30:
Pyscho Bash Halloween Party at the Ghoullog, Cranmore Mountain: Join the cast of the Ghoullog for the Psycho Bash Halloween Party at the Bloody Nose Pub.  For Halloween howlers 21 years and older, get your best costume and enjoy live music, prizes, specials and more.  Please note: The Ghoullog is not scheduled to operate this night. Info: http://www.cranmore.com/ghoullog/dates/.

   

October events to plan your trip around       

 

Fryeburg Fair, Oct 1-5: The Fryeburg Fair continues October 1 - 5 with day after day of rides, animals, workshops and exhibits, live entertainment and great food. This is Maine's Blue Ribbon Classic, one of the longest running fairs in New England. Don't miss the fun. Admission is $10 per day and includes night shows. Children under 12 are free. For a full schedule, visit http://www.fryeburgfair.org.

Columbus Day Sidewalk Sales at Settlers' Green, October 9-13: Leaf peepers, take time out to do some early Christmas Shopping at Settlers' Green Outlet Village during their final sidewalk sale of the year. For info on what's on sale, visit http://settlersgreen.com/on-sale.

Mountain Bike Weekend in Gorham,
October 18-19: Join fellow bikers at the Top Notch Inn to celebrate all things mountain biking. Discounted rooms are available for participants, plus enjoy guided rides for all levels, or take a self-guided ride with the maps provided. There will be a special dinner plus more. . The weekend promises to be lots of fun for all levels. E-mail stay@topnotchinn.com with questions or to make reservations. Info on Top Notch Inn: http://www.topnotchinn.com/.

 7th Annual Fields on the Saco Dinner, October 19: On this special night everything that touches your tongue will have come from local farms and prepared by local chefs. Supporting local farmers and creating an epicurean feast, paired with beer or wine and non-alcoholic beverages that will leave you satisfied and amazed is the mission of Slow Food Saco Valley's signature event. Presented in the beautifully restored c. 1750 barn on Hardy Farm in Fryeburg, local chefs dedicated to highlighting local farms and flavors will volunteer their time to present this special farm-to-table dinner. Among the participating chefs are Jon and Natalie Spak of The Oxford House Inn, Lisa Somerville of Vintage Baking, Michael Beers of Eagle Mountain House and Theresa Stearns of White Mountain Cider Co. Tickets and more information are available at www.slowfoodsacovalley.org or by calling Jenn at 603-387-5538.

Making Strides Breast Cancer Walk, October 19: Local breast cancer survivors, volunteers, businesses and community members will walk together as a unified force to end breast cancer at the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 4 mile fundraising walk. This noncompetitive, inspirational event raises awareness and funds to help the Society do the most for people with breast cancer today to end the disease tomorrow. Making Strides in North Conway is one of nearly 300 events being planned across the nation in 2014. Registration starts at 9:00am. at the Whitaker Woods Homesite on White Mountain Highway in North Conway. The Opening Ceremony is at 10:00am. with walk start immediately following. Info: Contact Pamela Ritchie (603)763-4432.

29th Annual White Milers Half Marathon, October 26: The White Mountain Milers in conjunction with the Mt. Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce invite all runners and spectators to an annual fall tradition, the White Mountain Milers' Half Marathon. The race includes both half-marathon runner and walker divisions, along with a two person relay and the Youth Distance Dash. All competing athletes will receive a long sleeved performance race shirt, finishers' award and will enjoy a post-race celebration. Click here for a full schedule of events. Click here for race registration. For more information, visit http://www.wmmhalf.com/.
Free or almost free events
     

10th Annual RV & Camping Show at Danforth Bay Camping & RV Resort, October 17-19: This is the perfect time of year to combine a camping or RV trip with a little shopping too. See the latest in Park Models, Fifth Wheels, Travel Trailers and other RV's. Vendors will offer prizes and giveaways throughout the weekend too. Best of all, this event is free and open to the public! Info: 603-539-2069 or www.danforthbay.com/rvshow.php. 


Be on the lookout for SHOP TALK earn gift certificates for shopping photos

We're launching our annual SHOP TALK campaign complete with free twice monthly newsletters bringing you all the scoop on what's hot for the holidays, holiday events and tips on successful shopping techniques. Be on the lookout for our Shop Talk newsletters delivered to your in-box twice a month. Plus, post your shopping photos on the Mt Washington Valley Chamber of Commerce Facebook page, Twitter (@mwvchamber) or on your Instagram account with #ShopMWV to qualify for gift certificates from Settlers' Green Outlet Village and North Conway Village retailers. We'll pick our favorite photos and winners will be featured in the newsletters and sent prizes! And don't forget to follow us on Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.