04 Sep Early Autumn Special Events in the Lakes Region
While the days are still warm and the nights are crisp and cool, harvest season comes to New Hampshire. This is the time to get out and celebrate the bounty and beauty of the Granite State—in the Lakes Region especially—as the scenery becomes simply spectacular! Here are a few fun events happening this September that will help your family to enjoy this special time of year…
Raptor Spectacular – Saturday, September 12th – Don’t miss the Raptor Spectacular at the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center in Holderness next weekend! Nancy Cowan of the New Hampshire School of Falconry will visit and give a talk about the sport of falconry and the raptors she uses in her school. The talk will be followed by outdoor flight demonstrations with birds such as Peregrine Falcon, Lanner Falcon, and Harris’s Hawk. A question and answer session will follow each show. Participants may take photos of the birds on their perches and in flight. There will be two programs, one at 11 am and the second at 1 pm. Space is limited, and advance registration and payment are recommended. Cost is $10 for members, $12 for non-members, or $23 for non-member program and trail combination. Up Close to Animals will also feature raptors. These engaging naturalist presentations are free with trail admission and held outdoors at the amphitheater. Visitors will meet a live Peregrine Falcon, Broad-winged Hawk, and Osprey up close. Volunteer docents will be on the animal exhibit trail with live birds throughout the day. For more information, visit nhnature.org or call 603-968-7194.
Prescott Farm’s 6th Annual Harvest Fest – Saturday, September 19th, 10am – 3pm – All are welcome to celebrate harvest time at Prescott Farm in Laconia! Visitors can enjoy lots of festivities, including horse-drawn hayrides, petting farm, crafts, music, food, hay jumping, and much more! Admission is free, but there will be a small fee for hayrides ($1/per person/ free for kids ages 3 & under) and pumpkins for decorating ($2/ea.). For more information, visit Prescott Farm’s event website here or call 603-366-5695.
2015 Wolfeboro Vintage Race Boat Regatta – September 18th and 19th – The New Hampshire Boat Museum is hosting the 9th Biennial Vintage Race Boat Regatta on beautiful, historic Wolfeboro Bay. This thrilling two-day event draws race boat drivers in vintage triple cockpits, outboards, Gold Cup racers, Jersey skiffs, hydroplanes, and historic boats from across the country. The drivers and their crew will run heats around a one-mile course on Wolfeboro Bay. Spectators can watch the races for free from the Town Docks/Cate Park, or for a small charge from the water on the Winnipesaukee Belle. The New Hampshire Boat Museum (NHBM) will also sell rides that can be taken between heats on various race boats with their drivers, as well as pit passes to the “Hot Pits” both days. Funds raised help support the education programs and exhibits of the NHBM. The Wolfeboro Regatta is considered one of the best events in the American Power Boat Association’s Vintage Circuit! You won’t want to miss this exciting event! For more information, please visit www.nhbm.org/vintage-race-boat-regatta/ or call 603-569-4554.
The 11th Annual Harvest Festival – Saturday, September 26th, 11am – 3pm. – The Remick County Doctor Museum and Farm in Tamworth will be holding its annual Harvest Festival later this month. The festival is an all-ages celebration of New Hampshire’s harvest season on a 200-year-old working farm, with fall harvest and gardening talks, demonstrations, fiber arts exhibits, a bee keeping talk & viewing hive, seasonal games, historic crafts, tractor rides, and so much more! A farm-to-table Farmhouse Kitchen lunch will be available for purchase as well. Admission to the festival is $10 for ages 11 and up, $5 for ages 5-10, and free for ages 4 and under. For more information, visit www.remickmuseum.org or call 603-323-7591.
For additional information on Meredith and some of the great events happening around the Lakes Region, visit www.meredithareachamber.com and www.lakesregion.org. And don’t forget to stop by the Mill Falls at the Lake website, too, at www.millfalls.com.
The Mill Falls Blogging Team