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October NH Grand Events Calendar:

Oct. 3 - Adventure Photography
Oct. 18 - Camerata
Oct. 18 - Mt. Bike Weekend
Oct. 18 - Santa’s Village Silly, Spooky Halloween Extravaganza
Oct. 26 - Bretton Woods Wagon Ride
Oct. 26 - Colla-Voce

October’s Attractions!
Bring the family to the City of Berlin’s Riverfire, this month’s Signature Event, and experience the spectacle of hundreds of lit pumpkins and fire floating on the river, along with a Zombie Poker Run, 5k race/walk and much more. October’s weather can be mild or blustery, but it’s a month when you want to spend as much time as possible outdoors. Plan a day or overnight hike using our Hiking Itinerary as a guide and scale a peak or two! An enterprising North Country couple has turned an old potato storage barn into a thriving antiques and collectables business. Potato Barn Antiques on Route 3 in Northumberland, October’s Featured Business, is chock-a-block full of interesting finds, from tools, lamps and books to jewelry, glassware and vintage clothing. 

You’ll also find dining and lodging options, along with dozens of other suggested activities and itineraries on our website at www.nhgrand.com

Adventure Photography Tours — October 3, 10 & 17

An exclusive series of Guided Photography Tours, led by renowned photographer Ernie Mills, is now being offered on the slopes and summit of the Northeast’s highest peak as well as other spectacular spots in Pinkham Notch. Tours are 3 hours in length. Choose from either a Sunrise, Daytime or Sunset tour. To book your tour call Ernie at (317) 691-7376 or call the Auto Road at (603) 466-3988. Mt. Washington Auto Road, Route16, Pinkham Notch, Gorham.


Camerata of New England — October 18

The wonderful classical music of Camerata New England returns to the Tillotson Center for the Arts, with a presentation by their Piano Quintet of the music of Schumann and Dvoƙák. The program begins at 7 p.m. Tillotson Center for the Arts, 14 Carriage Lane, Colebrook.

(603) 237-8576

Gorham Mountain Bike Weekend — October 18 & 19

The Top Notch Inn hosts a weekend of celebrating all things mountain biking with guided rides for riders of all levels, or self-guided routes with maps included. A special family style dinner at Libby’s Restaurant will take place on Saturday night. Top Notch Inn, 265 Main Street, Gorham.

(603) 986-3991

Silly, Spooky Halloween Extravaganza — October 18 & 25

During its Silly, Spooky Halloween Extravaganza, Santa’s Village is transformed into a magical Halloween adventure. Older kids will enjoy spooky rides, like the Hymalaya that becomes the "Screamalaya" and the dark maze of the Reindeer Barn. Fun areas will be decorated especially for the younger kids. A costume parade and Trick-or-Treating extends the excitement. Admission for the entire day, which includes all the rides and festivities, is $24 per person. 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. 528 Presidential Highway, Jefferson.

(603) 586-4445

Colla Voce: Symphony NH Singers — October 26

St. Kieran Community Center for the Arts presents Colla Voce, the vocal chamber group belonging to the Symphony NH Chorus. Colla Voce, known for the quality and power of their beautiful voices, performs virtually every vocal style, including classical, contemporary, jazz and pop. Their unique blend and dedication to a cappella singing in particular make them a popular performing group. 2 p.m. Tickets: $12, adults; and $8, minors. 155 Emery Street, Berlin. 

(603) 752-1028

Trunk-or-Treat Family Celebration & Kids Costume Party  — October 26

Get in the spooky spirit in the Wicked Woods of the Great North. The Trunk-or-Treat Family Celebration at the Bretton Woods Ski Area includes festive wagon rides, lawn games, bouncy houses, face painting, balloon twisting, music, food and more! Trunk-or-Treat is a different take on Trick-or-Treat. Families will drive into the main lot at the Bretton Woods Base Lodge in their decorated vehicles and “pop their trunk” so that all of the children can trick-or-treat from car to car in a safe and central location. Rain or shine.

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FRANCOFEST 2014 — November 2

Honoring the traditions of many of the men, women and children who settled in Berlin, St. Kieran Community Center for the Arts presents Francofest 2014, a celebration of the foods and music of Quebec. Enjoy an authentic homemade Quebecois lunch, buy a raffle ticket for great gift items and then, at 2 p.m., sit back and tap your feet to the music of Genticorum Duo, Quebec’s top traditional duo making great music especially for Francofest 2014! Lunch will be served beginning at 11:30 a.m. Tickets: $15, adults; $10, minors. 155 Emery Street, Berlin. 

(603) 752-1028


RiverFire Fall Festival Lights Up the Night!

Ghosts, goblins, zombies and other creatures of the evening will mingle with more ordinary folk at RiverFire, Berlin’s premiere daylong fall festival on Saturday, October 18. The spectacular event culminates at dusk with a display of hundreds of carved and lit pumpkins and the lighting of bonfires on the river that illuminate the night and appear to be floating on water!  

Held at the Northern Forest Heritage Park and along the nearby River Walk, RiverFire is a family friendly day of fun. RiverFire features favorite activities like the Zombie Poker Run and Horrorfest Haunted Village, as well as new events that include a bungee trampoline, a rock climbing wall, and lively music by “Duke,” one of New England’s finest bands. 

The 2nd annual Zombie ATV Poker Run kicks off the day. Dress up like a zombie, decorate your rig and win prizes for the best costume and best-decorated ATV. Prizes will also be awarded for best and worst poker hands. Register at Motorcycle Snowmobile Service, 299 Main Street, Gorham, and then ride to the Northern Forest Heritage Park in Berlin, where free parking will be available. 

Gates open at 1 p.m. with free admission to the Park. Plenty of afternoon activities are planned for both kids and adults. Cheer for your favorite rubber ducky as it joins its buddies floating down the Androscoggin River during the Duck Race. Sign up for the 5K run/walk or enjoy a leisurely hayride. Kids are encouraged to come in costume and take part in the Children’s Costume Parade. Younger kids will like the petting zoo and bouncy house, while older ones will want to try the climbing wall or bungee trampoline. Food vendors and the Beer Tent remain open all day.

Prepare to be scared at the HorrorFest Haunted Logging Camp at the Northern Forest Heritage Park. Presented by Theatre North, the two-acre Haunted Village grows more chilling and creepy every year and promises to be a thrilling and spooky experience — if you dare to enter! For those 12 and older.

Toward evening, stroll along the beautiful River Walk by the 12th Street bridge and listen to the country, rock and pop tunes of “Duke.” A walk along the bridge is an opportunity to marvel at all the spooky, silly and fantastical designs of the hundreds of lit jack-o-lanterns displayed there.

The spectacular RiverFire lighting ceremony gets underway at dusk when the river glows with fires that appear to be floating on the water. The blazes burn on the historic boom piers that dot the river. These piers were used during the logging era, when they separated and guided the many trees that were sent down the river to the mills of Berlin. During RiverFire, these old piers are stacked with wooden skids that are set aflame to create a dynamic contrast of light over the dark waters.

RiverFire is presented by the Androscoggin Valley Chamber of Commerce and the Berlin Main Street Program. Sponsors include Citizen’s Bank, AutoNorth Pre-Owned Superstore, Jericho Motorsports, Motorcycle Snowmobile Service, Couture Construction, Brookfield Power, Northway Bank, Bank of New Hampshire, Personal Touch Home Health Services, P&L Auto, Guardian Angel Credit Union, Northeast Credit Union, Aerial Site Communications, Great North Woods Container, Coos County Family Health Service, and ReMax Northern Edge Realty. 

The Northern Forest Heritage Park is located at 942 Main Street, Berlin, on Route 16 just north of downtown.

For additional information, call (603) 752-6060, or click on www.riverfirenh.com or www.facebook.com/riverfire.berlinnh.

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