One of northern New Hampshire’s superlative events, RiverFire presented by Service Credit Union will have you gasping in delight as bonfires on the Androscoggin River in Berlin are set aflame as darkness falls, and hundreds of carved pumpkins are lit on a bridge that crosses the river. Lots of fun activities throughout the afternoon and evening, including an ATV Zombie Poker Run, a 5K run, duck race, petting zoo, pumpkin carving, live music, a beer tent and food, make this October 17 festival an event worth traveling to.
Hike the Whites and other northern mountains in October! Crisp fall air, amazing foliage colors, and expansive vistas make this one of the best seasons to plan a day hike or an overnight stay in an AMC hut. Our Featured Itinerary has hiking suggestions for every level of experience.
Simon the Tanner on Lancaster’s Main Street is a destination shopping adventure for anyone exploring the Grand North. This month’s Featured Business, Simon the Tanner stocks brand-name clothing, footwear and outdoor gear for the entire family. The wonderful selection and friendly service will have you returning again and again.
You’ll also find dozens of other suggested activities and itineraries, along with dining and lodging options atwww.nhgrand.com.
Adventure Photography Tours
October 2, 9 & 16
An exclusive series of Guided Photography Tours, led by renowned photographer Ernie Mills, 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 New England All Brahms Concert
The wonderful classical music of Camerata New England returns to the Tillotson Center for the Arts with an all Brahms program presented by Camerata’s String Quintet and Piano Quartet. The concert begins at 3 p.m. Tickets cost $15 and are available at the door, at Fiddleheads on Colebrook’s Main Street or by calling (603) 237-9302. Tillotson Center, 14 Carriage Lane, Colebrook.
Berlin Jazz at St. Kieran’s
Berlin Jazz has been a fall tradition at St. Kieran’s for over 10 years. The 18-member group will again take the stage on Sunday, October 18, at 2 p.m. with music from the big band era and a variety of jazz hits from their vast repertoire. “Conga,” “New York, NY,” “Bill Bailey,” “Birdland” and the “Blues Brothers Review” are among the selections the audience will enjoy. The concert begins at 2 p.m. at St. Kieran’s Community Center for the Arts, 155 Emery Street, Berlin. Tickets can be purchased at the door and cost $12 for adults and $8 for those under 18.
Silly, Spooky Halloween Extravaganza
October 17 & 24
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. Costumes are optional, but encouraged. Tickets for the entire day, which includes all the rides and festivities, costs $25 per person. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Santa’s Village, 528 Presidential Highway (Route 2), Jefferson.
Francofest 2015 Dinner & Musical Soiree
November 7 & 8
Honoring the traditions of many of the men, women and children who settled in Berlin, St. Kieran Community Center for the Arts presents a meal celebrating French Culture and Heritage, complete with tortierres (meat pies). The Saturday menu includes meat pie, dinner rolls, coleslaw, a selection of desserts and a beverage. Limited seating is available on the half hour: Group 1: 4:30 to 5:00; Group 2: 5:00 to 5:30; Group 3: 5:30 to 6:00; Group 4: 6:00 to 6:30; and Group 5: 6:30 to 7:00. Tickets may be purchased at the door and cost $10 per plate. On Sunday, November 8, sit back and enjoy an amazing afternoon of French Canadian fiddle tunes with fiddler Patrick Ross. The concert begins at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $15 for adults and $10 for those under 18. St. Kieran’s is located at 155 Emery Street, Berlin.
RiverFire Fall Festival Lights Up the Night!
RiverFire presented by Service Credit Union, burns bigger and brighter every year, with thousands of spectators flocking to Berlin for the city’s premiere fall festival. The spectacular event is a family affair full of excitement, fun, thrills and chills that culminates at dusk with the sparkle of hundreds of carved and lit pumpkins and the lighting of bonfires on the Androscoggin River.
Held on Saturday, October 17, from 2-10 p.m., at the Northern Forest Heritage Park and along the nearby River Walk, RiverFire presented by Service Credit Union features a variety of fun activities, like the Zombie ATV Poker Run, Kids’ Bouncy House, 5K Run, Duck Race, Petting Zoo, live music, plenty of food, a beer tent and more. A new addition to this year’s festival is Laser Tag!
The 3rd 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 White MT ATV Rental in Gorham, and then ride to the Northern Forest Heritage Park in Berlin, where free parking will be available.
Gates open at 2 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 or sit back and enjoy a leisurely hayride. Kids will like the petting zoo, pumpkin carving and cookie decorating, and are encouraged to come in costume and take part in the Children’s Costume Parade. Laser Tag is this year’s new event! Food vendors and the Beer Tent remain open all day.
Come evening, stroll along the city’s beautiful River Walk by the 12th Street bridge and tap your toes to the country, rock and pop tunes of “Duke,” one of New England’s finest bands. Take a walk along the bridge and marvel at all the spooky, silly and whimsical designs of the hundreds of lit jack-o-lanterns displayed there.
The spectacular RiverFire presented by Service Credit Union 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 thousands of trees that were sent down river to Berlin’s mills. During RiverFire, the boom piers are stacked with wooden skids and set aflame to create a dynamic contrast of light over the dark waters.
RiverFire presented by Service Credit Union is hosted by the Androscoggin Valley Chamber of Commerce. Sponsors include Service Credit Union, AutoNorth Pre-Owned Superstore, Northeast Credit Union, Brookfield Renewable, Northway Bank, Bank of New Hampshire, Great Northwoods Container Service, ReMax Northern Edge Realty, Capone Iron Corporation and Nordic Construction.
The Northern Forest Heritage Park is located at 942 Main Street, Berlin, on Route 16 just north of downtown.