Early Autumn Lakes Region Festivities!

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…

Parade of the Pumpkins – Saturday, September 17th, 10am – Tarbin Gardens in Franklin will be offering a self-guided tour that features pumpkins and gourds. The staff provides a map, and featured areas are flagged throughout the gardens with all plants labeled. The staff will be available to answer any questions. Bring a picnic lunch or treat yourself to an authentic English Cream Tea served in the Rose Garden Patio 1pm – 5pm (tea price $8.50). The gardens are open from 10am – 6pm. For more information, please visit www.tarbingardens.com or call 603-934-3518.

Prescott Farm’s 7th Annual Harvest Fest – Saturday, September 17th, 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, face painting, games and raffles, and much more! Admission is free. For more information, visit Prescott Farm’s event website here or call 603-366-5695.

“Not-So-Ordinary” Pumpkin Patch at Prescott Farm – Saturdays, September 24th – October 15th, 11am – 12pm & 1pm – 2pm – New this year! Prescott Farm is offering tours and pick-your-own every Saturday throughout fall. A naturalist will lead each tour of the “Not-So-Ordinary” Pumpkin Patch – an experimental examination of the natural history and taxonomy of pumpkins, including about 30 unique varieties of pumpkins that highlight newly developed hybrids and extremely hard-to-find heirloom varieties. Colors range from sun yellow to white and even black and pink varieties. There are varieties that are grown solely for eating their seeds, their beauty, and their culinary use. While you are there, plan to pick your own pumpkins from the more traditional pumpkin patch after the tour. It truly is a wonderful fall tradition to enjoy with family and friends! All pick-your-own pumpkins are Jack-O-Lantern varieties and can be purchased at the Education Center. Also, be sure to check out the Pumpkin Raffle! Cost: $7.50 ($6 Members of Prescott Farm). For more information, visit www.prescottfarm.org or call 603-366-5695.

50 Nature Activities for KidsInvestigating Autumn – Saturday, September 24th, 10am – Squam Lakes Natural Science Center in Holderness will be presenting this seasonal program based on the book, 50 Nature Activities for Kids by Senior Naturalist Dave Erler, published in celebration of Squam Lakes Natural Science Center’s 50th anniversary. Each program in the series will feature activities from the book to get you exploring nature! Books are available for sale in the Howling Coyote Gift Shop. The session schedule is as follows with the featured activities: Investigating Autumn I: Balsam Fir Blister Boars, Burdock Games, and Old Sock Seed Searching (bring an old sock!). Investigating Autumn II: How Tall is that Tree?, Pinecone Peanut Butter Bird Feeder, and Preserving Fall Foliage. Investigating Autumn III: Milk Jug Bird Feeder, Checking Animal Burrows, and Temperature Mapping (bring a plastic milk jug and coat hanger!). Activities will take place both indoors and outdoors, and children must be accompanied by an adult. The fee is $7/Member Child and $9/non-member child. For more information, please visit www.nhnature.org or call 603-968-7194.

12th Annual Harvest Festival at Remick County Doctor Museum and Farm – Saturday, September 24th, 11am – 3pm – This annual festival in Tamworth is an all-ages celebration of New Hampshire’s agricultural life and harvest season on a 200-year-old working farm, with historic crafts, trades, traditions, and pastimes, including 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.

Carrie Reed
The Mill Falls Blogging Team

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