Eat, Drink & Be Scary!

Monster Halloween Costume Bash!

Come as you are…..or in costume if you dare…

Join us for an evening of networking fun, filled with tricks, treats and Halloween greets!

EAT, DRINK & BE SCARY!!!!

There will be door prizes, goodies for everyone and incredible prizes for Best, Scariest, Most Original and Most Outrageous costumes! Plus, Dena Flanagan, internationally known psychic, medium and tarot card reader will be here for personal consultations!

Parking: Municipal Lot beyond Cameron Office Products on the left side, just past Crave Restaurant.

Music & Mayhem – DJ Dennis Roberts – Scaryoke!
Spirits – Beer & Wine

October 26th, 2017 | 5:30 – 8:30pm
Cameron Office Products: 1 Water St., Amesbury, MA

Have a ball!

Come have a ball at Portland Ghoulwill Ball 2017

 

Hosted by Blake & Eva from the Coast 93.1 Morning Show, the Ghoulwill Ball is sure to be a blast for all of you who enjoy Halloween! The event proves that creativity knows no bounds . . . so explore your ghoulish side.

The evening is filled with music from Motor Booty Affair, food and drink from Black Tie Catering, and costume contests! Proceeds benefit Goodwill’s Workforce Fund.

COSTUME CONTESTS:

Most Creative Use of Goodwill Finds – wins a $150 VISA gift card
Best Group Theme – wins a $150 VISA Gift card
People’s Choice – wins a $150 VISA gift card
Judges Best Overall Grand Prize – wins a $250 VISA gift card

 

Sat, October 21, 2017 | 7:30 PM – 11:00 PM EDT
Portland Club, 156 State Street, Portland, ME 04101

For tickets, click here

Wine Tasting Event

LaBelle Winery Portsmouth is now open!

Enjoy a LaBelle Wine tasting conducted by Winemaker Amy LaBelle and Cellar Master Cesar Arboleda, co-owners of LaBelle Winery. This educational and fun tasting experience is made memorable as Amy and Cesar share stories, joys, frustrations as well as practical knowledge on each wine.

Get to know the people who make LaBelle’s award-winning wine! It’s an event you won’t want to miss! Class size is limited so register today.

Price: $30.00
Start Time: 6:00 pm
End Time: 7:30 pm
Date: October 20, 2017

104 Congress Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801
Phone: 603-672-9898

Visit here to register!

Time to get lost…


Looking to get lost this fall?

Go for a drive, see Massachusetts’s beautiful fall foliage, and check out the best corn mazes around the state this September and October. Many farms have activities for every age, and some have flashlight mazes for those spooky Halloween nights. Locations are listed in order of distance from downtown Boston, and travel times are rough estimates allowing for traffic and getting a little lost driving the back roads of Massachusetts.

 

Within an Hour’s Drive of Boston

Connors Farm
8 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, 30 Valley Road, Danvers, Massachusetts, 978-777-1245, connorsfarm.com

Distance: 23.1 miles
Price: Weekday $9.99/person, $8.99/senior; Weekends $13.99/person, $12.99/senior; Children ages 2 and under always free

This year the corn maze at Connors Farm is a tribute to local race car legend Bentley Warren. From the sky, the 7-acre field draws out his image and spell Warren’s name. Looking to get in the Halloween mood? Connors Farm also offers Hysteria Danvers, a haunted farm and flashlight maze experience, every Friday and Saturday night in October (plus Sunday, October 8th and Halloween night).

Other Attractions: pick-your-own, farm animals, flashlight nights, and kids attractions.

 

Hanson’s Farm
9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, 20 Nixon Road, Framingham, Massachusetts, 508-877-3058, hansonsfarm.50webs.com

Distance: 25.2 miles
Price: $8/person, $2/child ages 5 and under

Visit Hanson’s Farm in Framingham for their corn maze, farm stand, and pick-your-own pumpkins and flowers. Every Friday and Saturday night in October you can get your thrills on their haunted hayride, open 7 p.m.-10 p.m.

Other Attractions: pick-your-own, pumpkin patch, and hayrides.

 

Honey Pot Hill Orchards
9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, 138 Sudbury Road, Stow, Massachusetts, 978-562-5666, honeypothill.com

Distance: 30.1 miles
Price: Weekdays $2/person; Weekends $4/person; Children ages 2 and under are free

Honey Pot Hill Orchards boasts not one, but three different mazes. Constructed not of corn, but of green hedges, these paths are sure to have you wandering for a while. The Mini Monster Hedge Maze, open daily, is an exact replica of the “Hampton Court” maze in England. Kids not feeling sophisticated? The Tunnel Maze is available for kids ages 4 to 9, and its entry cost is covered by any other ticket purchase. Last, but not least, is the Big Green Monster Hedge Maze. Open only on the weekends from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., this construction is 1.5 miles long, contains 6 bridges, and hides a gazebo within its greenery. The Big Green Monster Hedge Maze costs $11.95/person, $7.95/child ages 3-15, and kids ages 2 and under are free. You can get lost in there for an hour, but your ticket covers the other mazes as well, so make a day of it!

Other Attractions: pick-your-own, hayrides, and farm animals.

 

One Hour+ from Boston

Marini Farm
10 a.m.-6 p.m. daily, 259 Linebrook Road, Ipswich, Massachusetts, 978-238-9386, marinifarm.com

Distance: 33 miles
Columbus Day Weekend Hours: 10 a.m.-10:30 p.m. Friday-Sunday
Price: Weekday $10.99/person; Weekends $12.99/person; Flashlight $14.99/person; Children ages 2 and under are free; Military and senior discount of $2 available

Managed under the same family for three generations, the Marini Farm has perfected the family farm experience. With a plentiful farm stand, a pirate ship play structure, bounce house, rope maze, and more, the 8 acre corn maze is only the start. Stations throughout the maze provide answers to a game sheet you’re given upon entering, so you can have fun while tracking your progress through the field. You can also test your directional skills on their flashlight nights, running 6 p.m.-10:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. For the kids, there’s a one acre, 20-minute mini-maze open daily.

Other Attractions: pumpkin patch, hayrides, farm animals, flashlight nights, in-maze puzzles, and kids attractions.

 

C&C Reading Farm
10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday & Sunday, 175 East Center St., West Bridgewater, Massachusetts, 781-293-6144, ccreadingfarm.com

Distance: 30.5 miles
Columbus Day Weekend Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday – Monday
Price: $9.95/person; $7.95/military, police, or fire; children ages 2 and under are free

Starting September 23, the C&C Reading Farm is ready to entertain all your fall needs. From the giant slide to the pumpkin patch, with a train in-between, there’s something for everyone. Their 3+ acre corn maze is space exploration-themed this year, with fun facts posted around the field. A smaller maze is available for the kids.

Other Attractions: pick-your-own, pumpkin patch, hayrides, flashlight nights, in-maze puzzles, and kids attractions.

 

Flint Farm
12 p.m.-5 p.m. Saturday & Sunday, 789 East St., Mansfield, Massachusetts, 508-337-6473, flintfarmstand.com

Distance: 32 miles
Columbus Day Weekend Hours: 12 p.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Monday
Price: $6/person, Children ages 3 and under are free

Keeping in the farm stand spirit, this year’s maze at Flint Farm reads “Buy fresh, Buy local” from the sky. Also, explore their farm stand or take a hayride through the fields. Keep in mind, the maze is cash only!

Other Attractions: pumpkin patch and hayrides.

 

Nessralla Farm
10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Sunday, 139 Hemlock Lane, Halifax, Massachusetts, 781-293-6792, nessrallafarm.com

Distance: 39.4 miles
Columbus Day Weekend Hours: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Monday
Price: $12/person, children ages 5 and under are free

Nessralla has it all, including a farm stand, bouncy house, pony rides, zipline, and more. Pick some pumpkins, get your face painted, and get lost in their 15-acre corn maze. This year’s design is a familiar cartoon rabbit: Bugs Bunny. Starting October 13, you can adventure the maze with a flashlight on Friday and Saturday nights between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m.

Other Attractions: pick-your-own, pumpkin patch, hayrides, farm animals, flashlight nights, and kids attractions.

 

Schartner Farms
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday & Sunday, 279 West Berlin Road, Bolton, Massachusetts, 978-779-6293, schartnerfarm.com

Distance: 40.5 miles
Columbus Day Weekend Hours: Saturday-Monday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Price: $10/person; $7/child ages 4-11; Children ages 3 and under are free

Since 1902, the Schartner family has been running Schartner Farms, and they still know how to make it fun for the whole family. Get lost in the corn maze, then take a hayride to the pumpkin patch or visit the farm animals.

Other Attractions: pick-your-own, pumpkin patch, hayrides, farm animals, and flashlight nights.

 

Kimball Farm
10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, 791 East Broadway, Haverhill, Massachusetts, 978-807-3214, kimballfarmhaverhill.net

Distance: 40.6 miles
Columbus Day Weekend Hours: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday
Price: $10/adult, $8/child ages 12 and under

The Kimball Farm is showing their New England spirit with their corn maze this year, which reads “We <3 the Patriots” from the sky. Get lost in their maze, ride a pony, or go down the giant slide this fall. Flashlight nights are available on Saturday nights.

Other Attractions: hayrides, farm animals, flashlight nights, and kids attractions.

 

Sauchuk Farm
9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday & Sunday, 200 Center St., Plympton, Massachusetts, 781-585-1522, sauchukfarm.com

Distance: 40.8 miles
Columbus Day Weekend Hours: Friday 1-6 p.m., Saturday & Sunday 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Price: $12.95/person; $9.95/senior; children ages 2 and under are free; $2 discount available if you buy tickets online during the month of September

With 100 acres of lush produce, Sauchuk Farm sells hand-picked goods straight to the consumer via their farm stand. Their cornfields become two different mazes for your entertainment this fall, one for those willing to get lost for an hour, and another for the kiddos that takes about 10 minutes. And that main one honors the man of the season, Tom Brady. There are plenty of games around as well—check out their cow train or the corn cannon for a unique thrill.

Other Attractions: pick-your-own, pumpkin patch, hayrides, and kids attractions.

 

West End Creamery
3 p.m.-9 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 12 p.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, 481 Purgatory Road
, Whitinsville, Massachusetts, 508-234-2022, westendcreamery.com

Distance: 46.9 miles
Columbus Day Weekend Hours: 3 p.m.-9 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 12 p.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday
Price: $12.95/person, $9.95/senior, children under 36’ inches are free

While they’re known for their homemade ice cream, West End Creamery also has a barnyard jump, mini golf, and yet another fantastic corn maze shaped like Tom Brady, with flashlight nights every Friday. Now you can literally get lost in his eyes.

Other Attractions: pick-your-own, pumpkin patch, hayrides, flashlight nights, and kids attractions.

 

Davis Mega Maze
4:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Fridays, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturdays, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sundays, 142 Redstone Hill, Sterling, Massachusetts, 978-422-8888, davismegamaze.com

Distance: 51.3 miles
Columbus Day Weekend Hours: 4:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday & Sunday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday
Price: $19.95/adult; $16.95/child ages 5 to 12; Children ages 4 and under are free

This year, Davis Farmland is throwing a full farm festival. They’ll have live music, beer, a zip line, pumpkins, games, and more. Of course, there will be a brilliant, 8-acre, Patriots-themed corn maze that can take up to three hours to complete. Games within the maze keep you on your toes while wandering, and an alternate laser tag corn maze provides an extra thrill for adventurers.

Other Attractions: pumpkin patch, farm animals, in-maze puzzles, and kids attractions.

 

Two Hours+ from Boston

Warner Farm
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays & Sundays, 23 South Main St., Sunderland, Massachusetts, 413-665-8331, mikesmaze.com

Distance: 105 miles
Columbus Day Weekend Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Monday
Price: $14/adult; $12/student, senior, or active military; $11/child; Children ages 3 and under are free

Head to the final frontier at Warner Farm this fall, where Mike’s Maze is space-themed to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Voyager missions. From the sky, the elaborate corn maze reads “Greetings from EARTH, the pale blue dot.” Maze-goers can adventure through galactic games and learn about the search for extraterrestrial life as they wander the 8-acre field.

Other Attractions: pick-your-own, farm animals, in-maze puzzles, and kids attractions.

 

Hicks Family Farm
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday & Sunday, 1299 Route 2 on the Mohawk Trail, Charlemont, Massachuetts, 413-404-5727, hickscornmaze.com

Distance: 110 miles
Columbus Day Weekend Hours: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Monday
Price: $7/adult, $4/child ages 12 and under

Have some fun with the whole family during the day—Hicks Family Farm has farm animals, mini golf, and a scavenger hunt within their daytime corn maze. Looking for a fright? Haunted weekends begin October 6. The corn maze will be open for additional hours for scary adventures: 7 p.m.-9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays only. Tickets for haunted nights are $8/adult and $5/child.

Other Attractions: pumpkin patch, farm animals, flashlight nights, in-maze puzzles, and kids attractions.

Discover the Ocean!

Ocean

Come one, come all and dive into marine science!

At Ocean Discovery Day, UNH will open the doors of its marine research laboratories to highlight how scientists and students engage with our rich natural resources and utilize our proximity to the ocean for their studies. Join us at the Chase Ocean Engineering Laboratory on the UNH Durham campus and enjoy family-friendly, hands-on demonstrations, tours and talks. Drive mini-ROVs, dissect a squid, and watch animations of whale behavior underwater.

Demos and talks on the sounds of the polar ocean, torpedo rays, and other marine topics will be offered, while hands-on activities include marine life touch tanks, fish printing and knot tying. The Seafood Throwdown offers visitors a chance to taste local seafood prepared by guest chefs. Join us for this free day of ocean discovery!

Check out this cool video for more

This event is FREE!

24 Colovos Road, Durham, NH 03824
Phone: 603-862-2959
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Rock out at the Hall!

Robert Cray

Robert Cray plays Blue Ocean Music Hall

Thursday, October 5 | 8PM
Doors Open at 6:30PM

Blue Ocean Music Hall, 4 Ocean Front North | Salisbury, Ma., 01952

Reserved Seating: $49 – $59
+ $3 Additional Day of Show

About Robert Cray

Robert Cray has been bridging the lines between blues, soul and R&B for the past four decades, with five Grammy wins and over 20 acclaimed albums. For his latest project, Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm (April 28 / Jay-Vee Records), the Blues Hall of Famer traveled to Memphis with his friend, renowned Grammy Award winning producer Steve Jordan, to make a classic soul album with Hi Rhythm, the band that helped create that sound.

Jordan and Cray met in 1987 while working on the concert film Hail! Hail! Rock and Roll, a tribute to Chuck Berry. Steve produced Robert’s Grammy winning Take Your Shoes Off in 1999, and a number of other albums, including the exciting 4 Nights of 40 Years Live. He knew of Robert’s deep love of O.V. Wright and other Memphis soul legends, and suggested they take up residence at Royal Studios, where Wright, Ann Peebles, Al Green, Syl Johnson, Otis Clay and many others recorded with the venerable producer, songwriter, arranger and engineer, Willie Mitchell. The core of Mitchell’s Hi Rhythm band used on many of those landmark sessions was still around, though Mitchell himself had passed in 2010.

Set inside an old theater, the funky Royal Studios looks much as it did when Al Green was cutting those classics for Hi Records. Guitarist Teenie Hodges has passed away, but his brothers Rev. Charles Hodges (organ and piano) and Leroy “Flick” Hodges (bass), along with cousin Archie “Hubbie” Turner (keyboards), were still there. “It was a soul, rhythm and blues, fantasy camp for us. Those guys have been playing in that room for 50 years,” says Jordan.

Robert penned “You Had My Heart” and “The Way We Are,” two stunning love songs. Many timeless soul songs were statements in a time of turmoil, and so it is again with Cray’s “Just How Low.” The album opens with a driving, soulful version of Bill Withers’ “The Same Love That Made Me Laugh” that sounds as if it was originally from an old Hi Rhythm recording. Jay-Vee Records knows it’s very lucky to have these powerful songs. When Robert chose two Tony Joe White songs for the album, White, a big fan of Cray, came up from Nashville to sit in. First up is the moving ballad “Aspen, Colorado” (the sister song of his “Rainy Night in Georgia”). The other end of the spectrum is the swirling psychedelia of “Don’t Steal My Love.” The tribute to O.V. Wright and Hi Rhythm is the horn-driven version of “You Must Believe in Yourself.” Known for writing “Mustang Sally” and many other songs, Sir Mac Rice’s “I Don’t Care” follows on the album with an unforgettable hook, and Rice’s funky “Honey Bad” features more guitar brilliance from Cray. Moving into early R&B from the 5 Royales, Robert performs “I’m With You Pt. 1” then turns the guitar loose on “I’m With You Pt 2.”

“Robert is a great person besides an extraordinary talent,” says Steve. “People gravitate to his guitar playing first, but I think he’s one of the best singers I’ve heard in my life. Not only because of his singing ability, but his interpretations. He’s an honest soul.”

Granite State Wheelmen Return

Granite State Wheelmen Tri-State Seacoast Century

Our 44th Annual Seacoast Century Weekend is September 22-24, 2017. With the summer weather arriving, it is time to sign up for the Century this fall. Click here to register.

One registration fee covers two days of riding. Early registration is $50 for adults and $25 for 15 and under. Two days of riding with scenic 25,50, 63 and 100 mile routes using the Hampton Beach State Park South Pavilion as our start and finish. You can check in on Friday evening from 4-6pm or on the first day you ride starting at 7am.

New this year, we’re offering a loop through Eliot, Maine along the Piscataqua River on the 100 mile route and half price registration for riders 15 and under. We will also be recognizing first time Century riders with a special award.

Riders will receive a Century tee shirt, soup and a roll at the ride’s end, support from our well-stocked rest stops, ride mechanics, and support vehicles and Hotline as well as a Bike EXPO on Saturday.

Date: September 23-24, 2017
Time: All day
Place: Ocean Boulevard, Hampton Beach, NH

Best Beach Boardwalk in America

Hampton Beach Named Best Beach Boardwalk in America

Voted by readers of Coastal Living Magazine

This upbeat New England village boasts a mighty boardwalk—and now it’s the must-visit beach boardwalk of the summer!

Every week from Memorial Day through Labor Day, our readers are voting for the best spots of the summer—and this week’s winner for the Best Beach Boardwalk is in Hampton Beach, New Hampshire!

Located almost midway between Portland, Maine, and Boston, Massachusetts, on New Hampshire’s short Atlantic coastline (less than 20 miles!), Hampton Beach is a charming destination both for a summer day-trip and a weeklong getaway. This old-school boardwalk boasts summer pleasures galore, with all the fresh seafood you can eat, a long stretch of shops facing the water, a wide sandy beach, and a world-famous sand sculpting competition.

The beachfront Sea Shell stage, a centerpiece of the 1.3-mile-long boardwalk, hosts free concerts all season long; another Hampton Beach hallmark, the Hampton Beach Casino, has offered classic arcade games to beachgoers of all ages since 1899. A swim in the crisp Atlantic Ocean here is the perfect way to cool down during the hot summer months, and, when you’re in Hampton Beach, there’s nothing better than a stop at Blink’s Fry Doe for a sweet treat after a day on the sand.

Words & Waves

Writers showcase highlights sea-inspired writing

Four writers who have found creative inspiration at sea will read from some of their nautical works during “Beyond the Ship’s Log,” a writers’ showcase happening Sunday, Sept. 10, at The Word Barn, an intimate performing arts venue in Exeter.

The Word Barn will host the showcase in partnership with The Boatshop at Strawbery Banke, an offshoot of Strawbery Banke Museum in Portsmouth that offers expanded maritime-related exhibits, demonstrations, workshops and programs.
“Being out on the water is an interesting vehicle for experiencing nature and life, and how do you capture what’s meaningful about those experiences?” said Caroline Piper, program director of the Boatshop, who proposed the idea to The Word Barn owner Sarah Anderson. “For some, it’s taking pictures; for some, it’s drawing or painting, and for others, it’s writing.”
The featured writers include Anderson, a poet and freelance writer; Nicholas Brown, a columnist; Erica Plouffe Lazure, a fiction writer; and Kate Garaffa, a blogger. Each will read from their writing for around 15 minutes and then, if time allows, the audience will have a chance to ask the writers questions.
Anderson said a number of her poems contain images or scenes reminiscent of her summers spent by the water and in boats. She hadn’t realized that her poetry had so many sea-inspired elements until she started looking through it after Piper asked if she’d be interested in reading at the event.
“It seems like certain images keep coming back and recur in my poetry, and [the sea] is one of them,” she said. “The whole poem isn’t necessarily sea-related but there are echoes of it throughout my work.”
The showcase is a prelude to The Boatshop’s workshop, “Beyond the Ship’s Log: Capturing the Spirit of your Adventures with the Written Word,” happening at Strawbery Banke on Sunday, Oct. 22. The day-long workshop will guide participants in writing about their impressions and thoughts about the sea and transforming those notes into memoir. It will include a 90-minute trip aboard the gundalow Piscataqua (weather permitting) as the basis for the workshop exercises.
Piper said the showcase is intended to give people who are interested in taking the workshop a taste of the type of writing they’ll be doing.
“Certainly when you have a memorable experience, the joy is being able to relive it and bring people along with you,” she said, “so we’re hoping this [showcase] will be a chance to travel alongside these four writers, and then be inspired to do it on your own.”
Anderson will instruct the workshop.
“Hopefully when people hear these stories [at the showcase], they’ll realize that they have their own stories they want to tell about their experiences by the water or on a boat,” Anderson said. “It’s exciting to hear new voices and see all of the different ways people can write about this theme.”

Summer is Heating Up!

Hampton Beach Fire Show

Gather on the beach at the playground and let the Boston Circus Guild’s fire performers delight and amaze you with a fully choreographed, high-energy, live display of fire arts…featuring flame-wielding, fire-eating performers who spin, juggle and dance with blazing props.

These daredevils combine jaw-dropping stunts, graceful movement and just enough comedy to create an unforgettable experience for audiences of all ages.

 

Date: September 16, 2017
Location: Hampton Beach, near Seashell stage
Time: 8:15pm