Monthly Archives: October 2013

Nothing Gold (Orange, or Red) Can Stay

It seems like just yesterday that the fall foliage was at its brilliant peak.  Trees everywhere were gussied up in leaves of yellow, orange, and red.  Today, like the brilliant ballgown from the night before, the leaves are now in a sad heap on the floor (or ground…we’re starting to lose our metaphor).

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Outside the Maria Miles Visitor Center in Salisbury as of 2 weeks ago.  Today, these trees are nearly bare.

According to Yankee Foliage’s interactive guide, the North of Boston region is in its last throes of the leaf season (http://www.yankeefoliage.com/peak-foliage-forecast-map/).  While there are a few autumn debutantes holding on to the last bits of the coming-out season (the last we checked, the Merrimack Valley region around Haverhill, Merrimac, and Andover was still bright and blooming), the trees have started to take on a bare, spooky look just in time for Halloween.

This part of the fall season reminds of the Robert Frost poem “Nothing Gold Can Stay” (we included the poem in our North of Boston Literary Lexicon blog post, but just for a refresher…).

Nature’s first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf’s a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay.

Frost probably didn’t have the autumn trees in mind when he wrote this poem, but it does, in a way, apply to end of fall.

You’ve got to pick a pumpkin or two…

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Animals have (albeit savagely) caught on to our time-honored pumpkin traditions.

Pumpkins are an essential part of autumn.  We pick them, cook them, vaguely flavor our coffee like them, and painstakingly carve spooky, whimsical, or funny faces or scenes on them and illuminate them on our front steps.  Even after they are no longer “good,” we find uses for pumpkins, à la “Pumpkin Chunkin” (or hurling overripe pumpkins at great distances.  We don’t quite get it either…).

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In the North of Boston, we love to celebrate the autumn’s favorite orange gourd.  Here are two pumpkin-related events happening this weekend:

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Pumpkin Day at Cogswell’s Grant
Saturday, October 19th 11am-4pm
Cogswell’s Grant
60 Spring Street, Essex MA

Celebrate all things autumn at Cogswell’s Grant.  Take a hay wagon ride through the fields to choose a jack-o’-lantern from our pumpkin patch. There will be many great activities and events for the whole family including arts and crafts, games, face painting, and more!  Try your hand at pressing apple cider and warm up with a cup of hot mulled apple cider and pumpkin pie (save room for the pumpkin pie-eating contest!).  Decorate and carve pumpkins, compete in a pumpkin pie-eating contest, make crafts, play games, have your face painted, and try cider pressing.  Afterwards, tour the house and see one of the most celebrated collections of American antiques and folk art.

http://shop.historicnewengland.org/p-7048-pumpkin-day.aspx

pumpkin-624x468Newburyport’s Great Pumpkin Lighting & Stroll
Saturday, October 19th 5-8pm
Market Square, Newburyport MA

An evening for the whole family, you are encouraged to bring a carved pumpkin to be lit and placed with other pumpkins on the stage in Market Square.  Each family will receive a votive candle – the candles will all be lit at once at dusk.  Watch as all of the pumpkins are illuminated and stroll downtown Newburyport and the Tannery to admire the pumpkins designed and carved by local businesses.

http://business.newburyportchamber.org/Events/details/newburyport-s-great-pumpking-lighting-stroll-6620

Columbus Day Weekend Events

In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue,
In 2013, on Columbus weekend, we look for stuff to do…

Okay, so maybe the meter is a bit off, but for many, Columbus Day weekend provides us with 3-4 days free days to do as we please.  So, other than the numerous sales at car dealerships and department stores, what is there to do this weekend?  Here is just a taste of what’s going on in the North of Boston (for a full schedule of area events, visit http://northofboston.org/events/month/).

fhf_eventspageFall Harvest Festival
Newburyport, MA
October 13-14

Held Sunday & Monday of Columbus Day weekend, enjoy great live music, art, fine crafts, food from Newburyport’s best restaurants! There’s something for the whole family, from Linsdsay & Her Puppet Pals Puppetry and Storytelling at Market Square (Sunday, 10:30-11am) to live music from the Squeezebox Stompers (Sunday) and 97 North (Monday) (1-4pm, Market Square).  http://business.newburyportchamber.org/Events/details/fall-harvest-festival-5834


Lannon in SunCeltic Music Sail 
Schooner Thomas E. Lannon
63 R. Rogers Street
Gloucester, MA
Saturday, October 12 (2:30-5:00pm)

Join Celtic singer Michael O’Leary & Friends for a sailing ‘seisiun’ of traditional songs ‘n tunes aboard the schooner Thomas E. Lannon as she takes an early autumn sail around beautiful Gloucester harbor on Saturday, October 12, 2:30-5pm. The musicians include harper/singer Moira Kelly, fiddlers Ramona Connelly and Kate Hanlon, and singers Susan Goyette Young, Chris Leghorn and Austin O’Keefe. For more info and tix: http://schooner.org/ or 978.281.6634.

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(Photo by Brian Giamberardino)

(Photo by Brian Giamberardino)

Topsfield Fair
207 Boston Street
Topsfield, MA
Now through Monday, October 14

A tradition for nearly 200 years, the Topsfield Fair is an Essex County staple.  The oldest fair in America, the Topsfield Fair is 10 days of fun for the whole family.  From the record-breaking giant pumpkin contest and sand sculpture exhibit to the mouth-watering food, countless rides, and concerts by Bobby Vinton, Cher Llyod, Tate Stevens, and many more, this year’s fair is not to miss!  http://www.topsfieldfair.org/index.php


32nd Annual Salem Haunted Happenings
Now through Thursday, October 31

A frighteningly festive celebration of Halloween and autumn in New England, Haunted Happenings has fun and activities for all ages including the Haunted Biz Baz Street Fair, Family Film Nights on Salem Common, farmers’ markets, costume balls, ghost tours, haunted houses, live music, and chilling theatrical presentations.  Visit Salem this October for a spook-tacular time…if you dare.  For a full schedule of Haunted Happenings events, visit http://hauntedhappenings.com/calendar