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Ghosts on the Banke

Ghosts on the Banke


A family-friendly Halloween event.

Friday and Saturday, October 27 & 28, 2017 | 5:30-8pm

Tickets $8 (under 1, free). Members half-price.

Come and meet the Ghosts on the Banke at Strawbery Banke’s famous Halloween celebration. Long-dead sea captains, 17th century shopkeepers and wayward pirates haunt the streets of Portsmouth’s oldest neighborhood as you trick or treat safely from house to historic house.

Tickets available at the door. $8 per person (adult or child over 1 year old; children 1 or under, free). Half-price admission for members.

Trick-or-Treat Safely
Jack-O-Lanterns light the way to step over the threshold of time and meet the “Ghosts on the Banke.” Discover pirate treasure, visit with the wacky witch, look into the future with guidance from the gypsy fortune teller.

Catch a Ghostly Tale
Community members bring history back to life with spooky plays, skits, and interactive improvisation throughout the evening.

Light up the Night
Warm weary bones by the bonfire.

Pickwick’s At the Banke
Decorated for Halloween, with all sorts of magic happening!

Click here to view a video of Ghosts on the Banke at Strawbery Banke Museum.

Eat, Drink & Be Scary!

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!


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!

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.


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

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…

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,

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,

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,

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,

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,

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,

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,

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,

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,

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,

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,

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,

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,

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,

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.

Maine Oktoberfest Begins!

Maine Oktoberfest Begins!

Maine Oktoberfest Begins!

The York Region and Ogunquit Chambers of Commerce are pleased to announce a variety of events in southern Maine in October. In addition to events and activities made available through individual businesses, and non-profits, the combined chambers are producing community-wide events.

Shop Until You Drop!
Short Sands Beach Sidewalk Sales takes place every year during Columbus Day weekend, 10 – 4pm , Saturday – Monday. Shop the inside sales in Kittery, Ogunquit & Cape Neddick.

The goal of this event is to increase awareness of our artistic heritage and our region’s proliferation of antique shops. A list of local galleries, museums and antique shops will be available on this page and at both the York and Ogunquit chambers of commerce beginning October 1.


1) Stonehome Estate Jewelers: 15 Ocean Avenue, Kennebunkport. Buyers and sellers of antique, period, and estate jewelry. Hours: Monday through Saturday: 10-6.

2) R. Jorgensen Antiques: 502 Post Road, Wells. This large antique shop is open daily with recent exciting discoveries. Hours: Monday through Saturday: 10-5. Sunday: noon-5.

3) Stonehome Estate Jewelers: 254 Main Street, Ogunquit. Buyers and sellers of antique, period, and estate jewelry. Hours: Monday through Saturday: 10-6.

4) Sea Bell Gallery: 53 Shore Road, Ogunquit. Hours: Daily: 11-5.

5) Ogunquit Heritage Museum: 86 Obeds Lane, Ogunquit: OHM collects, preserves and exhibits items and documents related to Ogunquit’s Heritage. Free admission – donations gratefully accepted. Also offering Ghostly Tours of Ogunquit, Saturday, October 21, 6-8pm. Bring your flashlight – it’s dark out there! $5 adults, children under 10 free. Weather permitting. Hours: Tuesday – Saturday: 1-5pm.

6) Ogunquit Arts Collaborative / Barn Gallery: 3 Hartwig Lane, Ogunquit: Hosting art exhibits until October 9. Special one-day Norman West art sale Saturday, October 14, 10am to 4pm. Hours: Monday-Saturday: 11-5, Sunday: 1-5.

7) Scully Gallery: 116-1 Perkins Cove Road, Ogunquit: 10% discount with presentation of map. Hours: Daily: 10-6.

8) A Rhogue Gallery: 1949 US Route 1, Cape Neddick: Select artists will be offering 10% off their work – Christmas in October! Hours: Thursday: 4-6pm, Friday: 1-5pm, Saturday: 11-4, Sunday: 11-3.

9) Cranberry Hill Custom Lighting & Antiques: 1280 US Route 1, Cape Neddick: Open for 20% sale October 4-11! Hours: Tuesday through Saturday: 9-5.

Discover the Ocean!

Discover the 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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Hampton Beach Safety & Rules

Hampton Beach Safety & Rules

Hampton Beach Safety & Rules


• Please stop for pedestrians at all crosswalks.

• Pedestrians please use crosswalks for your own safety, all crosswalks are well marked with signs and striping.

• Open containers of alcohol are strictly forbidden on the streets and on the beach.

• Fireworks for private use are not allowed in the Town of Hampton.

• Fires of any kind are not allowed on the beach.

• Glass containers are not allowed on the beach to prevent cuts.

• Dogs are not permitted on the State of New Hampshire beach.

• Please use the bags provided to pick up your dog’s waste, stations with bags are near stairwells to the beach.

• Please dispose of your cigarette butts in proper containers located at beach stairwells.

• Help Hampton maintain our 5 star rating by taking any trash and disposing of it in our trash and recycling containers.

Rock out at the Hall!

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.”

ROCKFEST is Coming!!!

ROCKFEST is Coming!!!

The 10th Annual Smuttynose Rockfest is returning to Hampton Beach, NH on Sunday, October 1st for another day of rocking and running! Join thousands of runners and spectators at New England’s fastest, flattest, and most scenic road race where you celebrate your finish with a huge party featuring Smuttynose craft beer, Stonyfield yogurt, lobstah rolls, clam chowdah, and live music!

With an elevation gain of only 60 feet, The Smuttynose Rockfest Half is the flattest, fastest and most scenic half marathon course in New England!

The course begins with two thrilling loops around downtown Hampton Beach with thousands of spectators cheering you on. It then heads north on Ocean Boulevard right along the beach and then turns inland for a loop on tree-lined roads before coming back out to the ocean at Mile 10. It finishes with a three-mile stretch along the beach, ending at the famous Sea Shell Stage for a well-deserved party!

This course is very spectator friendly with great views of the runners at the Start, Mile 2, Mile 4, and at the Finish. All miles are marked with mile markers and all corners have at least one arrow. Race marshals and police will be stationed at any confusing corners.

The race starts in designated pace stalls. The course is measured and certified by the USATF (Certified #NH14030TY).

Date: Sunday, October 1st, 2017
Time: 8am
Location: Ocean Boulevard, Hampton Beach, NH