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Weekend "Top 10" Planner: October 19-21, 2018

Autumn foliage is peaking or slipping into "past peak" conditions in many areas of the state, but why limit your weekend to just leaf peeping? Combine the beauty of Autumn in NH with some fall events! Here's where you'll find out what else is going on in the Granite State this weekend. Check out what fits into the best into YOUR weekend by taking a look at our picks for the Top 10 Things to Do in NH.

Extreme Chunkin' Festival

This weekend, teams from all across the country will go the distance in an all-out battle for greatness and the chance to be number one at the Extreme Chunkin' Festival, which takes place at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon. Teams will use machines such as trebuchets, catapults and air cannons to launch pumpkins and other extreme items in both distance and target competitions (four rounds of each). More divisions have been this year. Watch as the cranes drop pianos and giant pumpkins throughout the day. Yankee Siege will be launching pianos, cars and giant pumpkins to see the record for footage launched. New this year: enjoy the Beer Garden, live music, distance and accuracy shooting, carnival rides, vendors and displays, kids activities and event-themed apparel. Also, there will be distance and accuracy shooting for the Extreme Chunkin' lineup. Have some fun on the six different carnival rides for only $5. Kids eight years and older can participate in Kids Archery and get an airbrush tattoo from 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission for the event only is $15.

Market Fair and Militia Muster

Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m.
The Colonel Paul Wentworth House in Rollinsford will be the site of a Market Fair and Militia Muster this weekend. Travel back in time to the American Revolution at the historic Colonel Paul Wentworth House where the sights and sounds of the Revolutionary era will come to life at a colonial market fair with 18th century craftspeople at work, while the militia gathers to train in preparation for joining General Washington’s forces against the British. At this two-day living history encampment, artisans in colonial attire will demonstrate crafts such as joinery, coopering, printing, shoe making, and gun smithing. At the same time, the militia will perform musket firings and military drills, display and explain their equipment, and raise a Liberty Pole and flag. The event will also feature hearth cooking demonstrations, a display of antique tools, house tours, children’s games, and more. The circa 1701 Wentworth House is located on Water Street in Rollinsford, NH and is maintained by the Association for Rollinsford Culture and History (ARCH). Admission to the event is $5 for the general public; free for children and ARCH members. For more information, visit our website at www.paulwentworthhouse.com.

The Enchanted Forest

Friday-Saturday, 5 - 9 p.m.
The New Hampshire Audubon Society is pleased to announce that its annual Enchanted Forest will take place this weekend at the McLane Center in Concord. This is a family event and includes a walk through the Enchanted Forest with skits along the way, indoor games, live animals, face painting, live music, refreshments and much more. This is a ‘rain or shine' event and sells out quickly so reserve your spot now by going to the NH Audubon's website. Admission is $7 for members and $10 for non-members. Preregistration for a specific day and time slot is required. Call 603-224-9909 ext. 333 for questions.

Friends! The Musical Parody

Sunday, 7 p.m.
So no one told you life was gonna be this way. That's the intro to the theme song from the television sitcom, "Friends." And this weekend, "Friends! The Musical Parody" makes a stop at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord. Come out to the Village for a fun evening of traditional music performed by a variety of artists and groups. Sample the fare of local Canterbury food and drink vendors. Marvel at colors of the fall foliage and enjoy the peace and tranquility of a premier NH historic site. A portion of the proceeds for this event benefits the Concord Coalition to End Homelessness. This is sure to be a memorable way to celebrate the fall season.

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow

Saturday, 7 p.m.
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, presented by the Northeastern Ballet Theatre, at the Kingswood Arts Center in Wolfeboro, is for one night only this weekend and is bound to be a night you will never forget. Come dressed in your scariest costume and join in the spirit of the Headless horseman as he haunts the village of Sleepy Hollow. Celebrate the spirit of Halloween with this spooktacular event. This production will feature dancing to a live musical piece, "Be With Me,” performed by The Captain Wolf Band. This song was written by F. John Nicoll and produced by Brad Hatfield of the Boston Pops. The performance will feature students who are studying at Berklee College of Music. Don’t miss it! Tickets are available now at www.northeasternballet.org/performances or by calling (603) 834-8834. Tickets are $20 for adults, $17.50 for students/seniors, and $60 for a family of 4.

Livingston Taylor

Saturday, 8 p.m.
Livingston Taylor will take the stage at the Tupelo Music Hall in Derry this weekend. Taylor, who is the brother of James Taylor, picked up his first guitar at the age of 13. This began a 50-year career that has encompassed performance, songwriting, and teaching. Livingston, who was born in Boston, recorded his first record at the age of 18 and has continued to create well crafted, introspective, and original songs that have earned him listeners worldwide. From Top-40 hits like, "I Will Be in Love with You" and "I’ll Come Running," to "I Can Dream of You" and "Boatman," the last two recorded by his brother James, Livingston’s creative output has continued unabated. His musical knowledge has inspired a varied repertoire, and he is equally at home with a range of musical genres such as folk, pop, gospel and jazz, and from upbeat storytelling and touching ballads to full orchestra performances. Livingston has never stopped performing since those early coffeehouse days, shared the stage with major artists such as Joni Mitchell, Linda Ronstadt, Fleetwood Mac, Jimmy Buffett, and Jethro Tull, and he maintains a busy concert schedule, touring internationally. He is a natural performer, peppering his shows with personal stories, anecdotes and ineffable warmth that connect him to his fans. His relaxed on-stage presence belies the depth of his musical knowledge, and fans might just as often be treated to a classic Gershwin or something from the best of Broadway. Livingston's 50th year of making music was celebrated by Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, both declaring January 18, 2017 "Livingston Taylor Day." A documentary film entitled "Livingston Taylor: Life is Good" is being released in 2018. Come see him at an intimate venue as he celebrates 50 years of making music. Tickets are $35.

An Evening with Kathy Mattea

Saturday, 8 p.m.
Spend An Evening with Kathy Mattea this weekend at the Colonial Theatre in Keene. Hailed by The Washington Post as "one of Nashville’s finest song interpreters," Mattea has enjoyed the kind of success many artists only dream of: two GRAMMY wins, four CMA Awards, four #1 country singles, and five gold albums (plus a platinum collection of her greatest hits). The dream almost ended, though, when Mattea entered her 50s and began to find her voice changing. What followed was a three year journey through life challenges and vocal glitches that she describes as her "dark night of the soul," a trying time of personal anguish and professional uncertainty that threatened to silence her permanently. Mattea dug in with a vocal coach, re-committed to her music, and emerged with the most poignant album of her career, 2008's Pretty Bird. Working with her old friend, music roots wizard Tim O’Brien, producing, Pretty Bird is a chronicle of her journey, song by song, back to singing for the sheer joy of it. With that album, Mattea provided fans with a beautiful reintroduction to one of country and Americana music’s most enduring and beloved figures. She hasn't looked back since. Tickets are $29 - $39.

5th Annual New Hampshire Food Truck Festival

Sunday, 12 p.m.
The 5th Annual New Hampshire Food Truck Festival will be held at Cisco Brewers (formerly Redhook Brewery) in Portsmouth this weekend. Presented by Food Truck Festivals of America, this festival is one of the largest in the state. Featuring some of the area's most popular food trucks and dishing out fan favorites makes this festival unique. Also, since it will be held at the brewery, you'll be able to try some of the best brews coming out of Cisco. Bring your camping chairs and lets eat. Tickets are $5 in advance, $10 at the door.

Harvest Music Festival

Saturday, 4-9 p.m.
This weekend Canterbury Shaker Village is celebrating with a Harvest Music Festival. Come out to the Village for a fun evening of traditional music performed by a variety of artists and groups. Sample the fare of local Canterbury food and drink vendors. Marvel at colors of the fall foliage and enjoy the peace and tranquility of a premier NH historic site. A portion of the proceeds for this event benefits the Concord Coalition to End Homelessness. This is sure to be a memorable way to celebrate the fall season. There will be live music, seasonal food and drink and - in addition to this great event - the 12th Old Ways Days takes place from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Old Way Traditions. Old Ways Days features traditional craft demonstrations, especially hands on, operating antique machinery and engines, fun live music, and very good food. Tickets for the Harvest Music Festival are $10 - $12.

THURSDAY: Beer for History

Thursday, 6 p.m.
Come to Folsom Tavern on the grounds of the American Independence Museum in Exeter for beer tastings, tavern games, and colonial fun. At each event (held over four weeks) a local brewer will be pouring three of their delicious and unique beers, including one of their most popular and something historically inspired. Brewers are looking for feedback, so this is a great chance to talk with them directly. This weekend the highlighted brewery is the Throwback Brewery. Different programming will be ‘on tap’ at each event as we bring historic Folsom Tavern (circa 1775) in downtown Exeter to life with an Escape Room, Tavern Trivia, Scavenger Hunts, or Colonial Tavern Games. Our programs are family-friendly and kids are encouraged to explore our Children’s Exhibit. Lexie's Burger Bus will be at the events selling their wonderful food, too. Tickets are $15 - $20.

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