October 11-15, 2017
11, Wednesday - River Street Theatre presents, Zak Trojano, 7:30-9:00 p.m., 6 River St., Jaffrey NH. Zak is a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, a finger- style guitar player, a fly-fisherman, and a beer drinker. He watches more than he talks, the guy at the end of the bar nursing a drink while the afternoon light angles in, letting the conversation pile up around him like snowfall. He grew up in New Hampshire, outside of town in a cabin built by his parents. His father was a drummer who held down a regular country gig, and nights after work he would loosen his tie and show his son the finer points of Ginger Baker and Elvin Jones. In New Hampshire they drove around in trucks, and Prine and Dylan cassettes showed up in most of those trucks. Zak made Eagle Scout, got his knots down. Then it was college and out, wandering the country from the desert Southwest to Great Plains until he ran out of money, washing windows to work up the bus fare home. After a while it seemed like he ought to write some songs, and he did: heavy songs with a light touch; an AM radio throwback voice and an intricate finger-style technique framed by a drummer’s rhythm and sharpened by years of immersion in the work of players as various as John Fahey, Merle Travis, and Chet Atkins. In over a decade writing, recording, and performing music professionally - sharing studios and stages with his band Rusty Belle, or supporting touring acts like Chris Smither, Kris Delmhorst, Jeffrey Foucault, and Peter Mulvey - Zak Trojano has evolved his own thing: a warm baritone paired with an old Martin guitar, floating above spare lines of cello and lap steel, horns and brushes, with a deceptively simple lyricism that on repeated listening shows that the fellow at the end of the bar doesn’t say much, but he’s worth hearing. Tickets: $12.00. For more information visit www.riverst.org.
12 - 15, - Thursday-Sunday, Brattleboro VT Literary Festival 2017 – The festival is a four-day celebration of those who read books, those who write books, and of the books themselves. Located in downtown Brattleboro, the Festival includes readings, panel discussions, and special events, feature emerging and established authors. All events are free and open to the public. www.brattleboroliteraryfestival.org.
13, 14, 15, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, - Theatre at the Mount presents, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike - In this hilarious comedy, Vanya and his adopted sister, Sonia, live a quiet life in the Pennsylvania farmhouse where they grew up, while their sister Masha travels the world as a movie star. Just as their cleaning woman issues a warning about terrible events in their future, Masha returns for an unannounced visit with her 20-something boy-toy Spike in tow. And so begins this unforgettable family reunion filled with rivalry, regret, and racket. Winner of the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play! Performances: 13, 14 at 8 p.m.; October 15 at 2:00 p.m., for tickets and more information visit the firstname.lastname@example.org.
14, 15, Saturday and Sunday, Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Autumn Spirits, Weekend 3, 10am–4pm, Bring the kids in costumes and explore our Fairy House trail. Adults can enjoy brews and spirits while learning about the connections between plants and brewing as we revel in the witching hour soon to come. Enjoy food trucks – Home Grown on Saturday, October 14 and Say Cheese on Sunday, October 15. Kids of all ages are encouraged to wear woodland fairy or animal costumes. For the full schedule and more information visit. www.towerhillbg.org.
14, 15 – Saturday and Sunday, 34th Annual AppleFest at Wachusett Mountain, 10:00-5:00 p.m. Our most popular fall festival, AppleFest features over 150 Craft Fair & Farmers' Market Booths, Family Entertainment, Scenic Foliage Skyrides to the Summit, Mountainside Barbecue, Pony Rides, Clowns, Climbing Wall, Jugglers & Magicians for the Kids. Applefest also features a Celtic Celebration complete with authentic Celtic music, cuisine, a multitude of tasty beers in the Beer Garden and LIVE music. For tickets and more information visit wachusett.com.
14, 15, Saturday and Sunday, - Apple Days at Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge MA, Celebrate the harvest and the beautiful New England autumn at the peak of fall color. Join our costumed interpreters as they harvest apples, potatoes, carrots, and beets. They will also conduct garden and root cellar tours and discuss food preparation, thresh and winnow grain, and shell corn and beans. Learn how food makes its way from the farm to the dining room table. Meet our oxen and see multiple teams demonstrate plowing and field preparation. Learn more about heritage breed animals and talk with breeders. Throughout the day, our interpreters will be cooking and preserving apples and operating the ox-powered Cider Mill. Adults $28.00; Seniors (55 and over) $26.00; College Student (with valid college ID) $14; Youths (4-17) $14.00; Children age 3 and under Admitted Free. www.osv.org.
13, 14, Friday and Saturday, The Bull Run Restaurant presents, Antje Duvekot on Friday and New England on Saturday. For tickets and more information visit: bullrunrestaurant.com.
14, Saturday – RiverFire on the Androscoggin River in Berlin NH, 2:00-9:00 p.m., - Just as the nights are getting colder in New England, the City of Berlin will be warming things up with one of the best fall festivals around—RiverFire! Come to “the city that trees built” to catch a full day of fun, ending with some dramatic fires on the river. RiverFire burns bigger and brighter every year, and this year there are some fun new activities for everyone. The gates of the Service Credit Union Heritage Park, 942 Main Street, Berlin, NH will open to activities and vendors for visitors of ALL ages. Admission to the park is FREE. For more information, call 603-752-6060 or find RiverFire Berlin, NH on Facebook. Or visit: www.androscogginvalleychamber.com/riverfire-festival