Annual Craft and Food Fair this Weekend in Salem

Just minutes from Londonderry, at the Rockingham Park Racetrack, hundreds of people will gather over the next few days to get unique and creative holiday gifts, accessories, art, and more. Castleberry Fairs is coming to Salem, New Hampshire for the 18th Annual New England Craft and Specialty Food Fair.

This special fair will feature more than 250 of the area’s finest craftsmen and women, as they display and sell their goods. Items include home goods like candles, soaps, wall hangings, chimes, tapestry, quilts, baskets, ribbon angels, ceramics, appliqués, Victorian wreaths, leather, slate, mail boxes, silk and dried floral arrangements, topiary, and collectable bears; arts like turned wood, pottery, photography, metal sculpture, hangings, marble craft, carved birds, soft sculpture, oil paintings, pen and ink drawings, calligraphy, and poetry; and clothing like fleece, knits, scarves, and hats. Other items include fine jewelry, puppets, and folk toys.

Food samplings will include herbal dips, sauces, jams and jellies, maple products, candies, dried fruit and nut mixes, honey products, telishes, pickles, cinnamon, bread mixes, pumpkin butter, fudge, garlic spreads, vinegars, pastry, ils, salsas and gourmet coffees.

The fair will be held in Salem from Friday, November 15 through Sunday, November 17, 2013. Hours are from 10 AM until 5 PM each day.

Admission is $7 for adults and children 12 and under are free. One admission is good for all three days. Click here for a discount coupon!

Rockingham Park is located just off Exit 1 of Interstate 93.

To learn more about Castleberry Fairs, visit their website.


Fun in NH this Holiday Weekend!

Want to have some fun this weekend? There are many events happening all over the state. Here is a small list of what you will find this weekend in New Hampshire. Check out for more details. Don’t forget, Londonderry has its own Corn Maze and will be open nights in October. Located at Elwood Farm the maze is 12 acres of puzzle fun, and if you plan on taking a night excursion make sure to bring a flashlight. Hayrides are also available at Elwood Farm. At Sunnycrest, Macks and Merrills, all in Londonderry, they will have U-Pick apples and pumpkins and much much more.

Milford Pumpkin Festival
October 11-13, Milford.
Visit for more information.

Warner Fall Foliage Festival
October 12-13, Warner.
Visit for more information.

16th Annual Attitash Oktoberfest
October 12-13, Bartlett.
Visit for more information.

Annual Oktoberfest at Loon Mountain
October 12-13, Lincoln.
Visit for more information.

The Sandwich Fair
October 12-14, Sandwich.
Visit for more information.

Fall Foliage Festival
October 12-14, Waterville Valley.
Visit for more information.

NH Fall Festival
October 12, Portsmouth.
Visit for more information.

Anheuser-Busch Brewery
October 12, Merrimack.
Visit for more information.


NH Town to Host Annual Apple Harvest Day

Dover, NH will be host to the 29th annual Apple Harvest Day this Saturday, October 5, 2013. A day filled with food, fun, and festivities, Apple Harvest Day drew more than 50,000 people to the streets last year. And, with new and old traditions planned, this year is expected to be just as successful.

Apple Harvest Day will feature children’s activities, a 5k Road Race, Apple Pie Contest, entertainment on multiple stages, an auto show, pancake breakfast, food, handcrafted arts, and much more!

From 9 AM until 4 PM, children of all ages can visit the KidZone, featuring more than 15 Main Attractions for older kids and 7 Kiddie City amusements for the younger crowd. With obstacles courses, slides, bounce houses, a rock wall and more, the KidZone will keep the kids entertained for hours! other children’s activities include Roaming Railroad rides; a traveling barnyard offering a chance meet and feed goats, llamas, and more; pony rides; and more!

After a great success last year, Auto Alley will return even bigger and better than ever. Located near the heart of Apple Harvest Day, a number of super-modified and antique cars will be on display for the public. From Monster 4x4s to fancy sports cars, and everything in between, Auto Alley is perfect for any car enthusiast.

Map of this year's Apple Harvest Day; click for a full image and details.

Also returning this year is the WOKQ Apple Pie Contest. Beginning at 11 AM, prizes will be awarded to the top 5 winners in two divisions: Adults, ages 15 and over, and Youth, ages 14 and under. Competitors and their pies must be at the competition by 11 AM on Apple Harvest Day to participate.

Other planned events include the Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast from 8 until 10 AM, featuring pancakes and all-you-can-drink coffee, juice and milk; the Apple Harvest Day 5k Road Race, beginning at 8:30 AM; two food courts featuring carnival food options like hot dogs, burgers, Italian sausage, ice cream, candy apples, apple crisp, fried dough and more; and multiple stages, including the all kids stage featuring kid-friendly music by bands like Jam Patrol and Valcona, as well as performances on other stages such as the Soggy Po Boys, Shades of Rust, Chris O’Neill, Nate Laban, Formidable, Eli Autry, the Dover High School Band, Tri-Star Dance Team, and Theatre Unmasked.

Apple Harvest Day festivities will take place in several locations in the central Dover area. Much of the activities will be located near the intersection of Washington Street and Central Street. A number of designated parking areas will be available for visitors.

For more information, a complete schedule of events, to register for the 5k or apple pie contest, or a Apple Harvest Day map, click here.


Top Ten Things to do in Londonderry this Fall

With the arrival of fall, the weather may begin to cool but Londonderry begins to heat up! While there’s not much time before the cold takes over, there’s still plenty to do and many people to do it with! Here’s our favorite top ten things to do here in Londonderry during the fall. But hurry, some will be gone before you know it!

1. Pick a pumpkin. Visit one of Londonderry’s four farms to find the biggest, orangest, fanciest, or funniest pumpkin you can imagine. Take it home, carve it, paint it, bake it, roast the seeds, or display it as is, the choice is yours!

2. Traverse a trail. With miles of trails in Londonderry, fall is one of the most beautiful times to hike, bike, walk or run. Surrounded by the ever-changing leaves, take a moment to enjoy the view and crisp, fall air. Trail locations include the Musquash Conservation Area, Kendall Pond, and Adams Pond.

3. Have a haunted time. Each year, the Londonderry High School Drama Club hosts the Haunted Woods, a ghoulish time for all ages. Typically held at the high school ropes courts for three nights the week before Halloween, the Haunted Woods is a perfect chance to dress in costume and get the “willies”.

4. Appreciate the arts. The Londonderry Arts Council hosts their fall Art in Action at numerous locations during early November. Watch as artists sculpt, paint, sketch, and more during this semi-annual event.

5. Maneuver a maze. Get lost in a dozen-plus acre corn maze at Elwood Orchards. Blind alleys, dead ends and endless loops will keep you guessing for hours with family and friends. Come during the day or grab a flashlight and hit the maze at night during the month of October!

6. Pluck a peck. With acres upon acres of apple trees, four Londonderry farms are the perfect place to grab your favorite apples. Snack while you pick and take home a peck or two; there’s nothing better than apple pie, caramel apples, and other delicious treats made from locally grown apples!

7. Bat, bounce, or boot a ball. From soccer and basketball, to baseball and football, there’s a number of fall ball activities going on in Londonderry! Whether you join a rec team or grab a group of friends, Londonderry has plenty of fields and courts to play on.

8. Frolic through the foliage. Londonderry is home to one of the area’s best scenic byways. Called Apple Way by locals, the drive takes visitors past apple orchards, fields, historic landmarks, old farmhouses, and more. And what a fantastic time to take the drive, when the leaves have changed their brilliant colors and the farms are alive with the hustle and bustle of fall.

9. Trick or Treat with the terrifying. Held each year, RE/MAX 1st Choice hosts their Trick or Treat on Main Street. This wonderful event allows little ones looking for some extra or safer trick or treating times to visit local businesses and gather treats.

10. Study fire safety. Each October, the Londonderry Fire Department Central Station invites children and adults of all ages to attend the Fire Station Open House. The event provides opportunity to learn more about fire safety, experience a “smoke room”, shoot a real fire hose, and meet firemen.


The Wings of Freedom Tour Returns to Londonderry

B-24 "Witchcraft" and B-17 "Nine O Nine"

The Collings Foundation returns to the Aviation Museum of NH September 16th through the 19th with their amazing WWII aircraft. On tour will be the Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress Heavy Bomber “Nine O Nine”, Consolidated B-24J Liberator Heavy Bomber “Witchcraft”, and North American TP-51C Mustang “Betty Jane”. There are only ten B-17′s still flying in the United States, Witchcraft is the only restored flying B-24J in the world, and there are less than five of the early B/C P-51′s still flying.

Boeing B-17G "Nine O Nine"

B-24J "Witchcraft"

If you’d like to see these rare aircraft for yourself you are invited to explore the aircraft inside and out the prices are $12 for adults and $6 for children under 12. WWII Veterans can tour through the aircraft at no cost. Discounted rates for school groups are also available. You may also experience a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to actually take a 30-minute flight aboard these rare aircraft. Flights on either the B-17G or B-24J are $425 per person.

Inside the rear cockpit of "Betty Jane"

For a truly incredible experience you can get some “stick time” in the world’s greatest fighter! Flight training in the TP-51C are $2,200 for a half hour and $3,200 for a full hour. For reservations and information on flight experiences call 800-568-8924. Click here to book a flight and reserve your space in history.

North American TP-51C "Betty Jane"

Walk Through Tour Times: (no reservations needed)
9/16/2013 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
9/17/2013 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
9/18/2013 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

B-17 "Nine O Nine" and B-24 "Witchcraft" waiting for the crowds

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B-17 "Nine O Nine" reflection

For more information about the Collings Foundation click here.
The Collings Foundation is a non-profit, Educational Foundation (501c-3), founded in 1979. The purpose of the Foundation is to organize and support “living history” events that enable Americans to learn more about their heritage through direct participation. The original focus of the Foundation was transportation-related events such as antique car rallies, hill climbs, carriage and sleigh rides, and a winter ice-cutting festival in the Stow, MA area. During the mid-eighties, these activities were broadened to include aviation-related events such as air shows, barnstorming, historical reunions, and joint museum displays on a nationwide level.

Since 1989, a major focus of the Foundation has been the “Wings of Freedom Tour” of WWII aircraft. This tour showcases two fully restored bomber aircraft: a B-24 Liberator and B-17 Flying Fortress. The newest addition to the Wings of Freedom Tour is a WWII P-51C Mustang dual-control fighter aircraft.

North American TP-51C "Betty Jane" preparing to taxi

Wings of Freedom Tour

About Pete Langlois
Pete Langlois lives in Derry with his wife and two children. Pete’s day job is in information technology as a systems administrator. He is an accomplished photographer and loves to shoot at air shows and balloon festivals. He also enjoys shooting waterfalls, nature and macro photography. You can view and purchase his outstanding images on his website.


Young Eagles Flights and NorthEast LSA Expo

Saturday, September 14th will be a busy day at the Lawrence Municipal Airport in Lawrence, MA. EAA Chapter 106 is hosting two events on Saturday. The first event will be for children ages 8-17 where kids will be able to experience a FREE flight in a General Aviation aircraft. These flights are step one of a five-step program which has flown over 1.8 million youth worldwide. The five steps include free student memberships (EAA & AMA), free on-line ground school, and for those ages 13+ the ability to earn a free flight lesson.

Eric Langlois and his pilot taxi to takeoff at KLWM

Registration for Young Eagles flights begins at 9:00AM and goes until 12:00PM. Flights for the Young Eagles programs will run from 9:00AM until 2:00PM.

Eric Langlois gets some instruction from his pilot prior to takeoff

For more information on the Young Eagles program click this link. For more information about EAA Chapter 106′s youth programs click this link.

Eric Langlois just after landing his EAA Young Eagles Flight

PILOTS – Help inspire youth click here to sign up and volunteer!

If you are a pilot share your love of aviation with the youth of today!

The second event is the 2013 NorthEast LSA (Light Sport Aircraft) Expo. The expo opens at 9:00AM and ends at 4:00PM. Admission is FREE to attendees and LSA Vendors, vendors are asked to register to display. Free Seminars for FAA Wings credit begin at 9:30AM. Registration links for the seminars is on the NorthEast Expo page on the EAA Chapter 106 website.

As of this writing there are 17 aircraft confirmed including the Aero AT-4, Van’s RV-12, SeaMax America M-22, Cessna Skycatcher 162, Airon Lightning LS-1, and the Terrafugia Transition®. The Transition® is a flying car that is being developed in Woburn, MA.

Terrafugia Transition® Photo Credit Terrafugia - All Rights Reserved May not be used without permission

The Transition® brings a new level of freedom, flexibility, and fun to personal aviation by combining driving and flying in one state-of-the-art vehicle. Glass cockpit avionics, carbon fiber construction, and innovative mechanisms make the Transition® easy and fun to fly, drive, and convert. A steering wheel and gas and brake pedals on the ground make it familiar to drive while a stick and rudder pedals provide responsive control in flight.

Terrafugia Transition® Photo Credit Terrafugia - All Rights Reserved May not be used without permission

By being able to land and drive, not only is the “last mile problem” solved but inclement weather will no longer stop your trip. Running on premium unleaded automotive gasoline, the same engine powers the propeller in flight or the rear wheels on the ground. Converting between flight and drive modes is comparable to putting down the top on your convertible and you can keep the Transition® at home in the garage: flying has never been so convenient!

Terrafugia Transition® Photo Credit Terrafugia - All Rights Reserved May not be used without permission

Van's RV-12

Ballistic Recovery Chutes are becoming standard in new Light Sport Aircraft due to the no weight penalty.

Many Light Sport Aircraft will be on display

There will be Flight Training Schools on hand to provide information on becoming a pilot as well as FOOD and beverages. Breakfast will be served from 8:00AM to 11:00AM $5.00 all you can eat! Lunch will be served from 11:00AM to 2:00PM for $7.00 all you can eat! There is a combo special all you can eat breakfast and lunch for $10.00!

Can you believe all of this is only 25 minutes from Londonderry?

Rain date for the LSA Expo is September 21, 2013.

You can view the NorthEast LSA Expo flyer here

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492 Sutton St. North Andover, MA
Lat/Long: 42-43-01.9540N / 071-07-24.3480W
Elevation: 148
Fuel: 100LLA
CTAF: 119.25
Unicom: 122.8

About Pete Langlois
Pete Langlois lives in Derry with his wife and two children. Pete’s day job is in information technology as a systems administrator. He is an accomplished photographer and loves to shoot at air shows and balloon festivals. He also enjoys shooting waterfalls, nature and macro photography. You can view and purchase his outstanding images on his website.