The first-ever Thanksgiving took place in New England, so it's no surprise the area is buzzing with activity in the fall. Take a look at some of the upcoming events.
Portland Beer Week (Maine)
Portland Beer Week is an annual event that runs all the way through to Nov. 12. The event is still being planned, so there aren't many hard details just yet, but if it is anything like last year, goers can expect a jolly good time all week long that includes beer dinners, tap takeovers, a Pumpkin-Palooza and, not to be forgotten, the annual Maine Brewers Festival. That's just the beginning-learn more about the Portland Beer Week at the official website: http://portlandbeerweek.org.
Ghosts & Gravestones Tour (Massachusetts)
As it has been around nearly 400 years, Boston is one of the oldest cities in the United States. It has experienced its fair share of troubles in all that time, from murders and wars to a flood of molasses. Given this, it's no wonder Boston is considered one of the most haunted cities in the country. Take a look back at Boston's chilling history-real and legendary-aboard Ghosts & Gravestones, which will take you to famous murder sites and has exclusive nighttime access into two of Boston's oldest burying grounds. Buy tickets at http://ghostsandgravestones.com/boston/.
Woodstock Wassail Weekend (Vermont)
On Dec. 9-11, the town of Woodstock will host its 33rd annual Wassail Weekend, which offers locals and tourists alike an opportunity to come together and enjoy Vermont during a special time of the year. While the whole weekend will be filled with activities that include a tour, holiday music and light refreshments, the highlight of the weekend is the Wassail Parade through the center of Woodstock, which will boast more than 50 horses and riders dressed in holiday and period costumes from the early 19th century. Find out more about it at https://woodstockvt.com/.
Great Turkey Escape (Connecticut)
The Great Turkey Escape in Redding is one of many turkey-themed falltime activities in Connecticut. It features awards for the top three overall male and female finishers of the 5K road race and to the top three male and female finishers for 13 subcategories determined by age, so there is plenty of motivation to train and perform for the competitive-minded. There is also a race mascot to liven things up and a one-mile course for those who want to run but might not be able to complete a full 5K. Proceeds will benefit the Redding Elementary School and Redding Historical Society. Visit http://thegreatturkeyescape.com/ for more information about the Great Turkey Escape.
Craft Fair and Holiday Fun Day (New Hampshire)
The Craft Fair and Holiday Fun Day is a family-friendly event that will be free to the public on Saturday, Nov. 19. More than 70 craftspeople, vendors and area businesses will come to show off their goods. There will also be a kid-friendly area with numerous crafts and activities to enjoy, in addition to Santa visits, bounce houses and a raffle prize. The event is organized by the Lil' Iguana's Children's Safety Foundation and will benefit the New Playground Fund for Dr. Crisp Elementary School in Nashua, N.H. Get the details at http://liliguanausa.org/holidaycraft.
From fairs and festivals to turkey trots and parades, there's much to enjoy this fall in New England.
This article is presented by Colonial Honda of Dartmouth in N. Dartmouth, Massachusetts.