As I write this, I am loving this glorious Sunday. It is the perfect day to open the Fryeburg Fair, one of my all-time favorite places to go to see the animals (big horses, cattle, sheep, pigs, goats, rabbits), the food (especially Sunflower Farm Pizza and the Conway Village Congregational Church’s apple crisp with ice cream, of course), the good smells, the people watching, the craft barn, the expos, the real lemonade, the hint of fall in the air, the sunshine, big pumpkins, 4H exhibit, weaving, the horse racing, the milking parlor, the pulling ring, the new barn for the sheep and beef cattle, Sut and Margaret’s fabulous old wagons (especially the colorful gypsy ones), I guess just about everything. I hope everyone will get out and enjoy this wonderful fair all week long. Welcome to my favorite season: fall.

The Eaton Town Hall will be closed on Tuesday, Oct. 1. The board of selectmen will not be meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 1. The town clerk/tax collector’s office will be open on Tuesday, Oct. 1, from 6 to 8 p.m. The board of selectmen will be meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 8, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Eaton Town Hall.

The next opera/musical dinner at the Inn at Crystal Lake will be “A Jazzy Schukis” on Thursday, Oct. 17. Mezzo-soprano and opera dinner favorite, Vanessa Schukis returns, this time with guitarist Frank Dibussolo for an evening of jazz standards. Schukis’ voice is truly amazing; once you hear her, you will never forget her musical talent and her wonderful sense of humor. Don’t miss this Schukis evening. The opera dinner, which includes four courses, begins at 6:30 p.m. The cost is still $65 per person. This price does not include alcohol, tax or gratuity.

The White Mountain Waldorf School will be having its fourth annual Waldorf 5K Forest Family Fun Trail Run on Saturday, Oct. 19, at 10:30 a.m. Registration starts at 9:30 a.m. and pre-registration can be done at The cost is $25 per individual and $50 per family. Call (603) 447-3168.

The Eaton Village Store has been ordering lots of new items for sale, from T-shirts to magnets, to Eaton signs, to various bags of candy, moose mugs, and more. Come down often to see all the choices. This a great way to stock up on some New Hampshire/Eaton gifts for family and friends. Stop in for a breakfast or lunch or a cup of coffee and a homemade muffin. Bonus? You get to see me in the post office as you pick up your very exciting mail.

The temperature is rising at the Little White Church. By that, we mean the temperature on the fundraising thermometer in front of the church. Thanks to all who have donated and continue to donate for replacing the steeple. We are getting ever closer and the hope is to resume work shortly.

Many other plans are afoot as well to better serve this remarkable community as we herald the beginning of a new era for the church. Watch for the next church newsletter, “The Bell,” set to come out in the next few weeks, which will give more details to the unfolding of this challenging process as the work gets underway. If you have not yet donated, please consider doing so. Our Little White Church is such a town treasure.

My next column will be Tuesday, Oct. 15, with the deadline at noon on Sunday, Oct. 13. Enjoy the fall colors and weather.

Nancy E. Williams can be contacted (603) 447-5635.

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