IN 1492, THE OLD SAW GOES, Columbus sailed the ocean blue — or was it in 1493, Columbus sailed the deep blue sea?
At any rate, Columbus took a chance, and so will all us motorists who dare to venture onto the roadways of the White Mountains this Columbus Day Weekend, which is arriving just as the foliage is said to be peaking and in time for the Sandwich Fair, Oct. 12-14, and the 22nd annual Attitash Oktoberfest, today and Sunday, Oct. 11-12.
According to the New Hampshire Office of Travel and Tourism’s Foliage Tracker (visitnh.gov/trip-ideas/fall), the North Woods is 100 percent past peak, and the White Mountains Region is at 90 to 100 percent.
THE ENTIRE STATE has color, and we have our share of our beautiful foliage and scenic locations, but of course, we’ve got something more to offer: Pumpkin People, as this week’s cover story illustrates.
Hope you have time between now and Oct. 31 to go and see them all. To get a map, stop by the Jackson chamber. Call (603) 383-9356 or go to jacksonnh.com for further information.
OOMPAH FUN: As noted, Attitash Oktoberfest takes the spotlight this weekend in the valley, today and tomorrow.
Attitash-Wildcat events director Corey Madden stopped by WMWV 93.5-FM studios Thursday to talk about Oktoberfest with “Morning Show” host Roy “the Skiing DJ” Prescott (who got an aerial foliage tour courtesy of local weather observer and pilot Ed Bergeron on Tuesday). Corey said there will be plenty of craft beer, bratwurst, sauerkraut and oompah music, not to mention keg-tossing competitions and Sam Adams stein-holding contests. For more information, go to attitash.com.
BUSKER FEST: Also taking place today and Sunday is Settlers’ Green’s Busker Festival, which will feature many local musicians, including Candie Tremblay, the Botts, Ben Cook, Anna Trevor and the Riley Parkhurst Duo. For schedules, go to settlersgreen.com.
THE 109th SANDWICH FAIR will have an antique auto show parade today at 1 p.m., along with music by Lexi James today and the Bel Aires Sunday, at 10 a.m. and noon, the Grand Street Parade at 1 p.m., and music by the Don Campbell Band at 2:30 p.m. On Monday, Annie and the Orphans play at 3 p.m. Go to thesandwichfair.com for details.
IN OTHER HIGHLIGHTS, we’ve got the Sherman Farm Corn Maize weekends through Oct. 27; the 13th and final year of the Ghoullog at Cranmore, Fridays-Sundays, through Nov. 2 (iLocals’ Night Halloween Bash is Oct. 31); and the Pumpkin Patch Express on the Conway Scenic Oct. 18-20 and Oct. 25-27. Haunted Happenings take place at Settlers Green on Oct. 27.
FRIENDS from near and far bid a sad farewell to the late Kim Tibbetts at her funeral service at the First Church of Christ, Congregational in North Conway on Friday, then gathered at Cranmore Mountain Resort, where her Mountain Mamas/Mountain Meisters teammates saluted her family and friends by forming a ski pole arch in front of Zip's Pub, under which all passed through.
Kim died Sunday evening. She was a positive force to all who knew her.
IN HAPPY BIRTHDAYS THIS week, we salute one and all, including: Bev Micallef (belated, 9-20); Toby Savage (today); former Arts Jubilee executive director Cindy Russell and Scott Santos (10-13); Emily Smith-Mossman, Dick Brunelle, Dan Parkhurst, Mary Broomhall and Cheryl Furtado (10-14); Norm Gray, Alan Tate and Joe Downs (10-15); Malcolm Badger and the Christmas Farm Inn’s Gary Plourde (10-16); Realtor Earle Wason and former Bartlett selectman Jonathan Hebert (10-17); and The Tap House’s Kristen Seaman and Anne Cotter (10-18).
WE AT THE Sun wish Betsy Hopler-Ayers best of luck as she moves on to new endeavors. Thanks for all of your hard sales work, Betsy!
SEE YOU AT the White Mountains chapter of the New England Mountain Bike Association’s Leaf Peeper Bike Bash tonight from 6-10 p.m. at Theater in the Wood in Intervale. The event will feature a screening of Anthill Films’ 2019 movie “Return to Earth” and a bike raffle as well as a bike demo taking place at Cranmore Mountain Resort from 9 a.m-3 p.m. Information and tickets can be found at bikereg.com/leafpeeper.