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At the Red Parka Pub’s Halloween bash are (from left) bartender Missy Nelson, dining room manager Bridget Reardon, Sunday Blues host George O’Brien (no, really: that is George) and patron Jeff Allen. The band Rek-lis entertained. (TOM EASTMAN PHOTO)

AND SO NOVEMBER ARRIVES, ushering in the hunter orange bargain shopping  season as we build up to the 19th annual Bring a Friend Shopping Weekend at Settlers Green, Nov. 8-11.

On Monday, Nov. 11, Veterans Day will be celebrated in North Conway with a parade at 10:30 a.m., followed by ceremonies in Schouler Park, with Bartlett-raised four-star Gen. Lori Robinson (USAF-Ret.) serving as the guest speaker, Don Ekberg of American Legion Post 95 tells us.

American Legion Post 46 in Conway will host a post-ceremony luncheon for all veterans. Call Don at (603) 356-5421 for more information.

SOGGY HALLOWEEN: High winds and rain didn't dampen spirits on Halloween night, with good crowds at both McGrath's and the Red Parka for their Halloween monster mash costume parties.

Due to deadlines, we don't have the costume results from McGrath's, but here's the scoop from the Red Parka courtesy of Bridget Reardon: Grand prize went to Ace Tarberry and Alexi Mullen, who won an overnight trip to Portland, Maine. Other winners: "Best Group," Bella Trapani and Jacob Christenson "Evil;" "Most Creative:" Matt Martin and Amanda Heath for "Lego of my Eggo;" "Sexiest:" Katie Anderson, "St. Pauli Girl;" "Why are you that?" category: Cullen Yarworth as a coffee table.

STORMY SUMMIT: On Halloween night, the summit crew at the Mount Washington said records got broken. “We set a high temperature mark for Nov. 1 of 52 degrees F at midnight, breaking the old record of 51 degrees set in 1956,” said Tom Padham, Obs weather observer and education specialist.

As we spoke Friday morning, the summit was getting gusts of 130 mph from the west. Tom said over 2 inches of rain fell during the 24-hour period.

“The temperature dropped pretty precipitously from 52 degrees to 19 degrees, decreasing in two hours between 3 and 5 a.m. from 50 to 30 degrees,” Tom added.

The summit was expected to receive 1-2 inches of snow Friday through Saturday morning, setting the stage for all to begin thinking about ski season.

To help get you ready, the Eastern Slope Ski Club is presenting its 49th annual Ski Sale at the North Conway Community Center Nov. 8 (3 to 8 p.m.) and Nov. 9 (9 a.m. to 1 p.m.).

Plan on dropping off any clean and "modern" alpine, cross-country and snowboard gear you’d like to sell at the North Conway Community Center on Wednesday, Nov. 6, and Thursday, Nov. 7, between 6-8 p.m. Each item requires a tag ($1 each), which will be available for purchase when you drop the items off.

All unsold items (and proceeds from your sales) must be picked up at the center on Saturday, Nov. 9, between 4-6 p.m. Anything not picked up will be considered a donation, and all proceeds from the sale will benefit the ESSC.

For more, go to ESSC on Facebook.

JACKSON SKI TOURING SKI SWAP: The Jackson Ski Touring Foundation’s annual Ski Swap and Yard Sale returns Nov. 9 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (The yard sale is a new twist on this year’s sale, according to the jacksonxc.org page). Note: the yard sale is for non-ski equipment.

Questions? Call (603) 383-9355.

KICKING OFF THE HOLIDAY shopping season today and tomorrow, Nov. 2 and 3, are the White Mountain Independents who are selling their annual discounted gift certificates online at whitemountainindependents.com.

Also taking place today is the Holiday Craft Fair at the Josiah Bartlett Elementary School today from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. And we see that the Christmas Farm Inn and Spa is holding its 8th annual Holiday Open House Nov. 7 from 5 -7 p.m.; and Margarita Grill is holding its Christmas Expo Nov. 10 from 4-8 p.m.

ON THE ART FRONT, the MWV Arts Association is presenting the art of Amy Taylor of North Conway at the Met at Settlers Green as the artist of the month for November, with an opening reception today from 2-4 p.m.

The MWVAA is also presenting a holiday art show at the Met in North Conway in November and December through early January. I stopped by Wednesday as artists were hanging their works, and I was amazed at the quality of their work, so be sure to check it out.

The MWVAA is holding its annual meeting Nov. 3 at the Legends Room at the Eastern Slope Inn in North Conway at 1 p.m., with Jackson photographer Dana Clemons giving a talk at 2:15 p.m. on “The Art of Photography.”

For more, go to mwvarets.org.

PET ART: Not to be excluded from the art scene, Four Your Paws Only is holding its annual Holiday Pet Portraits photo sessions with photographer Gini Haines on Sunday, Nov. 3, from 10 a.m-3 p.m. For information, go to fouryourpawsonly.com or call (603) 356-7297.

IN HAPPY BIRTHDAYS this week, we salute one and all, including: the 1785’s Charlie Mallar (11-2); musician Al Hospers, graphic artist Peg Grondin, pilot Ben Mahn (11-3);, tango enthusiast Dick Devellian, canoe livery owner Peter Gagne, attorney and MWV Rec Path proponent Chris Meier, who was recognized at Tuesday’s chamber meeting for his years of service to the chamber board (11-5); Bibbs Roberto Dutton, Jean O’Sullivan and Amy Kennedy (11-6); Sascha Loew Blacke and Laurie McAleer (11-7); and Kim Schroeder Steward (11-8).

SEE YOU AT the sixth season finale of the Cold River Radio Show at Theater in the Wood Nov. 3, and at the Theater in the Wood again Nov. 8 for the “Everest: ’91-‘19” talk by local Everest summiters Rick Wilcox, Thom Pollard and Mark Synnott as a benefit for the Mountain Rescue Service.

And be sure to check out the fantastic new Living Shores Aquarium attraction, which opens to the public Nov. 4. Talk about making a big splash!

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