Yan­kee has New Eng­land clas­sics

Winnipeg Sun - - ENT-SHOWBIZ - — Beth J. Harpaz

For folks who like tra­di­tional fall fes­ti­vals, train rides and leaf peep­ing ram­bles around New Eng­land, the Septem­berOc­to­ber is­sue of Yan­kee Mag­a­zine lists many sug­ges­tions.

Rec­om­men­da­tions for fall fo­liage trains in­clude the Belfast and Moose­head Lake Rail­road in Maine; Hoosac Val­ley train rides op­er­ated by the Berk­shire Scenic Rail­way Mu­seum out of North Adams, Mass.; the Con­way Scenic Rail­road based in North Con­way, N.H.; the Mt. Washington Cog Rail­way out of Bret­ton Woods, N.H., and the Es­sex Steam Train in Es­sex, Conn., with a river­boat ride op­tion on the Con­necti­cut River.

Events show­cased in Yan­kee’s fall is­sue range from coun­try fairs to food fes­ti­vals to the Jack-oLan­tern Spec­tac­u­lar, Oct. 5-Nov. 5 at the Roger Wil­liams Park Zoo in Prov­i­dence, R.I., a dis­play of 5,000 carved and il­lu­mi­nated pump­kins.

Other events in­clude Westport, Conn.’s Oct. 1 Chowdafest; the Paw­tucket Arts Fes­ti­val, with a month of events in Rhode Island; the Mt. Snow Ok­to­ber­fest, Oct. 7-8, in West Dover, Vt.; Maine’s Frye­burg Fair, Oct. 1-8, plus Har­vest on the Har­bor in Port­land, Oct. 17-22; the Big E expo in Spring­field, Mass., Sept. 15-Oct. 1, and the Tops­field Fair, north of Bos­ton, Sept. 29-Oct. 9.

Yan­kee also pin­points some off-the-beaten path spots to en­joy clas­sic Ver­mont au­tumn scenery, from the Falls of Lana and Mt. As­cut­ney to a cruise on Lake Mem­phrem­a­gog.

And for those who get more ex­cited about Hal­loween than fall colour, Yan­kee also pro­files Salem, Mass., fa­mous for its 17th-cen­tury witch­craft tri­als and ex­e­cu­tions. To­day the city is home to self-pro­claimed mod­ern witches, and the house that in­spired Nathaniel Hawthorne’s Gothic novel The House of the Seven Gables and all man­ner of mu­se­ums and witchy kitsch.

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