Littleton’s signs of the times: fall colors and an arts festival
The festival, which includes the Littleton Lions Club Classic Car Parade at 1 p.m., comes at a time when the leaves are turning their fall colors throughout the White Mountains.
The elevation of the landscape, particularly through always-stunning Franconia Notch, affects the timing of the changing leaves, with the higher slopes showing color first.
This is an advantage for visitors and resident leaf-lookers alike, as it lengthens the “peak” season, depending on which you go through highways and byways.
That magnificent color, so pleasing to the eye, can also be found in the artwork on display at the show. The show features the work of a dozen painters and eight photographers. Among those displaying their work is Roger Irwin of Mainstone, Vt. Irwin specializes in nature photography, and has had great success capturing New England’s wildlife in his photographs.
Juried artist Irene Goddu of Laconia will be among the painters at the show. Goddu, who works in watercolors, paints peaceful New England settings and recently won best in show at the Greater Salem Art Association Spring Fling Show.
Joining the artists and photographers are several crafters. There will be a jewelry-making demonstration at Fiddlehead on Mill Street, and children’s activities at the Union Bank branch on Main Street.
Chad Stearns, executive director of the chamber, said that this year’s event, the 43rd annual, is shaping up to be another great one. “The downtown has been very busy this summer, and we hope to continue that flow right into the foliage season with the help of this event.
“The hanging flowers have looked great on Main Street all summer, and with the changing of the season’s this year will also come changes in decorations, with mums and cornstalks to be put out in time for the show” Stearns added.
For the second year, Main Street will host the Littleton Piano Project Grand Finale. The awards presentation will be in front of Smooch at 3:30 p.m., with piano players playing from 9 a.m. on to led up to the grand finale.
The Littleton Garden Club holds is bulb sale at the Littleton Community Center Lawn, with the Littleton Public Library Annual Book Sale in the center’s annex. All Saints Episcopal Church will hold its pie sale during the event, too.
This year’s event sponsor is the Omni Mount Washington Resort.
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