HAMPTON —The annual James House Harvest Festival will be on Sun., October 5. Early period games for children, face painting, and a child's parade have been added to the festivities. The Festival is a family event open to the public. Festivities will start at 1:00 p.m. at the 1723 James House located at 186 Towle Farm Road in Hampton. The public is welcome.
Featured this year under the new yellow and white striped circus tent will be a twenty-five piece string band at 1:00 p.m., The Silver Strummers, a folk quartet at 2:00 p.m., Deep Hole Road, and a soloist/guitar player at 3:00 p.m., Jennifer Mitchell. Under the Food Tents will be the 9th annual Apple/Pear/Blueberry Cook-off and Food cooked on the grill. Also included is a 50/50 raffle and a how many in a jar guess game. Supervising everything will be a giant size scarecrow. James House Directors and Junior Directors will be in 1700s and 1800s dress. You might catch them dancing.
Interested in competing in the Cook-off? Obtain a registration form and rules at the Hampton Town Offices, the Lane, North Hampton, Exeter, or Seabrook libraries, the Seabrook Civic Center, from our Facebook Page www.facebook.com/jameshousemuseum, or call Skip Webb 603-926-3851.
Entry registration will start at 12:30 p.m. Professional Judging will be at 1:15 p.m., or when entries are ready to be judged. Public tasting and judging for the Peoples Choice will start at 2:00 p.m.
Make it a day of activity. James House has partnered with Smuttynose Brewery. Visit the Brewery, also on Towle Farm Road, for a tour and complimentary beer at 11:00 a.m. and join for music, games, Cook-off tasting, hot dogs, and /or a walk through the 1723 James House. See the early 1800s industrial loom recently donated to the James House by the Old Schwamb Mill Museum in Arlington, MA.
For information and answers to your questions, call Skip 603-926-3851.