By Alexa Goyette
Special to The Berlin Sun
Are you wondering what to do this fall? If you’re like myself and many other teenagers, you may think that there’s “nothing to do” in Berlin, but you will be surprised at the many activities the area offers. Fall is the best time of the year to get out and enjoy the crisp air and time of changes.
Apple picking is the first thing many people think of when they think of fall. If you aren’t a sports enthusiast, you can go pick your own fresh and sweet apples at Gibson Orchard in Bethel, Maine. The people there are awesome and will supply you with everything you need.
The changing of the leaves is another thing that comes to mind when I think of fall. If you want to see the beautiful leaves on the trees or flowing in the wind, go for a drive around your town or somewhere in the woods.
Another way to see the leaves, clear your mind and enjoy the fall weather is to go for a nice walk in the woods. I suggest going for a hike up Mt. Jasper. The foot of the trail is located at the Berlin High School parking lot and when you get to the top, you will see the whole town.
If you’re more of a indoors person, you can get crafty and make a wreath out of leaves and pine cones. This will look great for a fall decoration. Speaking of decorations, fall is a great time to get your scarecrows, pumpkins and flowers out. Mums are the staple flowers of fall, and you can buy them in many places — for example, Sherman Farm in Center Conway. They also provide many other fun things to do, such as corn mazes and pumpkin patches. They will be open for these activities weekends through Oct. 29. If you get a pumpkin, you can make cute pumpkins and put them outside of your house.
This fall will also bring the annual Riverfire at Heritage Park in Berlin on Oct. 14. There will be a great supply of food, games and music, and there is also a hayride.
If you’re into scary things, there is the Ghoullog, located at Cranmore Mountain in North Conway. The Ghoullog is open on Fridays, Saturdays, and sometimes Sundays. They open in September and close in October. The cost is $32.
If you want to go to something more subtle, there is a Fall Foliage Festival in Warner on October 6-8. If you love to go buy things or look around, there is a farmers market in Berlin every Tuesday on downtown Main Street, where you can go hang out and enjoy the outdoors. Another fun thing to do outside is to have a picnic. Gather your friends or family and go have a picnic at a park in your area. You can also invite your friends and family to your fall themed cookout.
If you’re more of a homebody, don’t worry, there are fun ideas for you to do as well. You can get a pumpkin spice latte, which is the only thing that really matters in fall, at Dunkin Donuts, or make your own at home. All you need is milk, coffee and pumpkin spice. You can curl up with your latte and a nice cozy blanket and watch a seasonal movie.
Another thing you can do while you’re curled up is read a good book. Fall scented candles are also a necessity. You can light your candles and take a warm bath and just relax. If you love to cook or bake, you can bake some goodies and go to a bake sale. Baking is a stress reliever and also very yummy to eat after. You can bake some brownies, cookies, pies, cakes and anything else you can think of. You can also make candy apples, caramelized popcorn, pumpkin seeds and some soup.
If you aren’t a cook, you can come to the annual Key Club Pie Auction at Berlin High School, which will be held in November. With any of these things, apple cider is a must have. Apple cider can go with anything, and it is a fall item.
If you and your friends or family are night owls and want something to do at night, you could have a campfire and make s’mores and tell scary stories. Just make sure you have a fire permit, which can be obtained at the Berlin fire station or online. If you want to go all out at night, you can go climb a mountain or go on Cates Hill and watch the sunset.
One thing that I personally love to do in any season is go stargazing, but the crisp fall air is especially good for seeing stars. Stargazing is a peaceful, and relaxing thing to do, and this fall there will be two meteor showers, the Orionids on Oct. 21 and the Leonids, on Nov. 17.
All in all, fall is the best season of all, and you can’t argue with me on this. Berlin may seem boring and you may think there is nothing here, but if you think hard and deep enough you will find that there is actually a lot to do. This article should help you have the best fall season possible. Enjoy!
Alexa Goyette is in 10th grade and is a member of the publications class at Berlin High School.