Labor Day doesn't mean the end of festive times. The next couple of weeks proves that, and we haven't even begun foliage-season festivals.
On tap in the Northeast are some special and different festivals, featuring the cultures of Japan and Scotland, cars and sailing.
The clans are gathering at Loon Mountain in New Hampshire. The 17th annual New Hampshire Highland Games, the largest Scottish festival in the Northeast, will be held Friday through next Sunday. Among highlights will be a kilted gold tournament, Highland games, dances, crafts, foods, music and performances the Pipes and Drums of the Scots Guards. Advance tickets are $10, with children under 12 free. For tickets or information, write HHG,
P.O. Box 358, Lincoln, N.H. 03251; call (800) 227-4191.
Boston's ties with its sister city, Hokkaido in Japan, will be marked by "Bridge to the Future: Hokkaido Week in Massachusetts," through Tuesday. A delegation of 300 representatives, including Governor Yokomichi of Hokkaido, will be on hand.
Among happenings will be a display of traditional crafts and live demonstrations of Japanese flower arranging, and calligraphy. For information, call (617) 367-1830.
On Saturday and next Sunday, Leon Leonwood Bean, better known as L. L. Bean, will celebrate its 80th anniversary with what the merchandising center says will be the biggest free outdoor birthday party in Maine's history. There will be demonstrations, ranging from fly casting and clay target shooting to dog training. There will also be food, music, a fiddling festival, bike tours, picnics and, on Saturday, fireworks featuring the artistry of the Grucci family. For information on events, call the party hot line at (800) 255-2326.