Check back frequently for more information about our upcoming Calendar of Programs and Events.
Dinner at the Hay Estate
(Offered Mid-June through September)
Enjoy a private dinner for eight served in the elegant Dining Room at The Fells. Carol Cleary from Catering by Carol provides two gourmet menus in the tradition of Alice Hay. You invite your guests, select your preferred menu, and arrange the date. When you arrive, you will be greeted by Ellen Wassell, former 1970s maid to Alice, who will delight you with interesting tales of the Hay’s and a take you on a tour of the House and “Love Garden.” Savor cocktails and elegant hors d’oeuvres before dinner; then step into the candle lit Dining Room to an elegantly set table. Your meal will be paired with appropriate French wines and prepared and served by Chef Carol and her professional waitstaff. Following dinner, relax in the Library and indulge in a decadent dessert and French roast demitasse. An evening suited for royalty! $150 per person, six to eight guests. For more information or to arrange a date, call Mary Lou at 603-763-4789 x6.
Winter Mammal Tracking Hike
Saturday, March 1, 9am-1pm (Snow date: March 2)
Whose tracks are those in the snow? Which wildlife are the most active in the winter woods? Find out during this popular, late winter mammal tracking workshop led by Forest Society naturalist, Dave Anderson. Early March features reliable snow cover for tracking and the active breeding season for furbearers including; weasels, fisher, coyote, fox, and bobcat. Learn basic tracking patterns and the natural history for common wild mammals. Begin in The Fells Gatehouse classroom with an introduction to basic tracking patterns, identification tips, resources, natural history information, and common wildlife habitat associations. Following the presentation, go on a snowshoe hike along the lower slopes of Sunset Hill on the Forest Society Hay Forest Reservation to review basic mammal snow track patterns. Dress appropriately for outdoor winter temperatures, warm footwear is mandatory. BYO snowshoes. Off trail hiking is possible depending on snow and tracking conditions. Fells and FS members $16, nonmembers $20. To register, call 603-763-4789 x3. Supported by grants from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation’s Wellborn Ecology Fund, and the Creekmore and Adele Fath Charitable Foundation. Co-sponsored by Society for the Protection of NH Forests.
Wild Apple Tree Pruning
Friday, March 14, 10am-1pm
Releasing and pruning wild apple trees can keep them healthy and result in greater fruit production for use by a wide variety of wildlife. This basic introduction to releasing and pruning wild apple trees is led by Nigel Manly, Director of the Forest Society’s Rocks Estate. This class begins indoors with a presentation at the Gatehouse classroom and is followed by a walk to the Forest Society’s Hay Reservation for some field pruning practice. Bring a bag lunch, appropriate outdoor wear, and if you have some, your have favorite pruning tools. Fells and FS members free, nonmembers $10. Advanced registration requested. To register call 603-763-4789 x3; Tina Ripley at 603-224-9945; or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Master Gardener Series Kickoff: Growing Small Fruits
Saturday, March 29, 10-11:30am
People have all sorts of reasons for growing fruits—to enjoy eating right from the vine or garden; to preserve for the winter, to give to friends and neighbors, and yes, even to feed wildlife. Whether you want to grow blueberries, strawberries, brambles or grapes, this talk will help you get started on the path to success. Margaret Hagen, UNH Cooperative Extension Field Specialist, Food and Agriculture, will teach you about site and soil conditions; spacing and how many plants you’ll need; variety selection; growing and fertilization tips; sources for plants; and a few pests you’ll need to know before you put your shovel in the ground.
Margaret has worked for Cooperative Extension since 1986 in Hillsborough County assisting the local ornamentals industry and providing programs for commercial growers as part of a state team. During this time she developed the Family, Home & Garden Education Center, designed to meet the needs of the general public by providing education and information over the breadth of Extension’s programs. In addition, Margaret oversees the Master Gardener Program in Hillsborough County; tapes a weekly TV spot, “Grow It Green” for WMUR TV; and writes a column for the Department of Agriculture’s Weekly Market Bulletin. She is co-author of 2 books, The Best Plants for New Hampshire Gardens and Landscapes and Landscaping at the Water’s Edge: an Ecological Approach. She has a Master’s of Science in horticulture from Colorado State University.
Requested donation $10. Meets at LSPA’s Knowlton House, 63 Main Street, Sunapee. This program, open to all, is part of a series of gardening workshops organized by the Sullivan County Master Gardeners for community education. To register call 603-763-4789 x 3.
Thursday’s Child at The Coach House Restaurant
April 3, 5:30-9pm
Thursday’s Child at the Coach House Restaurant at the New London Inn supports local community non-profits one plate at a time—donating 50 percent of each Thursday evening’s net proceeds to a designated organization. We hope that you will join us on April 3 for the benefit of The Fells. Savor a five star meal prepared by Executive Chef Jeffrey Lewis, and enjoy the fellowship of Fells supporters. This is a popular event and tables fill fast, so get your parties together and reserve now. Call 603-526-2791 or go on-line to http://www.thenewlondoninn.com/reservations-for-the-coach-house-restaurant/. See you there and many thanks to the New London Inn and staff for their ongoing community support, superb and gracious service and divine dining.
Composting: Turning Garbage into Gold
Monday, April 7, 1-3pm
Learn the secrets and science of turning kitchen waste into rich soil, using homemade or bought bins or worms! We’ll share tips on making and using this naturally nutritious soil amender. Requested donation $10. Meets at The Fells Gatehouse classroom. This program, which is open to all, is part of a series of gardening workshops organized by the Sullivan County Master Gardeners for community education. To register, call 603-763-4789 x 3.
Vernal Pool Adventure Walk for Families
Saturday, April 26, 1-2:30pm
The cacophony of spring peepers and quacking wood frogs announces that spring is near. Melting snow forms temporary vernal pool breeding ponds and the woods becomes alive. Bring the whole family for a learning adventure at one of The Fells vernal pools and discover who lives there and why these temporary habitats are so important. Lake Sunapee Protective Association Education Director Kathleen Stowell leads the adventure. Dress appropriately for the weather, waterproof footwear is recommended. Fells and LSPA members free, nonmembers $5 per family. No registration required. Meets at The Fells Welcome Kiosk. Made possible with support from the Creekmore and Adele Fath Charitable Foundation. Co-sponsored by Lake Sunapee Protective Association.
Dwarf Conifer Solutions for Your Landscape
Monday, May 5, 1-2pm
John Lyons of Newbury has been growing a variety of hardy and dwarf conifers for over thirty years. Join him on a tour of his dwarf conifer garden and get inspired as you walk through the winding paths of his lovely landscape. Conifers can range in mature size from tiny to twenty feet and beyond camouflaging building foundations, they add year round diverse color and form to a sometimes dreary winter scene. They give beds and borders a contrasting background; create privacy and define spaces; and when used in groups, become an island of interest. In addition, they are low maintenance! Meet at 161 Morse Hill Road, Newbury, NH. Members free, nonmembers $8. To reserve, call 603-763-4789 x3.
Tuesday, May 6, 1pm-3pm
Bonsai are living dwarf trees or shrubs that are dwarfed by a system of pruning roots and branches and training branches by tying them with wire. The direct inspiration for bonsai is found in nature, in trees that grow in harsh, rocky places and are dwarfed and gnarled throughout their existence. Bonsai may live for a century or more and are handed down from one generation to another as valued family possessions. For the past 15 years, Reverend Craig Cowing has been interested in bonsai and has studied with several nationally-recognized bonsai masters. He shares an extensive collection of potential and actual bonsai with his wife, Anita L. Hawkins, some of which will be on display. Hear his engaging presentation regarding the many styles and species used for bonsai, and watch a demonstration of the basic elements of creating a bonsai. Requested donation $10. Meets at The Fells Gatehouse classroom. This program, open to all, is part of a series of gardening workshops organized by the Sullivan County Master Gardeners for community education. To register, call 603-763-4789 x 3.
National Public Garden Day
Friday-Sunday, May 9-11, 9am-5pm
As part of the seventh annual National Public Gardens Day, join The Fells in a nation-wide celebration of public gardens. “Public gardens are indispensable—they provide places to recreate, learn about the environment and observe the beauty of nature.” Explore the beauty of The Fells and discover the colorful spring blooms in the Rock Garden and the fragrant blossoms of early flowering trees and shrubs. Bring your picnic hamper and enjoy lunch on our Veranda—carry -in/carry-out please. Admission is free for all the entire weekend.
Saturday, May 10, 7:30-9:30am
Did you know that birding is the number one sport in America? More than just a hobby, birding connects you with nature in a fun, inexpensive and educational way. Join Peter Newbern—who has conducted trips for New Hampshire Audubon—in this bird watching program for beginners. Stroll along the Fells gardens and trails in quest of the sights and sounds of our avian spring migrants and year-round residents. Experienced birders welcome! Members free, nonmembers $8. No registration required. Meets at the Gatehouse Welcome Kiosk.
Bird Crazy on the Veranda
Saturday, May 10, 9:45-11:15am
Learn more about the songs of our native and migratory birds and exchange ideas on how to attract birds to your yard! Learn about plants to grow this summer that provide nectar and seeds for our bird friends and other wildlife. Take home a plant and make a bird bath to hang in your garden. Members free, nonmembers $8. No registration required. Meets on the Veranda of the Main House.
John Milton Hay, Statesman for the World
Tuesday, May 17, 2:30-3:30pm
The twentieth century has been universally acknowledged as “America’s Century” because of the dominance of the United States on the world stage. However, America’s preeminence in foreign policy originated in the late 19th and early 20th centuries under the leadership of John Milton Hay. It was Hay’s actions as Secretary of State, first under President William McKinley, and later, Theodore Roosevelt, that placed the United States firmly in the forefront of world politics. Most memorable were his actions in the Pacific arena with regard to China (Open Door Policy) and the conflict between Russia and Japan (Portsmouth Treaty) as well as in the Americas (Panama Canal treaties).This overview of John Hay’s vision of American participation in global concerns by history professor Sandra LeBeau will be followed by a closer examination of each of his primary initiatives that changed America’s perception of the world, and their perception of us. Meets in the Gatehouse Classroom. Members free, nonmembers $8. No registration required.
Opening Reception for Members and Guests
Friday, May 23, 5-7pm
Celebrate the opening of our exciting 2014 season with Fells members and guests. Meet fellow Fells supporters and be among the first to see the season’s new exciting history and engaging art exhibits. We have Art in Nature 2014, an outdoor sculpture exhibit curated by Pam Tarbell of Millbrook Gallery and Sculpture Garden; Architecture in the Landscape, a gallery exhibit presented by the New Hampshire Art Association; and The Women of the Fells and The History of the Hay Estate, two new history and ecology exhibits in our Main House. Mingle the artists, enjoy demonstrations, and learn about the intriguing female members of the Hay family. Complimentary light hors d’oeuvres and wine bar. Reserve on-line by May 16 or call 603-763-4789 x3.
Art in Nature 2014: Outdoor Sculpture Exhibit
Saturday, May 24-Monday, October 13
Experience the spectacular art of over thirty well-known New England sculptors as you explore the beautiful gardens and grounds of The Fells. From large to intimate, subtle to vibrant, dynamic to passive—each piece is sensitively sited to seamlessly integrate that which is man-created into the surrounding natural landscape. This exhibit engages the mind and the spirit and beckons the viewer to continue the journey until all pieces are discovered. With 84 acres of forests and fields and nearly one mile of pristine undeveloped Lake Sunapee shoreline, you’ll not find a setting that better suits Art in Nature 2014. Juried by P. Andrew Spahr, Director of Collections and Exhibitions, Currier Museum of Art, Manchester, NH and curated by Pam Tarbell of Mill Brook Gallery and Sculpture Garden, Concord, NH. Members free, nonmembers pay site admission.
Architecture in the Landscape: New Hampshire Art Association Exhibit
May 24-July 13—In the Main House Gallery, open during Main House hours
This all new exhibit brings together original art that creatively incorporates architecture in nature—including man-made, landscape, or natural elements. Curated and presented by the New Hampshire Art Association.
The Women of the Fells
May 24-October 13—In the Exhibit Gallery of the Main House, open during Main House hours
While we know more about Secretary of State John Milton Hay and his archaeologist son Clarence Hay than we do about their wives—Clara and daughter-in-law Alice—these women, spent much more time at The Fells than did their husbands. This exhibit sheds light on the influence of these two influential women of The Fells, and their daughters; Helen, Alice and Adele.
History of the Hay Estate
May 24-October 13—In the Exhibit Gallery of the Main House, open during Main House hours
John Milton Hay pieced together his nearly 1000-acre summer estate on the shores of Lake Sunapee from the purchase of seven Newbury farms. This exhibit explores the various ways in which the land of The Fells was put to use and experienced by three generations of the Hay family. Ultimately, the stewardship efforts of the Hays ensured that the greatest portion of this land—close to 900 acres—would be protected into perpetuity. Three non-profit organizations, including The Fells, are now charged with safeguarding the natural beauty and cultural spaces of this pristine property, and making it available for all future generations. This is the first in a two-part exhibit series on the Ecology of The Fells.
Inspirational Garden Design
Tuesday, May 27, 1-3:30pm
Covering elements of design and technique—including focal points, paths, structures, perspective, contrast, mass, and symmetry—this workshop promises to help you identify and rectify what niggles you about your garden. Scale, using the “Golden Ratio”; your front door; and Fibonacci’s numbers help to blend your creation into a natural environment. These design concepts also pertain to containers and pots. Join Master Gardener Cheryl Kring Grabe in this engaging program during which she shares a lifetime of winter reading, classes, and hiking arboretums and museums nation-wide. By education, she is a microbiologist and biochemist, starting in hospital laboratories and spending almost thirty years in biotech. She has been a UNH Master Gardener since 2001 and earned advanced credits in 2005. Meets at The Fells Gatehouse classroom. Requested donation per person for this program is $10. To register, call 603-763-4789 x 3. This program, which is open to all, is part of a series of gardening workshops organized by the Sullivan County Master Gardeners for community education.
Hidden History of the Hay Estate, Part 1
Wednesday, June 4, 4-6pm
Join us for a unique view of the Hay Forest Reservation, presented by Forest Society naturalist Dave Anderson. Examine evidence suggesting what the Hay estate was like during the era of Clarence L. Hay. Hidden in the woods of the Hay Forest Reservation, find a cement cistern that fed water to The Fells, and see the ruins of a sugarhouse. Visit the Milton Clark/Nathan Baker farm cellar complex—the last and most expensive parcel purchased by Secretary John Milton Hay—and walk along the “Old Farm Road Trail” to see the Sarah Bartlett cellar-hole Walking distance estimated to be two miles. Attendance at Part 1 not contingent upon attendance at Part 2 on June 18. Members and nonmembers, $5. To register, call 603-763-4789 x3. Meets at The Fells Welcome Kiosk. Supported by grants from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation’s Wellborn Ecology Fund, and the Creekmore and Adele Fath Charitable Foundation. Co-sponsored by The Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests.
23rd Annual Plant Sale
Saturday, June 14, 9:30am-noon (Early bird for members, 8:30-9:30am)
Buy quality, well established plants and shrubs propagated and field dug from The Fells very own gardens as well as from the region’s finest nurseries. We have a terrific selection of Fells signature plants; perennials, shrubs and more. Get expert advice from Fells landscape staff and Master Gardeners. Unique art for your garden also available from Sugar Plum. Members, bring your membership cards and save 10% on all Fells plant purchases! Not a member? Join or renew! Held in The Fells Gatehouse Courtyard rain or shine.
Bodacious Blooming Dahlias and Hardy Hydrangeas
Tuesday, June 17, 1-4pm
Two New England favorites. Learn the ins-and-outs of growing Dahlias with gardener Amy Hoffman, including: when and where to plant these beautiful bloomers; best growing practices; topping; weed control; pests and other problems; dividing tubers; and winter storage. Following Amy’s presentation, Master Gardener Marilyn Hill discusses the different varieties of Hydrangeas, and how to identify, plant, grow, prune, and care for these vigorous, long lived, and much loved hardy shrubs. You’ll also learn about color change, flowering, diseases and treatment, along with site selection and some common medicinal uses. Meets at The Fells Gatehouse classroom. Requested donation $10. To register, call 603-763-4789 x 3 This program, which is open to all, is part of a series of gardening workshops organized by the Sullivan County Master Gardeners for community education.
Hidden History of the Hay Estate, Part 2
Wednesday, June 18, 4-6pm
Discover how the Hay Family and workers on the estate experienced The Fells from evidence and artifacts that are hidden in plain sight! Forest Society naturalist Dave Anderson leads a special walking tour that includes the “Coach Road Trail” (the historic road used by the Hays to access a favorite picnic spot on Sunset Hill); a unique swath of forest dating to hurricane salvage operations along Lake Sunapee; the ruins of a water pumping shed; and the site of the former swimming dock located south of the mouth of Beech Brook. Walking distance estimated to be 1.5 miles. Attendance at Part 2 not contingent upon attendance at Part 1 on June 4. Members and nonmembers, $5. To register, call 603-763-4789 x3. Supported by grants from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation’s Wellborn Ecology Fund, and the Creekmore and Adele Fath Charitable Foundation. Co-sponsored by the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests.
Black Bear Happenings in New Hampshire
Thursday, June 19, 3-4pm
Learn about the natural history of the black bear and related research and management activities in New Hampshire and in USFWS Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration Program that makes this work possible. Members free, nonmembers $5. To register, call 603-763-4789 x3. Meets in the Gatehouse Classroom. Co-sponsored by New Hampshire Fish and Game Department Fish and Wildlife Stewards.
Sunapee Region Garden Tour
Saturday-Sunday, June 21-22, 10am-3pm
You’ll be enchanted by this tour of exceptional private gardens. From sun loving and sexy to shady and soothing, you will absolutely love this selection of the finest gardens and landscapes in the area. Your ticket is good for two days (rain or shine) and includes a garden reception at The Fells at 3pm on Sunday. Shop at The Fells Courtyard Plant Stand anytime over the weekend, present your ticket, and get a 10% discount on all plants. Tickets: $22 on/before June 20; $27 at the door. Available on-line; at The Fells, Newbury; Morgan Hill Bookstore and the New London Chamber Information Booth, New London; and MJ Harrington and Co., Newport beginning June 1. Check back later for further details about this popular biennial Fells fundraiser.
Mark Twain Visits The Fells
Sunday, June 29, 5-8pm
Samuel Langhorne Clemens (November 30, 1835–April 21, 1910)—better known by his pen-name Mark Twain—was an American novelist and humorist. He met John Milton Hay in 1867 when Hay was editorial writer for the New York Tribune, marking the beginning a friendship that endured 38 years. Even Clara’s disapproval of her husband’s association with the irreverent Twain could not dampen his appreciation for Twain’s wit. Mingle over cocktails with Mark Twain, portrayed by John Pogson; savor an elegant three course meal served under a marquis on the beautiful Rose Terrace; and enjoy a most entertaining Mark Twain performance. $100 per person. Limited reservations. To reserve, call 603-763-4789 x3 no later than June 23.
Art in Bloom
Monday-Wednesday, June 30-July 2, 10-4pm
Main House Art Gallery
View stunning floral arrangements inspired by the art of the New Hampshire Art Associations’ Architecture in the Landscape exhibit. Talented garden club members and professional floral designers bring selected paintings to life through their imaginative and eye-catching floral interpretations. Members free, nonmembers pay site admission.
Art in Bloom: Afternoon Tea
Monday, June 30, 3-4pm
Mothers, daughters, grandmothers, aunts and sisters or fathers, son’s grandfathers, uncles or brothers—enjoy an Afternoon Tea of freshly brewed hot or cold tea and delicious refreshments, all at perfectly set tables on the beautiful Veranda. Come This promises to be a wonderful presentation that is sure to delight! Members-children $5, adults $10; nonmembers-children $8, adults $18. Includes site admission. Reservations required by Friday, June 27. To reserve, call 603-763-4789 x3.
Art in Bloom: Floral Still Life Photography
Tuesday, July 1, 10-11:30am
Learn to effectively use your camera to capture the beauty of still life settings and designs. Larry Harper of Portrait Design Photography shares tips used by the pros to get the best pictures. Bring your camera and your creativity and leave with outstanding photographs. Members $8, nonmembers $18, includes site admission. Advance registration required on or before Monday, June 30. To register, call 603-763-4789 x3.
Art in Bloom: Floral Arranging Demonstration
Tuesday, July 1, 12:30-2pm
Come and watch professional floral designers interpret a painting or sculpture from the current Architecture in the Landscape exhibit. Learn how they select materials and containers and create style, shape and color. Meets at the Main House. Members $8, nonmembers $18, includes site admission. Advance registration required on or before Monday, June 30. To register, call 603-763-4789 x3.
Art and Nature Children’s Summer Camp—Ages 6-8
Monday-Thursday, July 7-10, 9:30am-12:30pm
Children ages 6-8 receive inspiration from the natural world of The Fells and create artworks using a variety of materials. Students explore forests, gardens, meadows and the enchanted fairy village, turning inspiration into original sculptures, paintings, miniature books, and more. What magical and artful treasures will your child bring home to display? Members and Newbury residents $75, nonmembers $100. All materials provided. Children bring own lunch and personal necessities. Advance registration required by July 3. To register, call 603-763-4789 x3. Meets at The Fells Welcome Kiosk. Supported by grants from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation’s Wellborn Ecology Fund, the Creekmore and Adele Fath Charitable Foundation and the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts.
Newbury Free Days at The Fells
Saturday-Sunday, July 12-13, 10am-4pm
The Fells Historic Estate and Gardens is proud to be part of Newbury’s historic heritage and civic-minded spirit and extends an invitation to Newbury residents, town employees, civic volunteers, and their immediate families, to tour the gardens, trails, and Main House free of charge throughout this weekend. Please check in at the Kiosk to register for a drawing for a complimentary Household membership.
Saturday, July 12, 10:30am-3pm
Join amateur and accomplished botanists in a project to document New England’s native and naturalized plants found at The Fells—and learn while doing it. Noted research botanist Arthur Haines, author of the 1008-page FloraNovae Angliae, presents an introductory program, and following a BYO lunch break, we will form groups comprised of people with varying levels of botanical knowledge. Each group receives a checklist of plants known to exist at The Fells, and a friendly competition ensues to see which group can add a new species to the list and identify the largest number of existing plants. Modest prize for the winners! Visit https://gobotany.newenglandwild.org to learn more about our native flora. Free. To register, call 603-763-4789 x3.
Botany Blitz for Budding Botanists
Saturday, July 12, 10-11:30am
Children age 10 and older—with or without parent—learn basics of plant identification, followed by a scavenger hunt along the driveway in search of specific plants. Modest prizes. Members free; nonmember children $4, adults $10. To register, call 603-763-4789 x3.
Veranda Concert with Cyn Barrette
Sunday, July 13, 4:30-6:30pm
Gather on The Fells Veranda for a fabulous musical performance by Cyn Barrett. Enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres and wine bar from 4:30-5:30pm. (Nonmembers check in after 4pm.) Concert begins at 5:30pm. Rain or shine. $30pp. Reserve early, as seating is limited. To reserve, call 603-763-4789 x3.
Art of The Fells
July 16-October 13—In the Main House Gallery, open during Main House hours
Experience The Fells through the eyes of the artist! Each year plein air artists have found unbridled inspiration amid the natural beauty and breathtaking gardens of The Fells. This exhibit highlights the individual style of over 18 artists as they explore the wonders of The Fells, bringing their canvases to life with color, shape and endless compositions.
Saturday-Sunday, July 19-20, 10am-4pm
Experience the natural beauty and historic gardens of The Fells through the accomplished eyes of prominent New England artists. Observe their individual styles and techniques as they work en plein air throughout the weekend to capture the natural light, using color to define form. Watch as their paintings come to life and ask them about their inspiration. Activities include a children’s art table; artists demonstrations; and an art photography workshop (bring your camera!). The weekend culminates with a reception, exhibit, music and wet paint sale at 3pm on Sunday. Members free, nonmembers pay site admission. Sunday reception is free to all.
Newbury Parks and Recreation Ecology Camp for Children
Monday-Friday, July 21-25, 9am-12:30pm
Children, ages 6-13, enhance their love and respect for the natural world while learning wetland and watershed ecology with naturalists and scientists. Weather permitting, activities will be outdoors and include hiking and boating on Lake Sunapee. Campers should bring a towel, sneakers and rain gear. To register, contact Travis Dezotell, Town of Newbury Parks and Recreation Dept.: email@example.com or at 603-763-4940 x210.
Lakeshore Adventure Walk for Families: Lakeside Learning
Thursday, July 31, 6-7:30pm
Spend the evening “Sunapee-Side”! LSPA education staff takes us to the water’s edge to explore and investigate the place where the water meets the land. Dress appropriately for hiking and the weather. Fells and LSPA members free; nonmember adults $8, children $3. No registration required. Meets at The Fells Welcome Kiosk. Made possible with support from the Creekmore and Adele Fath Charitable Foundation. Co-sponsored by the Lake Sunapee Protective Association.
Art and Nature Children’s Summer Camp—Ages 9-11
Monday-Thursday, August 4-7, 9:30am-12:30pm
Children receive inspiration from the natural world of The Fells and create artworks using a variety of materials. Students explore forests, gardens, meadows and the enchanted fairy village, turning inspiration into original sculptures, paintings, miniature books, and more. What magical and artful treasures will your child bring home to display? Members and Newbury residents $75, nonmembers $100. All materials provided. Children bring own lunch and personal necessities. Advance registration required by July 3. To register, call 603-763-4789 x3. Meets at The Fells Welcome Kiosk. Supported by grants from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation’s Wellborn Ecology Fund, the Creekmore and Adele Fath Charitable Foundation and the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts.
Hay Day Family Festival
Saturday, August 9, 10am-3pm
A fun-filled day for all ages with old-fashioned games, music, children’s art projects, scavenger hunt, petting zoo, and face painting. While here, discover nature trails, the Fairy Village, Art in Nature 2014 outdoor sculpture, Gallery exhibits, and guided tours of the Main House and gardens. New this year—treat yourself to an old fashioned picnic lunch of delicious barbeque and strawberry shortcake! Also new, go on a woodland walk with President Theodore Roosevelt, John Hay’s “boss” who spent the night here in 1902; and learn how to take outstanding portraits and action photos with Larry Harper of Portrait Design Photography—bring your camera. In addition, see USFWS “WOW Express”, an interactive exhibit that is fun for all ages that introduces the National Refuge system and describes the geology and natural history of the 7.2 million-acre Connecticut River Watershed. Visitors can see the full exhibit at LSPA’s Knowlton House during Love Your Lake Day on Sunday, August 10. Rain or shine. Members free, nonmembers pay site admission.
Veranda Concert with Nancy Tripp
Sunday, August 10, 4:30-6:30pm
Back by popular demand! Nancy Tripp and her trio perform on The Fells Veranda for a memorable caberet style performance. Enjoy delicious hors d’oeuvres and wine bar from 4:30-5:30pm. (Nonmembers check in after 4pm.) Concert begins at 5:30pm. Rain or shine. $30pp. Reserve early, as seating is limited. To reserve, call 603-763-4789 x3.
Fairy House Festival and Tea Party
Sunday, August 17, 1-4pm
This is our third annual Fairy House Festival—a celebration of Fairy Houses that connects children to the natural world. This magical afternoon features author, Illustrator, and educator Tracy Kane reading from her book, Fairy Houses, and sharing photos of whimsical fairy habitats built from all natural materials. Children visit The Fells Fairy Village and create their very own fairy house and meet Tracy Kane during a whimsical Tea Party on the veranda. Children are invited to build and bring a fairy house for display (optional) and to wear original garments inspired by their idea of a tea party to celebrate fairies (also optional). Members-children $5, adults $10; nonmembers-children $8, adults $18. Includes site admission. Book sale and signing follows. Space is limited, so sign up early. Registration required by August 15. To register, call 603-763-4789 x3. Supported by grants from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation’s Wellborn Ecology Fund, and the Creekmore and Adele Fath Charitable Foundation.
About Tracy Kane:
Tracy Kane majored in illustration at Philadelphia College of Art. She also studied in London, England where she met her husband, Barry. After working as a commercial artist for NH Public Television, she now spends most of her time introducing communities to the joy of fairy house building. Says Tracy: “My goal in producing the Fairy House’s Series, is to connect children with the wonders of nature. I use the fairies as a vehicle to remind them that nature’s magic is all around us.”
Landscape Painting at the Fells
Wednesday-Friday, August 20-22, 10am-3pm
Enjoy the beauty of the gardens and architecture of The Fells in a plein air workshop taught by Aline Ordman—award winning member and Master Pastelist with the Pastel Society of America, and signature member of the American Impressionist Society. Aline is a teacher of over 20 years and concentrates on understanding color through exploration of values and shapes created by the play of light in nature. Students benefit from Aline’s hands-on style as well as one-on-one and group critiques. Work is in either pastels or oils with demonstrations in each provided daily. Aline exhibits in various galleries throughout the northeast. See her website at www.alineordman.com. Students bring their own easels and art supplies. For further information, contact Aline directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. Members $200, nonmembers $225. Advance registration required by August 16. To register, call 603-763-4789 x3. Meets at the Main House.
A Naturalist in the White House
Tuesday, September 16, 2pm-3pm
Did you know that Theodore Roosevelt entered Harvard University intending to major in natural history? Or that he once compiled, from memory, a list of 93 bird species he had seen in or near the White House? President Theodore Roosevelt was both a keen and highly knowledgeable observer of the natural world, and passionate advocate for its protection. Join Fells volunteer and TR enthusiast Dwight Wilder as he highlights this lesser-known side of one of America’s most celebrated presidents. Members free, nonmembers $8. No registration required. Meets in the Gatehouse Classroom.
Take a Child Outside Week
In cooperation with Take a Child Outside Week, an international program created to help and encourage children discover the natural world, The Fells extends an invitation to “Bring a child, receive one free adult admission.” Be part of this national movement and bring a child to The Fells to experience the beauty of our natural world. All children are free. For more information see ww.takeachildoutside.org.
Smithsonian’s Museum Day Live
Saturday, September TBA, 9am-4pm
In the spirit of Smithsonian Museums, who offer free admission every day, Museum Day Live! is an annual event hosted by Smithsonian magazine in which participating museums across the country open their doors to anyone presenting a Musuem Day Ticket. Explore the natural beauty of The Fells, and discover five acres of landscaped gardens set amid 84 acres of diverse woodland and fields. More information at http://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/.
Poetry at the Fells
Sunday, September 28, 2-4pm(Rain date, Sunday, October 5)
Explore The Fells with New Hampshire poets and experience poetry like never before! Take a journey along nature paths lined with hay scented fern and carpeted with a blanket of newly fallen leaves. Delight in the colorful distant vistas of lake and mountain and find hidden garden alcoves. Join prominent Granite State poets (published by New Hampshire publisher Hobblebush Books) as they read and discuss their writings in carefully chosen settings throughout the estate. Travel from one poet to the next for the entire experience, stop for selected readings to hear your favorite, or lounge at a special spot! Bring a blanket if you wish. Poets will be available between readings to speak one-on-one and will sign books throughout the event. (Bring your own copy or purchase one at the event.) Check back later for a list of participating authors. Members free, nonmembers $10. No registration required.
Bulbs to Blooms
Thursday, October 2, 1-3pm
Prepare for winter’s short days and snow-filled gardens by planting flowering bulbs to bloom inside. Fall is the best time to force bulbs, and in this workshop Greg Berger of Spring Ledge Farm demonstrates tried and true methods of bulb forcing. Learn about choosing bulbs, containers and soils, timing and temperature requirements, and a bit about the history and unique botanical attributes of flowering bulbs. Meets at The Fells Gatehouse classroom. Requested donation $10. To register, call 603-763-4789 x 3. This program, which is open to all, is part of a series of gardening workshops organized by the Sullivan County Master Gardeners for community education.
Fungi Foray for Beginners
Sunday, October 12, 1pm-4pm
Amateur mycologists Jill and George Montgomery, with assistance from the Montshire Mushroom Club, present an introduction to fungi for beginner mushroom enthusiasts. Afterwards, go on a “foray for fungi” amid the rich Fells woodlands, followed by an identification session to learn which are edible and which are toxic. Bring a basket and knife. Members $5, nonmembers $8. Limited spaces available. Register by September 28. To register, call 603-763-4789 x3. Meets at the Gatehouse. Supported by grants from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation’s Wellborn Ecology Fund, and the Creekmore and Adele Fath Charitable Foundation.
North American Rock Garden Society Quarterly Meeting
Wednesday, October 29, 2-3pm
Join us for an engaging presentation by Mike Kintgen, Senior Horticulturist, Denver Botanic Gardens, where he oversees the Alpine Collection and nine gardens including the Rock Alpine Garden and South African Plaza. Members and Fells volunteers free, nonmembers, $6. Advance registration required. To register, email email@example.com. Meets at The Fells Gatehouse classroom.
Christmas at The Fells: Deck the Halls Preview Party
Friday, November 7, 5-8pm
Fa la la la la la la la la… Don your gay apparel and discover the magic of Christmas at The Fells! The twinkle of lights, the scent of freshly cut pine boughs, fabulous holiday décor and the merriment and camaraderie of Fells supporters is sure to spark your spirit. Strike the harp and join the chorus and be among the first to preview the Main House, decorated to the theme of Deck the Halls. Meet the talented designers and enjoy delectable hors d’oeuvres and festive libations. Fa la la la la la la la la… Jitney service available from the Gatehouse parking lot to/from Main House. $100 per person includes return tour ticket. To reserve call 603-763-4789 x3 on or before October 31.
Christmas at The Fells: Deck the Halls
November 8-9 and 15-16, 10am-3pm
is the season to be jolly… Experience the historic Fells Main House, transformed to the theme of Deck the Halls! Troll the ancient Yuletide carol and get inspired by fireside stockings and the twinkling of lights. Fa la la la la la la la la… Professional interior designers, decorators and talented volunteers have deck(ed) the hall(s) with boughs of holly to create this one-of-a-kind Christmas showcase. Fa la la la la la la la la… Follow me in merry measure to the Holiday Gift Boutique where the finest regional artisans offer a selection of gifts for the most discriminating on your list. Fa la la la la la la la la… Tickets: $17.50 in advance tickets, through November 7; $22.50 at the door; $5 children. Available on-line and at select local retailers October 1. Private tours, rentals and group discounts mid-week, November 8 through November 14. Call 603-763-4789 x3 for more information. The Fells Main House, 456 Route 103A, Newbury, NH.