2016 Calendar of Programs and Events
A note about payment for programs and events. We ask that payment be made in advance for all programs and events. If the class or event is cancelled by The Fells for any reason, registration fees will be refunded. Students may withdraw and receive a full refund or apply payment toward another class up to five days prior to the class date. Unless special circumstances warrant, no refund will occur when withdrawal is within five days. Payment for Special Event tickets may not be refunded after the headcount has been made to the caterer, or beyond the “reserve-by” date. Requests for refunds prior to this date will be honored. Thank you for your understanding.
Vernal Pool Adventure Walk for Families
Saturday, April 16, 1-2:30pm
Bring the whole family for a learning experience at one of The Fells vernal pools and discover who lives there and why these temporary habitats are so important. Waterproof footwear recommended. Led by Lake Sunapee Protective Association Education Director Kathleen Stowell. Fells and LSPA members free, non-members $5 per family. No registration required. Meets at The Fells Gatehouse. Co-sponsored by the Lake Sunapee Protective Association.
Preparing to Open Your Garden
Thursday, May 5, 1-2:30pm
For the novice to the experienced gardener, join Fells Nursery Manager Sue Ellen Weed-Parkes for this fun and engaging program. Learn the steps to take to open your garden, from soil preparation to starting seeds. Meet in the Gatehouse classroom. Open to all, requested donation $10. Advance registration required. To register, call 603-763-4789 x3. Sponsored by the Sullivan County Master Gardeners in conjunction with the UNH Extension Service for community education.
National Public Gardens Day
Friday-Sunday, May 6-8, 10am-4pm
As part of the ninth 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. Get a preview of Art in Nature 2016 Outdoor Sculpture. Treat mom on her day (Sunday, May 8) and pack a picnic to enjoy on our Veranda—carry-in/carry-out please. Admission is free to all the entire weekend.
Birding by Ear and Sight
Saturday, May 7, 7:30-9am (Rain Date May 8, 7:30-9am)
Join Peter Newbern for a morning of learning some tricks to identify bird songs and calls by interpreting what it seems like they are singing, followed by a chance to hear and see some of the various neo-tropical birds returning to nest. This is an easy/moderate walk around the grounds of The Fells. Meet at the Gatehouse. Members free, non-members $8. To reserve call 603-763-4789 x3.
Growing Food in Small Spaces
Saturday, May 7, 10:00am-11:30am
No space for a garden? WMUR-TV’s host of Grow it Green and Agriculture Resources Educator at UNH Cooperative Extension in Hillsborough County, Margret Hagen has some ideas for finding space & growing more food in the space you have. She will share space-saving techniques for increasing yields in small garden spaces: vertical cropping, intercropping, succession planting, raised-bed gardening, and intensive planting. Requested donation $10. Advance registration required. To register, call 603-763-4789 x3. Meets at The Fells Gatehouse classroom. Sponsored by the Sullivan County Master Gardeners in conjunction with the UNH Extension Service for community education.
Margaret Hagen has worked for Cooperative Extension since 1986 in Hillsborough County assisting the local green industry and providing programs for commercial growers as part of a state team. During this time she developed the 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 and tapes a weekly TV spot, “Grow It Green” for WMUR TV. She is also 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.
Out and About at The Fells: Blooms, Buds and Bugs
Tuesday, May 24, 10-11am
May bursts forth with the colors and sounds of Spring! Children investigate the best of the Spring Season. Join Lake Sunapee Protective Association’s education staff in this program for pre-school age children and their caregivers. Children will love the hands on learning and sensory experiences; guided exploration; creative play; and art and music. Free. No reservations necessary. Meets at The Fells Gatehouse. Co-sponsored by The Fells and Lake Sunapee Protective Association.
Member Opening Reception
Friday, May 27, 5-7pm
Celebrate the opening of our exciting 2016 season with Fells members and guests. Meet fellow Fells supporters and be among the first to see the season’s new exhibits and to learn about our new initiative, Treasure The Fells. We have Art in Nature 2016, an outdoor sculpture exhibit curated by Janet Haines; new history and ecology exhibits in our Main House; and a brand new art exhibit in our Main House Gallery. Mingle with the artists, take a guided tour of sculpture, and enjoy complimentary light hors d’oeuvres and wine bar. RESERVE ONLINE or call 603-763-4789 x3.
The Fells Historic Estate and Gardens
The Fells Main House Commences Spring Hours
Now open Saturdays, Sundays and Monday Holidays, 10am-4pm, May 28 through June 19. Discover what life was like on an early 20th century New Hampshire summer estate. Take an historic guided tour of the 22-room Colonial Revival Main House, explore the renowned gardens, build a fairy house in the children’s Fairy Village and experience the natural world on an easy hike along one our scenic trails. Members free, nonmembers $10; discounts for seniors, students and families.
Art in Nature 2016: Outdoor Sculpture
Saturday, May 28-Monday, October 10
Discover the spectacular art of well-known New England sculptors as you explore the beautiful gardens and grounds of The Fells. Each piece is sited to seamlessly integrate into the surrounding gardens and natural landscape. Curated by Janet Miller Haines and Professor Jon P. Keenan, Fine and Performing Arts Department, Colby-Sawyer College, New London.
Barns and Farms in the Landscape
May 28-July 10, Main House Art Gallery, open during Main House hours
In 1888, John Milton Hay quietly began acquiring nearly 1,100 acres of abandoned farms to create his family’s new summer home, and in the early 1900’s, The Fells itself became a self-sustaining working farm. In this all new art exhibit, select artists from the New Hampshire Art Association, capture the essence of historic and contemporary barns and farms that are an important feature of the New Hampshire landscape.
Ecology Exhibit: Life Cycles of The Fells
May 28-October 10, Main House John Hay Ecology Center, open during Main House hours
The now 84 acres of The Fells Historic Estate and Gardens (originally 1,100 acres) was more than a home for the Hay family. This exhibit explores the wildlife residents, plant life, and ecological aspects of The Fells. Learn more about the brooks and streams, Lake Sunapee shoreline, and species of trees and wildflowers. Children of all ages will also enjoy interactive exhibits with wildlife such as owls, bats and mammal pelts. Come and view our butterfly house to examine larvae as they transform from larvae, to chrysalis, to butterfly.
History Exhibit: The Education of a Diplomat: John Milton Hay: The Early Years
May 28-October 10, Main House Exhibit Gallery, open during Main House hours
John Milton Hay was appointed Secretary of State in President William McKinley’s Cabinet. He continued in office under President Theodore Roosevelt following McKinley’s assassination in 1901 and served until his death in office on July 1, 1905. He was instrumental in taking the U.S. onto the theater of world politics by bartering an agreement to limit European influence in Asia, negotiating the Panama Canal Treaty, the Alaskan Boundary Dispute, and the Venezuelan Crisis. Get to know John Milton Hay, and how his early life prepared him to be a statesman and helped shape his accomplishments.
Wednesday Evening Education Series: The Natural and Cultural Land Use History of the Fells
June 1, 15, and 29; 4-7pm
A three-part series of summer evening hikes led by Forest Society Naturalist, Director of Education, Dave Anderson. Learn about forest ecology, forest history and how people have shaped the forests surrounding the formal landscape gardens at The Fells. Attend one or all three programs. (See program descriptions listed chronologically below.) SPNHF and Fells members $10, non-members $15. Advance registration required. To register call 603-763-4789 x3. All programs meet at the Welcome Kiosk. Co-sponsored by the Society for the Protection of NH Forests and The Fells.
Introduction to the Forests of The Fells
Wednesday, June 1, 4-7pm
From seedlings and saplings to snags and stumps—this hike will interpret the forests at The Fells using trees as clues to regional forest history. Where are the oldest trees at The Fells and where are the youngest—and why? What factors—both natural and cultural—shaped the forests and wildlife habitats? Learn how local and regional disturbance histories, coupled with natural forest succession, shaped tree species composition at The Fells. Which tree species colonized former pastures? Which trees established in the shade of preceding forests? How did the Hurricane of ’38, a decade of sporadic fires that followed and the more recent ice storms shape local forests? What new factors including climate, weather and exotic insect pests could affect future forest health and species composition? A moderate walk of about 1.5 miles along trails at The Fells, with off-trail exploration along the shore of Lake Sunapee and returning uphill on the Ecology Trail along Beech Brook to the Gate House. SPNHF and Fells members $10, non-members $15. Advance registration required. Bring water and a snack. To register, call 603-763-4789 x3. Meet at the Welcome Kiosk. Co-sponsored by the Society for the Protection of NH Forests and The Fells.
Wildflowers of New Hampshire
Thursday, June 2, 7-8:30pm
Join botanist Ted Elliman for a look at the wildflowers of New Hampshire as described in his new book A Field Guide to the Wildflowers of New England. Published by Timber Press in partnership with New England Wild Flower Society, this comprehensive guide describes and illustrates more than 1,000 of New England’s native and naturalized wildflowers. In this lecture, Ted discusses the flora of many of New Hampshire’s natural communities, presenting images of common and rare plants and highlighting species that are particularly distinct to the state. Ted has been engaged in botanical work in New England and other northeastern states for more than thirty years. Most recently, he was a botanist and plant ecologist on the staff of New England Wild Flower Society in Framingham, Massachusetts, where he conducted botanical inventories, natural community surveys, and invasive species control programs. Books will be available for sale, and a book signing will follow the lecture. NEWFS and Fells members $14, non-members $16. Advance registration required. To register, call 603-763-4789 x3. Co-sponsored by the New England Wild Flower Society.
25th Annual Plant Sale–Member Preview
Friday, June 10, 4-5pm
Held at the Main House in the Pebble Courtyard
Members, join us for light refreshments and early bird shopping for our silver anniversary. Receive 10% off all Fells plants and get advice from our expert landscape staff. We have an array of outstanding plants, including specialty alpines and rock garden plants, as well some silver anniversary specials. NEW this year, we have a white elephant table overflowing with gently used and well loved clay pots and garden and landscape tools, donated by our very own expert gardeners and volunteers. Not a member? JOIN or RENEW your Fells Membership at our Information Table! Held at the Main House Pebble Court rain or shine. Limited parking at the Main House. Shuttle service available.
25th Annual Plant Sale
Saturday, June 11, 8:30am-noon
Open to all. Help us celebrate our Silver Anniversary. Tour the Main House and gardens, talk to the professionals about your landscaping project and be assured that your plant purchase is the best value around. We have a terrific selection of Fells signature plants; alpines; perennials and shrubs. Unique art for your garden is also available from Sugar Plum. NEW this year, we have a white elephant table overflowing with gently used and well loved clay pots and garden and landscape tools, donated by our very own expert gardeners and volunteers. Enjoy complimentary coffee while you shop. Members, bring your membership cards and save 10% on all Fells plant purchases! Not a member? JOIN or RENEW your Fells Membership at our Information Table! Held at the Main House Pebble Court rain or shine. Limited parking at the Main House. Plant shuttle service available to upper parking lot.
The Hidden History of the Fells
Wednesday, June 15, 4-7pm
This walk at the Forest Society’s Hay Forest Reservation will visit virtually unknown features of the former “Fells Farm” era during the tenure of Clarence L. Hay and Alice Appleton Hay. Hidden in the woods of the Forest Society’s Hay Forest Reservation are cement cisterns that once fed water to The Fells, early logging trails, and the ruins of a former maple sugarhouse. We’ll visit the cellar hole ruins of the Milton Clark and Nathan Baker farm—the final and most expensive—of seven farms purchased by Secretary John Milton Hay. We’ll visit the Sarah Bartlett cellar on the “Old Farm Road Trail” and the impoundment, filter house, and cistern house which still provide gravity-fed water to fountains in the formal gardens of The Fells.
This is a guided hike of about 2.5 miles that includes more rugged sections of off-trail exploration as well as easier walking along trails and woods roads. SPNHF and Fells members $10, non-members $15. Advance registration required. Bring water and a snack. To register, call 603-763-4789 x3. Meet at the Welcome Kiosk. Co-sponsored by the Society for the Protection of NH Forests and The Fells.
How Sweet It Is—The Exciting Lifecycle of the Honey Bee and Her Sweet Rewards!
Saturday, June 18, 10am-11:30am
Wendy Booth, Owner of My Bee Buddy—Hive-side Lessons and Inspections—will give a digital presentation on the fascinating life of the Honey Bee and the sweet rewards of keeping bees. If you are thinking of becoming a beekeeper, love to garden or just curious about nature come and see what all the “Buzz” is about. We will discuss products from the hive, taste honey and have a few laughs along the way. Wendy is past President of NH Beekeepers, 2008 Beekeeper of the Year, her bee photos have been featured in national bee publications and she was featured on NH Chronicle. Requested donation $10. Advance registration required. To register, call 603-763-4789 x3. Meets at The Fells Gatehouse classroom. Sponsored by the Sullivan County Master Gardeners in conjunction with the UNH Extension Service for community education.
The Fells Historic Estate and Gardens
The Fells Main House Commences Summer Hours
Now open Wednesday through Sunday and Monday Holidays, 10am-4pm, June 22 through September 5. Discover what life was like on an early 20th century New Hampshire summer estate. Take an historic guided tour of the 22-room Colonial Revival Main House, explore the renowned gardens, build a fairy house in the children’s Fairy Village and experience the natural world on an easy hike along one our scenic trails. Members free, nonmembers $10; discounts for seniors, students and families.
A Celebration of Summer: Savories and Silent Auction
Sunday, June 26, 5:30-7:30pm
Enjoy a delightful summer repast and exclusive Silent Auction featuring fine wines, gourmet dining and exceptional travel experiences. $45 per person, reservations required by June 19.
Sunset Hill Evening Hike: In the Company of Light: Readings from the Works of Naturalist John Hay and Picnic on Sunset Hill
Wednesday, June 29, 4-7pm
Naturalist, John Hay was fond of hiking the hills of New Hampshire. Join Dave Anderson— Education Director of the Society for the Protection of the New Hampshire Forests—for a traditional summer evening hike to spectacular views from the summit of Sunset Hill, ancestral Hay family summer picnic spot. Dave reads several passages from John Hay’s writings—all inspired by John Hay’s boyhood rambles at The Fells, Lake Sunapee and his own summertime explorations of the former farms which comprise The Fells and the Forest Society’s Hay Forest Reservation. A comfortable, leisurely pace on a moderate, 2.4-mile round-trip hike that gains 550 feet to the 1800-foot elevation at the summit of Sunset Hill. BYO picnic supper to enjoy on the summit. SPNHF and Fells members $10, non-members $15. Advance registration required. To register, call 603-763-4789 x3. Meet at the Welcome Kiosk. Co-sponsored by the Society for the Protection of NH Forests and The Fells.
Photography Camp for Young Adults (Ages 10-16)
Tuesday-Friday, July 5-8, 9am-noon
Join instructor Susan Dutton for a four day workshop to learn the essentials of nature photography and composition. Bring your camera (no phone cameras please) and your creativity and leave with outstanding images. Members $30, nonmembers $45. Advance registration required by Monday, June 27. To register, call 603-763-4789 x3.
Newbury Residents Free!
Saturday-Sunday, July 9-10, 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 the entire weekend. Take a guided tour of the historic Main House, go on a garden tour or nature walk, tour the Art in Nature 2016 sculpture exhibit, or simply relax on our Veranda and admire the view. Please check in at the Kiosk to register for a drawing for a complimentary Household membership and thanks for visiting!
Concert on the Veranda with Opera North
A Cottage for Two, Celebrating the Romance of Alice and Clarence Hay
July 10, 5-7pm
Classical music theater at its best, performed by Opera North’s Resident Artists, accompanied by General Director Evans Haile on The Fells grand piano. Celebrate the romance of Alice and Clarence Hay through their correspondence, letters, and the music they loved, including songs of Gershwin, Rodgers and Hart, Puccini, and Donizetti. Enjoy hearty hors d’ouevres and wine bar from 5-6pm. $35 per person, reserve early.
Visual Verse: An Exhibit of Art and Poetry Inspired by The Fells
July 13–October 10, Main House Art Gallery, open during Main House hours
Discover The Fells in a whole new way. Experience the exquisite beauty of The Fells through the eyes of plein air artists, and immerse yourself in the inspirational writings of John Milton Hay Poetry Society poets, who interpret the painted canvas in verse. Leonardo da Vinci once said, “Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.”
Painting with Water Colors for Kids (Ages 8-16)
Wednesday-Friday, July 13-15, 9am-noon
Join instructor Rebecca Bense for a three day workshop on the essentials of watercolor painting. Students will learn watercolor techniques and express their creativity while learning about color, composition and perspective. Members $20, non-members $35. All materials provided. Advance reservations required. To reserve, call 603-763-4789 x3.
Saturday-Sunday, July 16-17, 10am-3pm
Discover the natural beauty and gardens of The Fells through the eyes of prominent New England artists as they create en plein air. Visitors are invited to observe artists interpret the landscape and watch as their paintings come to life. Discuss their individual techniques and learn what inspires them. Select artists demonstrate special artistry methods. Come Saturday to see our Young Artist exhibit. Sunday culminates with a 3pm reception of tea and treats; an exhibit of the weekend’s paintings; and a wet paint sale. Note that Sunday’s reception is free to all beginning at 3pm and that paintings may be purchased off the easel anytime on Saturday or Sunday. Members free, non-members pay Fells Site Admission.
Botany Camp for Kids (Ages 9-12)
Monday-Friday, July 18-22, 9am-noon
Young scientists will participate in a “hands-on” science camp to explore the inner-lives of plants. Activities will include investigation of plant cells, DNA extraction, seeds, germination and photosynthesis. Members $50, non-members $75. Advanced registration required by July 13. To register call 603-763-4789 X 3.
Introduction to Ferns of The Fells
Monday, July 18, 10am-noon
Join Jane Williamson for a mid-summer walk to identify ferns in the woods, along the roadsides and among the rocks of the Fells. Learn about the structures, evolution and life cycle of these amazing plants. Bring a magnifying glass to check out their pinnules, sporangia, hairs, and veins (and much more!) up close. Members free, non-members $8. Meet at the Gatehouse. No advance registration required.
Art in Bloom
Wednesday-Sunday, July 20-July 24
Experience the art of our current Gallery exhibit through the eyes of talented New London Garden Club members and local floral designers. Experience how they interpret the painted canvas through innovative floral designs—from a single stem set in the perfect vase to an elaborate arrangement. Members free, non-members pay Fells Site Admission.
Art in Bloom: Floral Arranging Demonstration
Wednesday, July 20, 1:30-2:30pm
Come and watch professional floral designer, Robert Jensen of Robert Jensen Floral Design, New London, interpret a painting or sculpture from the current exhibit. Learn how to select materials and containers and create style, shape and color. Members $5, non-members $15 or see “package pricing” below (includes site admission). Meets at the Main House. Advance registration required on or before Wednesday, July 13. To register, call 603-763-4789 x3.
Art in Bloom: Using Your Camera Effectively for Still Life Photography
Friday, July 22, time 9-11am
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 images. Members $5, non-members $15 or see “package pricing” below (includes site admission). Meets at the Gatehouse. Advance registration required by Monday, July 18. To register, call 603-763-4789 x3.
Art in Bloom: Still Life Floral Photography
Friday, July 22, time 11:15am-12:30pm
A photography class for beginners and intermediates. Learn how to effectively use your camera to capture the beauty of the still life settings of Art in Bloom with Larry Harper, Portrait Design Photography. Bring your own camera. Members $5, non-members $15, or see “package pricing” below (includes site admission). Meets at the Main House. Advance registration required by Monday, July 18. To register, call 603-763-4789 x3.
Members: Single class, $5; Two classes, $8; Three classes, $12
Non-members: Single class, $15; Two classes, $18; Three classes, $22
Fairy House Festival and Tea Party
Sunday, July 24, 1-4pm
This celebration of Fairy Houses connects children to the natural world and includes a reading by renowned Fairy House author Tracy Kane, book signing, crafts, a whimsical Tea Party on the Veranda, and building of fairy habitats in The Fells Fairy Village. Children are invited to dress in their finest Fairy or Gnome attire. Members; adults $10, children $5: non-members; adults $20, children $10 (Includes site admission). Advance registration required by July 28. Reserve online or call 603-763-4789 x3.
Newbury Ecology Camp for Children
Monday-Friday, July 25-29, 9am-12:30pm
Children, ages 6-13, will enhance their love and respect for the natural world while learning wetland and watershed ecology with naturalists and scientists. Activities will be outdoors, weather permitting, and include hiking and boating at The Fells. Offered by the Newbury Recreation Department and the Lake Sunapee Protective Association in partnership with The Fells. To register, or for more information contact Travis Dezotell, firstname.lastname@example.org, 603-763-4940 x210, or go to www.newburynh.org.
Daniel Thomas Moran: Poetry and the Creative Spirit
Friday, July 29, 5:30-7:30pm
Join poet and author Daniel Thomas Moran for a poetry reading on the Veranda. Dan will discuss his poems, the creative process and how living in NH has influenced his work. Books will be available for sale and a book signing will follow the reading. Light refreshments. Members free, nonmembers $5.
Daniel Thomas Moran, former poet laureate of Suffolk County, NY is the author of seven collections of poetry, the most recent of which, A Shed for Wood, was published in 2014 by Salmon Poetry is Ireland. His previous collection, Looking for the Uncertain Past, was published by Poetry Salzburg in Austria in 2006. His work has been published in journals worldwide and two collections have been published in translation, one in Spanish and the other in Romanian. A collection in Albanian and a second collection in Romanian are expected in 2016. He is a retired Clinical Assistant Professor from Boston University’s School of Dental Medicine, where he twice received the Outstanding Clinical Faculty Award, and where, in 2011, delivered the Commencement Address. He serves on the Board of The Humanist Society in Washington, D.C, as well as the Board of the New Hampshire Humanities. He and his wife Karen have lived on the Warner River in Webster, NH since 2009.
Veranda Concert with Nancy Tripp: I Get a Kick Out Of Cole
Sunday, July 31, 5-7pm
Composer, lyricist, bon vivant, Cole Porter brought such a stylish individuality to his work that a brand known as “the Cole Porter song” became well recognized during the 1930s and 1940s . His witty and urbane lyrics, sinuous or bouncy melodies, and clever rhyme schemes characterize the genre that is comprised of more than 800 songs. Nancy Tripp and her trio of Andy Bourke on bass, Billy Rosen on guitar, and Mike Parker on saxophone perform a selection of Porter classics as Nancy tells the story of the composer’s life. Always True to You in My Fashion, Anything Goes, Begin the Bequine, Don’t Fence me in, Too Darn Hot, and I Love Paris are among the many Porter tunes performed. Enjoy hearty hors d’ouevres and wine bar from 5-6pm. $35 per person, reserve early.
Concert with the North Country Chordsmen
Sunday, August 7, 5-7pm
Veranda Concert with the North Country Chordsmen
The popular and talented North Country Chordsmen perform under the marquee on the beautiful Fells Rose Terrace. Enjoy hearty hors d’ouevres and wine bar from 5-6pm. $35 per person, reserve early.
Veranda Concert with Cyn Barrette
Sunday, August 14, 5-7pm
Cyn Barrette and her quartet perform In a Mellow Tone—standards and Latin music to cool and refresh the spirit. Enjoy hearty hors d’ouevres and wine bar from 5-6pm. $35 per person, reserve early, limited seating.
Hay Day Family Festival at The Fells
Sunday, August 21, 10am-3pm
A fun-filled day for all ages with old-fashioned games, music, children’s art projects, scavenger hunt, petting zoo, face painting, and a special performance by The New London Barn Playhouse Junior Players. Come and watch demonstrations by Billings Farms and local craft people. Explore nature trails; create a fairy house in the Fairy Village: discover Art in Nature 2016: Outdoor Sculpture exhibit and other brand new art and history exhibits in the Main House. Step back in time and take a historic tour of the Main House and gardens, or simply imagine a simpler bygone life while relaxing on the Veranda. A delicious lunch from the grill and strawberry shortcake will be for sale from 11am-2pm. Members free, non-members pay Fells Site Admission.
The Fells Historic Estate and Gardens
The Fells Main House Commences Fall Hours
Now open Saturday, Sunday and Monday Holidays, 10am-4pm, September 10 through October 10. Discover what life was like on an early 20th century New Hampshire summer estate. Take an historic guided tour of the 22-room Colonial Revival Main House, explore the renowned gardens, build a fairy house in the children’s Fairy Village and experience the natural world on an easy hike along one our scenic trails. Members free, nonmembers $10; discounts for seniors, students and families.
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 24, 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 Museum 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/.
Putting your Garden to Bed
Thursday, September 29, 1-3pm
Join Fells Nursery Manager Sue Ellen Weed-Parkes to learn how to divide perennials and put your garden to bed. Meet in the Fells Nursery for this hands-on workshop. Open to all, requested donation $10. Advance registration required. To register, call 603-763-4789 x3.
Fungi Foray for Beginners
Sunday, October 2, 1-4pm
Montshire Mushroom Club members, Maynard Wheeler and Jill Montgomery present an introduction to fungi for beginners followed by a foray amid the rich Fells woodlands and ending with an identification session. Bring a basket and knife. Members $5, non-members $10. Advance registration required by Thursday, September 29. To register call 603-763-4789 X 3.
November 4, 5-7pm
“…the fire is so delightful, and since we’ve no place to go, Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow!…” The sparkle of newly fallen snow, the serenade of carolers, the twinkling of lights, and the scent of freshly cut pine boughs await. Combine all of this with the creative genius of the region’s best designers, decorators and talented volunteers, and you will be inspired! Enjoy holiday cheer and sumptuous appetizers. Mingle with the decorators and shop ahead of the crowds at the fabulous Boutique. You won’t want to miss this magical evening. $100 per person. Reservations required by October 28. Reserve on-line or call 603-763-4789 x3.
Christmas at The Fells: Let it Snow
November 5-13, 10am-3pm; NEW WEEKDAY HOURS, November 7-11, 1-4pm
“…the weather outside is frightful, and since we’ve no place to go, Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow!…” Come tour The Fells and experience the historic Main House, transformed to the theme of Let it Snow! Get inspired by festive fireside vignettes and the sparkle of newly fallen snow. Professional interior designers, floral artists, decorators and talented volunteers have sprinkled their white magic throughout to create this one-of-a-kind Christmas showcase. Let it snow! Let it snow! Let it snow!… Tickets: $18 in advance through October 30; $23 at the door; $5 children. Available at www.thefells.org and at select local retailers.
Tour-goers can also enjoy a scrumptious lunch in our Dining Room Café (open weekends from 11am-2:30pm) where a selection of delicious soups, garnished green salad, artisan bread, beverage, and dessert can be purchased for $15. Reserve (and pay) at the door.
Also open to tour goers is our Holiday Gift Boutique, where we have assembled the finest regional artisans for an unparalleled shopping experience.
Boutique Hours: Open both weekends 10am-3pm with your tour ticket and week days (Nov 7-11) from 10-4pm with no tour ticket necessary.
Christmas at The Fells: Let it Snow Ladies Night
Wednesday, November 9, 5-7pm
Ladies, join us on for a pairing of chocolate and bubbly. Get your girlfriends together and don’t miss this opportunity to tour the Main House at night while sampling decadent chocolate followed by a sip of bubbly! Tickets $45 each in advance or at the door.
Christmas at The Fells for Kids: Let it Snow
November 5 and November 12, 10am-noon
Songs, crafts and stories for ages four through eight. Check back later for more information. Meets at the Gatehouse classroom.