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.
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.
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
We apologize, but this event has been cancelled. Disappointed because you wanted to bid? Click on the link above for the exciting list of items and call Mary Lou McCrave at 603-763-4789 x6 to place your bid!
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 area 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.
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. Reserve online or call 603-763-4789 x3.
Newbury Ecology Camp for Children
Monday-Friday, July 25-29, 9am-noon
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, email@example.com, 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
We are sorry, but reservations have been sold out for this performance. If, however, we are promised good weather and able to seat guests on the lawn, we will open up 30 additional seats. This decision will be made on the days leading up to the performance. In the meantime, if you would like your name added to our wait list, we will notify you by telephone if/when seats become available. To sign up to be on our wait list, please click on the reservation link below and be sure to leave a reliable telephone number.
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 quartet of Andy Bourke on bass, Billy Rosen on guitar, Mike Parker on saxophone and Tim Cohen on drums 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’oeuvres 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’oeuvres 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’oeuvres 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.
Closing ReceptionVisual Verse: An Exhibit of Art and Poetry Inspired by The Fells
Thursday, October 6, 5:30-7pm
Join the plein air artists of The Fells and the poets of the John Hay Poetry Society for a closing celebration of the Visual Verse Exhibit. Come meet the artists and enjoy a poetry reading as the poets share their interpretations of the paintings in verse.
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.