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.”
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.