autumn celebration in sugar hill nh

Sugar Hill’s Autumn Celebration
September 30 – October 1
10 am – 3:30 pm

The October Autumn Celebration is an open-air market of 50+ vendors, featuring music, artisan demonstrations, history and more!  You will find delightful handmade items along with local businesses with their products. This is a great time to start your holiday shopping.  Click here to see who is coming to the market.  White Mt Gourmet Coffee will be set up in the Meetinghouse with their free coffee and the donation bucket will be out.  This year’s donations are going to Eastern Montana to assist the in the recovery from the Lodgepole Complex Fire in July.  Over 270,000 acres were burned and the people of this very rural area are rebuilding their lives.  Last year’s donations of $400 was divided between the Franconia Food Pantry and the Littleton Dinner Bell.

The Celebration takes place at the Sugar Hill Meetinghouse, the Carolina Crapo Memorial Building, the Sugar Hill Historical Museum, and at Harman’s Cheese.  You won’t want to miss any venue.  The Richardson Memorial Library is having their book Sale in the Crapo Building and on the Museum lawn.  The Historical Museum is open for extended hours on both days, you won’t want to miss their Hat exhibit (it even includes a full diving suit with the heavy helmet).  White Mountain Helicopter is offering tours both days.  Only $40 for a 10 minute flight and you can sign up for longer flights.  It is a wonderful way to see our area.

There is plenty of parking available in the field behind the meetinghouse and plenty of handicapped parking on the Meetinghouse grounds and in the Crapo Parking lot.

Event Schedule

11 am, Saturday at the Meetinghouse, Steve Taylor presents:
New Hampshire’s One-Room Rural Schools: The Romance and the Reality
Hundreds of one-room schools dotted the landscape of New Hampshire a century ago and were the backbone of primary education for generations of children. Revered in literature and lore, they actually were beset with problems, some of which are little changed today. The greatest issue was financing the local school and the vast differences between taxing districts in ability to support education. Other concerns included teacher preparation and quality, curriculum, discipline, student achievement and community involvement in the educational process.  Steve Taylor explores the lasting legacies of the one-room school and how they echo today
Steve Taylor is an independent scholar, farmer, journalist, and longtime public official. With his sons, Taylor operates a dairy, maple syrup, and cheese making enterprise in Meriden Village. He has been a newspaper reporter and editor, and served for 25 years as New Hampshire’s commissioner of agriculture. Taylor was the founding executive director of the New Hampshire Humanities Council and is a lifelong student of the state’s rural culture. This program is brought to you by the Sugar Hill Richardson Library Elaine Burpee Memorial Fund.

1:30 pm, Saturday at the Meetinghouse.
Free Piano Concert with Madison Brown
Madison Brown is a high school student in Silver Lake, NH.  She will be playing a variety of music from contemporary to classic.  She gave us a concert in June and folks told us to bring her back again.  Thanks to
Dale’s Auto Body of Lisbon, NH, we were able to ask her to come for our Autumn Celebration.

10 am to 3:00 pm, Sunday Only
TinType Photography
Edith Weiler, Eye of the Maker

(Weather Permitting – tintype developer doesn’t work if the air temperature is too cool).
Tintype Artist, Edith Weiler will discuss and make tintypes, as well as displaying her recent work at the Sugar Hill Market on Sunday Edith “Potter” Weiler has studied the 19th century tintype making and its history. She welcomes you to observe and learn about this medium. You can also sit for your own one-of-a kind 19th Century Wet Plate Collodion Tintype made on the grounds between 10 am and 2 pm. This is an opportunity to experience a photography experience that dates back to the Civil War era. Each sitting takes about one half hour. The goal is always to make it right the first time, but on occasion, a few tries may be necessary. EVENT SPECIAL pricing of $30 per tintype. Signature mounting or framing done by the artist is extra.  Visit Edith’s Facebook page for her current exhibitions and events.   We wish to thank Lynne Warren – State Farm Insurance  in Lincoln, NH for sponsoring this event at our market.

1 pm, Sunday at the Meetinghouse.
Free Jazz Concert with
Maple Leaf Seven
Traditional jazz and swing band performing throughout the NorthEast for concerts, dances, Mardi Gras events, weddings, OktoberFest and worship. Founded in 1977 with CD’s available. Trumpet, clarinet, tenor sax, trombone, piano, bass and drums with vocalist. Traditional jazz inspired by Louis Armstrong and New Orleans style; classic swing in the Ellington small-band style.  Please thank Crosstown Motors of Littleton, NH for sponsoring this wonderful Concert.

Lunch & Food Available at the Market

White Mt Gourmet Coffee has been a cornerstone of a Autumn Celebration for several years.  In the beginning they would supply us with free coffee for the weekend but for the last three years they have come up themselves to serve you more than Coffee.  They bring their most popular Coffee flavors but they also spend all weekend making Lattes, Cappuccinos, and Hot Chocolate to order.  And EVERY cup is FREE!  3 years ago, when they decided to come to Sugar Hill instead of just sending the coffee, Richard & Linda asked that we designate a nonprofit in the area for any donations people might leave for the coffee.  Last year, your donations totaled $400 and we divided it between the Franconia Food Pantry and the Littleton Dinner Bell.

2017 Coffee Donation Recipient:  The very rural communities in Garfield & Petroleum Counties of Montana that were devastated by drought and then by the Lodgepole Complex Fire in July.  This fire burned over  270,723 acres (over 423 square miles).  It burned more than acreage though. Ranches, Homes, Equipment, Pastures, Croplands, Haystacks for Winter, Cattle, and thousands of miles of fencing have been destroyed by this fire, which was started by lightning.  The drought and fire has hurt the area so bad that all types of businesses are suffering. This fire was only one of 1,687 Wildfires that Montana has battled this summer – 1.2 million acres burned as of Sept 19 (and fire season isn’t over yet).  Firefighters from all over the USA have been battling these fires.  For all of these reasons and more, we felt this year’s coffee donations needed to go to distant neighbors in Montana.






Youth Movement 360 Luncheon Booth on the Carolina Crapo Memorial Building Grounds.  This group serves teens of Littleton and Profile High Schools.  The teens would like to take a trip to Texas to help with the Hurricane Harvey Cleanup and Recovery.  All the proceeds from their luncheon sales will go towards that project.  Brats, Mac ‘n Cheese, Chili, Soups and More . . . Check out their Menu, by clicking here.

Farm to Fire Pizza from Monroe, NH are returning this autumn with their delicious made-and-fired-to-order pizzas and also butternut squash soup and baked goods.  Check out their menu, by clicking here.

Mountain View Kettle Corn from Canaan, Vermont is another cornerstone of our market.  They will be parked at the Post Office offering: Kettle Corn (including free samples), Soft-baked Pretzels, Cheese Nachos, and Cranberry-Apple Compote over Lemon pound cake.  Is your mouth watering yet??

And to complete the Autumn Market, we get up early both days to bring back freshly made Cider Donuts from the Cider House Café at Windy Ridge Orchard in North Haverhill, NH.  We’ll have Apples, too, from both Windy Ridge Orchard and Apple Hill Farm Orchard of Concord, NH: McIntosh, Cortlands, Macouns, and Honey Crisp.

Other Places to visit during this weekend
Harman’s Cheese
is open early at 8:30 am to 5 pm during the Market
Polly’s Pancake Parlor is open 7 am to 3 pm
The Sampler Gift Barn is open 9:30 am to 5 pm
The Restaurant & Pub at The Inn at Sunset Hill from 5-9 pm on Saturday, until 8 pm on Sunday
Make a reservation for dinner at the Sugar Hill Inn
The Frost Place is open 10 am to 5 pm
On Saturday, visit the Franconia Museum from 1 to 4 pm



Autumn Update

Echo Lake - Franconia Notch September 2017

August had the Autumn Weather and  September had the August Heat. Foliage has started!

Sept 30 - Oct 1 Helicopter Rides over Sugar Hill

"One of the nicest things that happened to me on my trip to the east coast was coming into the 'Little Cheese Store.'  Thank you for your kind and wonderful service." - Customer from Alaska

harman's cheese shop online

harman's cheese recipes