autumn celebration sugar hill nh

Autumn Celebration

Sugar Hill’s 2019 Autumn Celebration
October 5-6, Saturday and Sunday
10 am – 3:00 pm

The Sugar Hill Autumn Celebration is an open-air market of 55+ vendors, featuring music, artisan demonstrations, history and more!  You will find delightful handmade items alongside local businesses. A great time to start your holiday shopping; check out the list of vendors coming by clicking this link.

The Celebration takes place at the Sugar Hill Meetinghouse, the Carolina Crapo Memorial Building, the Sugar Hill Historical Museum and at Harman’s Cheese.   There is plenty of free parking behind the Meetinghouse and with a walking path up to the grounds.  Handicapped parking is available on the grounds.

White Mt Gourmet Coffee will be set up in the Meetinghouse with their free coffee and a donation bucket will be out, with all proceeds being donated to a non-profit.   Last year’s donations of $471.35 went to local food pantries..

The Historical Museum is open for extended hours on both days.  Their 2019 exhibit is on Sugar Hill Quilts and Vintage Toys.    Four Buildings to explore and the Fire Truck on the lawn.  The main building houses photograph archives, a local history and genealogy library, the Cobleigh Tavern public room, a gift shop, and the 2019 exhibit. The Carriage Barn is filled with tools, horse-drawn carriages, folk-style paintings of old Sugar Hill, and a Benjamin Morrill tower clock. The second barn, the Sleigh Shed, displays a vast and growing collection of historic public signs and sleighs, including one sleigh from the Bette Davis estate. The 1939 Ford fire Truck #2 given to the newly formed sugar Hill Fire Department in 1948 by Henry Crapo. This Ford truck, originally a farm truck, was retro-fitted by the firemen.  You won’t want to miss visiting the Burpee Home which is now part of the Museum,  step into the house and travel back in time.

2019 Event Schedule at the Meetinghouse
All Events are Free

Saturday at 10 am:  “The Social Black Bear: What Bears Have Taught Me About Being Human”
Dr. Ben Kilham will speak at the Sugar Hill Meetinghouse about his experiences with black bears.   Native black bears, thought to be solitary, have a different type of social behavior that possibly parallels human behavior. They show evidence of reciprocal altruism, matri-linear hierarchy, and a mix of intentional and emotional communication. Bears can live for as many as forty years, which allows them long-term benefits from forming relationships with fellow cooperators.

Ben Kilham, Ph.D is a wildlife biologist based in Lyme, New Hampshire. His love of and devotion to black bears has enabled him to study their habits and interact with them for more than two decades. He, his wife Debra and sister Phoebe have accepted orphaned bear cubs into their home and enabled them to successfully return to the wild.  This year they have seen unprecedented numbers and taken in over 70 orphaned bear cubs.  For more information on the Kilham Bear Center, visit their Website Ben has been the focus of several news articles and documentaries, including National Geographic’s A Man Among Bears and Animal Planet’s Papa Bear. He is also author of the books Among the Bears: Raising Orphaned Cubs in the Wild and Out on a Limb: Origins of Intuition and Intelligence.

This free program is sponsored by the Sugar Hill Improvement Association  and Sugar Hill Library’s Elaine Burpee Memorial Fund.

Saturday at Noon:  Healthy Bites on a Budget
Come engage in a discussion, cooking demo, and food sampling of 3 dishes that prove you don’t have to shell out big bucks to make a big impact on your health and biology. Be prepared to see cabbage, beets and legumes in a whole new light. Learn how keeping these go-to cheap choices in your diet can save you money and fend off chronic disease at the same time. Flavor and nutrition can coexist without spending wads of dough at restaurants or on high-end food products. This presentation is filled with little gems of information and ideas so that every attendee will feel like they got their money’s worth. There is no cost to attend this event. Free gift for all attendees!

Presenter, Chad Proulx earned his BS in Clinical Nutrition from UNH-Durham in 2000. He has since worked in the realm of public health and promotion for the last 18 years. For the last 5 years Chad had been employed with Ammonoosuc Community Health Services as their Health Education Specialist, where he enjoys getting out into the community to present health topics to a wide range of audiences and ages. He believes that the food we choose to eat and the lifestyle habits we form influence every aspect of our biology. This program is sponsored by Ammonoosuc Community Health Services

Saturday at 1:30 pm:  Schedule Change!
Unfortunately due to unforeseen issues, Michael Maddigan is unable to present his program on The Flume Gorge.  He is sending autographed books, if you would like to purchase one, they will be available at the Market’s Apple Table.

Saturday at 1:30 pm, New Event:   Concert with Uncommon Folk
We wish to thank Uncommon Folk for stepping in at the last minute as a substitute for Michael Maddigan.   Paul, Sam, and Tom will bring their plethora of  instruments to play their favorite old-tyme music which is a bit of folk, country, pop, bluegrass.  Stop in and see if they are going to play one of your favorites.  I’m hoping they remember to play “May the Circle Be Unbroken”.

Sunday at 1 pm, 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. This free Concert is sponsored by Crosstown Motors of Littleton.

Lunch & Food Available at the Market

Youth Movement 360 Luncheon Booth on the Carolina Crapo Memorial Building Grounds.  This group serves teens of Littleton and Profile High Schools.  Last year’s proceeds enabled the teens to take a trip to North Carolina to reroof a senior citizen’s home.  Brats, Mac ‘n Cheese, Chili, Soups including Topic of The Town’s delicous Clam Chowder and More . . . 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??

Smiley’s Snack Shack of North Woodstock is coming north of the notch with their selection of Burgers, Hot Dogs, Chicken and Seafood and all the fixins’.   Check out this comprehensive menu and welcome them to Sugar Hill!!

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.

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!  A donation bucket will be out and all donations will be given to this year’s designated non-profit (to be announced soon).

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
Golf the oldest Golf Course in New Hampshire and dine at the Sunset Hill House.
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

2018 Coffee Donation Recipient Local Food Banks in Franconia, Littleton, Bethlehem, Woodsville, Whitefield and Lancaster.  2018 Coffee donations totaled $471.35 and every dollar was given to these food pantries.  Harman’s Cheese Customers added to those donations so that each Food Pantry received $175.00

2017 Coffee Donation Recipient The very rural communities in Garfield & Petroleum Counties of Montana were devastated by drought and then by the Lodgepole Complex Fire in July 2017.  This fire burned over  270,723 acres (over 423 square miles) and was one of the largest fires on record.   It burned and destroyed more than acreage:  Ranches, Homes, Equipment, Pastures, Croplands, Haystacks for Winter, Cattle, and thousands of miles of fencing.  The drought and fire hurt the area so bad that all types of businesses suffered from the local grocery store to the local hairdressers. The Lodgepole Fire was only one of 1,687 Wildfires that Montana has battled in 2017 –  almost 1.3 million acres (over 2,024 square miles) burned in Montana.  That is the equivalent of 1/4 of the New Hampshire burning, 1/2 of Connecticut, or all of Rhode Island burning twice!  The Lodgepole Fire accounted for 20% of all acreage burned in 2017.  Although our donation was only $575, every dollar made a big difference to the people there.