2020 Lupine Festival

2020 Sugar Hill Lupine Celebration
The Flowers will Bloom!
But the Celebration has been cancelled for this year.

June 4; The Ledges on Sugar Hill

In June, lupines adorn the fields and back roads of our area with beautiful blooms in shades of blue, purple and pink with the occasional white or yellow.  The Lupine Festival celebrates this burst of color in our area with a month of special events.

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Click Here for the current Lupine Photos of this year’s blooms.

Sugar Hill’s Lupine Festival Weekend

At the Sugar Hill Museum, Carolina Crapo Memorial Building, Harman’s Cheese, and the Sugar Hill Meetinghouse.  Handicapped Parking Available on the grounds, Free Field Parking behind the Meetinghouse (shortcut path to the grounds), Separate Motorcyle Parking Available on Pavement

Open Air-Market
Over 70 Vendors: Local Products, Artisans, Non-Profit Organizations, Local Attractions, Local Businesses, and More . . . .  Click here for list of vendors.
Luncheon & Food Vendors
Farm to Fire Pizza
Willing Workers Cafe in the Meetinghouse Cafe
Mt View Kettle Corn at the Post Office:
Coneheads Ice Cream on Harman’s Lawn
Artisan Demonstrations
Sara Glines, Carved Folk Art Figurines on the Crapo lawn
Linda Lomasney, Hand-woven Reed Baskets on the Crapo lawn
Robin Henne, Spinning Wool on the Crapo lawn
Carl Hill, Wood-turning on the Crapo lawn
Marston Pottery, Using a Potter’s Wheel at the Meetinghouse
Margaret Hoyle, Antique Sock-Making Machine
Sugar Hill Historical Museum, Open during the Sugar Hill Lupine Festival Weekend
This year’s exhibit: Sugar Hill Quilts and Vintage Toys

Past Events during the Sugar Hill Festival Weekend
– – All Events are Free to the Public

Joseph Hansalik

Joseph Hansalik on the Grand Piano playing classical, popular and an occasional original piece of music. Joseph plays for four of our local churches, is the accompanist for the North Country Chorous and teaches piano.  Sponsored by Private Donation.

Planting for Pollinators with Master Gardener, Ruth Droescher.  Insects such as bees and butterflies are helpful are essential in pollinating many of our food crops such as apples, berries, and vegetables. In recent years, there has been a decline in wild pollinators. Master Gardener Ruth Droescher will offer recommendations of patches of flowers, wildflowers, grasses, shrubs, and flowering trees to plant that encourage natural pollinators as well as enhance backyard landscapes. Sponsored by the Sugar Hill Improvement Association and the UNH Extension Master Gardeners Speakers Bureau

Sat – 11 am, Crapo Building Kitchen:  Cooks’ Corner – Making Appetizers. Laurel and Ed Smith of NH-Made Ruth’s Mustard will be showing you how to make simple Smokey Thanksgiving Bites with their mustards and Harman’s Cheese. An easy way to enjoy Thanksgiving flavors year round.  This program will not only be informative but tasty as you try the appetizers.   Stop by and see why they were one of two NH Businesses chosen for the  2018 SCORE Small Business award and mentorship.

Meg Brown

Blossom your Floral Photography. Meg Brown, of Miss MegaBug, will offer a free workshop on photographing flowers. Bring your camera as this is a hands-on workshop.  Flowers are among the easiest subjects to photograph, but with a few tips and tricks, you can take floral photography from lovely to breathtaking. You will cover compositional and technical techniques such as camera angles, Rule of Thirds, and aperture.  Any and all abilities- and cameras are welcome. Meg Brown is a writer, photographer, and marketing mentor based out of Serendipity Studios along the Ammonoosuc River in Littleton, NH.  Sponsored by the Franconia Notch Area Chamber of Commerce

Cruising NH History through NH’s Historical Markers.  Meet the Author, Michael Bruno, who visited every Historical Marker in the state. New Hampshire history is uniquely on display along the highways on roadside historical markers that commemorate events and individuals who helped define what New Hampshire is. Michael describes each marker with its location, date installed, marker inscription, and a bit of history of the story behind the marker. Stop by to listen to our neighbor from Bethlehem share about his journey through New Hampshire. This free event is sponsored by the Sugar Hill Improvement Association.

Chad Proulx

Cooks Corner – 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. Flavor and nutrition can coexist. This presentation is filled with little gems of information and ideas so that every attendee will feel like they got their money’s worth.  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 

Deborah Goss as Abby Hutchinson
Hutchinson Family Singers

Abby Hutchinson’s Sweet Freedom Songs. Deborah Anne Goss appears as Abby Hutchinson Patton in this NH Humanities program. In the 1840s and 1850s, the Hutchinson Family Singers strongly influenced the opinions of the era with their popular songs promoting healthy living and social justice.  They were one of the most popular singing groups of their era.  They sang for 7 presidents, royalty in England, toured with Frederick Douglass, entertained troops during the Civil War, provided music for the Women’s Rights Movement & Conventions and wrote songs for President Lincoln’s presidential campaign.  Every concert ended with a song about their NH roots. This program is sponsored by NH Humanities and the Sugar Hill Richardson Memorial Library Elaine Burpee Fund.
***Deborah Goss is a native of Vermont and has lived, sung, acted, and taught in the Boston area for many years. Since 2002 she has developed and performed solo programs of American history in word and song. As one-half of the vocal duo “The Proper Ladies” (with Anabel Graetz) she’s presented programs of Victorian Era popular songs throughout New England, New York, and on both coasts since 1994.

Mt. Washington’s History and Mystique.  This free program is presented by journalist and author, Dan Szczesny, who spent a year exploring the history & mystique of Mt. Washington to write his 2018 book: The White Mountain.  Mount Washington is more than just a 6,288-foot rock pile; the mountain is the cultural soul of climbers, hikers, and tourists from around the world looking to test their mettle against some of the most extreme conditions in return for a chance to be inspired by some of the most intense natural beauty. From being on the team of a ninety-seven-year-old marathon runner to dressing as Walt Whitman and reading poetry up the mountain to spending a week in winter cooking for the scientists at the observatory, the mountain became Szczesny’s muse. In The White Mountain, Szczesny turns a veteran journalist’s eye toward exploring Mount Washington’s place in the collective consciousness of the country and how this rugged landscape has reflected back a timeless history of our obsession and passion for exploration and discovery. After the program, Dan will be available to sign books.
****Presenter: Dan Szczesny is a long-time author and journalist living in New Hampshire. His books include travelogues on Nepal, Alaska, and the White Mountains. He’s traveled widely throughout the country speaking about adventure travel and the importance of getting kids into the outdoors. He currently calls Manchester, New Hampshire his Base Camp where he lives with his wife and daughter.  This program is sponsored by the Sugar Hill Improvement Association.  Learn more about Dan’s work at www.danszczesny.com.

Northern NH History through Family Stories.  If the weather is nice, this free program will be at Sara’s tent on the left side of the sidewalk as you are walking to the Crapo Building, if not then it will be inside the building.  Sara Glines shares her family’s history which mirrors northern NH history.  Sara carves and creates folk art figurines of her family, capturing a moment in her family history. During her program, she’ll share some of the stories behind the figurines: grandmother’s promise to her mother about dating, secrets to white laundry, feeding lambs, fishing, hiking, running hotels, working in the mills.
*** Have you ever slept under a wool blanket that was grown, sheared, carded, spun and woven by your great-grandmother? Or handled the ice saw that your great-great grandfather used to cut winter pond ice for cooling summer drinks before refrigeration? Thanks to Sara’s thrifty Yankee ancestors, who threw nothing away, she has artifacts, photographs, diaries, hotel ledgers and registers, and letters belonging not only to her parents, but also as far back as hergreat-great grandparents on both sides of the family. The interest of so many people has convinced her family to share their family legacy.  Visit Sara’s website for more information on her folk art and more family stories: http://www.ravinehousestore.com This program is sponsored by Mt Crescent Crafts and Local Business supporters of the Lupine Festival

Free Concert – Uncommon Folk.  Folk music with a bit of Bluegrass, a smidgen of Country, and plenty of fiddle along with a myriad of other instruments. All intertwined with joy and laughter. Samantha Amey’s soprano vocals and with Guitar, Big Bass Fiddle and Hammer Dulcimer. Paul Amey’s baritone & tenor vocals and with Fiddle, Mandolin and Guitar. Tom Bishop’s baritone vocals with his Old-time Banjo, Big Bass Fiddle and Harmonica. This concert is possible thanks to the local  business sponsors of the Sugar Hill Lupine Festival Weekend.

Book Release: The Flume Gorge. Join historian Michael J. Maddigan as he shares photos, history and stories from his newly released book (May 27, 2019) about our own Flume Gorge, a treasure of the White Mountains.  Lying at the heart of Franconia Notch State Park, the Flume has enthralled travelers since its discovery by 93-year old Aunt Jess in 1808.. Early tourists like Emerson and Thoreau were awed by the gorge’s wild grandeur and spectacular granite walls rising nearly ninety feet overhead. Railroads in the 1850s brought a flood of visitors, including artists, poets, scientists and photographers, who richly documented the natural splendor of the Flume. Since that time, the Flume has become one of New Hampshire’s most popular attractions, drawing thousands to view its beauty each year.
*** Historian Michael J. Maddigan has been engaged in research, writing and historic preservation for more than thirty years. When not tramping about the White Mountains, he makes his home in a renovated 1863 woolen mill. To learn more about Mike’s work, visit www.recollectingnemasket.com This free program is sponsored by Aradia Publishing & The History Press.

The Pine Hill Singers

Concert: Pine Hill Singers.  Admission by donation and all funds go to their scholarship fund.  To close off our fun filled Sugar Hill Lupine Festival weekend, the Pine Hill Singers are going to put on a show for us! “Let the River Run!”   This concert will feature a wide variety of music genres with water as their theme and showcase the water’s elemental and symbolic presence in our lives. This 24 voice women’s group is directed by Judy Abbott. Come wade through the water with Pine Hill Singers!

Thank you to our sponsors that made the 2019 Sugar Hill Lupine Festival Possible

Sugar Hill Improvement Association: Founded in 1890 with funds from Mr. Henry Crapo.  This community-based organization is dedicated to the benefit of Sugar Hill citizens and the betterment of the village of Sugar Hill.  This year besides supporting the Sugar Hill Lupine Weekend, they refurbished the interior walls of the Meetinghouse.  Following Mr. Crapo’s wishes, each year they present Sugar Hill graduating seniors and college students with an award to assist them throughout their college studies.

Mascoma Savings Bank  Mascoma Bank is different by design.  We were established to help our communities and customers, not to benefit investors. That means we always put you first. As a Certified B Corporation®, we know that together we can make a difference.

 Gale River Motel & Cottages:  Enjoy magnificent views of Mt. Lafayette, Cannon Mountain, and the Franconia Notch through the picture window of your spacious room. The Gale River Motel is a year-round getaway for guests offering affordable, comfortable lodging conveniently located within minutes of New Hampshire’s most scenic vistas and attractions.

NH Humanities: Humanities to Go enables nonprofit organizations and community groups to offer free, high-quality cultural programs to the public at minimal cost to the host. Each year 400 Humanities to Go programs get 12,500-plus NH residents together in more than 165 local community settings to learn together on topics that challenge one’s understanding of the past and expand one’s perspectives.

Woodsville Guaranty Bank:  Your local full service bank.  Balance Everything with them.

Presby Construction: A full service construction company committed to understanding our client’s desires.

Sugar Hill Richardson Memorial Library:  Since Bertha Hildreth’s Parlor Library in 1897, to the dedication of the Charles Richardson Memorial Library in 1913; our Library continues today to serve  Sugar Hill.  We are grateful for their Elaine Burpee Fund that provides for annual speakers at the Lupine Festival.

Polly’s Pancake Parlor: Serving customers since 1938.  Open 7 to 3 pm, 7 days a week.

The Ledges on Sugar Hill: Vacation homes rentals with spectacular views . . . Airbnb

Harman’s Cheese & Country Store – Open 7 days a week, 9 am-5 pm from May through October.


The Franconia Notch Chamber of Commerce 


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