field of lupines celebration sugar hill nh

2018 Lupine Celebration being Planned
 Sugar Hill Open Air Market: June 9-10

Looking back at the 2017 Fields of Lupine Celebration

2017 Lupine Photo Journal chronicles our lupines from seedlings to blooms to becoming seed producers.  Click here to look back at our 2017 lupines.

In June, the lupines adorn the fields and back roads of our area with beautiful blooms in shades of blue and purple. To celebrate this burst of color, our area hosts special events throughout the month of June. In 2017, we debuted some new events. The Upstage Players of Littleton put on Pollyanna, the Musical and the Lupine Photography contest had a Pollyanna twist.   Franconia hosted a Civil War Era Base Ball game and the teams would like us to make it an annual event.  If you missed the game, WMUR’s Chronicle came to the game.  Click here to watch their video.

2017 Lupine Celebration Events
heck back in the spring for the 2018 Events

 Lupine Inspirational Walk at the Sugar Hill Sampler, 603-823-8478
Walk the mowed path through the lupines and enjoy the poetry plaques

Sugar Hill Historical Museum 1402 Route 117 (Main Street), 603-823-5336
11 am – 3 pm, Admission free but donations are welcomed. Special Exhibits this year: Our Hat Trunk, you’ll see all kinds of head coverings from days past and present while learning about the history of hat-making and the millinery industry. Special Exhibit in the gallery: Souvenirs.

Franconia Heritage Museum. 553 Main Street, 603-823-5000
1 – 4 pm, Admission free but donations welcomed. 1870’s New England Victorian Farm House with exhibits on Franconia history and a Special Exhibit in the barn on the Grange organization. The house is like a visit to your great-grandmother’s attic. Enjoy!

Horse-drawn Wagon Rides at the Sugar Hill Sampler, 603-823-8478
10:30 am – 3:30 pm, weather permitting. Purchase tickets inside sampler.

Wildflower Festival at The Rocks Estate, Bethlehem
10 am to 4 pm – $10 Fee. History of the Rocks; Flora; Beekeeping; Mushroom Identification and the Alpine Zone. Tours of the Mile Path (normally off-limits) by wildflower enthusiasts Ann Gruczka & Ginny Jeffryes. Reservations recommended. For more information, visit or e-mail or call 603-444-6228. Hosted by Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests.

Touch a Truck at Dow Field, Franconia
10 am to Noon. Kids of all ages are welcome! Touch a fire truck, dump truck, helicopter, Old Peppersass from the Cog Railway, logging truck, school bus, tractor, and race car. Hosted by Lafayette Recreation & Franconia Children’s Center.

Sugar Hill Lupine Celebration at Sugar Hill Meetinghouse, Carolina Crapo Building & Sugar Hill Museum
10 am to 4 pm. Click here for more information on the market participants; something for everyone: Artisans, Small Businesses, Non-Profits, Seminars, Music, Food and More! Free parking behind the meetinghouse and handicapped parking on the Meetinghouse grounds.
Both Days
Artisan Demonstrations: Spinning & Carding Wool, Basket Making, Woodworking
Helicopter Rides with White Mountains Helicopter.
Luncheon & Snacks Available:
Coneheads Ice Cream
MacDaddy’s Rollin’ Smoke BBQ
Mt. View Kettle Corn, Nachos, and Strawberry Shortcake
Sugar Hill’s Willing Workers Luncheon Counter – Bag Lunches, Baked Goods, Mac ‘n Cheese
Hat Decorating at the Museum, 11 am to 2 pm.
Babies, kids, teens, adults, guys or gals; all welcome. Bring your hat to decorate or pick one up at the Museum. We’ll provide the trimmings.

Inside the Carolina Crapo Memorial Building Cooks’ Corner
A great chance to taste some delicious food!
Saturday 11:30 am: Using Artisan Eggplant Relish in Recipes
A versatile, artisanal Sauce with roots in Asia. It can be eaten on a sandwich with tuna, seafood or chicken.  It also goes well on a burger, or in a taco!  Try also as a side dish with baked fish, rice, or pasta.  Spruce up your soup or salad, with our healthy relish!
Saturday 12:30 pm: Making and Cooking with Maple Sugar
Kim of Old Man Maple: We’ll be demonstrating how to make maple sugar in your own kitchen and sharing a few of the unlimited uses of it. The process involves a “WOW” moment  for folks of all ages but children are especially welcome as that’s why we started making maple sugar, for our grandchildren! 
Saturday 2 pm: Using Ruth’s NH-Made Mustards in Recipes
We’re planning to do mini “pigs in a blanket”, a cracker spread, a salad dressing using some of the 7 flavors of Mustard we make.

Authors at the Market – Look for the Orange Author Signs
10:30 am Crapo Building, Author Laurel Smith.  Depending on the audience she will either share from her childrens’ books or from her newest book – My Parents Told Me to NEVER put Anything into Writing, Ooops!
12:30 pm, Meetinghouse Lawn #42:  Author Rebecca Matthews shares from her newest books, children & adult..
3 pm Crapo Building, Author Laurel Smith.  Depending on the audience she will either share from her childrens’ books or from her newest book – My Parents Told Me to NEVER put Anything into Writing, Ooops!
Other Authors at the Market
Marilinne Cooper on the Crapo Lawn, Mystery Novelist
Eric Pinder on the Crapo Lawn, Mt. Washington Experiences and Childrens Books
Cathy Strasser on the Meetinghouse Lawn #26. Mysteries set in the White Mts

Saturday in the Meetinghouse, All Events are Free
10:00-11 am:  Native American Flute with Path of Harmony
11:30am-12:30pm: Piano Concert with Joseph Hansalik
12:30-1:30pm:  Northern NH History through Family Stories with Sara Glines.
1:30-3 pm: Moved and Seconded, NH Town Meetings with Rebecca Rule (NH story-teller, author, humorist)

Artisan Demonstrations – Look for the Red Signs
On the Crapo Lawn
Making hand-woven reed baskets – Linda Lomasney, Deeda’s Baskets
Carving wooden folk figures (featured in family stories at 12:30 pm in the Meetinghouse) – Sara Glines, Mt. Crescent Crafts
Carding and Spinning Wool – Robin Peters Henne, Wandering Woolies
On the Meetinghouse Lawn
#2 – Thrown Pottery made on a Potter’s Wheel – Stephanie & Sam Marston, Marston Pottery & Art
#12 – Carding & Spinning Wool – Dori Hamilton, Tranquil Vewe Croft
#50 – Making Socks on Antique Sock Knitting Machine – Margaret Hoyle

Sunday in the Meetinghouse. All Events are Free
10 am to 12:30 pm: Piano Concert with Madison E. Brown from the Mt. Washington Valley.  Performing a selection of classical and contemporary works on Sugar Hill’s Grand Piano.
1 pm to 3:30 pm: Free Concert with Uncommon Folk, Folk music with a bit of Bluegrass, Country and a few humorous stories (some might be true but some are outright fibs). Paul & Sam Amey with Tom Bishop bring several instruments so look forward to good a time. Ask why the 4th member of group, Ethel, wears a hat.

June 9-11

Pollyanna Gladfest Weekend on Littleton Main Street
Friday Art Night
Galleries open and Music
Pancake Breakfast
15th Anniversary Gathering at the Pollyanna Archway and Pollyanna Signature Awardee announced.
Group photo and Annual Glad Wave at the Pollyanna Statue
Pollyanna’s Bazaar
Upstage Players present Pollyanna, the Musical at the Littleton Opera House
Pancake Breakfast
Upstage Players present Pollyanna, the Musical at the Littleton Opera House

 Civil War Era Base Ball at Dow Field in Franconia.
1 pm, Free Admission. Come step back in time to the era that made Base Ball America’s game. Maine Dirigo vs New Hampshire Granite; two vintage clubs playing by 1861 rules in period uniforms. Hurlers, Strikers, Ballists, and the Behind make up a team, all with no gloves! Bring your lawn chairs and root for the team of your choice (that makes you a Crank). Sponsored by the Woodsville Guaranty Bank with assistance from Franconia Hardware and Harman’s Cheese & Country Store. Hotdogs and all “ballpark” goodies will be sold by the Adaptive Sports Partners of the North Country. For more information on Vintage Baseball, click on the team names above or check out the links below.

WMUR’s Chronicle came to the game.  Click here to watch their video.
From NPR: The Curious World of Base Ball Re-enactors
From CBS: Baseball Goes Vintage
From Baseball Almanac: Civil War Baseball

The Franconia Notch Regional Chamber of Commerce has more details on all these events on their website.


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

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