June’s Lupine Events

2019 Lupine Events during the Entire Month of June

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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Every Day in June:  Lupine Inspirational Walk across from the Sugar Hill Sampler Building.
Walk the mowed path through the lupines and enjoy the poetry plaques

Fridays & Saturdays:  Sugar Hill Historical Museum 1402 Route 117 (Main Street), 603-823-5336
 11 am – 3 pm, Admission free but donations are welcomed. The main building contains extensive photograph archives, a local history and genealogy library, the Cobleigh Tavern public room, a gift shop, and a unique main gallery featuring the 2018 exhibit, Quilts and Vintage Toys. The museum’s extensive collection of timepieces through the ages. The Reid-Burpee house highlights a 1930s kitchen, an outdoor chicken coop, and a garden shed.

Saturdays:  Franconia Heritage Museum  553 Main Street, 603-823-5000
Saturdays: 1 – 4 pm, Admission free but donations welcomed. 1870’s New England Victorian Farm House with exhibits on Franconia history and visiting the house is like a visit to your great-grandmother’s attic. Enjoy!  The Heritage Museum’s new exhibit for the 2018 season is: A Visit to an Old-Fashioned Country Store.    Come learn about the old country stores in Franconia and in New England.

June 8-9: Sugar Hill’s Lupine Festival Weekend & Open-Air Market: 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, 10 am to 4 pm both Days.  Over 70 Vendors: Local Products, Artisans, Non-Profit Organizations, Local Attractions, Local Businesses, and More . . . .  Click here for list of vendors.

Saturday, June 8  Events during the Sugar Hill Festival Weekend

Joseph Hansalik

Sat – 10 am, Meetinghouse: 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.

Sat – 11 am, Meetinghouse: Planting for Pollinators with Master Gardener, Ruth Droescher.  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 appetizers with their Mustards.  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.

Sat – Noon, Crapo Building: Joseph Hansalik will play classical, popular and an occasional original piece of music downstairs in the Crapo Building, pick up a bag lunch from the Willing Workers or a Pizza from Farm to Fire and enjoy this lunchtime concert. Sponsored by private donation and the Franconia Notch Area Chamber of Commerce

Meg Brown

Sat – 12:30 pm, Crapo Building Upstairs: 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. 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

Sat – 12:30 pm, Meetinghouse:  Cruising NH History through NH’s Historical Markers.  Meet the Author, Michael Bruno. 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. This free event is sponsored by the Sugar Hill Improvement Association.

Chad Proulx

Sat – 1 pm, Crapo Building Kitchen:  Cooks Corner – Healthy Bites on a Budget.  Free 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. Flavor and nutrition can coexist. This presentation is filled with little gems of information and ideas..  Presenter, Chad Proulx earned his BS in Clinical Nutrition from UNH-Durham in 2000. 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. 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.  Free gift for all attendees. 

Deborah Goss as Abby Hutchinson
Hutchinson Family Singers

Sat – 2 pm, Meetinghouse:  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 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.  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.

Sunday, June 9 Events during the Sugar Hill Festival Weekend

Sun, 10:30 am, Meetinghouse: 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.  In The White Mountain, Szczesny turns a veteran journalist’s eye toward exploring Mount Washington’s place in our lives 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: This program is sponsored by the Sugar Hill Improvement Association.  Learn more about Dan’s work at www.danszczesny.com.

Sun, 11 am, Crapo Building/Grounds: Northern NH History through Family Stories.  Sara Glines’ family history 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.  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. Visit Sara’s website for more 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

Sun, Noon – 2 pm, Meetinghouse:  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.

Joseph Hansalik

Sun, 12:30 pm, Crapo Building. 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 local business sponsors of the Sugar Hill Lupine Festival Weekend.

Sun, 1:30 pm, Crapo Building.  New 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.  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. 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

Sun, 4 pm, Meetinghouse: Concert: Pine Hill Singers.  Admission by donation.  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!

JUNE 15, 2019- Qigong for your Health 10AM-11:30AM WHERE: Carolina Crapo Building in Sugar Hill. INFO: Qigong for your Health- workshop to be held in the Crapo Building on June 15th, 10am-11:30am. A donation of 10 dollars would be welcomed and appreciated. This workshop is accessible to everyone and the movement can be done sitting in a chair. Any questions, please contact Mary Sturtevant at Path of Harmony–phone 603-823-8780

June 15 – Artisans on the Lawn 9AM WHERE: Polly’s Pancake Parlor.  INFO: Polly’s will host local Artists and Artisans  (Weather Permitting). Fireflightphoto.com– wildlife photograon the lawn at Polly’s Pancake Parlorpher, Art of Debbie Aldrich– Watercolor Artist, and Valery Mahuchy– Artist and Sculptor. Come on over and support these local artists!

JUNE 15, 2019- Artisans and Friends on the Lawn 9am – 3pm WHERE:  Harman’s Cheese INFO: Harman’s will host local Artisans and Other Business friends outside (Weather Permitting)

June 20, Thursday – Sugar Hill Pizza Night.  Farm to Fire Pizza will be at the Sugar Hill Post Office from 4:30 to 7:30 pm

JUNE 22, 2019– Crag Days With North Country Climbing Center-  WHERE: Locations will vary but will include amazing local crags such as Echo and Rumney!  Try out the transition from gym to crag with the experts! Join N3C outside for an awesome outdoor experience at an unbeatable price. Climbers who want to gain outdoor experience under the leadership of an experienced AMGA certified instructor. We will provide an introduction to outdoor climbing and will set up top ropes on a range of climbs that are appropriate difficulties for the participants in the group. For more information: Just call 603.838.5300 or email info@nhclimb.com! or visit: http://northcountryclimbing.com/guiding/crag-days/ 


Thank you to our sponsors that made the 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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