Upcoming Programs and Events
Aspiring young artists (ages 8-16) join local artist Debbie Campbell for a three-day workshop on the essentials of watercolor painting. Students will learn watercolor techniques and express their creativity while learning about color, composition and perspective. Bring water, a snack, and dress for the weather. Appropriate for all levels of experience. Meets at the Gatehouse. Members $35, nonmembers $50. All materials provided. Waiting list only, 603-763-4789 x3.
Opera North artists with director Evans Haile perform Gershwin and select songs from Opera North's current season. Reserve online or call 603-763-4789 ext. 3.
Come investigate the wild side of The Fells to learn secrets of the plants and animals that call it home! Dip your toes in the stream and scoop up aquatic insects; explore the mysteries of the forest; get out on Lake Sunapee and learn about the “wild goose waters”. During our three days of adventure we will explore nature’s playground in the forest, stream, meadow and lake! Meets at the Gatehouse. Members $35, nonmembers $50. Advance registration required. To register, call 603-763-4789 x3.
Did you know that not all owls hoot? This program includes a PowerPoint with photos and audible sounds of the local owls and their calls. This first-hand encounter enables participants to understand the defining characteristics and adaptations for life as a nocturnal predator on the wing. Touchable artifacts and hands-on materials round out this special experience. Suitable for all ages. Suitable for all ages. Members: free, nonmember: included with regular admission fee.
This celebration of Fairy Houses connects children to the natural world and includes crafts, a whimsical Tea Party on the Veranda, and building of fairy habitats in The Fells Fairy Village. Children are invited to dress in their finest Fairy or Gnome attire. Members; adults $10, children $5: nonmembers; adults $20, children $10 (Includes site admission). Tickets in advance or at the door. Reserve online or call 603-763-4789 x3.
Join Curator Janet Miller Haines for a moderate, one-hour hike as you tour the new contemporary sculpture exhibit set amid the beautiful gardens and landscape of The Fells. Get a little exercise, spend time out in the landscape , and learn about the various artists and their work. Members: free, nonmembers: included with regular site admission fee. No reservations necessary.
In the early 20th century, the New Hampshire Board of Agriculture launched a program to boost the rural economy and to promote tourism through the sale of abandoned farms to summer residents. After introducing the country house movement, Cristina Ashjian focuses attention on some of the great country estates featured in the state publication New Hampshire Farms for Summer Homes between 1902 and 1913. Which private estates were recognized as exemplary, and who were their owners? Using historic images and texts, Ashjian discusses well-known estates now open to the public such as The Rocks in Bethlehem, Saint-Gaudens National Historic Site in Cornish, with special emphasis on The Fells Historic Estate and Gardens on Lake Sunapee. This event is generously supported by a grant from New Hampshire Humanities. Event is free and open to the public. Meets in the classroom of the Gatehouse. Advance registration requested. To register, call 603-763-4789 x3.
Authentic southern style barbeque, pairings of ice cold brew, and awesome Blue Grass.
Come and listen to the music of Cyn Barrette. Cyn's rich warm vocals soar. Accompanied by Alki Steriopoulos on piano, Peter Concillio on bass, Tim Gilmore on drums, and Michael Parker on sax, she interprets standards with vibrancy and finesse. Enjoy Cyn's soulful music, hearty hors d’oeuvres and wine bar from 5-6pm. Concert begins at 6pm. $40 per person. Reserve online or call 603-763-4789 ext. 3.
A fun-filled day for all ages with old-fashioned games, music, children’s art projects, scavenger hunt, petting zoo, face painting, and more. Explore nature trails; create a fairy house in the Fairy Village, step back in time and take a historic tour of the Main House and gardens, or simply imagine a simpler bygone life while relaxing on the Veranda. A delicious lunch from the grill and strawberry shortcake will be for sale from 11am-2pm. Members free, non-members pay Fells Site Admission.
Come learn about the wonderful natural world that exists where the water meets the land. This joint Fells-LSPA program will explore this ecotone, or transitional meeting of two different natural communities. What are the plant and animal species that inhabit this zone? What special relationships exist here? What does a healthy lakeshore habitat look like? This program, designed for upper elementary school-age through adults, begins with a presentation in the John Hay Classroom in the Gatehouse, followed by an easy hike along the shore of Lake Sunapee. Waterproof boots may be helpful. LSPA and Fells members: free. Nonmembers: included with regular admission fee. Advanced registration is requested, though walk-ins are welcome. To reserve call 603-763-4789 x3.
Ella Mae Morse, a sultry, swinging pop-jazz singer whose 1942 hit, Cow-Cow Boogie, became the first million seller for the fledgling Capitol Records and helped to establish the label, was a true original. Ms. Morse belted an exuberant mixture of boogie-woogie, blues, jazz, swing, and country that transcended genres. Come and listen to Nancy Tripp, vocals; Jim Laffan, keyboards; Mike Parker, saxophone; Andy Bourke, bass; Tim Cohen, percussion; and Dave Ellis, trumpet swing these tunes from the 40’s and 50’s a la Ella Mae.
Enjoy complimentary hearty hors d’oeuvres and wine bar from 5-6pm. Concert begins at 6pm. $40 per person. Reserve online or call 603-763-4789 ext. 3.
Join Brick Moltz, Education Director at The Fells, for a one-hour hike on The Fells property. These informal, moderate walks will be an opportunity to get a little exercise, spend time out in the landscape, and perhaps discover something new about the property once owned by the John Hay family. Members: free, nonmembers: included with regular site admission fee. No reservations necessary.
Enjoy an evening of bribery, extortion, murder and mayhem at The Fells. If you wish, dress in period clothing or black tie and you may be included as a "character" at a "dinner party" given by Alice and Clarence Hay at their summer home in September of 1925. Along with the murder mystery, enjoy a 4-course meal. Come alone or reserve full tables of 6-8 people.
Enjoy hors d’oeuvres and bar from 5:30-6:30 pm. Dinner theater begins at 6:30 pm. $100 per person. Reserve ONLINE or call 603-763-4789 ext. 3. Limited seating.
A note about payment for programs and events.
We ask that payment be made in advance for all programs and events. If the class or event is cancelled by The Fells for any reason, registration fees will be refunded. Students may withdraw and receive a full refund or apply payment toward another class up to five days prior to the class date. Unless special circumstances warrant, no refund will occur when withdrawal is within five days. Payment for Special Event tickets may not be refunded after the headcount has been made to the caterer, or beyond the “reserve-by” date. Requests for refunds prior to this date will be honored. Thank you for your understanding.