Upcoming Programs and Events
The Fells Main House is now open Wednesdays through Sundays through Labor Day.
Naturalist, John Hay was fond of hiking in the forests of New Hampshire. His book, In The Company of Light, retraces a hike to reach the hidden headwaters of Beech Brook, the water supply for his boyhood home at The Fells. The spring is hidden deep in the woods and off-trail on the Forest Society’s 700+-acre Hay Forest Reservation located adjacent to The Fells. Join Forest Society Education Director, Dave Anderson, for a spectacular summer evening hike to reach the source of Beech Brook, followed by a rugged bushwhack hike to reach the summit of Sunset Hill, ancestral Hay family summer picnic grounds.
This is a moderate to difficult two-plus mile off-trail hike which gains 550 feet to the 1800 foot summit of Sunset Hill. BYO water and snacks. Co-sponsored by Society for the Protection of NH Forests and The Fells. Members $10, nonmembers $15 per program. Meet at The Fells Gatehouse Kiosk. Advance registration required, please register early. To register, or for more information call 603-763-4789 x3.
Mark Twain believed that John Hay was "the only one of whom the entire nation is proud. Proud and thankful." Theodore Roosevelt once said of John Hay, "he was the most delightful man to talk to I ever met, for in his conversation he continually made out of hand those delightful epigrammatic remarks which we would all like to make." We are pleased to welcome author and historian Philip McFarland to The Fells. Mr. McFarland will speak about his recently published book, John Hay, Friend of Giants; the Man and Life Connecting Abraham Lincoln, Mark Twain, Henry James, and Theodore Roosevelt. A very limited number of books will be available for sale and Mr. McFarland will be glad to sign your copy. If you wish to be certain to have a book, we suggest visiting Morgan Hill Bookstore in New London or Main Street Bookends in Warner. The presentation will take place on the Veranda of the Main House. Members: $10, non-members: $15. Advanced registration is requested, though walk-ins are welcome. Register call 603-763-4789 ext 3.
Eons before people arrived on the shores of Lake Sunapee the forces of nature had sculpted the land. Continents collided. Seas opened and closed. Mountain ranges rose and fell. Each wave of rock that broke on these shores left a fragment behind—a piece of the geologic puzzle we now call New Hampshire. The last glacier melted back about 14,000 years ago. For the past 11,000 years the Alnôbak (Abenaki) and their ancestors have lived here and sustained themselves with ways of life molded by practical needs and spiritual beliefs. Through stories, slides and discussion, this program helps participants imagine a living past. We’ll briefly explore the traditional land use stewardship of the Alnôbak, the impacts they have had on their surroundings and how the land has, in turn, molded their culture. Includes an engaging interpretive walk along The Fells trails to look at (and sample) indigenous uses of native plants for food and medicine through fact, folklore and a host of botanical puns. Meets in the John Hay classroom at the Gatehouse. Suitable for all ages. Members: $10, non-members: $15, children under 18: $5, families $25. Advanced registration required. To register call 603-763-4789 x3.
The June 24th Formal Opening of the Sculpture Exhibit will feature live jazz music by the Michael Parker Jazz Ensemble, libations, presentations, hors d’oeuvres and tours of the exhibit featuring over 30 works of more than 20 local and regional artists. All works will be for sale with a portion of the proceeds going to The Fells. For tickets call 603-763-4789 ext 3 or order tickets on-line HERE. $50 per person.
We will be honoring Eric Johnson, as the founder of Sculpture at The Fells. Eric initiated the program in 2005 and continued it in 2007 and 2009. Since 2010 is has been an annual event. Eric will be present a the event as well as many of the artists.
Sponsored by Daniel and Beverly Wolf and Family
Live falcons, hawks and owls provide the lens through which we examine food webs, predator-prey relationships and the interdependence of the systems that support life. This first-hand encounter enables participants to understand the defining characteristics that make a bird a raptor and their adaptations for life as a predator on the wing. Touchable artifacts and hands-on materials round out this special experience. Suitable for all ages. Members: free, non-members: included with regular admission fee. Advanced registration is requested, though walk-ins are welcome. To reserve call 603-763-4789 x 3.
Worried about the world? Take action! Actually, just by being a gardener, you are already making a big difference. Want to do more? Gardens offer so many opportunities to link with nature and rescue the world. What can you do to help? Everything! This lecture is filled with ideas from gardeners who rallied their acreage in backyards large and small to make a difference. From 21st Century versions of Victory Gardens to pollinator plants, native shrubs, and bird forage with scenic excursions into cover-the-earth density plantings, lawn alternatives, herbs, and drought-tolerant suggestions, we talk about how you can ally with nature to make the world a better place for all creatures. The results are ravishing—these gardens bristle with beauty and overflow with pride. With a trowel in hand, you can save the earth. Followed by “Senses Training Tour of the Garden” ~ 11:00 AM. Meets at The Fells Gatehouse. Members: $25, non-members: $30. Advanced registration required. To register, call 603-763-4789 x.3.
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.
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.
Budding young photographers (ages 10-16) join instructor David Greenfield for a four day workshop to learn the essentials of nature photography and composition. Bring your camera (no phone cameras please) and your creativity and leave with outstanding images. Meets at the Gatehouse. Members $50, nonmembers $75. Advance registration required by July 5. To register, call 603-763-4789 x3.
Experience the art of our current Gallery exhibit through the eyes of talented local floral designers. See how they interpret the painted canvas through innovative floral designs—from a single stem set in the perfect vase to an elaborate arrangement. Members free, non-members pay Fells Site Admission. Sponsored by Winslow Rollins Home Outfitters & Robert Jensen Floral Design.
Come and watch professional floral designer, Robert Jensen, interpret a painting or sculpture from the current exhibit into a floral masterpiece. Learn how to select materials and containers and create style, shape and color. Members: $5; Nonmembers: $15; includes site admission. Meets on the Veranda of the Main House. Advance registration required. To register, call 603-763-4789 x3. Sponsored by Winslow Rollins Home Outfitters & Robert Jensen Floral Design.
Discover the natural beauty and gardens of The Fells through the eyes of prominent New England artists as they create en plein air. Visitors are invited to observe artists interpret the landscape and watch as their paintings come to life and to discuss their individual techniques and learn what inspires them. Select artists demonstrate special artistry methods. Come on Saturday to see our Young Artist Exhibit of water color paintings and photographs of The Fells. Sunday culminates with a 3pm reception of tea and treats; an exhibit of the weekend’s paintings; and a wet paint sale. Note that Sunday’s reception is free to all beginning at 3pm and that paintings may be purchased off the easel anytime on Saturday or Sunday. Members: free, nonmembers: included with regular admission fee. Sponsored by Omega Structural Engineers.
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.
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.