Upcoming Programs and Events
Celebrate the return of Spring at The Fells! Bring the whole family for a learning experience at one of The Fells vernal pools and discover who lives there and why these temporary habitats are so important. Waterproof footwear recommended. Led by Lake Sunapee Protective Association Education Director Kathleen Stowell. Suitabel for all ages. Fells and LSPA members: free, non-members: $5 per family. No registration required. Meets at The Fells Gatehouse. Co-sponsored by the Lake Sunapee Protective Association and The Fells.
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 admission fee. No reservations necessary. Meets at The Fells Kiosk.
Thursday’s Child at the Coach House Restaurant at the New London Inn supports local community non-profits one plate at a time—donating 50 percent of each Thursday evening’s net proceeds to a designated organization. We hope that you will join us on Thursday, May 3, for the benefit of The Fells. Savor a five star meal and enjoy the fellowship of Fells supporters. This is a popular event and tables fill fast, so get your parties together and reserve now. Call 603-526-2791 or go on-line to http://www.thenewlondoninn.com/reservations-for-the-coach-house-restaurant/. See you there and many thanks to the New London Inn and staff for their ongoing community support, superb and gracious service, and divine dining.
If it's early May, we are in the middle of the great spring bird migration. Our summer residents are arriving and scoping out nesting locations while birds heading further north are passing through, giving us a unique opportunity to see some of our rarer visitors. Join local expert Peter Newbern for an early morning bird walk learning some tricks about how to identify bird songs and calls by interpreting what it seems like they are singing, followed by a chance to hear and see some of the various neo-tropical birds returning to NH and to habitats further north. This is an easy to moderate walk around the grounds of The Fells. Meet at The Fells Kiosk. Members: free, nonmembers: $10. Suitable for 6th grade through adult. Bring your binoculars. To reserve call 603-763-4789 x3.
As part of the annual National Public Gardens Day, join The Fells in a nation-wide celebration of public gardens. “Public gardens are indispensable—they provide places to recreate, learn about the environment and observe the beauty of nature.” Explore the beauty of The Fells and discover the colorful spring blooms in the Rock Garden and the fragrant blossoms of early flowering trees and shrubs. Admission is free to all.
Learn about gardening with hardy and beautiful heather as you join members of the Northeast Heather Society while tending The Fells Heather Bed. Bring lightweight hedge trimmers (if you have them), dress in layers and wear gloves. Free to all. Advance registration requested. Meets at the Heather Bed, beyond the Rock Garden.
Join garden writer Henry Homeyer for a workshop titled, "Learning About Invasive Plants." This will include some you have in your garden - and may like. We will start indoors with a presentation of common invasives and nice, non-invasive plants that can be used instead. Learn what techniques an organic gardener can use to get rid of invasives. The workshop will conclude with a walk around the Fells, looking for invasives and substitutes. Members: $15, non-members: $20. Advanced registration required. To reserve call 603-763-4789 x3.
Join fellow Fells supporters in celebrating the opening of the 2018 season! Take a peek at some of the newly installed "Art in Nature" sculpture which will open on June 24th, stroll the gardens fragrant with spring blossoms, and learn about the history of the Hay family and the estate through the new displays in our exhibit room. Complimentary wine bar and light hors d’oeuvres. Reserve HERE or by calling 603-763-4789 x.3.
Discover contemporary sculpture exhibited amid the stunning gardens and landscape of The Fells. Opens at the Member Reception on May 25. All sculptures are available for purchase with The Fells receiving a portion of the proceeds.
There are seven species of turtles native to New Hampshire. Can you name them? Join Joshua Megyesy, a biologist with New Hampshire Fish and Game Department’s Non-game and Endangered Wildlife Program, as we discover these special animals and their habitat needs. We will learn about the challenges our turtles face and what we can do to help. This program, designed for elementary school age children through adults, will include a presentation in the John Hay Classroom in The Fells Gatehouse, followed by an easy hike to turtle habitat on the grounds of The Fells. Waterproof boots may be helpful! Members: free, non-members: included with regular admission fee. Advanced registration is requested, though walk-ins are welcome. To reserve call 603-763-4789 x3.
Now open Saturday, Sunday and Monday Holidays, 10am-4pm, May 26 through June 17. Discover what life was like on an early 20th century New Hampshire summer estate. See new exhibits in history, ecology and art. Take an historic guided tour of the 22-room Colonial Revival Main House, explore the renowned gardens, build a fairy house in the children’s Fairy Village and experience the natural world on an easy hike along one of our scenic trails. Our self serve on your honor Plant Stand is open daily, 10am-4pm, in the Gatehouse Courtyard.
Bringing Light to Life is an exhibit of oil paintings by Frances Weston Hoyt (1908-2005.) Originally from Elizabeth, NJ, Hoyt attended the Art Students League in New York and studied with the renowned painter and teacher, Frank Vincent DuMond. Among DuMond’s students in New York were Norman Rockwell, Georgia O’Keefe, and John Marin. Hoyt’s approach to landscape painting was inspired by DuMond’s development of the “prismatic palette,” a system for the artist to really understand and control value and color. Hoyt’s growth and development as an artist can be seen in the vast number of exhibitions and many awards and honors she has received. But it is the power and beauty of her artwork that speaks for itself. It is our hope that this exhibition will allow Frances Weston Hoyt’s paintings to continue to teach us how to perceive, how to really see, and how to capture light and bring it to life. The exhibit runs from May 26th-October 8th and is displayed on the 2nd floor of the Main House. We are grateful for the generosity of the Hoyt family for the loan of these paintings and artifacts.
Throughout her life, the intrepid Mrs. Hoyt was ready to grab her paint box and easel and head into the natural world, knowing she would find inspiration in the ephemeral quality of light. She shared her experience and wisdom with many students over the years, often calling one of them early in the morning saying, “Quick, grab your paints! The light this morning will be perfect!”
The Distant View is an exhibition of artists who frequently answered that early morning call. Some were private students of Hoyt, others were simply friends and colleagues who enjoyed painting with Fran. Each of these artists has his or her own story to tell, but they are also eager to share their relationship with Frances Weston Hoyt with us. Discover how these painters use light and shadow, and a prismatic color palette to capture the beauty of nature. The artists participating in this show include: Debbie Campbell, Rob Caputo, Mary Jane Q. Cross, Lisa Jelleme, Bruce Jennings, Vicki Koran, Susan Parmenter, Gil Perry, Sarah Pike, and John Traynor. These paintings will be exhibited from May 26th- October 8th in the 1st floor gallery of the Main House. These works may be purchased through The Fells. In addition, we are planning a day in late August or early September to Come Paint at the Fells with John Traynor. Bring your paint box and easel and spend the day painting at The Fells. John Traynor will be here painting and will also be happy to give you some encouragement and advice. This is not a formal art class but a gathering of fokls who love to paint plein air. All levels of experience welcome! Stay tuned!
A three-part series of evening programs and hikes led by Forest Society Naturalist and Director of Education, Dave Anderson held on May 31 and June 14 and 21. (See specific calendar dates for more information.) Attend one or all three programs. Co-sponsored by the Society for the Protection of NH Forests and The Fells. Members: $10, nonmembers:$15 per program. All programs meet at the Gatehouse Kiosk. Advance registration required, please register early. To register, or for more information contact 603-763-4789 x3.
John Hay had written in several of his books about childhood summers spent at The Fells; his parents Clarence and Alice Hay; and the special places he fondly remembers exploring. This late afternoon program on the Veranda of the Main House will share readings from John Hay’s works—The Immortal Wilderness, A Beginner’s Faith in Things Unseen and In The Company of Light. Join Dave Anderson as he reads several passages from John Hay’s writings—each inspired by John Hay’s boyhood rambles at The Fells, Lake Sunapee and his own summertime explorations of the former farms which now comprise The Fells and the Forest Society’s Hay Forest Reservation. No hiking, this program takes place on the Veranda of The Main House. Co-sponsored by Society for the Protection of NH Forests and The Fells. Members: $10, nonmembers: $15 per program. Advance registration required, please register early. To register, or for more information contact 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.