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Celebration of Lupine

25th Annual Celebration of Lupines – 2018

Paying homage to the annual blossoming of this captivating wildflower, the Celebration of Lupines is a time honored regional event. The brilliant spikes of the lupine flower carpet local fields and pastures in a rolling sea of vibrant purples, pinks, blues and whites. The long-lasting blossoms attract equally dazzling butterflies and create a breathtaking floral display against the majestic backdrop of the Franconia, Presidential, and Kinsman Mountain ranges. Every visitor is sure to find abundant photo and recreational opportunities in the Northeast’s most spectacular mountain region. Our local greenhouses and businesses will be offering lupine plants and seeds so you to start your own field of lupine.

Thank you to the sponsors: Casella / Gale River Motel / Franconia Notch Vacations / Woodsville Guaranty Savings Bank

For more information: harmanscheese.com/lupine-celebration/

Ongoing Events:

  • Free Lupine “Inspirational Walk” on a specially mowed path through the Sugar Hill Sampler’s Lupine Fields, with poetry along the way. Great photo op! The entire month of June at the Sugar Hill Sampler, Sunset Hill Road, Sugar Hill.
  • Horse Drawn Wagon Rides Through the LupinesJune 9-10, 16-17 & 23-24. Enjoy riding through the Lupine fields. Great for families and photo ops. Weather permitting. Nominal charge. Children under 3 free. Sugar Hill Sampler, Sunset Hill Road, Sugar Hill
  • Franconia Heritage Museum, 552 Main Street (Route 18). Open Saturdays, 1-4 pm. “A Visit to an Old Fashioned Country Store”
  • Sugar Hill Historical Museum, 1402 Route 117. Open Fridays & Saturdays, 11 am-3 pm. “It’s About Time” timepiece collection.

Special Events:

  • Concert: Pine Hill Singers – “Curtain up!” – June 1, 7:00pm – Alumni Hall, Haverhill NH & June 3, 3:00pm – Sugar Hill Meeting House. An evening of melodies from Broadway, the movies and light opera. Admission by donation.
  • Touch-A-Truck – June 2 – 10am to 2 pm. Dow Field, Franconia. 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.
  • Meet the Author, Steve Allen at the Sugar Hill Inn, Sugar Hill. June 2,  2 pm: 
    Sugar Hill Inn: The Art of Innkeeping is his memoir of following a dream.  Steve left the corporate world in New Jersey to go to culinary school and then buy the Sugar Hill Inn.  Stop in to meet Steve, as he shares from his book. Book-signing afterwards.
  • Concert: Fast Times – June 2 – 7-9 pm. Dance away to music from the 1980’s! Dow Field Gazebo, Franconia
  • Spring Flower Trail Walk at The Rocks Estate – June 3
    • For more information, program times and to reserve a place on the tour, please visit therocks.org, e-mail info@therocks.org, or call 603-444-6228.
  • Allagash Beer Tasting at Polly’s Pancake Parlor June 7, 6-8:30pm. A delicious New England pairing of Allagash Brewing Co. and Polly’s Pancake Parlor. Five courses from Polly’s kitchen, five paired beers from Allagash, one beautiful setting in Sugar Hill, NH’s Field’s of Lupine. Tickets sold in advance in person at the restaurant or via telephone 603-823-5575 x16 $65 per person, must be 21 years of age or older and valid proof of age at the door will be required.
  • Lupines and Lemonade at The Adair Country Inn and Restaurant June 9-10, 11 am:  Come to The Adair Country Inn and Restaurant and enjoy a glass of homemade lemonade on the patio overlooking our gardens. After your refreshment, our gardener Becky, will join you as each of our guests will plant their own lupine seeds in mini pots to take home and relocate in their own gardens. Afterwards, feel free to stroll our 200 acres of landscaped gardens and walking trails….and of course, view our many and varied lupines throughout the grounds.
  • Pop-up Art Shows on the front lawn of Polly’s Pancake Parlor – June 9 & 10, 16 & 17 – featuring : Fireflight Photography, Art of Debbie Aldrich, Valery Mahucy Sculptor/Artist
  • Open Air Market with Artisan Demonstrations – June 9 & 10 – Sugar Hill Carolina Crapo Building, Sugar Hill Historical Museum, Sugar Hill Meetinghouse. Free Weekend Festival of Open-Air Market, vendors, artisans, businesses, entertainment, museum exhibits, Cooks Corner demonstrations, concerts and more. Plenty of Parking in the field behind the Meetinghouse. Handicapped Parking Available on the Grounds of the Meetinghouse and at the Crapo Building * Full details here
    • Cooks’ Corner & More, Free Events downstairs in the Carolina Crapo Building
      • Saturday 10:30 am: Gourmet Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
        Local Genuine of Meredith, NH will share how to take your Grilled Cheese sandwiches up a notch.
      • Saturday 11:45 am:  Medicines in your Kitchen Cabinet
        Holly Hayward of Sugar Hill Botanicals shares how to make healthy wellness products from everyday items in your kitchen.
      • Saturday 1 pm:  Making Maple Sugar Kim of Old Man Maple will be demonstrating how to make Maple Sugar . . . delicious tasting event!
      • Saturday 2:30 pm:  Free Concert with members of the Strathspey & Reel Society of NH,  Sylvia Miskoe on accordion, Bruce Cobb on fiddle and George Randall on guitar will present a delightful mix of traditional Scottish, Quebecois and New England dance tunes.
    • Entertaining Events in the Meetinghouse. All Events are Free
      • Saturday, 11 am: Meet the Author, Steve Allen. Sugar Hill Inn: The Art of Innkeeping is his memoir of following a dream.  Steve left the corporate world in New Jersey to go to culinary school, buy the Sugar Hill Inn and bringing it to a new level.  Stop in to meet Steve, as he shares from his book.  Book-signing afterwards.
      • Saturday, 11 am and again at 1:30 pm:  Free Photography Workshops with Michelle Palys
        Michelle’s goal is to help you take great photographs. Great photos straight out of the camera-not by using software.

        • Her workshop is interactive & taught in easy to understand everyday language, geared toward adults- whose brains are full already.
        • The workshop is “learn by doing.” Share information, help each other and spend the class with your camera in hand.
        • You will practice shooting and the goal is to have fun!
        • As a Photography Instructor, Michelle Palys helps YOU learn how to use the important buttons and settings on a Digital Camera (they aren’t all important and many aren’t used often).  Click here for her website.  Passion. Commitment. Excellence.
      • Saturday, Noon to 1:30 pm:  Free Concert with members of the Strathspey & Reel Society of NH,  Sylvia Miskoe on accordion, Bruce Cobb on fiddle and George Randall on guitar will present a delightful mix of traditional Scottish, Quebecois and New England dance tunes.
      • Saturday, 1:30 – 2:30 pm:  Turning Nature Into Art. Poet Jeffrey Zygmont and photographers share about the inspiration that the White Mountains create, and how they turn that inspiration into photos and poetry to share with others.
      • Saturday, 2:30 pm:  NH Humanities to Go – Rally ‘Round the Flag: The American Civil War Through Folksong. Sponsored through a NH Humanities Grant. Woody Pringle and Marek Bennett present an overview of the American Civil War through the lens of period music. Sing along as you explore lyrics of camp songs, parlor music, hymns, battlefield rallying cries, and fiddle tunes. Pringle and Bennett examine the folksong as a means to enact living history, challenging participants to find new connections between song, art, and politics in American history.
      • Sunday, 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm: Free Concert with Parker Hill Road. This Bluegrass band  has been performing professionally in the New England Area for roughly twenty years. The band features  Chris Cate on bass; Tim Cate on mandolin, Mike “Woody” Woods on banjo,  Paul Amey on fiddle and Tom Rappa on guitar. The band’s music ranges from traditional Bluegrass to modern pop tunes performed in the Bluegrass tradition. Four part vocal harmonies, along with tight instrumental arrangements create a smooth sound. Enjoy a bit of their music by clicking on this link: myspace.com/parkerhillroad

Celebrate the month-long brilliance of the awe-inspiring spikes against the grandest vistas in the White Mountains.

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Click here to download a .pdf Lupine map