Sunapee Historical Society Museum to hold Open House

Sunapee Historical Society MuseumSunapee, N.H.– Have you ever wondered what is in the large gray shed opposite the Anchorage in Sunapee Harbor? It’s the Sunapee Historical Society Museum and its directors would like to show you what is there during a special Open House on Sunday, July 27 from 4 to 7 p.m.

The directors will be giving tours explaining some of the items in the collection and their vision for taking better care of some of it. Also, they’ll be running the equipment from the machine shop that serviced the Woodsum steamboats and serving refreshments. Everyone is welcome.

The museum’s regular hours during July and August: Open afternoons 1-4 on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays and on Wednesday evenings, 7-9.  Closed on Mondays.  Admission is free, though donations are always welcome.

Free programs at the museum coming up:

  •  July 24, 7 p.m.: A Magic Lantern Show featuring slides from the collection.
  •  August 7, 7 p.m.: Woodbine Dessert Night with refreshments from the cookbook.
  •  August 21, 7 p.m.:  The Wooden Launches of Lake Sunapee.
For more information, email sunapeehistory@gmail.com or call 603-763-8809.
 

June Jam on June 21 at Muster Field Farm Museum

MMCrowdGatheringNorth Sutton, N.H. —  On June 21, Muster Field Farm, on Harvey Road, will host its 12th annual musical fundraiser. This all-volunteer event, musicians included, helps support the historic farm and serves as a venue for the region’s musical talent, both up-and- coming and tried-and-true!

This year’s line-up includes Gary Robinson, Click Horning Band, Neptune’s Car, Decatur Creek, Mo’Combo, and Night Kitchen.

Enjoy burgers, hot dogs, snacks and beverages (proceeds from food sales also benefit the farm), or pack your own picnic and beverages to enjoy.

Gates open at 3:30, music begins at 4:00. Tickets: $15 per person (children 14 and under are free), available on site the day of the event.

Info and directions: 603-927-4276 or www.musterfieldfarm.com.

Learn about MV Kearsarge restoration

MVK_CC6Sunapee, N.H. — The Sunapee Gardeners invites the public to a presentation by Tim Fenton about the history, sinking and restoration of the MV Kearsarge. The program will be held on Tuesday, June 10, at 7 p.m., at the Knowlton House, 63 Main Street, Sunapee Harbor.

The Fenton family operates both the MV Kearsarge, a restaurant boat, and its sister ship, the MV Mt. Sunapee II, a tour boat. The boats run out of Sunapee Harbor.

The Kearsarge partially sank while moored at the Sunapee Town Dock in January 2013. After a complete renovation— four months of work—the popular dinner boat was back in service cruising Lake Sunapee.

Photo from January 2013 by Charlotte Carlson, Sunapee, N.H.

 

 

Two guided tours of the Hay Estate offered in June

The Fells 013Newbury, N.H. – The Society for the Protection of N.H. Forests and The Fells Historic Estate and Gardens are co-sponsoring two historical walks, called “The Hidden History of the Hay Estate,” on Wednesday, June 4, and Wednesday, June 18, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Hay Forest Reservation in Newbury.

Both walks will be guided by Dave Anderson, the director of education for the Society for the Protection of N.H. Forests.

Participants of the June 4 walk will examine evidence suggesting what the Hay estate was like during the era of Clarence L. Hay. Walkers will stop at the cement cistern that fed water to The Fells, see the ruins of a sugarhouse, visit the Milton Clark/Nathan Baker farm cellar complex – the last and most expensive parcel purchased by statesman John Milton Hay, secretary to Pres. Abe Lincoln — and walk along the “Old Farm Road Trail” to see the Sarah Bartlett cellar-hole. Walking distance is about two miles.

Participants of the June 18 walk will discover how the Hay family and workers on the estate experienced The Fells from evidence and artifacts that are hidden in plain sight. They’ll tour the “Coach Road Trail” (the historic road used by the Hays to access a favorite picnic spot on Sunset Hill); a unique swath of forest that hosted hurricane salvage operations along Lake Sunapee; the ruins of a water pumping shed; and the site of the former swimming dock located south of the mouth of Beech Brook. Walking distance is estimated to be 1.5 miles.

Attendance at Part 2 is not contingent upon attendance at Part 1. The cost is $5 for each walk. These events, which start at The Fells Welcome Kiosk, are supported by grants from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation’s Wellborn Ecology Fund and the Creekmore and Adele Fath Charitable Foundation.

To register, call 603-763-4789 x3.

Founded in 1901, the Society for the Protection of New Hampshire Forests is the state’s oldest and largest non-profit land conservation organization. Supported by 10,000 families and businesses, the Forest Society’s mission is to perpetuate the state’s forests by promoting land conservation and sustainable forestry. The organization owns 50,000 conserved acres of land in New Hampshire and holds conservation easements on another 115,000 acres.

 

 

 

 

Historical Society program: Notable Women of Sunapee

SunapeeHistoricalSocietySunapee, N.H. — The Sunapee Historical Society will host its spring program—Notable Women of Sunapee—on Wednesday evening, April 30, at 7 p.m. at the Lake Sunapee United Methodist Church, Lower Main Street at Route 11, Sunapee. Everyone is welcome at this free event; refreshments will be served.

Ron Garceau will show photos and lead a discussion recalling the contributions of several memorable women from Sunapee’s past. Come and learn or share your memories. Garceau is well-known around the Sunapee area as the publisher of SooNipi Magazine and past president of the Sunapee Historical Society.

The spring program will be a precursor for a homemaker’s exhibit at the Sunapee Historical Society Museum, 74 Main Street, Sunapee Harbor, and a summer program on women’s organizations. woodbinecottage

Other summer programs will be about the Woodbine Cottage and the wooden launches that used to frequent Lake Sunapee.

The museum will reopen (weekends only, 1-4 p.m., through June) on May 24.

The Sunapee Historical Society is a non-profit organization that strives to preserve and promote Sunapee’s varied history. For more information, contact the Society’s President, Becky Rylander, at 603-763-8809 or sunapeehistory@gmail.com.

Muster Field Farm Museum to hold Ice Harvest Day Jan. 26

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Photo by Gretchen Gudefin.

North Sutton, N.H. — It soon will be ice harvesting time, when families gather, bundle up and share a New England tradition at Kezar Lake and Muster Field Farm Museum.

The farm will hold its annual Ice Harvest Day at Horse Beach in North Sutton on Sunday, January 26, 2014, from 9 a.m. until the ice is in.

Help cut ice blocks from the lake for delivery up to the farm.

Using an ice block fulcrum, volunteers will load the ice blocks onto wagons and vehicles then haul it to the farm’s Ice House, where it will be stacked for use at  summer events.

The farm’s Ryder Corner School House will be warm and welcoming, serving  homemade desserts and hot beverages.

Pete Lauridsen and friends will display antique cars converted to snowmobiles at the farm and the Sutton Ridgerunners will stage an Ice Day ride-in for all area snowmobilers. Free admission (donations appreciated).  Rain date: February 2.

For more information and directions: 603-926-4276 or www.musterfieldfarm.com.

Sutton Historical Society Pancake Breakfast

Warm up beforehand at the fifth annual pancake breakfast sponsored by the Sutton Historical Society, in North Sutton’s Free Will Baptist Church, from 7 to 10 a.m. Enjoy all-you-can-eat plain or blueberry pancakes, local maple syrup, sausage, orange juice, coffee, tea, or hot chocolate.  Cost: $6.00 for adults, $3.00 for kids.  A $1.00 discount if you come by snowmobile, x-c skis or snowshoes. Rain date: February 2.

Sunapee Seniors: Wacky Songs That Made Us Laugh

Sunapee, N.H. — Calvin Knickerbocker will present “Wacky Songs That Made Us Laugh” on Monday, October 28 at 1 p.m. at the Sunapee Methodist Church, Lower Main Street. The program, sponsored by the Sunapee Seniors and the New Hampshire Humanities Council, is open to all free of charge.

Knickerbocker is an independent scholar who developed and delivered a dozen courses on American musical history at Rivier University. He has presented programs in retirement communities, senior centers and other venues in New Hampshire and New York.

“Popular songs with humorous lyrics have kept us laughing since Colonial times. We need comic relief and songs provide some of the best (sometimes unintentionally),” the program release says. “Excerpts from hilarious songs help chart the evolution of musical humor from the 1920’s to the 1980’s.  Selections poke fun at WW II enemies, diets, television, sex, summer camp, religion, and many other aspects of life.”

The Sunapee Seniors is a non-profit organization, formed in 1982 and open to all senior citizens (55 or over) who live in Sunapee and neighboring communities. Meetings are held twice monthly, with a July and August recess, and usually on the second and fourth Mondays of the month, at 1 p.m. at the Sunapee United Methodist Church.

Nancy Clark is current president of the group and Joe Internicola, program coordinator.

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