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.

Celebrate the summer harvest at Muster Field Farm

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North Sutton, N.H. — Harvest Day at Muster Field Farm Museum celebrates the summer’s harvest. It is a time to enjoy the beauty of the farm and reap the benefits of the growing season.

Harvest Day at Muster Field Farm Museum is on Sunday, October 6, 2013, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Open to all free of charge.

The museum represents the agricultural traditions of rural New Hampshire. Its historic buildings and working farm are located on 250 acres on Harvey Road in North Sutton.

Harvest Day includes guided tours of the Matthew Harvey Homestead (1 to 4 p.m.), live music in the Pillsbury Barn (12 to 3 p.m.), hayrides, storytelling, and old-time games for all to enjoy.

Visitors can enjoy a variety of craft demonstrations: spinning, blacksmithing, basket making, cider making, lace making, rug hooking and more.

A warm meal of homemade soups, fresh bread and cider will be available for purchase in the Pillsbury Barn and fresh produce will be for sale in the farm stand. The apples are delicious and plentiful.

For Info and directions call 603-927-4276 or visit www.musterfieldfarm.com.

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Muster Field Farm will celebrate Farm Days

Muster Field sunflowers and barnNorth Sutton, N.H. — Muster Field Farm announcement — The August Farm Days Celebration at Muster Field Farm Museum in North Sutton will be held Saturday and Sunday, August 24 and 25, 2013.

Enjoy the museum’s largest event of the year, a two-‐day celebration of all things agricultural, historical, and farm-related: blacksmithing, basket making, weaving, rug braiding, square dancing and much more!

Explore an extensive display of antique tractors and trucks while children enjoy free hayrides and homemade ice cream. Cheer on the Grande Parade of antique vehicles each day at 3:00 and take your chances at Cow Flop Bingo on Saturday at 4:00. Don’t miss the famous roast beef supper Saturday from 5-7 p.m. in the Hardy-Pillsbury Barn. Tickets for the supper are $10 for adults and $5 for children, available by reservation (603‐927‐4440), or at the Farm Days information booth.

As always, fresh Muster Field Farm grown vegetables are available in the farm stand.

Farm Days hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine. General admission is $5; free for members and for children 6 and under. Information and directions: 603-927-4276 or 603-927-4440, and at http://www.musterfieldfarm.com.

Old barn expert John Porter to speak in Sutton

Preserving Old BarnsSutton, N.H. – John Porter, who along with Francis Gilman authored the book “Preserving Old Barns”, will be the featured speaker at the annual meeting of the Muster Field Farm Museum on January 13, 2013. The meeting will be held at the Freewill Baptist Church in North Sutton at 2 p.m. All are welcome to attend at no cost; refreshments will be served during the meeting.

Ever wonder about the history of the many barns along New Hampshire’s scenic byways? Or how you might restore the barn sitting in your backyard?

The book is a unique resource on preserving old barns and includes images of many of New Hampshire’s historic and scenic barns.

Porter and Gilman have compiled a fascinating look at traditional New England agricultural barns and structures, and are known as the go–to experts in this field. Both have had long careers working for UNH Cooperative Extension and are well-known throughout the farming community.

Porter will have copies of the book for sale or inspection at the meeting.

For more information, email: musterfield@tds.net.

Harvest Day at Muster Field Farm Museum

 

MUSTER FIELD FARM MUSEUM, HARVEY ROAD, NORTH SUTTON, NH – Come share the food and festivities of a local, homegrown harvest on Sunday, September 30 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Muster Field Farm Museum!

Enjoy a hearty lunch of homemade soups, breads, and baked goods while listening to the live music of fiddlers and area folk musicians.

Featured musicians include The Click Horning Band from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. and The Orzechowski Family & Traditional Fiddling from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m., performing in the historic Pillsbury Barn. The Buchans will provide fife and drum music throughout the day.

Children can play traditional games, dip candles, and even create their own cornhusk dolls. Storytelling in the Ryder Corner School and horse drawn hayrides will be ongoing throughout the day. Other exhibits include weaving and spinning, basket making, blacksmithing, and cider and ice cream making.  A great selection of books on traditional New England life will also be available, along with handcrafted wares.

Tours of the circa-1787 Matthew Harvey Homestead will be offered from 1 to 4 p.m., and will include a cooking demonstration on the open hearth. The farm stand offers a wonderful selection of seasonal vegetables, maple syrup and honey, as well as pickles, jams, and jellies, all made locally.

General admission is $5; free for children 6 and under.

Muster Field Farm is a nonprofit museum and working farm in North Sutton, New Hampshire. The farm, which includes many historic buildings and the Matthew Harvey Homestead, is open daily, year-round.

For more information, call 603-927-4276, or visit www.musterfieldfarm.com.

Directions: Take I89 to exit 10, route 114 to North Sutton Village, and follow signs to Muster Field Farm.

10th annual music jam at Muster Field Farm – June 23

On Saturday, June 23, Muster Field Farm (Harvey Road, North Sutton) will host its 10th 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 Night Kitchen, The Click Horning Band, Doc Rogers, Buffalo Plaid, The Fontones, Sferes & White, The Moores, Gary Robinson, Uncle Jimbo, and Derek Astles.

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 4 p.m., music begins at 4:15. Tickets: $10 per person or $20 per family, available on site the day of the event. Info and Directions: 603-927-4276 or www.musterfieldfarm.com.

Photo of Muster Field Farm by Gretchen Gudefin.

Ice harvesting…from 9 am until the ice is in

It’s that time of year again…for ice harvesting on Kezar Lake in North Sutton.

Ice Harvest Day sponsored by the Muster Field Farm Museum will be Sunday, January 23…from 9 a.m. until the ice is in.

Volunteers will cut out ice blocks and deliver them up the road to Muster Field Farm, where they are packed in sawdust in the Watters Ice House for the farm’s summer events. Continue reading

Cannon shenanigans and muster day traditions

Jack Noon of Sutton — author, town historian, and Muster Field Farm Museum administrator — will be this year’s speaker at the annual meeting of the Muster Field Farm Museum. The program will be held on January 16, 2011, at 2 p.m. at the Pillsbury Memorial Hall, Main Street, Sutton Mills.  Noon’s talk— “Cannon Shenanigans and New Hampshire’s Muster Day Tradition”— will follow a short business meeting. Everyone is invited, museum members and non-members. Refreshments will be served.

Located on Harvey Road, North Sutton on 250 acres, the museum includes the Matthew Harvey Homestead, historic farm buildings and a working farm.

New Hampshire’s muster day tradition ended in 1850, as did some of the related localized rivalries that involved the stealing of cannons. Muster Day was a day of drills, marching, and sham battles for local militias in NH. This spectator event was accompanied by entertainers, vendors, gamblers, and a great deal of alcohol. Throughout 19th century NH, cannon demand — for Fourth of July, election celebrations, demonstrations of civic pride, and for the sheer cussedness of making noise — often exceeded supply. Various town and regional rivalries sprang up over the possession of particular cannons and were constant headaches for local authorities. Come explore the vestiges of this tradition that survived well into the 20th century. 

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