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.

 

 

 

 

‘Ice out’ on Lake Sunapee

Ice Out Day on Lake Sunapee was Thursday, April 18, 2013. In the morning, a mass of  ice blocked boat passage north to south on the lake. However, the ice was gone by 2:30 that afternoon. "Ice out" is determined when a boat is able to navigate the length of the lake from Georges Mills to Newbury. Photo by Charleen Osborne, Sunapee.

Ice Out Day on Lake Sunapee was Thursday, April 18, 2013. In the morning, a mass of ice blocked boat passage north to south on the lake. However, the ice was gone by 2:30 that afternoon. “Ice out” is determined when a boat is able to navigate the length of the lake from Georges Mills to Newbury. Photo by Charleen Osborne, Sunapee.

Sunapee, N.H. — “Ice out” on Lake Sunapee was declared on Thursday, April 18, 2013.

Ice blocked boat passage from north to south at the islands at 8 a.m. By 2:30 p.m. the ice mass was gone and “Ice Out” was called by Richard Osborne and his family.

“Ice out” is determined when a boat is able to navigate the length of the lake from Georges Mills to Newbury.

See earlier “ice out” dates via the town website: Lake Sunapee Ice Out Chart.

League of NH Craftsmen’s Fair runs August 4-12

Sculpture in wood and translucent wood lampshades by Peter Bloch, New London, N.H., will be on display at the 2012 League of NH Craftsmen Fair. The fair runs daily August 4-12, 2012 at Mount Sunapee in Newbury, N.H., and will have over 200 craft booths, daily demonstrations and creative exhibits.

Each summer, visitors come to the Annual League of NH Craftsmen’s Fair in the Lake Sunapee region of New Hampshire to experience the fun and fascinating world of craft.

Now in its 79th year, the Annual Craftsmen’s Fair runs from August 4-12 at the Mount Sunapee Resort at Mount Sunapee State Park in Newbury, N.H.

The fair is a showcase for beautiful, one-of-a-kind craft items that are functional, decorative, and built to last.

All of the craft is made by hand by master craftsmen – juried members of the League – using traditional methods and natural, locally sourced materials, including clay, wood, metal, glass, fiber, and paper.

The Annual Craftsmen’s Fair features a variety of activities for all ages in a scenic setting under a series of white tents at the base of the Mount Sunapee Resort.

The atmosphere for this year’s event will be like a street fair, with a variety of performances that feature over-sized puppets, magicians, mind readers, roving musicians, and more.

Visitors can meet and talk to the craftsmen, learn about their techniques, and purchase from them.

Shoppers will find fun and practical gifts at over 200 craft booths and The Shop at the Fair.

Do-it-yourselfers (adults and children) can sign up for workshops, such as paper making, beaded rings, and glassblowing, and make their own handmade treasures.

Daily demonstrations

Those who are curious about how fine craft is made can watch daily demonstrations of glassblowing, woodcarving, blacksmithing and more by juried members of the League of NH Craftsmen, as well as invited guests from the New Hampshire Potters Guild, the Guild of New Hampshire Woodworkers, the New Hampshire Woodcarvers Guild, the New Hampshire Art Association, the New Hampshire Shaker Museum, the Canterbury Shaker Village, and the New Hampshire Farm Museum.

This year, the woodworking tent will be expanded to feature boat building, guitar making and chair making demonstrations.

Three creative exhibits

Visitors will also see how fine craft is used in everyday life through three creative exhibitions:

  • Living With Craft, which features tastefully decorated room settings furnished entirely with handmade furniture and room accessories
  • CraftWear, which features unique “art-to-wear” clothing, jewelry, and accessories
  • Outdoor Sculpture Garden, which includes pieces such as garden ornaments and landscape sculptures. These sculptures will also be placed throughout different locations on the fairground.

An exhibition of fine prints, called Big Red, will be on display in the Sunapee Lodge.

Ticket information
The Fair will be open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm daily, rain or shine, from August 4-12. Admission is $10 for adults; $8 for seniors, students, active duty military (with ID), and groups of 20 or more. Admission is free for children 12 and under. A ticket includes admission to all exhibitions and demonstrations, as well as a second day free return to the Fair.

Visitors who purchase their tickets in advance on the League’s website, will receive a $1 discount, plus no convenience fee. This discount will be offered until August 3.

Parking is free and childcare is available on site at $3 per hour. Picnic areas, as well as a food tent, indoor cafeterias, and an outdoor Garden Café (serving adult beverages) are open daily. No pets are permitted on the fairgrounds or left in cars in the parking lots.

Links to more information on the League website:

The Lake Sunapee Region

Along with the Annual Craftsmen’s Fair, the Lake Sunapee region offers a variety of activities for all ages, including the M/V Kearsarge cruises and boat tours, the Fells Historic Estate and Gardens (with its nature trails and tours of historic homes), water activities (boats, kayaks, canoes, sailing) and fun shops at Sunapee Harbor.

“There is a variety of lodging and dining options to suit all tastes and budgets,” says Jennifer Tockman, Director Lake Sunapee Region Chamber of Commerce. For information, visit: lakesunapeenh.org.

Bowers appointed to ED&A House committee

Spec Bowers, Sunapee’s recently elected representative to the New Hampshire House, has been appointed to the Executive Departments and Administration Committee.

“By happy coincidence, Steve Winter from Newbury is on the same committee,” said Bowers (R-Sunapee). “I’ve known him for years and years. I’m glad to be working with him.”

Steven J. Winter (R-Newbury) was also elected to the House in November and represents the towns of Newbury and Sutton, Merrimack County District 3.

It shall be the duty of the Committee on Executive Departments and Administration to consider matters pertaining to the general administration of state laws and changes therein; matters of policy pertaining to the executive departments; matters relating to the New Hampshire Retirement System; matters pertaining to the administration of professional licensing; review of performance audits, and such other matters as may be referred to it. — Committees and Their Duties, 2010-2011 House Rules

Already Planning Your Summer Vacation to NH?

“I am making vacation plans now and would like the dates of the 2011 Craftmen’s Fair at Mt. Sunapee,” asked Myra in a message to Sunapee News. Hi, Myra: The 78th New Hampshire Craftsmen’s Fair will run August 6 – 14 (2011) at Mount Sunapee State Park in Newbury, NH.

NH’s Craftsmen Fair is considered one of the première crafts fairs in the country, and it’s held right here, in the heart of the Lake Sunapee region. It’s also the oldest crafts fair in the country showcasing an array of traditional and contemporary crafts, the work of juried members of the League of NH Craftsmen.

A little history: The League began in 1932; the Fair began in 1933. The first fair held in Crawford Notch was a big success with sales of $2,698! The Fair then moved to the Hancock, and through the years to other locations: the UNH Field House in Durham, Holderness School in Plymouth, Dartmouth College in Hanover, the Belknap Recreation Center in Gilford (1948-1960), and Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro (1962). The Fair came to Mount Sunapee in 1964.

Goubert Family Protects 75 Acres on Mount Sunapee

 

Andrews Brook forest pool on Mount Sunapee. Photo by Jeff Sluder.

 

Last summer, Delnoce Goubert, Sunapee, attended a Forest Society lecture about the natural history of the Mount Sunapee region. After the event, he approached the presenter about land that his family owned near the base of Mount Sunapee. He asked if the Forest Society would be interested in taking ownership of this land, which had been in his family for more than 70 years.

Almost one year later, the Forest Society accepted a gift of 75 acres in Newbury from Delnoce, his brother Peter Goubert, and his sister Jean Goubert Sisley.

The land has been in the family since 1937, and the Gouberts themselves have been actively involved with the Forest Society since the late 1930s. Originally from New York, the family initially purchased the land, along with some surrounding acreage, as a country retreat.

The original estate included a 250-year-old house, where Delnoce and his family spent summer and winter vacations. The house wasn’t far from Andrews Brook, which cuts through a deep gorge on the property. Delnoce remembers carrying fresh brook water to the house during summer and chopping ice in the winter.

He reminisces about the land with affection. “As kids, we spent our summers here,” he said. “Long before there were trails, we used to run up and down the mountain. We’d come up in the winter to go skiing.” Continue reading

F & G Presents Plan for Hay Reservation

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The US Fish and Wildlife Service will present their draft conservation plan and environmental assessment for the John Hay National Wildlife Reservation in Newbury (NH) tonight March 11 at the Newbury Town Hall at 7 p.m. The draft plan has three alternatives that will be discussed. “One of these alternatives of the management plan will guide the refuge for the next 15 years, and is important to residents in the Sunapee area,” said June Fichter, executive director of the Lake Sunapee Protective Association. In an email announcement, Fichter encouraged the public to attend and provided a website link to the draft plan: www.fws.gov/northeast/planning/johnhay/ccphome.html.

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