Sunapee to celebrate its 250th birthday in 2018

logo-contest-flyer-colorSunapee, N.H. — Nearly 50 years ago, the town of Sunapee celebrated its bicentennial, and now the community is looking ahead to its 250th birthday.

The Sunapee board of selectmen recently approved the weekend of August 17-19, 2018, for the celebration of Sunapee’s Sestercentennial.

A town-appointed committee, chaired by Ron Garceau, has begun the planning. The Sestercentennial Committee is seeking ideas and community involvement from those living in Sunapee and those with ties to the town.

The committee is inviting artists, graphic designers, and creative makers to participate. A logo design contest is now underway. Contest rules are available via the town website. The deadline for design entries is February 15, 2017. Additionally, the committee is considering putting together a community quilt depicting scenes of Sunapee.

For additional information, contact Ron Garceau or any member of the Sestercentennial Committee. For committee updates, visit the town website and the event’s Facebook page.

From from The Story of Sunapee, by John Bartlett:

– On November 9, 1768, The New Royal Governor, John Wentworth,  by authority of King George III, signed his name to a deed of 23,040 acres of undeveloped land and recorded the same as the Charter of Saville.
– In 1781, Saville became incorporated as a township under the new name of Wendell.
– In 1850, the State Legislature changed the name from Wendell to Sunapee.

Upcoming programs at Sunapee Abbott Library

Program Calendar from Abbott Library

11 Soonipi Circle, Sunapee, N.H.

Friday – February 6 – 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM
We’ll supply all the materials so you can make beautiful valentines for the loveys in your life! Everyone welcome!

Monday – February 9 – 6:30 PM
ADVENTURES with GRANDCHILDREN: How to Add Excitement and Memories to Your Retirement Years

Lynn Trainor, Sunapee resident & author of 4 books about adventure trips with his grandchildren, will give a 1 hour presentation on how to enjoy retirement through travel with your grandchildren & how to write memorable books about these adventures. Lynn began his adventure trips 5 years ago, loves the one-on-one time he has with each grandchild, & he would like to share how you can learn to enjoy a similar hobby. Lynn will present recommendations on how to plan your trips, how to write books about your trips, & offer his lessons learned from the four trips he has taken with his grandchildren. Please join us for and evening to expand your retirement interests.

Tuesday – February 10 – 6:00 PM
Are you so frustrated with homework that you dread evenings in your home? Is homework a battleground in your house? Would you like some help?

In this program, Susan will offer tips, tools and strategies for reducing stress around homework for all ages. This program will be interactive and you will be invited to share your real-life situations and struggles. Susan’s warm, caring nature and attentiveness to all participants will leave you feeling heard and understood. You will leave this program with new ideas and knowing that you are not alone in your frustration.

Susan Cowan Morse is an educational coach and consultant based in New London, NH. She enjoys working with students of all ages through a strengths-based approach. While her specialty is AD/HD and executive functions, she works with a broad range of needs.

Friday – February 13 – 3:30 PM
Come and read to our newest volunteer: Bumblebee! Bumblebee is a dog who loves when children read to her. Bumblebee is a 3 ½ year old miniature labradoodle and a certified therapy dog. Bring a book of your own, or choose one from the library shelves.

Cosy Sheridan will perform in Sunapee Feb. 6

Cosy SheridanSunapee, N.H. – Another great performer is coming to the Sunapee Community CoffeeHouse.

Singer, songwriter, and guitarst Cosy Sheridan will be on stage at the CoffeeHouse on Friday, February 6, starting at 7 p.m. Location: Sunapee Methodist Church, 9 Lower Main Street.

Cosy Sheridan’s satirical viewpoints on everyday life have earned her a place in the hearts of fans across the country. Her concerts are wide-ranging explorations of modern mythology, love songs for adults, contemporary philosophy for the thoughtfully-minded and her signature parody on aging and women.

A N.H. native, she first caught the attention of national folk audiences in 1992 when she won songwriting contests at both the Kerrville Folk Festival and the Telluride Bluegrass Festival. West Side Folk called her “one of the era’s finest and most thoughtful singer-songwriters.”

Enjoy a preview… selections from her digital album “Pretty Bird,” via:

Her user-friendly  musical philosophy sets her happily apart… She is a wonderfully lively, very funny and enormously amiable entertainer with a keen and wicked eye for the excesses of our fast-food, tv-happy  and noisome culture. – The Boston Globe

The Sunapee Community CoffeeHouse is an all-volunteer, community-based concert series. The venue is for both professionals and amateurs who wish to play in a quiet setting with an attentive audience.

There is no cover charge; the hat is passed for the musicians and to help cover venue expenses. Convenient parking; the entrance is at the rear of the church.

For directions and the performance calendar or to learn about volunteer opportunities, visit:

Celebrate Sunapee Harbor Magic Dec 6


Muster Field Farm Celebrates Harvest Day Oct. 5

The barn at the Muster Field Farm Museum, North Sutton, N.H.

The Pillsbury Barn at the Muster Field Farm Museum, North Sutton, N.H., will host live music by Sferes & White and Click and Jonie Horning on Harvest Day, October 5.

North Sutton, N.H. — Celebrate the summer’s harvest at Muster Field Farm Museum on Harvey Road on Sunday, October 5, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It’s a time to enjoy the beauty of the farm and reap the benefits of the growing season. This event is free to all.

Special activities include guided tours of the historic Matthew Harvey Homestead and live music by Sferes & White and Click & Jonie Horning in the Pillsbury Barn. There will be hayrides, old-time games, and artist exhibits & demonstrations. A warm meal will be available for purchase in the Pillsbury Barn: homemade soups, fresh bread and cider. Fresh produce will be for sale in the farm stand.

New this year will be a Food Preservation Workshop (1-3 p.m.) presented by UNH Cooperative Extension Service in partnership with Muster Field Farm Museum.

For more information and/or directions, call 603-927-4276 or visit

Classical guitarist Claude Bourbon to perform in Sunapee


French classical guitarist Claude Bourbon performs at the Sunapee Community CoffeeHouse on Friday, September 12 at 7 p.m.

Sunapee, N.H. — French classical guitarist Claude Bourbon performs at the Sunapee Community CoffeeHouse on Friday, September 12 at 7 p.m. The Coffeehouse meets at the Lake Sunapee  Methodist Church, 9 Lower Main Street.

Food and beverages will be available. There is no cover charge but a hat is passed for the musician and venue expenses.

The CoffeeHouse kicks off the Fall Session with French singer-songwriter and brilliant musician Claude Bourbon who takes blues, Spanish, Middle Eastern, and Russian styling’s into uncharted territories

“Come experience a rich evening of music listening to top quality performer Claude Bourbon weave his magic. He is known throughout Europe and America for his amazing guitar performances,” says the CoffeeHouse release.

Claude Bourbon grew up in Switzerland where for a time he was classically trained, but he soon felt the need to explore the guitar without the limitations of written music and delved headlong into folk, blues, jazz and rock music. Now based in the U.K., he has become a world-renowned player, highly acclaimed for his finger-picking style—plucking, picking and strumming at such speed that his fingers seem to appear just as a blur. His sound instantly creates ambience – from haunting Spanish moods to lyrical, romantic jazz. He has crafted an unbelievable fusion of classical and jazz, with ethereal Eastern influences, Spanish and Latin elements with strains of Western folk.

The Sunapee Community Coffeehouse is an all-volunteer, community-based concert series that offers Friday night performances November through December, with an Open Mic Night in October and December.

The venuSCCoffeeHousee is for both professionals and amateurs who wish to play in a quiet friendly setting with an attentive audience. The CoffeeHouse encourages local talent and original works.

For directions, performance or volunteer info visit the website at:



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 or call 603-763-8809.