First Thursday Hike at The Fells
Thursday, May 2, 11 AM
Join Brick Moltz, Education Director at The Fells, for a one-hour hike on The Fells property. These informal, moderate walks will be an opportunity to get a little exercise, spend time out in the landscape, and perhaps discover something new about the property once owned by the John Hay family. Members: free, non-members: included with regular admission fee. No reservations necessary. Meets at The Fells Kiosk. First Thursday Hikes will not occur during the summer months but will resume in September. The Fells Historic Estate and Gardens, www.thefells.org
Birding by Sight and Sound
Saturday, May 4, 7:30-9 AM
If it’s early May, we are in the middle of the great spring bird migration. Join local expert Peter Newbern for an early morning easy to moderate bird walk, learning some tricks about how to identify bird songs and calls by interpreting what it seems like they are singing, followed by a chance to hear and see some of the neo-tropical birds returning to NH and to habitats further north. Meets at the Fells Kiosk. Members: free, non-members: $10. Advance registration requested, call 603-763-4789 x3. The Fells Historic Estate and Gardens, www.thefells.org
Friday, May 10, 9:30 to 11:30 AM
Learn about gardening with hardy and beautiful heather as you join members of the Northeast Heather Society while tending The Fells Heather Bed. Bring lightweight hedge trimmers (if you have them), dress in layers and wear gloves. Free to all. Meets at the Heather Bed, beyond the Rock Garden. Advance registration requested, call 603-763-4789 x3. The Fells Historic Estate and Gardens, www.thefells.org.
National Public Gardens Day
Friday through Sunday, May 10-12, 10 AM to 4 PM
Join The Fells in a nation-wide celebration of public gardens. Explore the beauty of The Fells and discover the colorful spring blooms in the Rock Garden and the fragrant blossoms of early flowering trees and shrubs. Admission is free to all the entire weekend. The Fells Historic Estate and Gardens, www.thefells.org.
Henry Homeyer: The Gardening Guy
Everything You Need to Know about Birds and Bees: How We Support Pollinators and Birds with the Plants We Grow”
Saturday, May 11, 10 to 11 AM
Join garden writer Henry Homeyer for a workshop about creating beautiful gardens that also attract and sustain our native pollinators and birds. Gardening for beauty and our personal satisfaction can also enhance habitat for countless insects and animals, if we make informed choices in our plant selections. Learn about easy plants you might not know, and also plants you might want to avoid. Members: $10, non-members: $20. Advanced registration requested, call 603-763-4789 x3. The Fells Historic Estate and Gardens, www.thefells.org.
Gallery Exhibit: Bringing the Outside In
May 25 through October 14
Enjoy these beautiful New England landscapes captured by talented plein air artists. These artists have participated in the Vermont Institute of Science (VINS) Plein Air Festival and/or Artists Weekend at The Fells. We have brought these two wonderful organizations together to highlight their work with our natural environment. Included with regular admission fee. The Fells Historic Estate and Gardens, www.thefells.org.
Gallery Exhibit: Painting at The Fells: Then and Now
May 2 through October 14
This exhibit tells the story of The Fells through paintings, photos, and words. Many of the paintings have been done during past Artists Weekends. Included with regular admission fee. The Fells Historic Estate and Gardens, www.thefells.org
History Exhibit: The Hay Family at The Fells: A Hundred Years of Documents and Correspondence.
May 25 through October 14
Open during Main House hours and included with regular admission fee. The Fells Historic Estate and Gardens, www.thefells.org
Ecology Exhibit: Listening to the Land
May 25 through October 14
In his book A Beginner’s Faith in Things Unseen, environmentalist and nature writer John Hay encourages us to listen to nature in order to discern our connection with all of life. Through ecology programs, interactive exhibits, journaling opportunities, and even “Forest Bathing,” we hope to teach our visitors how to listen to the land at The Fells and in their own backyards. The Fells Historic Estate and Gardens, www.thefells.org
Out and About at The Fells: Spring Babies, Blooms and Bugs
Tuesday, May 28, 10 to 11 AM
May bursts forth with the colors and sounds of Spring! We will investigate the best of the Spring Season. Join the Lake Sunapee Protective Association education staff in this program for preschool age children and their caregivers. Free. No reservations necessary. Meets at The Fells Gatehouse. Co-sponsored by The Fells and Lake Sunapee Protective Association. The Fells Historic Estate and Gardens, www.thefells.org
Members Opening Reception
Friday, May 31, 5 to 7 PM
Join fellow Fells supporters in celebrating the opening of the 2019 season! Be among the first to see the exciting new Gallery Exhibits and take a peek at some of the newly installed Art In Nature Sculpture, stroll the gardens fragrant with spring blossoms and view the new history and ecology exhibits. Free to members. Advance registration requested, call 603-7634789. The Fells Historic Estate and Gardens, www.thefells.org