September 28-29, 2013
We have a great Autumn Celebration planned for Sept. 28-29.
Hope you can join us for the Weekend!
More than a Market!
Workshops, Music, Artisan Demonstrations, History, more. . .
Rain or Shine
10 am - 3:30 pm
This market has gradually turned into an annual tradition in our area. Over 30 vendors will be joining us, you'll be able to find delightful handmade items along with local businesses with their products: Alpaca Wool to Zelda's Piccallili Relish. Check out our market page to see who's coming. You can also check the webpage during the upcoming holiday season to contact the vendors or locate them at area holiday craft fairs.
This year, we are splitting the market between two locations (so if it rains, we can move inside to keep everyone comfortable). Everything is just a short walk away (literally a stone's through . . . and I can't throw stones that far)! Events and Vendors will be located at the Sugar Hill Meetinghouse, the Carolina Crapo Memorial Building, the Sugar Hill Museum, and we hope you'll pop into Harman's, too!
Market Munching: from Harman's Cheese to freshly made Kettle Corn, Cider Donuts from the Cider House Cafe at Windy Ridge Apple Orchard, along with fresh apples from the orchard. I'm going to get up early both mornings to pick up freshly-made donuts.
We are also thrilled that White Mountain Gourmet Coffee is coming this year and will again offer FREE cups of COFFEE to everyone at the market. This year, they are bringing their Espresso Machine - so they will be offering along with the regular coffee - lattes, espressos, and cappaccinos! Because White Mountain Gourmet Coffee is coming with all the extras . . . they will have a donation bucket set up for you so you can offer a little "thank you". BUT all the donations in this bucket are staying locally, they are being donated to the Community Action Program in Woodsville, NH. This organization offers many programs to us locally: fuel asssistance, food pantry, and more.
The Franconia Heritage Museum is making lunch. Click here to check out the menu! Chili, Chowder, Mac 'n Cheese . . . and of course dessert!
10:30 am and 2:30 pm: Free Photography Workshops with George Mitchell of GM Photography. Bring your camera for a free hands-on workshop with George. You can also bring some of your photography with you and use his expertise to trouble-shoot or tweak your photography skills. Autumn is a great time to brush up on your photography skills.
11 am to 2 pm: Book-signing by Mike Dickerman. Stop by and pick up his latest book, Stories from the White Mountains, to be published this month by The History Press. This new collection of historical pieces by the well-known New Hampshire guidebook author and publisher, Mike Dickerman, covers a myriad of topics related to White Mountains history. These include a hiking history of Mount Washington, a look back at the logging railroad era, and the role of women fire outlooks during the World War Two years. Other subjects include the grand hotels of the region, tragic plane crashes in White Mountains annals, the Hurricane of September 1938, and a profile of a former CCC enrollee who spent his working life in New Hampshire's mountain forests.
11 am under the tent at the Meetinghouse: Jean Goehlen is presenting an informative session of Franconia & Sugar Hill's Iron Industry. Learn the history of the Stone Furnace in Franconia and learn what is being done to preserve it for future generations. You can also listen to Roger Aldrich (our local historian) talk about this subject on the following webpage: http://whitemountainhistory.org/Franconia_Iron_Works.html
2 pm: New Hampshire Wildlife. This is seminar will be presented by The Rocks Estate. Stop by to learn fascinating facts about the wide variety of wildlife in New Hampshire. You'll also find an interesting green jug - see what Steve Sabre can do with that jug!
The Vermont Fiddle Orchestra is a community orchestra open to all levels and ages of players. The orchestra performances span several generations, from beginning level players to professional soloists playing simultaneously while providing entertainment, education, and preserving the traditional fiddling of Vermont and beyond. This wonderful group is celebrating their 10th year and was founded in 2003 by Sarah Hotchkiss. If you can't wait until September 29th - Listen to this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q734dSsMOQQ
The Story of the Vermont Fiddle Orchestra: In May of 2003, Sarah Hotchkiss awoke in the middle of the night and paced the floor for a full hour because I had an idea for a community orchestra that I realized I was going to have to bring to fruition. Six weeks later, the VFO held its first rehearsal with about twenty members. She envisioned musicians of multi-levels (beginners to experts) playing together in such a way that it would be simultaneously fun and enriching for all participants. Sarah also wanted to help preserve the tradition of fiddling "by ear".
The Vermont Fiddle Orchestra is more than just "fiddles". You'll find cellos, guitars, mandolins, flutes, accordions, and other instruments in the orchestra, too. The VFO goup wants the audience and the musicians to have fun at their concerts. One of their most favorite joys is to hear that someone came to one of their concerts and was inspired to pick up a fiddle (or another instrument).
This free concert is made possible by the generous sponsorship of Crosstown Motors of Littleton, New Hampshire. If you are in the area, stop in and thank them for their generosity.