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21st Annual Celebration of Lupines 
(Formerly known as The Fields of Lupine Festival) 

June 1 through 30, 2014  
Paying homage to the annual blossoming of this captivating wildflower, the Fields of Lupine Festival is a time honored regional event. The brilliant spikes of the lupine flower carpet local fields and pastures in a rolling sea of vibrant purples, pinks, blues and whites. The long-lasting blossoms attract equally dazzling butterflies and create a breathtaking floral display against the majestic backdrop of the Franconia, Presidential, and Kinsman Mountain ranges.  Every visitor is guaranteed abundant photo and recreational opportunities in the Northeast's most spectacular mountain region. Our local greenhouses and businesses will be offering lupine plants and seeds so you to start your own field of lupine.

The communities of Franconia, Easton, Sugar Hill, Bethlehem, Bretton Woods, Littleton, Lisbon, Lincoln, North Woodstock, Whitefield and beyond,  join together to showcase this colorful pageant. Complementing the natural beauty of the floral show, the Fields of Lupine Festival offers special events within the festival.  Retailers and restaurants will be offering, promotions, discounts, entertainment, and refreshments, as will museum and historic inn tours, an open-air market on Main Street Sugar Hill, and other locations throughout our Franconia Notch Region and North Country.    

2014 Schedule of Events 
A Celebration of Lupines Fields of Lupine Booklet is available and free for our visitors  and event attendees at the Information Center on Main Street in Franconia at Exit 38 of I-93.  Pages of the booklet can be viewed at the following links:

Fields of Lupine Booklet front & back covers
Fields of Lupine Booklet Calendar of Events
Fields of Lupine Booklet Area Map & and lupine Tours
Fields of Lupine Booklet Coupons for Specials & Shopping
Additional Fields of Lupine Booklets are available at Harman's Cheese & Country Store, Polly's Pancake Parlor and the Sampler in Sugar Hill.  Be sure to pick up your free copy at the Information Center  or download and print the above links.  
 Traditional and exciting features, special events, sales at many businesses, museums and attractions such as the Sugar Hill Historical Museum, New England Ski Museum, Franconia Heritage Museum, Iron Mine Furnace, Robert Frost Home, and the Cannon Mountain Aerial Tramway will be packed into the entire month of June to match the prolific Lupine constant blooms that fill the fields, by-ways, backyards and walkways throughout.

These and many more events and special are listed in the Fields of Lupine Booklet.

Free Lupine Poetry Walk through the Fields of Lupines the entire month at the Sampler, Sunset Hill Road, Sugar Hill. There will be Wagon Rides through the fields Saturdays & Sundays June 7-8; 14-15;
21-22. weather permitting.


Glad sponsors of the Annual Open Air Market to be held June 7-8, 10 am to 4 pm
* This event includes over 50 vendors and booth displays featuring local crafters, artisans, non-profit organizations, small businesses and much more. 
* Luncheon will be available from local vendors and the non-profit Ladies Willing Workers organization of Sugar Hill.
* Artisan demonstrations will be on-going   
* Free concert will be held each afternoon from 1:30 to 3:30 pm. 
* Free Workshops and Seminars will be scheduled each day in History, Photography, and other programs of Local Interest.

All events, demonstrations, vendors, workshops and concerts will take place outside and inside the Carolina Crapo Building and Sugar Hill Meetinghouse - rain or shine - on picturesque Route 117, Main Street, Sugar Hill. 

Saturday, 10:30 am - 2 choices
  - NH Wildlife and info about The Rocks Estate
  - Photography Workshop, Bring your camera
       with George Mitchell, GM Fotography.
Saturday, 11:30 am
  - Life at the Top of Mt. Washington with Eric Pinder
Saturday, 12:30 pm - 2 Choices
   - NH History through 7 generations of Family with Sara Glines
   - Photography Workshop, Bring your camera
        with George Mitchell, GM Fotography.
Sunday, 11:30 am - 2 Choices
   - NH History through 7 generations of Family with Sara Glines
   - Photography Workshop, Bring your camera
         with Meg Brown of Megabug Photography
Sunday, 1:30 pm
  - Photography Workshop, Bring your camera
       with Meg Brown of Megabug Photography

Megan Brown (MegaBug Photography) will be organizing the Annual Photo ContestView the Photo Contest information HERE. Down load and print or contact MegaBug Photography at megabugphotography@gmail.com or call (603)991-7963- cell, or home at (603)823-8553

The Museum will be open for viewing of this year’s themed display- A History of Rural Schools in the Franconia Region.



(View Calendar of Events and Coupons links above)


This delightful B&B will hold Tea & Cookie Tour on Weekends~ June 7-8; 14-15; 21-22; 28-29

The Rocks Estate Annual Wildflower Festival, June 7/8
Details to follow~

Tuesday, June 10th  7:30 - 9 pm
"A Taste of Desserts & Dance featuring Swing North Big Band* and delightfully delicious desserts offered up by the best chefs in the Franconia Notch Region!  Sweet desserts and sweet music to the delight of generations; the stars do come out in Sugar Hill at the Meetinghouse on Route 117.  Come to dance or enjoy the music, and vote for the dessert you think deserves the "Lupine Mirror Ball Trophy!  Admission fee at the door- $10 per person - $18 per couple. *Swing North Big Band will perform an "Open Rehearsal" Concert.
The 20th Anniversary cookbook is available at Harman's Cheese and Country Store in Sugar Hill, at the Franconia Notch Regional Chamber of Commerce office, and online here.  The book is a collection of recipes and memories from the 20 years of  Lupine Festival recipes published in the annual Fields of Lupine Tour Guide Books over the years. 


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