Oktoberfest at AMC Highland Center

The AMC Highland Center is hosting its first celebration of fall and beer with a fabulous Oktoberfest! Stop in for beer, lunch and fun.

• Beer Tasting with local brewery Rek’lis

• A-la-carte lunch, including beer favorites like bratwurst

• Lawn games & kids’ activities all afternoon.

For more information, please call (603) 278-4453.

AMC Presents: Death in the White Mountains

Author Julie Boardman studied the scenarios of 219 hikers, climbers and back-country skiers who died in the White Mountains. In her new book and in this presentation, she sheds light on some of the surprising trends that led to these tragedies, with lessons for all adventurers.

Featured Evening Programs are free and open to the public. For more information, please call (603) 278-4453.

AMC Presents: Reinventing Agriculture in the North Country

Guest speaker and local farmer Tim Wennrich of Meadowstone Farm shares his perspective on agriculture in the North Country, along with his story of building a successful farm in Bethlehem.

Featured Evening Programs are free and open to the public. For more information, please call (603) 278-4453.

Art Exhibition — “The Painted Sketch: Crawford Notch”

The Appalachian Mountain Club’s Highland Center at Crawford Notch is the setting for the exhibition, “The Painted Sketch: Crawford Notch,” by artist, Michael E. Vermette, which is on display through October 29, in the Mt. Willard Dining Room. The exhibit is free and open to the public when the space is not otherwise in use.

The exhibit features Vermette’s contemporary painted sketches created in the “plein air” style, outdoors in the White Mountain National Forest and Crawford Notch State Park, and at the Highland Center site.

Vermette served as artist in residence at the Highland Center for a week last fall and a week last winter. During those residencies, he created 11 painted oil sketches and 11 watercolor sketches that were made completely outdoors (en plein air) within the region. Sometimes working near the lodge, other times snowshoeing to a site with his studio on his back, he painted in cold weather amid challenging conditions. Each painting was rendered within a two- to three-hour block of time on location to capture the light. “Each painting was an adventure that tells a story,” he says.

Crawford Notch has long been an inspiration for artists drawn by the majesty of the surrounding peaks and crags. White Mountain School of Art painters frequented the area in the 19th and early 20th centuries to practice plein air outdoor landscape painting. One of the school’s more famous members, Frank Shapleigh, worked from his art studio in what is now the Shapleigh Bunkhouse on the Highland Center site.

Vermette’s expressive paintings show a love of color and light. In his evocative oils, watercolors, and pastels, he emboldens color by putting into practice traditional methods of the masters to cause the pigment to be brighter, richer, and more translucent.

For more information on the exhibit, call the Highland Center at (603) 278-4453, or email [email protected].

Stories in Wood: White Mountain Art Exhibition

Artist Craig Altobello uses beautiful wood marquetry to capture the scenes of adventure and nature of the White Mountains. His colorful wood panels are created primarily from North American wood and include landscapes, birds, alpine flowers, and mammals native to the Northern Forest, as well as huts, rock cairns and dramatic skies. He is a juried member of the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen and the Sharon Arts Center in Peterborough, NH

The exhibit will be on display in the Mt. Willard Dining Room of the AMC Highland Center from June 23 – August 28. An opening reception is set for Friday, June 23, from 5 to 7 p.m., with dinner available for purchase that evening.

The exhibit is free and open to the public when the space is not otherwise in use.

Highland Happenings Featured Evening Programs are FREE and OPEN to the public. For more information, please call (603) 278-4453.

AMC Presents: Mountains of Stars – Astronomy at Crawford Notch

Dr. Doug Arion will give a presentation on the intricate and fascinating connections between life on Earth and the history and phenomena of the Universe around us. You’ll have a chance to view stars through telescopes, or check out our new indoor planetarium.

Happenings Featured Evening Programs are FREE and OPEN to the public. For more information, please call (603) 278-4453.

AMC Presents: History of Crawford Notch

Historian Bill Moss shares stories of the unique characters, landscapes and events of the amazing history of this unique area.

Highland Happenings Featured Evening Programs are FREE and OPEN to the public. For more information, please call (603) 278-4453.

AMC Presents: Adventures with a Wildlife Camera

Join Allison Bell, author of Field Guide to the New England Alpine Summits, as she shares her photography expertise in this engaging evening program. Learn basics of wildlife camera operation, explore strategies for set-up and locations, and discover possibilities for natural history observations.

Highland Happenings Featured Evening Programs are FREE and OPEN to the public. For more information, please call (603) 278-4453.

Earth Day Celebration at the AMC Highland Center

Join AMC for our celebration of Earth Day! On Saturday, April 22, at AMC’s Highland Center, we’ll have an open house all day from 10am-4pm, with an outdoor picnic lunch from 11am-4pm. We’ll have family friendly activities ongoing throughout the day, including Trailhead Trash pickup, Recycled Crafts, Litter Relay, Energy Savings, Citizen Science, and more. We’ll also have representation from local conservation advocates and businesses on hand throughout the day for Q&A. This is a great opportunity for both kids and adults to get involved in conservation. The event will take place rain or shine, with lots of indoor activities in case of rain. All activities are FREE and OPEN to the public!

Activity Stations: Ongoing, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. — • Recycled Crafts • Earth’s Geology • Energy Savings • Green Technology • Leave No Trace • Citizen Science

Scheduled Activities:

10:30 a.m. – Trailhead Trash Pickup

11 a.m. to 4 p.m. – Earth Day Outdoor Picnic

12 p.m. – Kids’ Scavenger Hunt

2 p.m. – Litter Relay

3 p.m. – Dark Skies Talk

5 p.m. – Social Hour & Meet Ammonoosuc Conservation Trust’s Rebecca Brown

For more information, please call (603) 278-4453 or visit the event page on Facebook.

Waterfall Watching Is A True Spring Pleasure!

When the temperatures warm up under the gorgeous blue skies of spring, the sun goes to work on the snowpack at the higher elevations sending torrents of icy water cascading down from the mountains, into waiting rivers that carry it to the sea. These are the days that are perfect to go Waterfall Watching in New Hampshire’s North Country.

There are literally hundreds of waterfalls scattered throughout the region. Some are hidden, only to be seen by backcountry hikers and sportsmen, while others were conveniently crafted in the last Ice Age next to, or a few steps from, the road.

Waterfalls are beautiful any time of the year, but in the spring, they cascade at their mightiest, so it’s a good time to watch the power of nature and be mesmerized by the sight and the sound of the rushing water.

A few of our favorite falls follow:

SILVER CASCADE AND FLUME CASCADE: These twin falls are located side by side a few miles east of the Omni Mount Washington Hotel, at the top of Crawford Notch. They are located right alongside Route 302, with a parking lot across the road from both of them. (Be sure to watch for traffic as you cross, as this is a busy road!)

Both have been delighting visitors for more than a century, inspiring Thomas Starr King to write in his 1887 book, The White Hills:  “The Flume and Silver Cascade pouring down from Mount Webster have gladdened the eyes of almost all visitors, for they are visible from the road.”

GLEN ELLIS FALLS AND CRYSTAL CASCADE: These falls are located relatively close to one another in Pinkham Notch, a few miles south of the Mount Washington Auto Road on Route 16. Both are well marked and accessible by an easy walk along trails.

Children will love the quarter-mile trek to Glen Ellis Falls because the trail goes through a tunnel under the roadway. The two-tiered falls are one of the loveliest, dropping about 65 feet.

Park at the Appalachian Mountain Club’s Pinkham Notch base camp and take the three-tenths of a mile walk up the Tuckerman Ravine Trail to see Crystal Cascade. It is especially impressive as Mount Washington shrugs off winter and the water drops down 60 feet to another 20-foot plunge.

BEAVER BROOK FALLS: These falls are a great treat any time of the year. Located about 2.5 miles north from downtown Colebrook on Route 145, there is a pretty little wayside with tables, so go on a nice day, and be sure to grab some picnic fixings.

The falls drop broadly over the rocks for about 100 feet.

BABY FLUME: On the downside of Route 26, a stone’s throw east from The Balsams in Dixville Notch, Flume Brook pours through Baby Flume, creating its own gorge. There is a parking area for visitors, as well as picnic tables and the gorge itself is just a few steps from your car.

HUNTINGTON CASCADES: Right across the road from Baby Flume is another Dixville Notch waterfall, Huntington Cascades. For just a few minutes of walking on level ground you’ll be rewarded by the sight of the pretty, two-tiered fan of water close to 100 feet high.

GARFIELD FALLS: This is a waterfall for the true adventurer, for it requires setting out along one of the well-maintained logging roads in Pittsburg.

For this trip, you will want to be sure the gas tank is full. Take Route 3 to Magalloway Road. Turn onto Magalloway Road, and follow it for 12.2 miles until you get to a fork in the road. Stay straight — you don’t want to go over the bridge — and continue for another mile.

There is a parking area at the head of the trail leading down to the falls, an easy hike that includes some stairs. Follow the sound of the surging water and there are the falls, a pretty 40-foot drop in the East Branch of the Dead Diamond River.

History says that Garfield Falls was such an obstacle during log drives that men would be lowered by ropes to open jams and that if the logs had wedged up too tight, they’d be blown apart by dynamite.

There is no such drama today and it is a quiet and relaxing place. Below the falls, the water continues on placidly and once summer arrives there are places where you can dip your toes if you dare.

Waterfall Watching Tips:

Be sure to wear good sturdy footwear, especially in the melting season, because the ground will be wet and the rocks will be slippery.

The warmer the day, the nicer it is for a picnic lunch! A number of waterfalls have places where you can picnic and enjoy your lunch along with the ambiance, and many local restaurants will pack you a lunch to go.

Bring along a camera and play with your aperture settings to capture the mood and flow of the waterfalls.

Use caution if tempted to climb up the rocks beside the falls — you don’t want to slip and injure yourself.