LODGE TO HUT: ZEALAND VALLEY

Join AMC for an opportunity to focus on the scenery of Zealand Valley. Our journey to Zealand Falls Hut takes us to the Pemigewasset Wilderness, through hardwood forests and beaver ponds and over ridges offering spectacular views. After an introductory meeting and comfortable night’s lodging at AMC’s Highland Center, we gear up for our backcountry adventure. Backcountry lodging and hearty meals are provided at AMC’s Zealand Falls Hut.

Lancaster Historical Society Flea Market

Head to the Wilder-Holton House at the intersection of Routes 2 and 3 North for the Lancaster Historical Society’s popular Flea Markets.

The Flea Markets, held every other weekend throughout the summer, are where you’ll find antiques, collectibles, fine crafts and much more, including refreshments. Free admission. Begins at 10 a.m.

While there, take a tour of the historic 1780 Wilder-Holton House and the adjacent barn. On the National Register of Historic Places, the Wilder-Holton House is believed to be the first two-story house built in the area, and the oldest surviving house in Coos County

Flea Market Dates: May 26; June 9, 23, 30; July 7, 21; August 4, 18; Sept. 1, 15, 29; Oct. 13.

More info: 603-788-3004

Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn at The Colonial Theatre

Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn, “the king and queen of the banjo” (Paste Magazine), have a musical partnership like no other. Béla Fleck is a fifteen-time Grammy Award winner who has taken the instrument across multiple genres, and Abigail Washburn a singer-songwriter and clawhammer banjo player who re-radicalized it by combining it with Far East culture and sounds. The two met at a square dance, began collaborating musically and eventually fell in love. Over the years, they played together most visibly in the Sparrow Quartet alongside Ben Sollee and Casey Driessen and informally at a pickin’ party here, a benefit there, or occasionally popping up in each other’s solo shows. Fans of tradition-tweaking acoustic fare eagerly anticipated that Béla & Abigail would begin making music together as a duo.

Fleck has the virtuosic, jazz-to-classical ingenuity of an iconic instrumentalist and composer with bluegrass roots. His collaborations range from his ground-breaking standard-setting ensemble Béla Fleck and the Flecktones to a staggeringly broad array of musical experiments. From writing concertos for full symphony orchestra, exploring the banjo’s African roots, to jazz duos with Chick Corea, many tout that Béla Fleck is the world’s premier banjo player.  Washburn has the earthy sophistication of a postmodern, old-time singer-songwriter who has drawn critical acclaim for her solo albums. She has done fascinating work in folk musical diplomacy in China, presented an original theatrical production, and has contributed to singular side groups Uncle Earl and The Wu-Force. In addition to being named a TED Fellow in 2012, Abigail was recently named the first US-China Fellow at Vanderbilt University, in addition to Carolina Performing Arts/Andrew W. Mellon Foundation’s DisTil Fellow for 2018-2020

With one eye on using the banjo to showcase America’s rich heritage and the other pulling the noble instrument from its most familiar arena into new and unique realms, Bela & Abigail meet in the mean, head-on, to present music that feels wildly innovative and familiar at the same time. Whether at home, on stage or on record, their deep bond, combined with the way their distinct musical personalities and banjo styles interact, makes theirs a picking partnership unlike any other on the planet.

WOMEN’S ADVENTURE: 4000 FOOTER WEEKEND

This weekend is designed for active, fit women interested in summiting some 4000+ foot peaks in Crawford Notch in a group of women only, led by female guides. Participants may be after the 48 peaks or just interested in some moderately challenging hiking in the White Mountains with a group.

Lancaster Historical Society Flea Market

Head to the Wilder-Holton House at the intersection of Routes 2 and 3 North for the Lancaster Historical Society’s popular Flea Markets.

The Flea Markets, held every other weekend throughout the summer, are where you’ll find antiques, collectibles, fine crafts and much more, including refreshments. Free admission. Begins at 10 a.m.

While there, take a tour of the historic 1780 Wilder-Holton House and the adjacent barn. On the National Register of Historic Places, the Wilder-Holton House is believed to be the first two-story house built in the area, and the oldest surviving house in Coos County

Flea Market Dates: May 26; June 9, 23, 30; July 7, 21; August 4, 18; Sept. 1, 15, 29; Oct. 13.

More info: 603-788-3004

4th Annual “Railway to the Moon” Steampunk Festival – Mt. Washington Cog Railway

Step back in time with a twist into the future with the Railway to the Moon Steampunk Festival.

Immerse yourself for a day in the world of steam power, antique bicycles and the inventive spirit where the creative mind reigns!

This is a free event with special vendors, educational sessions and performances throughout the day, with a separate (optional) paid Steam Trip Rides throughout the day.

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, rain or shine. FREE EVENT!!!

www.railwaytothemoon.com — Official website

4th Annual “Railway to the Moon” Steampunk Festival – Mt. Washington Cog Railway

Step back in time with a twist into the future with the Railway to the Moon Steampunk Festival.

Immerse yourself for a day in the world of steam power, antique bicycles and the inventive spirit where the creative mind reigns!

This is a free event with special vendors, educational sessions and performances throughout the day, with a separate (optional) paid Steam Trip Rides throughout the day.

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, rain or shine. FREE EVENT!!!

www.railwaytothemoon.com — Official website

WOMEN’S ADVENTURE: TRAIL RUNNING AND YOGA

Spend time on the trails and time on your mat; trail running and practicing yoga with other like-minded ladies. The weekend will be led by Debbie Livingston who has 18 years of trail running experience and has over 200 trail races under her belt. She has been teaching yoga since 1999 and is certified through Kripalu Yoga Center. You’ll leave the weekend with a sense of empowerment and calmness from challenging yourself, encouraging others and taking the time to breath.

LODGE TO HUT: SOUTHERN PRESIDENTIAL RANGE

Join AMC on this hut-to-hut adventure across the southern Presidential Range of the White Mountains. Backcountry lodging and hearty meals are provided at AMC’s Lakes of the Clouds and Mizpah Spring Huts. We hike from the Ammonoosuc Ravine Trailhead to Lakes of the Clouds Hut along the steep and challenging Ammonoosuc Ravine. The next day, we traverse the southern Presidential Range to Mizpah Spring Hut.

The Hot Sardines On Stage at The Colonial Theatre

Fueled by the belief that classic jazz feeds the heart and soul, THE HOT SARDINES are on a mission to make old sounds new again and prove that joyful music can bring people together in a disconnected world.

In the last two years, the Hot Sardines have been featured at the Newport Jazz Festival and the Montreal Jazz Festival, have sold out NYC venues from Joe’s Pub to Bowery Ballroom, and have released two albums to critical raves and a No. 1 slot on the iTunes Jazz chart in the U.S. and internationally. 

These mischief-makers of hot jazz have been described as “potent and assured” (The New York Times) and “simply phenomenal” (The Times, London). “Everything in our DNA is about connecting with the audience. That’s where we feel most at home,” says Elizabeth, of playing live with the eight-piece band (including one wildly percussive tap dancer).