LANCASTER — An appearance by Smokey the Bear, live music, a vintage car rally, plein air painters, an afternoon tea, scavenger hunts, and old-time activities like croquet and badminton are among the 100 exciting activities planned for Weeks State Park on Saturday, August 13 and Sunday, August 14, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the passage of the Weeks Act. This important federal legislation, named for Lancaster native John W. Weeks, led to the creation of the White Mountain National Forest and more than 50 other national forests.
All of the events at the park are free and open to the public. Families with children are especially encouraged to attend, as there will be many activities that appeal to kids.
The highlight of the weekend is an evening champagne reception and musical evening fundraiser with well-known North Country fiddler Patrick Ross & Friends on Saturday, August 13 at the Mountain View Grand in Whitefield. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased by contacting the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (603) 323-7302. Proceeds from the evening will be shared by Weeks State Park and the Arts Alliance.
In addition, every Thursday from 5 to 7 pm painters will work outdoors at the Park before the evening program. Stay tuned here for more information on all of the activities planned for the weekend, or check for details and updates at www.aannh.org.
The weekend’s events are part of the White Mountains Cultural Festival: 8 Days of Weeks, a collaborative, grassroots festival honoring the region’s rich natural and cultural heritage that is being held on the eight weekend days of August. Festival activities – all celebrating the connections between art and nature – will be focused in a different part of the region each weekend, with an activity hub serving as the focal point, along with local festivals, heritage days, concerts and other activities in many surrounding communities.
Community celebrations during the first weekend, August 6 and 7, are being held from Plymouth to Lincoln, with special events in Holderness, which will mark the 250th Anniversary of the town, and in Wonalancet, which has planned a village-wide event that includes hikes, talks, home tours, music and art to celebrate Wonalancet as it was 100 years ago.
On the second weekend, in addition to festivities at Weeks State Park, Whitefield will celebrate with an art exhibit, workshops with Weeks cartoonist Marek Bennett, stories of the community and its history told by residents, and a walking tour of the downtown. Specific information on Festival activities and the Weeks Act celebration can be found on the Arts Alliance website at www.aannh.org and at www.weekslegacy.org.
The Festival is coordinated by the Arts Alliance in partnership with the White Mountain National Forest and Arts Alliance members and partners throughout the region and around the state, including the Weeks Centennial Coordinating Committee.