Located at the end of a dirt road in Center Sandwich, NH, Mead Base Conservation Center is the southernmost entry to the White Mountain National Forest (WMNF). The Base includes an old farmhouse, several outbuildings and cabins and three campsites on 11 acres. Friends of Mead, through a lease from the US Forest Service, preserves and maintains the property for the public’s use.
Mead Base, with its year-round parking, serves as a launch pad for several trailheads including the Wentworth Trail up Mt. Israel, the Bear Camp River Trail, and the hike to Cow Cave and Beede Falls. Many birding, tracking, nature and historic walks begin at Mead. Throughout the summer trail crews, Audubon interns, and artists make Mead their base. The Base includes several campsites, and groups can rent the main room and kitchen by the day for special gatherings.
Whether you’re looking for a day trip or a camping experience, come visit Mead Base Conservation Center and enjoy the spectacular scenery and the many adventures that abound!
Friends of Mead
Renowned Saxophonist Fred Haas Returns with The Tom Robinson Trio to Mead Base on October 7
The Tom Robinson Trio is joined by Dartmouth's Fred Haas (saxophone) for a one-night jazz session on Saturday, October 7, 7 PM, at Mead Base Conservation Center, a historic homestead located just inside the White Mountain National Forest in Center Sandwich. This same show sold out in 2015 and 2016!
Haas has performed with Oscar Peterson, Ray Charles, Pat Metheny, Clark Terry, Milt Jackson, Joe Morello, Don Cherry, Karrin Allyson, Matt Wilson, Gene Bertoncini, John Proulx and many others. Jazz guitarist Pat Metheny called Haas "a totally world-class saxophone player." At Dartmouth, Haas teaches saxophone, jazz piano, jazz improvisation, jazz history, and music theory. Haas has recorded many CDs and is an active performer and composer - traveling internationally to play and teach with a variety of jazz groups.
The Tom Robinson Trio comprises jazz pianist Tom Robinson, drummer/percussionist Tim Gilmore, and bassist John Hunter. Robinson performs frequently throughout New England as a soloist, sideman, leads his own groups, and has been a featured artist at the Catamount Arts Center and Mountaintop Music Center. Gilmore is an active clinician with Adventures with Jazz, playing Canopus drums and Bosphorus cymbals, and has recorded with nationally-known artists on television and film projects. Hunter has performed in concerts and television appearances from Maine to San Francisco while accompanying such greats as Dizzy Gillespie, Clark Terry, Slide Hampton, Sheila Jordan and more. He’s accompanied singers Toni Tenille, Maureen McGovern, and The Four Freshmen, and appeared with such diverse groups as the Broadway touring company of “A Chorus Line” and the Los Angeles Opera a la Carte. He is presently a member of the Seacoast Big Band and the Capital Jazz Orchestra.
“We love playing small venues like Mead Base and really connecting with our audience,” said Robinson. “At large venues – being up on stage with the big lights - it’s a different energy. With less than 50 seats and playing just a few feet away from the front row at Mead, it’s like playing for a private group. And, the acoustics are remarkably strong!”
This concert, coordinated by the NH Independent School of Music in Sandwich, will help fund ongoing programs at Mead Base. Tickets cost $15 and may be purchased online at www.nhisom.org. BYOB.
Mead Base Conservation Center, 517 Diamond Ledge Road, Center Sandwich, NH 03227 603-284-6919