Butterfly Release

Butterfly Release2024-05-10T10:23:39-04:00

Annual Butterfly Release

Every year, HCS hosts a butterfly release to memorialize and remember those who have died. The Butterfly Release happens over multiple days in Butterfly Park, the City of Keene’s beautiful Community Space. In 2022, HCS was thrilled to expand the Butterfly Release to a second location at the breathtaking venue Cathedral of the Pines in Rindge. We are excited to continue this partnership in 2024.

The 2023 events had lots of new features – the Peace pole in butterfly park, a wide variety of hospice musicians, pop up shops, gelato, and the rainiest Saturday ever. This year, we will continue to have the pop-up shop, musicians and have added chair massage for those who are so inclined.

We are grateful to our sponsors, volunteers, musicians, employees, the community, Board of Directors, and partners in celebration.

If you would like to get on the email list about the events in 2024, please send us an email.

Pre-order your butterflies now through May 10!

Saturday June 22 is Family Day! In addition to all our usual Butterfly Release happenings, we will have additional activities for children and families including coloring sheets, temporary tattoos, and will welcome the Kona Ice Cream Truck! Join us in this more celebratory atmosphere, and bring the whole family along.

Our Butterfly Release Locations

Butterfly Park

Address: 320 Marlboro Street, Keene, NH

Parking is available in the HCS Parking lot (312 Marlboro Street)

The park has an accessible entrance from Bartholomew Court

Cathedral of the Pines

Address: 10 Hale Hill Road, Rindge, NH

Parking is available in the COTP parking lot

The COTP outdoor sanctuary is accessible.

Thank you to our 2024 Sponsors!

We are grateful to our sponsors who make this event possible.

If you are interested in being an event sponsor, please visit our shop or reach out to us today!

Monarch Sponsors

Swallowtail Sponsors

Ann Heffernon & Jay Ward

Skipper Sponsors

Louise Zerba

Mary Beth Given, LMT

Painted Lady Sponsors

Kim Clark

Theresa Lehnen

Tim Small

Frequently Asked Questions about the Butterfly Release

Will the event take place rain or shine?2024-03-15T13:30:01-04:00

Yes! The event will take place rain or shine!

Where is the Butterfly Release held?2023-08-21T15:32:42-04:00

Butterfly Park, the City of Keene’s beautiful Community Space on Marlboro Street, is the traditional location for our event and we were thrilled to expand the butterfly release to a second location in 2022 and greatly enjoyed working with Cathedral of the Pines in Rindge. Both venues are fully accessible.

Where do funds from the event go?2024-03-15T11:04:38-04:00

Funds raised and donations made through the Butterfly Release all go to support Hospice at HCS.

What happens if I purchased butterflies and can no longer attend the event?2024-03-15T13:19:11-04:00

We understand that sometimes plans change at the last minute or perhaps an illness crops up. If you are unable to attend, HCS will release the butterflies on your behalf at the end of the event time.

What are the dates for the 2024 Butterfly Release?2023-08-21T15:34:06-04:00

The dates for the 2024 Butterfly Release are:

  • Thursday, June 20, 2024 at Cathedral of the Pines – Rindge, NH
  • Friday, June 21, 2024 at Butterfly Park – Keene, NH
  • Saturday, June 22, 2024 at Butterfly Park – Keene, NH

Save the date and plan to join us!

Is there wheelchair access?2024-03-15T11:00:57-04:00

Yes! Both venues are fully accessible.

Is there a limit to the number of butterflies you can order?2024-03-15T11:00:06-04:00

You may order as many butterflies as you like. Please remember to pre-order, as butterflies will not be for sale on the day of the event. You can order butterflies here: https://www.hcsservices.org/shop/

Is the event appropriate for families or children?2024-03-15T13:25:17-04:00

Absolutely! People of all ages are welcome at every event and our Saturday event is planned especially with families and children in mind. We will provide a few extra activities for our younger attendees. We hope you bring the whole family to join us!

I want to sponsor the butterfly release. What are the sponsorship levels?2024-03-15T10:51:46-04:00

We have revised our sponsorship levels and named each level after butterflies found in New Hampshire. Each sponsorship level will have inclusion in our event marketing materials and a certain number of butterflies to release at the event.

If you would like to be a sponsor, reach out to us today!

$1000 – Monarch level 

Includes 4 butterflies

$500 – Swallowtail Level 

Includes 3 butterflies

$250 – Skipper Level 

Includes 2 butterflies

$100 – Painted Lady Level 

Includes 1 butterfly

How can I volunteer at the Butterfly Release2024-03-15T13:26:45-04:00

We’d love to have you join us! Send us an email at events@hcsservices.org to express your interest.

Do I have to purchase a butterfly to attend the event?2023-06-30T08:45:07-04:00

No, you are welcome to come and enjoy the event without releasing a butterfly, however if you would like to release a butterfly (or several!) we recommend purchasing the butterflies through our shop well in advance. Butterflies sell out quickly and we often do not have extra on the day of to sell.

Are there reserved times to release the butterflies?2024-03-15T10:54:19-04:00

No, you may come at any time during the event window.

Questions about the butterfly release or want to be a sponsor?

Contact the HCS Development Department!



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