Coming up on Saturday and Sunday November 3rd and 4th, New Hampshire Open Doors gives everyone the opportunity to meet hundreds of crafters, artists, farmers, and other creative folk in their own workshops or studios. For an “up close and personal” time with these inventive people, this can’t be beat!
What began 8 years ago as a way of letting New Hampshire residents know about the great crafters in their midst has grown into a celebration of everything created in New Hampshire – from beer to high-end paintings. Local farms, breweries, wineries, and bakeries join potters, jewelers, clothiers, quilters, photographers and painters for this event. No matter where you live in the state, you will be able to meet dozens of your most creative neighbors during this two-day celebration. Also included in the Open Doors event are retail stores like Wilderness Creations and Frye’s Measure Mill which specialize in handcrafted New Hampshire made products.
It’s a great way to start your holiday shopping. The New Hampshire Open Doors website makes stopping and shopping very easy. The website includes lists of the participants by name, category, and location, and even contains tours that take you to several crafters who live in adjacent areas, such as the Marlborough-Keene area, Wilton-Brookline-Mason, and the Dover-Rye region. Further afield, tours are also listed for central and northern New Hampshire places like Meredith-Sanbornton, Canterbury, Hopkinton, and the Littleton-Bethlehem vicinity. Check out the website for the list of participants, detailed maps and directions, and the times each shop or studio will be open.