Southern New Hampshire Life

Southern New Hampshire Blog by Steve Russo, Realtor


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New Hampshire Open Doors 2013

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.  This year Open Doors will be held the weekend of November 2nd and 3rd.   For an “up close and personal” time with these inventive people, this can’t be beat!

Gibson Pewter, Hillsborough
Gibson Pewter, Hillsborough

What began 9 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, chocolatiers, 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 (Dublin) and the Black Moose Country Store (Windham) which specialize in handcrafted New Hampshire made products.

Oak Leaves Studio, Wilton

Oak Leaves Studio, Wilton

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 Keene area, Mont Vernon, and the Peterborough region.  Further afield, tours are also listed for central and northern New Hampshire places like, Canterbury, Walpole, and Plymouth. Check out the website for the list of participants, detailed maps and directions, and the times each shop or studio will be open.

New Hampshire Open Doors

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.

The League of New Hampshire Craftsmen’s Fair

There’s one summer fair that should definitely be on your “to do” list.  The League of New Hampshire Craftsmen’s Annual Fair, now in its 79th year, is a great place to stop – and shop.  This year it will be held from August 4th through 12th at the Mount Sunapee Ski Resort in Newbury, 10AM to 5PM daily.  The League operates quality craft shops at various locations throughout the state; only artisans who have qualified for League membership may exhibit their works at the shops or at the fair.

The fair is a great opportunity to see offerings by over 350 New Hampshire artisans in one place: each item made by hand, unique, and inspiring.  Representative works from some of the best craftsmen in New England will be there, offering everything from greeting cards, pottery, and clothes, to quilts, stained glass, and furniture.  There are items in all price ranges.  It’s a great place to find talented artisans for that special “something” you’ve been looking for but haven’t found at the mall stores.  The crafters will be happy to explain their craft and will welcome your purchase at the fair or your commission.  (Most craftsmen welcome orders for items made to your specifications.)

In addition to the craft booths, there will be a number of other activities visitors can enjoy. There will be craft demonstrations, and adult, children’s, and teen workshops showing how craft pieces are developed from the germ of an idea to finished creation.  For a break from shopping, visitors can enjoy scheduled performances by some of New England’s finest musicians, storytellers, and theater groups.

The League of NH Craftsmen is a non-profit, craft education organization. There is a small fee to visit the fair. For more information about the fair or the League, visit the League’s website.  To purchase your admission tickets online, click here.