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.