Wednesday, August 3, 2016
CONCORD – Beginning Saturday and through Aug. 14, the League of NH Craftsmen's 83rd annual Craftsmen's Fair will take place at the Mount Sunapee Resort, 1398 Route 103, Newbury.
Drawing more than 25,000 guests and featuring more than 350 craftsmen, along with an incredible variety of handmade fine craft, the fair features a host of new elements this year, including a tasting tent, live music, “children's day at the fair” with kids- focused activities, workshops, performances, and Lunch and Learn seminars where guests enjoy lunch with master craftsmen.
Recently recognized as a must-see festival by USA Today, the annual Craftsmen's fair is known for its high standards and the stunning quality of work of the League's juried craftsmen. With more than 200 booths of fine craft ranging from modern to more traditional styles, guests will be able to explore and shop for colorful pottery, hand-blown glass, framed prints, beautiful bowls, decorative scarves and handcrafted jewelry.
The Mount Washington Cog Railway, the fair's lead sponsor, will again host an onsite display of the historic Peppersass Cog Railway train engine that built the world's first mountain-climbing cog railway. The engine, built in 1866, is celebrating its 150th birthday and the fair will celebrate the train's history Thursday, Aug. 11, with a birthday celebration.
New features this year
Children's Day at the Fair is Wednesday, Aug. 10. It will feature singalongs with singer/musician Amy Connelly, as well as a mime and face painting.
The tasting tent will offer scrumptious food and drink for sampling. Fuller's Sugarhouse, Cabot Cheese, LaBelle Winery and King Arthur Flour will participate.
Lunch and Learn participants receive lunch and an opportunity to ask questions and interact with a master craftsperson or expert.
There will also be live, original music throughout the fair grounds.
The Artist's Gift: When guests purchase a piece of craft from select craftsmen, a percentage of that item's sale will be donated to the League's Annual Fund and the League Emergency Relief Fund, which supports craftsmen in need.
The Living with Craft exhibit will display more than 200 handcrafted works arranged in a series of vibrant and cohesive room displays. In the CraftWear exhibit, guests will explore traditional and avant-garde jewelry and handcrafted wearables. An outdoor sculpture garden will feature decorative sculptures, furnishings, fountains and garden accessories.
Fairgoers can also purchase the League's annual ornament, “Pitter Patter,” a whimsical Rhodium-plated metal elf boot with etched and silkscreened details created by Sussy-Rose Shields.
Family fun and learning
Along with Children's Day at the Fair, there are more opportunities for children to explore the world of fine craft, including an all-day, hands-on pottery workshop, during which kids will make their own clay artwork, and Tools for Kids, which allows kids to try a variety of woodworking tools in a safe environment.
The Next Generation tent showcases the work of talented child artists. In addition, children and families can enjoy performances by the Little Red Wagon children's theater summer touring troupe.
For more information, including tickets, visit www.nhcrafts.org/crafts mens-fair-overview.php.
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