The fair is a showcase for beautiful, one-of-a-kind craft items that are functional, decorative, and built to last.
All of the craft is made by hand by– juried members of the League – using traditional methods and natural, locally sourced materials, including clay, wood, metal, glass, fiber, and paper.
The Annual Craftsmen’s Fair features a variety of activities for all ages in a scenic setting under a series of white tents at the base of the Mount Sunapee Resort.
The atmosphere for this year’s event will be like a street fair, with a variety of performances that feature over-sized puppets, magicians, mind readers, roving musicians, and more.
Visitors can meet and talk to the craftsmen, learn about their techniques, and purchase from them.
Shoppers will find fun and practical gifts at over 200 craft booths and The Shop at the Fair.
Do-it-yourselfers (adults and children) can sign up for workshops, such as paper making, beaded rings, and glassblowing, and make their own handmade treasures.
Those who are curious about how fine craft is made can watch daily demonstrations of glassblowing, woodcarving, blacksmithing and more by juried members of the League of NH Craftsmen, as well as invited guests from the New Hampshire Potters Guild, the Guild of New Hampshire Woodworkers, the New Hampshire Woodcarvers Guild, the New Hampshire Art Association, the New Hampshire Shaker Museum, the Canterbury Shaker Village, and the New Hampshire Farm Museum.
This year, the woodworking tent will be expanded to feature boat building, guitar making and chair making demonstrations.
Three creative exhibits
Visitors will also see how fine craft is used in everyday life through three creative exhibitions:
- Living With Craft, which features tastefully decorated room settings furnished entirely with handmade furniture and room accessories
- CraftWear, which features unique “art-to-wear” clothing, jewelry, and accessories
- Outdoor Sculpture Garden, which includes pieces such as garden ornaments and landscape sculptures. These sculptures will also be placed throughout different locations on the fairground.
An exhibition of fine prints, called Big Red, will be on display in the Sunapee Lodge.
The Fair will be open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm daily, rain or shine, from August 4-12. Admission is $10 for adults; $8 for seniors, students, active duty military (with ID), and groups of 20 or more. Admission is free for children 12 and under. A ticket includes admission to all exhibitions and demonstrations, as well as a second day free return to the Fair.
Visitors who purchase their tickets in advance on the League’s website, will receive a $1 discount, plus no convenience fee. This discount will be offered until August 3.
Parking is free and childcare is available on site at $3 per hour. Picnic areas, as well as a food tent, indoor cafeterias, and an outdoor Garden Café (serving adult beverages) are open daily. No pets are permitted on the fairgrounds or left in cars in the parking lots.
Links to more information on the League website:
- List of participating craftspeople
- Daily Schedule
- Craft Workshop Schedule
- Craft Demonstrations
- Annual Craftsmen Fair Sponsors
The Lake Sunapee Region
Along with the Annual Craftsmen’s Fair, the Lake Sunapee region offers a variety of activities for all ages, including the M/V Kearsarge cruises and boat tours, the Fells Historic Estate and Gardens (with its nature trails and tours of historic homes), water activities (boats, kayaks, canoes, sailing) and fun shops at Sunapee Harbor.
“There is a variety of lodging and dining options to suit all tastes and budgets,” says Jennifer Tockman, Director Lake Sunapee Region Chamber of Commerce. For information, visit: lakesunapeenh.org.
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