League of NH Craftsmen’s Fair runs August 4-12

Sculpture in wood and translucent wood lampshades by Peter Bloch, New London, N.H., will be on display at the 2012 League of NH Craftsmen Fair. The fair runs daily August 4-12, 2012 at Mount Sunapee in Newbury, N.H., and will have over 200 craft booths, daily demonstrations and creative exhibits.

Each summer, visitors come to the Annual League of NH Craftsmen’s Fair in the Lake Sunapee region of New Hampshire to experience the fun and fascinating world of craft.

Now in its 79th year, the Annual Craftsmen’s Fair runs from August 4-12 at the Mount Sunapee Resort at Mount Sunapee State Park in Newbury, N.H.

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 master craftsmen – 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.

Daily demonstrations

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.

Ticket information
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:

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.

Warner hosts cooking demos: Eat Fresh with the Market Chef

The Warner Area Farmers Market has scheduled outdoor cooking demonstrations Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. The series — “Eat Fresh with the Market Chef” — focuses on local foods in season and continues for most Saturdays until October 13, 2012. The farmers market is held on the Town Hall lawn, 9 to noon.

Presenters include chefs from:

  • local restaurants
  • presenters from local organic farms
  • a market that features NH made food products and
  • the UNH cooperative extension office.

“We have an amazing line-up with a variety of topics,” said Suzanne Bohman,  manager of the Warner Area Farmers Market.

Topics include summer salads and salsa, family menus using fresh ingredients, healthy cooking, mozzarella cheese from local milk, and tamales using local corn.

There is something for everyone—from the gourmet foodie to the busy mom wanting a simple but healthy meal. Our presenters will focus on fresh ingredients put together in creative ways. In most demos, recipes will be available and samples will be given away. – Suzanne Bohman from the Warner Area Farmers Market

For more info and schedule updates, check Facebook or email: suzbohman@gmail.com.

>>> Download/view the event poster (197KB): Eat Local Eat Fresh with the Market Chef.

The series is a result of the Warner Area Farmers Market participating in a project funded by the Capital Area Wellness Coalition, a collaborative volunteer organization in Concord dedicated to creating a healthier community.

The goal of the Healthy Foods Subcommittee in 2012 is to increase community access to healthy locally produced food.

This project has been supported by Kearsarge Area Eat Local (KAEL), a group of volunteers dedicated to increasing accessibility to local foods by cultivating relationships between farmers, growers and consumers and by the Warner Area Farmers Market, a source of fresh local products since 1974.

Library Arts Center: Summer art classes for children

 

Noell Bergeron, of Sunapee (left), and Mikaela Gilbert, of Newport, show off progress on their nature weavings made during the “1960s 101” class at the Library Arts Center in Newport, N.H.  The Center’s summer studio program offers a number of art classes for children from infants to age 13.  Visit the Center’s website for a full schedule of classes and workshops. Go to: www.libraryartscenter.org.

A garden party for Richards Free Library July 21

The Richards Free Library in Newport, New Hampshire, is having a summer garden party on Saturday, July 21, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. This event, sponsored by the Friends of the Richards Free Library, will take place at 98 Elm Street in one of Newport’s most lovely gardens.

“Sip delightful wine, taste creative delicacies, and listen to beautiful music while surrounded by the sweet smells of a luscious summer garden!” the invitation reads. Also, if your wear an elegant hat, or one you creatively or humorously design, you may win a prize in the hat contest.

Music will be provided by Jet’M.

Tickets ($25 per person) can be purchased at the library or at the door. You must be 21 or older to attend. For more information call Marty Lovely, secretary of the Friends of the RFL, at 603-863-1387.

Sunapee fireworks and parade July 7

Sunapee will celebrate Independence Day (2012) on Saturday, July 7, with a parade at noon and fireworks at dusk or around 9 p.m. You can view the fireworks from Sunapee Harbor. Flare night on Lake Sunapee is also July 7.

The parade will start at noon on Central Street. This year’s theme honors the 2012 Olympics Games.

“Show off your creativity and display a float that London, England, would be proud to include in their opening ceremonies!” reads the invite in the rec department newsletter.

Sunapee Recreation asks that parade participants meet at the Catholic Church with your float at 11:15 A.M. For more information, contact Director Scott Blewitt, email: recreation@town.sunapee.nh.us.

Note: Central Street and intersections in the harbor will be closed off so families can safely enjoy this community event.

Additional Note: Sunapee recently adopted a fireworks ordinance. More information is available on the town website.

Sunapee Historical Society plans a “walk back in time”

The Sunapee Historic Society will follow-up its 2010 history walk along Lower Main Street with another “walk back in time.” This year the scene is Central Street in Sunapee.

Lots of interesting people lived on Central Street, according to Barbara Chalmers, Sunapee, a researcher for the event.

On the day of the event, July 28 (9 a.m. to noon), volunteers stationed street-side along the tour will assume the persona of people from Sunapee’s past… people with a connection to Central Street.

Outfitted in costume and versed from prepared scripts, the actors will relate their character’s personal history as well as town history.

The cast of characters will include: George Bartlett, founder of U.S. Hames Company; his son Ernest Bartlett, who built Indian Cave Lodge; Henry Goss, the town undertaker; Dr. Edwin Fisher, the town doctor;  Marcia Runals, talking about her father Albert Runals, who built the Runals House Hotel in the Harbor (predecessor to the Ben Mere Inn); Albert Stocker, builder of many homes, cottages and buildings in town; and John Young, an itinerant preacher with the leather tannery on the river. A supporting cast will add to the feel of Central Street circa 1900-1910.

The historical society will sell tickets for the tour.

The organizing committee meets at the historical society museum at Sunapee Harbor and invites participation.

For more information, contact Ron Garceau (RonGarceau@comcast.net).

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