2009 League of NH Craftsmen’s Fair Schedule

Sculpture GardenHere’s your daily schedule for the 76th League of NH Craftsmen’s Fair, August 1-9. It is held at Mount Sunapee Resort located at Mount Sunapee State Park, in Newbury, NH.

The Fair features 350 juried members of the League and daily demonstrations, workshops and music. Also, each day, there will be a tour with a master artisan and screenings of a documentary about the League’s history. See below for the Fair’s nine-day schedule and for ticket information.

Advance tickets can still be purchased locally through today, July 31, in New London at the Lake Sunapee Region Chamber of Commerce office, 41 Main Street, and via the League website.

Demonstrations and Workshops (held all day, unless otherwise noted)

  • Outdoor Sculpture Building Workshop – Mark Ragonese (Bellows Falls, VT), 11 am and 2 pm
  • Soap Carving Workshop – Tom Worcester (Hopkinton, NH), 1 pm and 2 pm
  • Pottery at the Fair Workshop – NH Potters Guild, every half hour
  • Glass Blowing Workshops/Demonstration – Harry Besett (Hardwick, VT), workshops at 10:30 am and 4 pm, demonstrations all day
  • Annual Ornament (The Gift) Demonstration – Joseph DeRobertis (New London, NH), 1 pm
  • Chainsaw Carving Demonstration – Tom Worcester (Hopkinton, NH)
  • Blacksmithing Demonstration –Garry Kalajian (Concord, NH)
  • Basket Weaving Demonstration – Ruth Boland (Merrimack, NH)
  • Tapestry Weaving Demonstration – Sarah Warren (Jefferson, NH)
  • Silk Painting Demonstration – Betty Lathrop (Dover, NH)
  • Wood Demonstration – John Ryan (Walpole, NH)
  • Fiber Toys &Tapestry Demonstration – Marcy Schepker (Harrisville, NH)
  • Raku Pots Demonstration – Richard Foye (South Newfane, VT)

Daily woodworking demonstration by the Guild of NH Woodworkers, Granite State Woodcarvers, and Granite State Woodturners.

Daily fine arts, watercolor painting and other art demonstrations by the NH Art Association members.

The nine Fair days includes showings of the documentary A League of Our Own: New Hampshire and the American Craft Movement at 10 am and 2 pm.

Tour With a Master, another daily event, starts at 3 p.m. A League member takes fairgoers through many of the craft booths discussing how a particular type of craft is made. Tours include: printmaking (Aug. 1, 2, 6,9); textiles (Aug. 3, 8); wood (Aug. 4); metal and metal jewelry (Aug. 5); glass (Aug. 7).

Exhibitions

  • Living With Craft: Room vignettes furnished entirely with handmade craft
  • Sculpture Garden: Outdoor sculpture and garden accessories
  • CraftWear: Art-to-wear clothing, jewelry, and accessories for men, women, and children
  • New Hampshire Art Association (NHAA): Fine art by NHAA members
  • Sign Posts: Prints by League and NHAA printmakers

The Shop at the Fair

The Shop at the Fair is a cooperative operated by members of the League of NH Craftsmen. The Shop features the work of juried League members who may not have individual booths at the Fair or are involved with the Fair as craft demonstrators, workshop instructors, or exhibitors.

Special One-on-One Workshop with a Master Craftsperson

Glass Blowing with Harry Besett (Hardwick, VT), every day at 10:30 am and 4 pm

Saturday, August 1

  • Wood Carving Inset Letters, Teen/Adult workshop –Grant Taylor (South Acworth, NH), 10:30 am, 11:45 am, 2 pm, 3:15 pm
  • Shaker Crafts Demonstration – Canterbury Shaker Village & Enfield Shaker Museum, all day
  • Woodworking Demonstration, Tools for Kids, basic wood tools techniques – David Emerson (Canterbury, NH) –, all day
  • Beading Demonstration – Bead Society of NH, all day
  • Rug Braiding Demonstration – Sandy Luckury (Bradford, NH) – Dorr Mill Fiber Guild, all day
  • Quilting Demonstration – Soo Nipi Quilters Guild, all day
  • Performance of the Day (11 am, 1 pm, 3 pm) – Carolyn Currie, award-winning singer/songwriter

Sunday, August 2

  • Wood Carving Inset Letters, Teen/Adult workshop –Grant Taylor (South Acworth, NH),10:30 am, 11:45 am, 2 pm, 3:15 pm
  • Craft Demonstrations –Traditional Arts Apprenticeship grantees sponsored by the NH State Council on the Arts, all day
  • Woodcarving Demonstration, Tools for Kids, basic wood tools techniques – David Emerson, Canterbury, NH) –, all day
  • Spinning/Dyeing Demonstrations – NH Spinners and Dyers, all day
  • Beading Demonstration – Bead Society of NH, all day
  • Rug Hooking Demonstration – Jan Seavey, Dorr Mill Fiber Guild, all day
  • Performance of the Day (11 am, 1 pm, 3 pm) – Amy Gallatin and Stillwaters, folk and bluegrass

Monday, August 3

  • Pinched Pottery Workshop, Exploring the textures of Mount Sunapee , all ages – Ethan Hamby (Rindge, NH), 10:30 am, 11:45 am, 2 pm, 3:15 pm
  • Woodworking Demonstration Tools for Kids, basic wood tools techniques – David Emerson (Canterbury, NH) –, all day
  • Weaving Demonstration – NH Weavers Guild, all day
  • Performance of the Day (11 am, 1 pm, 3 pm) – Gioia, performance with music and art

Tuesday, August 4

  • Quilted Postcards Workshop, all ages – Cathy Harvey (Spofford, NH), 10:30 am, 11:45 am, 2 pm, 3:15 pm
  • Painting & Fiber Art Demonstrations – New Hampshire Art Association members, all day
  • Woodworking Demonstration Tools for Kids, basic wood tools techniques – David Emerson (Canterbury, NH) –, all day
  • Weaving Demonstration – NH Weavers Guild, all day
  • Performance of the Day (11 am, 1 pm, 3 pm) – The Radio Gang, classic old-time bluegrass

Wednesday, August 5

  • Tools for Kids Workshop– David Emerson(Canterbury, NH), 10:30 am, 11:45 am, 2 pm, 3:15 pm
  • Beading & Leatherwork Demonstration – Mt. Keasarge Indian Museum, all day
  • Beading & Embroidery Demonstration — Marie Wiggins (Sunapee, NH), all day
  • Booking Making & Paste Paper Demonstration – Adele Sanborn (Webster, NH), all day
  • Basketmaking Demonstration – Northeast Basketmakers Guild, all day
  • Quilting Demonstration – Heritage Quilters Guild, all day
  • Performance of the Day (11 am, 1 pm, 3 pm) – Susie Burke and David Surette, contemporary, traditional, and original folk and acoustic music

Thursday, August 6

  • Tools for Kids Workshop– David Emerson (Canterbury, NH), 10:30 am, 11:45 am, 2 pm, 3:15 pm
  • Decorative Gourds Demonstration – Micheline (Merrimack, NH), all day
  • Beading & Embroidery Demonstration — Marie Wiggins (Sunapee, NH), all day
  • Embroidery Demonstration – Embroiderers’ Guild of America, NH Chapter, all day
  • Performance of the Day (11 am, 1 pm, 3 pm) – Stasmusic, acoustic rock

Friday, August 7

  • Tools for Kids Workshop– David Emerson (Canterbury, NH), 10:30 am, 11:45 am, 2 pm, 3:15 pm
  • Pottery & Other Traditional Craft Demonstrations – NH Farm Museum, all day
  • Pinched Pottery Demonstration – Ethan Hamby (Rindge, NH), all day
  • Woodcarving Demonstration – Sumner Misenheimer (Byfield, MA), all day
  • Knitting Demonstration – Monadnock Knitters Guild, all day
  • Quilting Demonstration – Soo Nipi Quilters Guild, all day
  • The Art of Collecting Fine Craft: Panel discussion and tips on collecting fine craft – noon
  • Performance of the Day (11 am, 1 pm, 3 pm) – Cormac McCarthy, blues, folk, and country

Saturday, August 8

  • Tools for Kids Workshop– David Emerson (Canterbury, NH), 10:30 am, 11:45 am, 2 pm, 3:15 pm
  • Knitting Demonstration – Monadnock Knitters Guild, all day
  • Rug Braiding Demonstration – Barbara Fisher (Mt. Sunapee, NH), all day
  • Woodcarving Demonstration – William Schnute (Wilton, NH), all day
  • Basketmaking Demonstration – Northeast Basketmakers Guild, all day
  • Polymer Clay Demonstration – NH Polymer Clay Guild, all day
  • Performance of the Day (11 am, 1 pm, 3 pm) – Timbre Drummers, African rhythms, songs,and movement

Sunday, August 9

  • Arks for Our Time Pottery Workshop, all ages – Liz Fletcher (Mason, NH), 10:30 am, 11:45 am, 2 pm, 3:15 pm
  • Rug Braiding Demonstration – Sandy Luckury (Bradford, NH), all day
  • Sashiko Quilting Demonstration – Cathy Harvey (Spofford, NH), all day
  • Spinning Demonstration – Sarah Bohorquez (Hampstead, NH), all day
  • Spinning/Dyeing Demonstration – NH Guild of Spinners and Dyers, all day
  • Quilting Demonstration – Capital Quilters Guild, all day
  • Performance of the Day (11 am, 1 pm, 3 pm) – Gary Grimo and the East Bay Jazz Ensemble, big band classics

Special Guest Lecture and Craft Exhibition
Norman Stevens talks about building a defined crafts collection, and his adventures and experiences assembling this and other collections at 11 am and 1 pm. Some of his 9” wooden teaspoons are on display from 10 am through 3 pm.

Fair Information and Online Ticket Sales

The lead sponsor for the 76th Annual League of NH Craftsmen’s Fair is the Duprey Company and the lead media sponsor is Comcast.

Fair hours: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm daily, rain or shine,

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, and a second day free return to the Fair.

Visitors can also purchase discount tickets ($2 off) on the League’s website, http://www.nhcrafts.org, through July 31. Purchasing tickets in advance is also a great way to avoid the long lines at the Fair gates if you choose to have them mailed to you.

Tickets purchased on the League website after July 31 will be at the regular price and will be available for pickup at the Will Call line at any ticket gate. Advance discounted tickets ($1 off regular price) are available through July 31 at the Lake Sunapee Region Chamber of Commerce office on 41 Main Street in New London. Tickets are also available for purchase at the gate at the regular admission price.

Parking is free and childcare is available on site at $2 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.

For more information about the Annual Craftsmen’s Fair or the League of NH Craftsmen, call 603-224- 3375 or visit www.nhcrafts.org.

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