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2016 Craftsmen's Fair 

The Annual Craftsmen’s Fair is FULL of thing to do and see every day from our opening on August 6th through the end of the day on August 14th.  We certainly hope you will join us!

Demos – Are ongoing every day of the Fair

Come and watch these talented artisans: 

Steven Bachman – Didjeridu – handmade musical instruments
Everett Bailey – Traditional broom making
Matt Brown – Japanese Hanga Printmaking
Bob Dorr – Embroidery techniques
Anne Hanson – Metal jewelry making
Deb Fairchild – Bead embroidery, off-loom bead weaving and bead stringing
Joe Farchaus – Pewter-smith techniques
Richard Foye – Raku pots
Fred Kretchman – Fly fishing rods
Garry Kalajian – Artistic traditional blacksmithing
Maureen Mills & Steven Zoldak – Clay throwing and building
Dena Moses – Weaving on a floor loom
Adele Sanborn – Calligraphy and book making
Michele O’Neil Kincaid – Quilting/fiber arts  **Included will be a large hand weaving project with strips of fabric.  Guests will have the opportunity to weave on the fence and assist in creating a landscape.**

See demonstrations of traditional arts such as quilt making, rug hooking and braiding, and knitting at the Guilds Tent and Fiber Tent.

Workshops

The Fair has daily workshops for children, teens, and adults. You’ll receive personalized instruction from a master craftsperson who will help you create your own piece of craft.

(Note there are two additional workshops taking place the first weekend of the Fair, as well as TH the 11th and Sunday the 14th – details in the Daily Listings below)

Many are free of charge, however pre-registration is required. Please call the League at 603-224-3375 to register, or at the Fair come to the Information Tent (Tent K)

Every Day at the Fair

Mark Ragonese – Sticks and Stones
Enjoy the stick and stone structures that grace the fairgrounds?  Spend some time with Mark learning how to make them.
11 AM, 2 PM No fee.  Meet in the Craftsmen’s Village.

Harry Besett – Glass Blowing
Harry makes glass blowing look easy!  See how creative you can be making glass objects under Harry’s expert instruction.
10:15 AM, 4 PM Class fee: $75 Sign up in the Information Tent

Bill Mitchell – Printmaking
Participants of all ages can design and print their own images. Pre-registration at Information Tent. No fee

Wendy Jackson & London Dupere – Pottery School
Learn a variety of pottery techniques on the wheel throughout the day.
Pre-registration at the Information Tent. Fee: $15

Tools for Kids – Dave Emerson
Try your hand at using early American woodworking tools like planes, lathes, and drills. Pre-register at the Information Tent. No fee.

 

NEW THIS YEAR – LUNCH AND LEARN - NOON

**Special Sunday 8/7 FREE Lunch and Learn sponsored by AARP - An introduction to the League and the Jury Process with Executive Director Jane Oneail and craftsman Al Jaegar**
(limited seats available)

(TUESDAY 8/9 THRU SUNDAY 8/14) The Lunch & Learn series is a unique opportunity to have lunch with a craftsman.  Hear their stories while you relax and enjoy a delicious lunch!  Given by Juried Members of the League of NH Craftsmen, this series of talks includes trunk shows, demonstrations, and more.  In a short time and in an easy-going fashion you will gain some insight into the creative process.  Please join us in the Upper Sunapee Lodge at noon (EXCEPT SUNDAY 8/14 when the Lunch and Learn talk will begin at just after 1 PM) - ($12.00/person) pre-registration is required by calling 603-224-3375 (before the Fair begins) or you may sign up at the Information Tent (K) once the Fair has begun. (Daily information on presenters listed below.)

Special Performances!  Live music and entertainment are presented every day of the Fair. (Daily information listed below.)

 

SPECIAL EVENTS (in addition to those daily events listed above)

Saturday, August 6

10:30 AM and 1:30 PM:
Teen/Adult workshop with Grant Taylor, Introduction to Leather working and Tooling
Learn how to cut, edge, smooth, tool, and prepare various small leather projects (hair ties, bracelets, and belts) Pre-register at the Information Tent. Class fee: $10

PERFORMANCE: Cormac McCarthy Quartet
Folk musician Cormac McCarthy plays original music using a guitar and harmonica. Jeff McLaughlin from The Boston Globe calls McCarthy, "A distinctive songwriter with a warm, powerful, inherently melodic baritone, a fine guitarist … capable of putting chills into your spine or a silly grin on your face..."

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Sunday, August 7

10:30 AM and 1:30 PM:
Teen/Adult workshop with Grant Taylor, Introduction to Leather working and Tooling
Learn how to cut, edge, smooth, tool, and prepare various small leather projects (hair ties, bracelets, and belts) Pre-register at the Information Tent. Class fee: $10

(Noon) Lunch and Learn : An Introduction to the League and the Jury Process with Executive Director Jane Oneail and craftsman Al Jaegar, sponsored by AARP

(limited seats available)

PERFORMANCE:The Buskers
With influences from jug band and jazz to roots rock, The Buskers tap the street music tradition for which they are named, then go far beyond, with serious musicianship, a sense of humor, and energy to burn. They combine a deep respect for the crafts of songwriting and arranging with a passion for the inventive possibilities of improvisation. The Buskers are: KZ Sommer (violin, mandolin), Craig Jaster (piano, bass, accordion, and percussion), Paul Hubert (guitar, banjo, harmonica), and Tim Gilmore on drums.

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Monday, August 8 

PERFORMANCE: High Range
High Range is a high energy roots/folk/bluegrass group with a long list of rave reviews from national publications. They highlight original music on guitar, upright bass, mandolin, fiddle, banjo and drums.

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Tuesday, August 9

PERFORMANCE:  Jerry Short and Rick Watson
For over 20 years, the duo of Rick Watson and Jerry Short have traveled our country playing original songs written from the heart. These multi- instrumentalists weave the blues, zydeco, country and just a bit of humor into their songs.

(Noon) Lunch & Learn : Catherine Green – Juried Member, Printmaking

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Wednesday, August 10

“Children’s Day at the Fair”

Every day of the Fair, kids can participate in a hands-on pottery workshop and make their own clay artwork, and Tools for Kids, where they can experience a variety of woodworking tools in a safe environment.

(Noon) Lunch & Learn : Annie Frye – Juried Member, Fiber

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Thursday, August 11 

SPECIAL EVENTS: This year, Peppersass is celebrating its 150th birthday and we’ve planned some special activities. Thursday, August 11 is Cog Day and there will be a birthday cake for Peppersass. The maker of The Cog – Sylvester Marsh and his wife, Cornelia — will be on hand to blow the candles out. There will be hands-on activities for the kids and performances by the Little Red Wagon Children’s Theatre Troupe.  A string quartet from the Manchester Community Music school will also be playing at 3 PM.

11 AM and 2 PM:
Teen/Adult workshop with Michele O’Neil Kincaid, Fantasy Landscapes
An intro class to hand appliqué and quilting. Create a 5×7” landscape with luscious batiks and vibrantly colored fabrics and quilt it! Display with pride!
Pre-register at Information Tent. 2 Hour Workshop. Class fee: $10

(Noon) Lunch & Learn : Patricia Palson – Juried Member, Fiber/Wearables

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Friday, August 12

PERFORMANCE: Ellen Carlson, Jim Prendergast and Tim Mowry 
Traditional Irish, old-time and fine tunes written by Ellen and Tim in the country, bluegrass, folk and swing styles.  Features vocals, fiddle, mandolin and guitars.

(Noon) Lunch & Learn : Sussy Rose Shields – Juried Member, 2016 Annual Ornament Designer

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Saturday, August 13

PERFORMANCE: Cormac McCarthy Quartet
Cormac returns to play original folk music using a guitar and harmonica.

(Noon) Lunch & Learn: Bob Dorr – Juried Member, Non Metal Jewelry

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Sunday, August 14

PERFORMANCE: The Doug Bennett Trio
Doug will be joined by two legendary New England musicians, Kent Allyn on bass and Bruce Derr on pedal steel.

11 AM and 2 PM:
Teen/Adult workshop with Michele O’Neil Kincaid, Fantasy Landscapes
An intro class to hand appliqué and quilting. Create a 5×7” landscape with luscious batiks and vibrantly colored fabrics and quilt it! Display with pride!
Pre-register at Information Tent. 2 Hour Workshop. Class fee: $10

(Noon) Lunch & Learn (at a special time - just after 1 PM): Michele O’Neil Kincaid – Juried Member, Fiber

Do not miss the demo-sales tents, the Exhibitions and your chance to interact with the Craftsmen in their booths.  Supporting members may also enjoy our new Member's Lounge in the Upper Lodge to take a break during their visit.

 



Wood Sculpture, by Donna Zils Banfield

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