NEWBURY — With a combination of hands-on activities, displays of handmade craft, an emphasis on children's activities and workshops, and the chance to interact with craftsmen, the League of NH Craftsmen's 82nd Annual Craftsmen's Fair gives everyone a chance to learn and experience something new. The longest continuously running annual crafts fair in the nation, the event draws more than 30,000 guests each year and features more than 350 craftsmen. The Fair runs Saturday, August 1, through Sunday, August 9, 2015 at the scenic Mount Sunapee Resort in Newbury.
From modern to more traditional styles, the Fair features more than 200 booths of fine craft. The Fair boasts daily craft demonstrations and workshops, fine craft exhibitions, free tours and seminars, and entertainment. This year's fair will have a special focus on children, including an all-day pottery school and lessons on the use of woodworking tools. For a full schedule of events and activities, please visit www.nhcrafts.org.
The Fair's lead sponsor, the Mount Washington Cog Railway, will host an on-site display of the historic Peppersass Cog Railway train engine—the first mountain-climbing cog railway engine in the world, built in 1866. The train was handcrafted in New Hampshire and is a product of 19th century technology and modern innovation. Guests will get the chance to snap photos with the historic engine, and learn about its storied history. A film, Mount Washington Cog Railway: Climbing to the Clouds, will be shown daily.
The "Next Generation" tent features work by children who are related to or sponsored by the League's juried craftsmen. The Next Generation tent gives budding craftsmen the chance not only to showcase their work, but to gain valuable entrepreneurial experience.
On Thursday, August 6, the Fair will be open until 8 p.m. to give visitors more time to shop and enjoy the activities, and admission is $5 after 4 p.m.
A Collectors Seminar on Monday, August 3, will give experienced and aspiring collectors alike the chance to learn the ins and outs of collecting. Sarah Chaffee, owner of McGowan Fine Art Gallery in Concord, and collector Bill Stelling will lead the seminar.
The 82nd Annual Craftsmen's Fair is open 10:00 am to 5:00 pm daily, rain or shine, August 1st through August 9th. Admission is $12 for adults; $10 for seniors, students, active duty military (with ID), and groups of 20 or more (per person). For group ticket sales please call 603-224-3375. Admission is free for children 12 years old and younger. Admission includes access to all exhibitions and demonstrations; tickets for a second return day are available for an additional $5. Purchase tickets online at www.nhcrafts.org. Parking is free.
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