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Archive for August, 2015

Sponsor a cartoonist!

photo-originalWarner, N.H., resident Sandy Steen Bartholomew is going back to school, specifically, the Center for Cartoon Studies in White River Junction, Vt.! And you can follow her on that journey. She’s launched a Kickstarter campaign for a blog that will  follow her adventures in cartoon school, called Glyphs & Glitches:
Consider donating over the next week (the campaign closes in 7 days). If you choose to help Sandy, you’ll explore the challenges of going back to school at a…. umm… later time in one’s life, making new friends, getting an apartment after living in one’s own house for almost 20 years, moving to another state, commuting back and forth and figuring out how to parent kids who may or may not be in another state, depending on the day of the week. Oh, yes, and you’ll also learn cool techniques and fascinating ideas, meet interesting artists, see behind the scenes of projects and possibly have a front-row seat for her nervous breakdown. Hey – it’s almost like reality-TV… but a blog. Or a documentary adventure. Blog-thing. With comics. And reviews, and step-outs. And maybe some video. And things to download and color!
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Artistic Meters Auction in Claremont, N.H.

Interested in parking meter art in your home? Here’s your chance! These vintage meters were originally functioning parking meters up until the 70s and 80s in the City of Claremont, and were in storage until 2014 when they City Council gave them to the committee for fundraising purposes. Now they have been artistically reimagined by local artists, and you can bid on them!


The meters feature a wide variety of techniques and scenes, including Claremont’s City Hall clock tower, beautiful nature scenes, a frog, and abstract art. One piece was decorated by youth from the local Drawing Club who cut their hands out of paper, decorated them, and combined them together on the meter as a mixed media piece. Artists that donated their time and creativity include Randy Adams, Stephanie Zara, Michelle Swenson, Susan Tuttle, and Nance Jewel Durkee, with thanks to Laura Syria as leader of the Drawing Club.

The public are invited to view the meters on display now at the Claremont Visitor’s Center, 14 North Street in Claremont, and place their bids until Monday, Aug. 31. Bids will be accepted electronically until 4:30 pm on that day. A closing reception at the Claremont Visitor’s Center also on Aug. 31 will be held 5 to 6 p.m., where final bids will be accepted in person, and announcement of the winners will be made at the closing. Light refreshments will be provided by Time-Out Americana Grill and Claremont 250th merchandise will be available for sale and auction.

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Today is the day for the Hanover Farmers’ Market

The Hanover Area Farmers’ Market started in 2007 on the top of the parking lot and moved to the Dartmouth Green in 2008, where is has remained as part of the community ever since. It runs from June to October, and there is free parking on Wheelock Street just for farmers’ market customers. Sally Wilson, market manager, answers a few questions about this New Hampshire market.


* What differentiates your farmers’ market?

Our mid-week Wednesday Market in Hanover runs from 3 to 6 p.m. and attracts a large number of business folks, young families and students. Because of this we focus on making the market a community event each week. There is always live music, often special themes such as Heirloom Tomato Tasting Day or Family Day and we always have plenty of prepared foods for people to stay, eat an early dinner and socialize with family and friends. Our focus continues to be on bringing farm fresh quality products to the center of town.


* How do farmers’ markets help farms and small businesses?
Our market allows smaller business that might not be known locally to bring their product to Market once a week. They can talk directly to the consumer and both educate and learn from them. It is a great way to get feedback without spending a large amount of money. I believe they enjoy the environment and talking to the other vendors as well.


* How do farmers’ markets help local residents?

Our customers look forward to a wonderful variety of local products being available to them each week in an idyllic setting. Many families bring blankets and coolers and buy their dinner at the Market. There is a wonderful feeling of kids playing ball, local bands entertaining those that want to stay, and plenty of room on the Dartmouth Green to shop and enjoy. We even have chefs come from the local restaurants to pick up special fresh items for that evening.


* What will you find at the Hanover market?

The Hanover Farmers’ Market has about 30 vendors brings products from three categories: AGRICULTURE – produce, meats, dairy, fruits, flowers, maple products, sheep wool and more; PREPARED FOODS – Thai food, pierogis, kettle corn, salsa, jellies and sauces, baked goods, falafel, pizza, crepes, artisanal breads, sandwiches, salads; and CRAFTS – jewelry, baskets, turned wood, yarn products, body products, etc.


‘Tis the season for farmers’ markets

The Enfield Farmers’ Market operates year-round in Enfield, N.H. During the summer, the market takes place at Huse Park and, in the winter, in the Enfield Community Building, both located at 308 US Route 4. Jeanine King, recreation director for the Town of Enfield, answers a few questions about the Enfield market.


* What differentiates your farmers’ market?

Virtually all of the vendors are from the Mascoma area (Enfield, Canaan, Grafton), truly a local market. Two farms, Autumn Harvest Farm in Grafton and Blue Ox Farm in Enfield, are the cornerstones of the market.
* How do farmers’ markets help farms and small businesses?
For many of our vendors, the market is the only way they market their wares locally. Autumn Harvest does six markets a week in the summer and has CSA shares. Some of the vendors have other full-time jobs, and bring the results of their hobbies to the market.


* How do farmers’ markets help local residents?

Residents can shop locally for most of their needs without going to the bigger stores. They are able to support local residents, which is becoming increasingly important to many people.


* What will you find at the Enfield market?

Farmers with vegetable and plants, eggs, maple syrup, beefalo, pork, lamb and chicken. Food vendors include honey, pickles, jams, jellies, breads, pies, cookies, gluten-free items, goat’s milk and yogurt; one of the vendors stops and picks up Taylor Bothers cheeses and smoked cheese and bacon from Garfield’s. Unique artisans include recycled dinnerware (pins and buttons), pottery, soap, potholders, cloth books, pillowcases and jewelry. The market is also open to community organizations that want to share information.

The 82nd Annual Craftsmen’s Fair!

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It’s here! The longest-running annual crafts fair in the country scheduled for August 1-9 at the Mount Sunapee Resort in Newbury, N.H.

From modern to more traditional styles, the fair features more than 200 booths of fine craft, including colorful pottery, hand-blown glass, framed prints, beautiful bowls, decorative scarves, and handcrafted jewelry. The fair boasts daily craft demonstrations and workshops, fine craft exhibitions, free tours and seminars, and entertainment for the entire family. Along with a vast array of fine, handmade craft, this year’s Craftsmen’s Fair will have a special focus on children, with programs designed to help develop an interest in fine craft, including an all-day pottery school and lessons on the use of woodworking tools.

“The Annual Craftsmen’s Fair is a one-of-a-kind experience where visitors of all ages can explore how fine handmade craft inspires our lives,” said Jane Oneail, Executive Director of the League of NH Craftsmen. “Shop for distinctive, beautiful and functional fine craft that you cannot find anywhere else. Take part in one of the many workshops, such as printmaking or glass blowing. Talk one-on-one with craftsmen to learn about their techniques and inspiration. With a mix of longtime participating craftspeople and relative newcomers, the Fair is your chance to immerse yourself in the world of craft as you learn from some of the most renowned craftsmen in the country.”

Fair 1Kids-focused
With an extra emphasis on developing interest in the world of craft among the younger generations, the 2015 League of NH Craftsmen’s Fair will feature a “Tools for Kids” program. Under the guidance of experienced artists, children will get the chance to try out woodworking tools, with a special spoon carving program. In addition, the fair will host an all-day pottery school, where children can immerse themselves in pottery and make their own creations.

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.  Participating children learn to set up and arrange the tent, interact with customers, make sales and process transactions.

Fair Highlights
The Annual Craftsmen’s Fair features a series of demonstrations, workshops and seminars, including clay sculpting, beading, rug braiding and much more. Guests may also enjoy three fine craft exhibitions: CraftWear, the Sculpture Garden, and Living With Craft. Additional Annual Craftsmen’s Fair highlights include:

  • On Thursday, August 6, the fair will be open until 8 pm to give visitors more time to shop and enjoy the activities, and admission is only $5 after 4 pm.
  • A Collectors Seminar on Monday, August 3, will give experienced and aspiring collectors alike the chance to learn the ins and outs of collecting.
  • Fairgoers can purchase the League of NH Craftsmen’s 2015 annual ornament, Sweet Season, which is a hand-formed cast pewter maple tree adorned with a sap bucket. Kristine Lane and Paulette Werger, both juried in metal by the League, created this year’s ornament to celebrate New Hampshire’s springtime tradition of maple sugaring.
  • Visitors can learn more about their favorite craft with guided tours of the fair with a craftsman.  “The Artist’s Eye” tours offer visitors an insider’s perspective of craft on view, and fun, behind-the-scenes details of the oldest craft fair in the country.
  • The New Hampshire State Council on the Arts will sponsor an educational Fiber Arts tent featuring sheep and rabbits, along with demonstrations of traditional fiber techniques, such as weaving and quilting.
  • After a two-year hiatus, the League of NH Craftsmen is pleased to announce that the New Hampshire Art Association returns this year with artwork by members which will be displayed in the Spruce Lodge.
  • Enjoy a variety of strolling performances including oversized puppets, magicians, musicians, and much more!

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