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The little log cabin

IMG_0667    Follow Route 10 out of Newport, past Goshen and into Lempster, and you’ll find The Little Log Cabin – a farm stand, bakery, artisan’s market and antique store all in one building. It’s open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Totally worth the drive – you’ll find a little treasure you didn’t know you needed, and some really good coffee cake!



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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Zing into Spring!

The sun is peeking through the clouds today. Yes, finally. And it reminded me that spring was supposed to be here a month ago – right around the time Kearsarge Magazine held its first Zing into Spring event. It was a true success – 40 happy vendors and 150 happy participants. Event manager Leigh Ann Root took these candid photos, and I was thrilled to see everyone smiling and enjoying the day – acupuncture, belly dancing, fitness drumming, yoga, live music with Folk Fusion, food, hand massages, reiki, tarot card readings, shopping and learning. We’ve already picked a date for 2016, so mark your calendars to Zing into Spring on Saturday, March 19!

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Long River Studios: Lyme’s “Hidden Gem”

I didn’t write this one; the new owner of Long River Studios did. But it was so well done that I wanted to publish it somewhere. (I’m still not sure how to get it in the magazine, or on the website, or in an eNews.) Let me know if you think it is a good idea to get more advertisers involved in editorial, and what you think of this article:

Long River Studios: Lyme’s “Hidden Gem”

By Dave Celone

Lyme has a hardware store, an Italian restaurant, and two inns that flank the quintessentially northern New England town common replete with cannon, statue, and kids playing soccer. It’s a local scene, and one you may have driven by often, maybe even this past winter when the townspeople set up an ice skating rink on the Common. Lyme remains, well, pretty much as it was back in the day, with those who live here feeling as though they’ve found their own little slice of nirvana to call home.

Yet, there’s more to Lyme than meets the unaided eye. Tucked away behind Mascoma Bank is Long River Studios. This fine art gallery, fine craft studio and gift shop has been in Lyme for more than 22 years! Started by a group of women who wanted a place to show off the artistic talents of their friends and neighbors, Long River Studios has moved from one end of the Common to its present location at 1 Main Street as it has grown and thrived over the decades.

Long River Studios (LRS) features fine art and fine craft from local artists whose talents we are so fortunate to have in our region. The Upper Valley is well represented with artists from Hanover, Norwich and Windsor to Orford, Thetford, Lyme, Lebanon, Bethel and beyond. There are some further flung artists from New Hampshire and Vermont, and even a few from Maine, but, for the most part, the work at LRS represents a great cross-section of Upper Valley art and craft talent.

Stepping into Long River Studios is like poking your head into your favorite gift shop, or like a kid who looks, wide-eyed, at the colorful candy counter of old for the first time. There are beautiful, handmade bowls of wood and clay, glassware, jewelry, window disks, wooden spoons and spatulas, scarves and socks, handbags and books, children’s toys, stuffed dolls and clothing for American Girl dolls, timepieces, hand carved pens, pottery and handcrafted occasional furniture of all shapes and sizes. There are even some delicate hand-blown glass earrings over which people marvel, plus some new discoveries like Bee’s Wrap that replaces plastic wrap in organic and biodegradable style for your kitchen. And that’s just in the front room!

Wandering back into the art gallery is a whole new experience that thrills art aficionados as well as art novices. Here, the artistic talent of the Upper Valley is on display like no other place around. From oil on canvas to woodblock printing to acrylic on board, there are landscapes, abstracts, photorealism, impressionism, photography, piezography and more. A visit to LRS will make your inner child dance in wonder and amazement at what can exist in this world — and so close to home.

Long River Studios was recently “inherited” by new partners, Dave and Lisa Celone. There seems to be a new energy infusing the Studios, as more new artists and craftspeople find their way to its front door and beyond. There’s even a coffee maker that makes some pretty decent coffee and chai latte to be sipped as you listen to classical music. A newly added patio with bright red French bistro tables and chairs is an inviting place for locals and visitors to sit and chat under the summer sun. A local artist is almost always on hand as a shop sitter to help answer your questions. LRS often features artist demonstrations and Lisa serves wild blueberry buckle, a recipe that she received long ago from her grandmother.


A trip to Lyme is always a treat, but the next time you visit, plan on adding some extra time to include a look at Long River Studios and the collective of close to 100 fine artists and fine craftspeople.

“The old adage, art saves lives, is as true today as it’s ever been,” says Dave Celone. “That life may be theirs, or yours, or whoever gets enjoyment from the locally made crafts or lovingly labored-over paintings and prints that grace the shelves and walls of Long River Studios.”

LRS hours are Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., or by appointment at

Dave Celone lives in Lyme and is a partner in Long River Studios with his wife, Lisa. He enjoys most outdoor activities, and is pursuing a master of fine arts degree in writing. Dave has been active in Upper Valley art, education, and nonprofits for more than 25 years. He’s lived in South Royalton, Thetford and Lyme.