Delight all of your senses at the Craftsmen’s Fair! (Music)

Live, original music provides a wonderful soundtrack to the Annual Craftsmen’s Fair experience.

Here is a sampling of some of the performers that have entertained us — and check back in 2017 to see who will be performing this summer:

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Cormac McCarthy

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…”

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. 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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High Range

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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.

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.

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Ellen Carlson and Jim Prendergast

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.

The Doug Bennett Trio
Doug plays with two legendary New England musicians, Kent Allyn on bass and Bruce Derr on pedal steel.

See how it’s made! (Demos)

Demo-clayDo you sometimes wonder about the processes and skills involved in making beautiful craft? Every day at the Fair, you can watch craftspeople work and ask them about the techniques they use. Each demonstration is presented by a juried member who has had years of experience learning and perfecting a craft.

Past demonstrations have included:
Didjeridu – handmade musical instruments
Traditional broom making
Japanese Hanga Printmaking
Embroidery techniques
Metal jewelry making
Bead embroidery, off-loom bead weaving and bead stringing
Pewter-smith techniques
Raku pots
Fly fishing rods
Artistic traditional blacksmithing
Clay throwing and building
Weaving on a floor loom
Calligraphy and book making
Quilting/fiber arts
Traditional arts such as quilt making, rug hooking and braiding, and knitting

Immerse yourself in craft

CraftWearMake sure when you are at the Fair to visit our exhibitions and see how craft is an integral part of our daily lives.

Living With CraftMore than 200 handcrafted works are creatively arranged in a series of room vignettes. As you view the furniture, accessories, wall-hangings, sterling silver tableware, and lighting fixtures, you’ll be able to imagine them in your home. Each vignette features a diverse collection of craft media that creates rooms with a vibrant look and cohesive feel – rooms you would want to live in.

CraftWearCraftWear showcases beautiful one-of-a-kind clothing, jewelry and accessories for men, women and children handcrafted by juried League members. You’ll marvel at the dazzling selection of traditional and avant-garde jewelry made of gold, silver, beads, pearls, or polymer clay. Select a unique handcrafted wearable and decorative item for a treasured gift or treat yourself.

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Sculpture GardenAs you stroll through the outdoor sculpture garden, you’ll be able to enjoy the form and construction of decorative sculptures, furnishings, fountains, and garden accessories. The exhibition demonstrates how these beautiful pieces can be easily integrated into any garden, lawn, or open-field setting.

All exhibition items are available for purchase or special order.

About the Lake Sunapee Region

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The Annual Craftsmen’s Fair is just one of many reasons to visit the Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee region this summer. During the Fair, the Mount Sunapee resort is transformed into a world-class showcase of fine art and craft by nationally- and internationally-renowned craftspeople.

Just a two-hour drive from Boston, the Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee region is known for its picturesque lakes and mountains. Visitors to the area can enjoy attractions such as:

For more information about the region, visit the Lake Sunapee Region Chamber of Commerce website.

Adventure Awaits at Mount Sunapee

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Right across from the Fairgrounds is the Mount Sunapee Resort Adventure Park, which is open during the Fair. The park features outdoor family adventures including ziplines up to 1,000 feet long and high, ropes courses 40 feet in the air, plus downhill mountain biking, 18-hole disc golf, several climbing walls and gravity jumps. There is something for every excitement level at the Adventure Park.

While you are at the Fair, plan to take the chair lift to to the top of Mount Sunapee and explore the summit — the view is amazing!