Become a Supporting Member of the League

Fair ImageSupport creativity, innovation, and handmade craftsmanship for all to enjoy – become a Supporting Member of the League of NH Craftsmen and receive these great benefits:

  • Free Fair pass(es)
  • Discounts at Fair exhibitions and the League’s eight Fine Craft Galleries (located statewide)
  • Your own Fair entry gate
  • New! Member amenities at the Fair
    • Access to the Members Lounge at the Fair, where you can recharge and refresh
    • Safe storage of your packages: Leave your purchases with League staff while you continue to shop, watch a demonstration, or participate in workshop.

Membership levels range from $50 to $1,000. Veterans, seniors, and active students receive $10 off Supporting Memberships. Join or renew today.

Become a Supporting Member of the League — Let’s Create Something Together!

Next Generation Tent at the Fair

NextGenerationAs part of the League’s education mission, we encourage children and apprentices of our juried members to learn about craft. The Next Generation Tent at the Fair gives budding craftsmen, ages 10 to 19, an opportunity to showcase their work and gain valuable entrepreneurial experience. Participating children learn to set up and arrange the tent, interact with customers, make sales and process transactions.

You will be impressed by their creativity and skill levels. There’s jewelry, pottery, tie-dye, fiddle sticks, marble runs, and more! Come meet them and find many wonderful items for sale.

Children’s Day at the Fair — August 10

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Amy Conley

Wednesday, August 10 has been designated as Children’s Day at the Fair. We have planned some special activities to pique your child’s interest and spur his/her imagination, including:

  • Singalongs with singer/musician Amy Conley at 11:30 am and 1:30 pm. Amy plays guitar and banjo, and has a box of rhythm instruments, dancing props, and animal puppets for a wonderful interactive program suitable for ages 1-10.
  • Magical fun and silly surprises with BJ Hickman. There’s magic in the air when BJ demonstrates his masterful illusions and visual tricks.
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    A Van Gogh mime that will entertain and encourage children to express their imagination through movement.

  • Face painting by Jessie: Your child will get a thrill out of having his/her face transformed into a work of art.

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.

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Bring the kids to the Fair for some joyful, educational and creative play.

Meet 1st-Time Fair Participant Stephen Procter

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Stephen Procter juried into the League last year and will be joining us for his first Craftsmen’s Fair this summer.  Stephen’s ceramic work is impossible to miss – he works on an epic scale!  “Ever since falling in love with clay I have been fascinated by large vessels— the sense of presence they emanate, the sensuous language of their curves, the way they beckon the viewer to approach and touch,” says Stephen. Learn more about Stephen and his vision and technique in this brief video.

Luckily Stephen’s large works will have room to breathe – they will also be featured in the Sculpture Garden at the Craftsmen’s Fair.

The Annual Craftsmen’s Fair features the work of more than 350 craftspeople – see the list of participants here.
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Celebrate Peppersass, the locomotive that built the world’s first mountain climbing cog railway

Peppersass-MtWashingtonCogRailwayThe Mount Washington Cog Railway is a proud partner with the League of NH Craftsmen. The Cog’s handcrafted Peppersass (pronounced Pepper-Sass) engine will be at the Annual Craftsmen’s Fair this year.

In 1869, Peppersass became the first cog-driven train to climb Mount Washington, and subsequently was used to build the Mount Washington Cog Railway — the world’s first mountain climbing cog railway.  The train was handcrafted in New England and is a product of 19th century technology and modern innovation.  Come and take a photo with Peppersass and enter to win free tickets to ride The Cog.

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.

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