2017 Music at the Fair

Live, original music provides a wonderful soundtrack to the Annual Craftsmen’s Fair experience. Here are the musicians performing at the 2017 Fair.


David Surette and Susie Burke
Saturday, August 5
One of the finest acts on the lively New England folk scene. Susie and David’s music is a blend of contemporary, traditional, and original folk and acoustic music. Together, they bring skill, feeling, and pure enjoyment to their music.


Cormac McCarthy
Sunday, August 6
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…”

High Range
Monday, August 7
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.


The Doug Bennett Trio
Tuesday, August 8
Doug plays with two legendary New England musicians, Kent Allyn on bass and Bruce Derr on pedal steel.

Kathy Lowe & Kent Allyn
Wednesday, August 9
Kathy Lowe, a native New Hampshire singer/songwriter, comes from a vaudeville and circus family. She plays guitar, dulcimer, and percussion and performs children’s music and songs about the earth and nature. Kent Allyn, her buddy of 45 years and musician extraordinaire, will accompany Kathy on piano, bass, guitar and vocals.

Joel Cage
Thursday, August 10
Joel Cage is a virtuoso guitarist and veteran singer/songwriter. His music runs the gamut, sounding like a full rock band to an intimate balladeer. Once a member of Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes, Joel has been performing regionally and nationally as a soloist for the past 2 decades.

Julie Snow

Julie Snow
Friday, August 11
Julie Snow is a Boston-based singer-songwriter whose songs are infused with with her commitment to social justice and moral action. Her songs are like fine tapestries — woven with message and meaning.



Lula Wiles
Saturday, August 12
Folk trio Lula Wiles bring to the Fair their breezy vocal harmonizing and sharp picking, bowing, and plucking. Their songs span from heartbreak-drenched acoustic ballads to honky-tonk swagger to contemporary grit and back again, all anchored by rich vocal harmonies.

Neptune’s Car
Sunday, August 13
Neptune’s Car is Holly Hanson and Steve Hayes, an acoustic duo from Massachusetts and New Hampshire who play original, contemporary folk music. Enjoy their vibrant lyrics and compelling melodies that tell stories rich in detail.



Explore the Mount Sunapee Resort Adventure Park and the Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee Region

SummerCampSidebarThe Mount Sunapee Adventure Park has added some exciting new activities to enjoy during your visit to the Fair. Looking for a mountain adventure for your child? The Kids Mountain Adventure Camp is a day camp for kids ages 5-15. It offers children a high quality and unique outdoor mountain experience while they take part in many fun activities, including all of the Adventure Park features. Other activities include arts & crafts, orienteering, and fort building! Click here to learn more.

The whole family can participate in the Play-all-Day package! The package includes: 6 loops in the Aerial Challenge Course, unlimited climbing wall and airbag jumps, Disc Golf rentals, chairlift rides, mining sluice and the Sunapee State Beach! Click here for details.


Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee is the Perfect Summer Destination

Kayaks_Lake_NHThe Annual Craftsmen’s Fair is just one of many reasons to visit the Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee region this summer. It is an ideal vacation destination offering outdoor recreation, including boating, kayaking, biking, hiking, swimming, and fishing, cultural attractions, and charming New England villages with lovely inns, fine restaurants and unique shops.  Visitors to the area can enjoy attractions such as:

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

Discover New Hampshire’s Creative Side Videos

Get a behind the scenes look into how fine craft is made.

Watch how these master craftsmen — all juried members of the League of NH Craftsmen — transform raw materials into extraordinary fine craft. David Little bends stainless steel to make beautiful wall art. Jordana Korsen collaborates with others to create colorful blown glass pieces. Kristin Kennedy hand carves wax to make elegant gemstone jewelry. Nancy O’Connor creates intricate patterns as she weaves a scarf. Lulu Fichter uses natural organic matter as the finish for her hand-built pottery. With century-old tools and local furniture wood, Adam Nudd-Homeyer creates heirloom chairs.

Most of these craftsmen are participating in the League’s Annual Craftsmen’s Fair, happening August 5-13 at the Mount Sunapee Resort in Newbury, NH. Plan to attend and stop in to see them in person!


DAVID LITTLE – Artist Blacksmith
Juried League Member in Metal for 35 years
Participating in the 2017 Annual Craftsmen’s Fair

Jordana Korsen — Glassblower
Juried League Member in Glass for 20 years
Participating in the 2017 Annual Craftsmen’s Fair

Kristin Kennedy — Fine Jeweler
Juried League Member in Metal for 17+ years
Participating in the 2017 Annual Craftsmen’s Fair

NANCY O’CONNoR — Handweaver
Juried League Member in Fiber for 40+ years
Participating in the 2017 Annual Craftsmen’s Fair

Lulu Fichter — Clay Artist
Juried League Member in Clay for 11 years
Participating in the 2017 Annual Craftsmen’s Fair




Adam Nudd-Homeyer — Chair Maker
Juried League Member for 2 years
Not participating in the 2017 Annual Craftsmen’s Fair



The Fair is a Shopper’s Paradise


With more than 200 booths filled with the nation’s finest handmade craft, you are sure to find something you will love at the Annual Craftsmen’s Fair.

This is the place for one-of-a-kind jewelry, scarves, jackets and other wearables…decorative bowls, glasses, vases and vessels made from wood, glass or metal…eye-catching ornaments, prints, musical instruments, and sculptures…and unique, high-quality furniture.

Whether you are shopping for a gift or for yourself, the Fair has fabulous items at all price points – it is truly a shopper’s paradise!


New this Year: A Tasting Tent

The League of NH Craftsmen is all about handmade, so this year’s Fair features a Tasting Tent with
scrumptious products from specialty food vendors and New Hampshire restaurants for your sampling pleasure.

Here is what you can taste:

  • Saturday, August 6 & Sunday, August 7: Pure maple products (syrup, candy, and sugar) from Fuller’s Sugarhouse
  • Thursday, August 11 & Friday, August 12: Tasty and savory cheese and other dairy products from Cabot Creamery Cooperative
  • Thursday, August 11 & Friday, August 12: Delicious baked goods from King Arthur Flour
  • Saturday, August 13 & Sunday, August 14: Sample award-winning wines from LaBelle Winery


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

Amy Conley
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.
  • Hickman
    BJ Hickman

    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.


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

Meet 1st-Time Fair Participant Stephen Procter


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.








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.