Lunch & Learn at the Fair

The Lunch & Learn series is a unique opportunity to have lunch with a craftsman.  Hear their stories while you relax and enjoy a delicious lunch!  Given by Juried Members of the League of NH Craftsmen, this series of talks includes trunk shows, demonstrations, and more.  In a short time and in an easy-going fashion you will gain some insight into the creative process.  Please join us in the Upper Sunapee Lodge at noon – ($12.00/person) pre-registration is required by calling 603-224-3375 (before the Fair begins) or you may sign up at the Information Tent (K) once the Fair has begun.

Tuesday, August 9 – Catherine Green – Juried Member, Printmaking

Wednesday, August 10 – Annie Frye – Juried Member, Fiber

Thursday, August 11 – Patricia Palson – Juried Member, Fiber/Wearables

Friday, August 12 – Sussy Rose Shields – Juried Member, 2016 Annual Ornament Designer

Saturday, August 13 – Bob Dorr – Juried Member, Non Metal Jewelry

Sunday, August 14 – Michele O’Neil Kincaid – Juried Member, Fiber

Meet One of the Makers

The Annual Craftsmen’s Fair features the work of more than 350 craftspeople – see the list of participants here.  Get to know one of them — Sam Wild.

Sam-Wild-CalyCeramic artist Sam Wild is celebrating his 45th year at the Annual Craftsmen’s Fair!  Sam’s pottery is always eye-catching, with tiny sculpted animals that crawl around his lamps and peer out of his mugs, vases and bowls.

Sam grew up in Ohio and served in the US Navy for three years, traveling to Japan, Australia, Thailand and other Pacific destinations. After his discharge from the Navy, he went on to earn Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Fine Arts from Ohio University, where he met his wife Gail. In 1971, Sam and Gail moved to New Hampshire, and for many years Sam made pottery with hand-painted natural designs in traditional blues and browns. Looking to evolve his work, Sam started experimenting with glazes and invented his signature bright green glaze.  That bright green color field became the home for the frogs, beetles, geckos and other playful creatures he captures in clay.

Sam’s work always delights. Be sure to visit Sam at the Fair.


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:

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.

High Range

High Range
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.


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


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


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!


Get to Know Our Craftspeople

The Annual Craftsmen’s Fair features the work of more than 350 craftspeople.
Here is a list of the talented and creative artisans that will be at the Fair!


We will periodically highlight some Fair participants — Joy Raskin is one of them.

JoyJoy is a silversmith and creates contemporary and innovative jewelry, flatware, and metal sculptures. A native of New Hampshire, Joy has been working with metal since 1984. Joy also teaches jewelry making, metalsmithing, wireweaving, and various metal techniques at craft programs throughout New England.

I strive to make designs that are unusual, timeless, and substantial in feeling or weight. I often use precious or semi-precious stones and gold to add color and variety to sterling silver, which is my metal of choice. I am a purist when it comes to metal, and like to allow the natural color of metal to show.”

Joy has received many awards for her work. She was commissioned by the NH State Council on the Arts to create the Cultural Access Award for the Governor’s Awards in the Arts in 2001. Her work is included in many collections, including the White House and Smithsonian Institution.












Stop by and see Joy at the Fair.

The 83rd Annual Craftsmen’s Fair – Ready. Set. Wow!


Prepare to be Amazed!

Creativity, function, and inspiration can all be found in one place — the Annual Craftsmen’s Fair.
For 9 days in August, the Mount Sunapee Resort is the site of an amazing fairground of white tents with exceptional handmade craft by over 200 master artisans. If you love art, craft, anything handmade, nature, food, music, and fun, this is the place to be! See an incredible variety of fine craft, meet the artists, and find something fabulous to take home. Explore awe-inspiring craft exhibitions. Watch a demonstration for an intimate, inside look at how fine craft is made. Or take a workshop and make your own fine craft under the guidance of a master craftsman.

Bring the kids — there’s workshops and fun activities designed just for them. And stay tuned for more details about a special Children’s Day at the Fair (Wednesday, August 10).

See the historic Peppersass Cog Railway train engine, the first mountain climbing cog railway engine in the world, which is celebrating its 150th birthday! This display is presented by the Mount Washington Cog Railway, the Fair’s lead sponsor. The train was handcrafted in New Hampshire and is a product of 19th century technology and modern innovation.

We are all about handmade, so this year we have a new Tasting Tent that will feature scrumptious New Hampshire-made products available for your sampling pleasure.

And to enhance the experience, we have an incredible line-up of musicians that will get your soul stirring!

Come join us on August 6-14!

Top 10 Reasons to Attend the Fair

Craftmen's Fair Top 10

The Annual League of NH Craftsmen’s Fair is one of the Top 100 events in North America. Here’s 10 reasons why you can’t miss it!

#10: Gorgeous setting.Sunapee-IMG_7276
Come to the Fair and enjoy the lakes and mountains in New Hampshire’s scenic Dartmouth/Lake Sunapee Region and its countless recreational and cultural activities.

#9: Shopping!
Find something fabulous! There are many choices and price points to purchase one-of-a-kind gifts or something special for yourself.

#8: Craft, craft and more craft.
Where else can you see such a variety of stunning, quality handmade craft? All the exhibiting craftsmen have met the League’s standards for excellence.

#7: Education that Engages.
Reason7There is interactive learning for all ages through workshops, demonstrations, seminars and lunch + learns.

#6: Inspiration!
Creative exhibitions showcase classic and cutting-edge wearable art and beautiful craft for your home and garden.

#5: Do it yourself.
Make your own piece of craft in a workshop with a master craftsman.

#4: Outdoor adventure is right next door.
Enhance your Fair experience at the onsite Mount Sunapee Resort Adventure Park, adventure_parkfeaturing a canopy zip line, Segway excursions, a treetop obstacle course, miniature golf and more.

#3: Oldest continuous craft fair running in the country.
After 84 years we know how to do craft!

#2: Interact one-on-one with craftsmen.
Meet the makers and learn the story and inspiration behind their craft.

#1: 25,000 people can’t be wrong.
Join the community of art lovers and enjoy the festive atmosphere!


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