November 7-8, 2015

Special Activities

NH Open Doors is filled with things to do for visitors of all ages and interest levels.  Explore the many incentives, specials and offers awaiting you from NH Open Doors participants. And with no sales tax, shopping is an even sweeter deal! 

These are some -- and certainly not all -- of the special activities that are planned -- check the participants page for details on these and other locations:

Sample homemade food, baked goods and fudge at Moulton Farm in Meredith.

Walpole Grocery in Walpole will have samples of house made pates, terrines, and sausages.

Taste New Hampshire-made wine at Newfound Lake Vineyards in Bristol, Candia Vineyards in Candia, and Walpole Mountain View Winery at Barnett Hill Vineyard in Walpole.

If beer is more to your liking, visit Canterbury Aleworks in Canterbury to taste New Hampshire-made ales.

Along with a pottery demonstration, Happy Mess Art Studio in Dover will host No Fret Cooking cookbook author Marilynn Carter, who will be signing books, and jazz guitarist Steve Carter performing songs from the No Fret Cooking CD.

Come feed alpacas and see other animals at Someday Farm in Canterbury. Meet the goats at Big Rock Goat Farm in Rumney and peruse their handcrafted goat milk soaps and hand creams.


Raffles, door prizes, and discounts are part of the activities at these locations:

Get a Free Sapere Poster or Children's Book at Hundelrut Studio in Plymouth.

Bead Divine in Laconia will demonstration off-loom bead weaving and bead-making and will hold drawings for beads and gift cards.

Kid Zenith, a T-shirt company in Hancock, is dedicated to teaching kids about business, art, design, and making a difference in the world. All proceeds from sales at Kid Zenith clothing during NH Open Doors will go to helping the students at the Playa Grande School in Costa Rica.

Lots of handcrafted pots for sale and a raffle for a handcrafted rice bowl at Nutfield Pottery in Derry. Come and watch throwing demonstrations and learn about the process of making pottery.

Pioneer Chairs in Fitzwilliam is offering pre-holiday season discounts on their unique chairs. Enjoy tea or coffee and crumpets and a whole new seating experience during your visit.

Alex Kalish Glass Design in Antrim is running a seconds sale and is presenting glass-blowing demonstrations.

Visit Anne Behrsing’s studio in Francestown to see her work and to enter a raffle to win a pendant.

There are many sale items at Rumneys Country Gifts in Rumney. There will be free gifts for visitors and free chair massages, 11-3 on Saturday.

Earthly Treasures & Iron Horse Metal Works in Bristol is having a sale on its American-made gifts, including jewelry, pottery, glass, wood, chimes, soaps, fine art, wrought iron, upholstered furniture and much more. Free boxing and gift wrapping.

Along with demonstrations, Shanware Pottery in Rumney is running a raffle and offering 10% off all in stock pottery.

Get a free gift (while supplies last) at Mary Ellen Angelo Originals in Keene, where you will see original contemporary quilts, wall hangings, pillows, aprons, bags and more.

Find fun, delightful, affordable wall and standing carved and assembled found art and wood sculptures at Herlihedrons in Rye, which is offering open door specials, refreshments (including gluten free) and hot mulled cider served.

See fine art original paintings, giclee prints, and greeting cards at Art by the Brook in Hillsborough. Visitors can enjoy refreshments and may win a door prize.

Add to your art collection or start a new one at Ann Trainor Domingue Studio in Goffstown. Visitors can enter a raffle for an original painting, and 10% of the NH Open Doors proceeds benefit Make-A-Wish NH.

At Turnwood Fine Art in Milford, visitors will see creative original oil paintings of vehicles merged with antiquity, giclee prints and more. There will be refreshments, a door prize, and an art demonstration.

Julie Puttgen Studio & Just So Space in Lebanon is holding a studio sale including encaustic paintings, handmade books, works on paper, and a full line of Inner Beauty Products and Treatments.

At Need For Beads, Inc. in Boscawen, there will be a Kumihimo demonstration, and a 40% off sale on everything in the store.

Wilderness Creations, LLC in Dublin is providing NH Open Doors visitors 20% OFF all in stock furniture and home decor.

The Picket Fence Gift Shop/Es Cards Go...Ink in Mont Vernon will be raffling a gift basket on Sunday at closing. Enjoy light refreshment while you shop with over 30 artisans represented in this 1850s barn.


Many NH Open Doors locations will have demonstrations and some hands-on activities for visitors:

See knitting and felting demonstrations at Carrie Cahill Mulligan’s studio in Canaan and commission your own custom embroidery design to match your favorite winter coat or scarf (don't forget to bring your coat/scarf!).

Sharon Lindstrom will be demonstrating the fabric pleating and traditional heirloom smocking techniques she uses to make her clothing for little girls at her studio in Wilton.

At Eric Johnson's Furniture in Campton, see how handmade tiger maple and cherry furniture is built using heirloom-quality techniques and materials.

See demonstrations of glass cutting and shaping for animal figures and sun catchers at JLWilliams Glass Art in Jaffrey.

Several craftspeople will be selling their work – jewelry, pottery, leather, fabric, and mosaic art -- at Pamela Sullivan’s open house in Dunbarton. Visitors are invited to help create a mosaic mirror using glass, gems, and shells that will then be given to a lucky NH Open Doors Passport contest winner.

Try your hand at hammering copper and discuss how jewelry is made at Sussy-Rose Shields Jewelry Studio in Wilton.

Watch Jon Gibson demonstrate the age old art of pewter metal spinning in his shop in historic Hillsborough Center.

See how acoustic and electric guitars are built at Havn Guitars in Canterbury.

Visit Jane Balshaw’s working studio in Canterbury to see how she creates her painted, printed and stitched canvases.

Peter Bloch will be demonstrating turned wood lampshades at 11, 1 and 3pm at his gallery in New London. There will be hands-on projects for visitors to try woodturning.

Art Anderson Folk Art in Marlow will have woodworking and carving demonstrations each day.

Craig Altobello practices the fine art of marquetry, using thin slices of wood to form an image. At his studio in Peterborough, he will demonstrate his technique and give visitors to explore how pieces of wood fit together

Art by Marianne in Hillsborough will have fine art demonstrations. See hand painted contemporary primitive Americana paintings, limited edition prints, small furniture, ornaments, decorative accessories and one-of-a-kind artwork.

See a painting in progress at Mimi Wiggin Fine Art in Warner.

High relief woodcarver William J. Schnute will welcome the public into his Oak Leaves studio in Wilton as he works on his current commission piece. His wall mounted and free standing sculpture pieces will be for sale during NH Open Doors.

View prints, metal outdoor sculpture, and three-dimensional puzzles and wood baby rattles at Aaron T. Brown’s studio in Lyndeborough. He will also have New Hampshire’s best cookies – made by his mom – for visitors.

Visitors will see a fiber sculpture in progress at Laura Morrison Art in Concord.

Come visit Landscapes with a Difference in Bedford, where you will find owner Elizabeth Craumer working on a pastel painting and on Sunday, you may even find students at work.

See a demonstration of encaustic painting and printmaking at Debra Claffey Fine Art in New Boston.

The League of NH Craftsmen Fine Craft Gallery in Concord will host a demonstration by folk artist and woodcarver, Jim Lambert.


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