The 2017 Craft Fair returns to Mt. Sunapee from Aug 5 through Aug 13. Each day, the Mount Sunapee Craftsmen’s Fair provides numerous opportunities to see craftsmen at work, find that unexpected treasure, or to try your hand at craft with expert guidance. Entertainment, scheduled events and refreshments are available. The Fair’s website contains a great overview of the daily and “every-day” activities and demonstrations at the Fair, as well as the featured musicians. Schedules are subject to change. Take a look at the participating list of artists and craftspeople and book your stay at our New London bed and breakfast today!
The League of New Hampshire Arts and Crafts was founded in 1932 and opened the first official League shop in Wolfeboro. The first Craftsmen’s Fair was held in 1933 in the Crawford House barn in Crawford Notch. With sales totaling $2,698, the Fair exceeded all expectations and became an annual event. During the Great Depression, the League helped craftspeople sell their work, hone their skills, and generate income. It is the oldest craft fair in the country.
Through the years, the League created many opportunities that encouraged craftspeople from all over the country to relocate to New Hampshire. The Annual Mount Sunapee Craftsmen’s Fair grew in size and scope each year. The event was held in various venues throughout New Hampshire, and in 1964, the Fair moved to Mount Sunapee State Park in Newbury where it has remained ever since. A standards program was established with a jury system and a set of rigorous guidelines to ensure the high quality of work. Fine craft galleries were opened around the state and wide-ranging educational programs were developed. (Credit NH League of Craftsmen website).
The Inn has found some wonderful treasures over the years at the fair. One in particular is our turtle, Caleb! We were designing a covered bridge tour and scavenger hunt for our guests to enjoy and wanted to add a storyline and some form of mascot to add to the excitement of the adventure. When we were strolling through the fair, we came across the work of Marcy Schepker. Marcy offered incredible handmade stuffed animals produced from recycled sweaters. We immediately fell in love with the turtles she made and reached out to her with our ideas on the promotional event. Her products have been on display at the Inn ever since. And Caleb, has been a big hit as the Inn’s mascot. Many little Caleb’s have been purchased by our guests as a memorable part of their stay.
What will you find at this year’s craftsmen’s fair? After your adventures, reward yourself with our signature five-course dinner. For many folks, one day is just not enough to explore the whole fair. Stay over Thursday night and enjoy our best midweek rates!Book Now