The Hippo


May 29, 2020








There’s a Russian Arts and Fine Crafts display at the New England Language Center in Rochester Dec. 13. Courtesy image.

Crafty Holidays
Holiday fairs, tours, open houses and gallery events

By Kelly Sennott

 Here’s where you can get your arts and crafts kick with one of the state’s many holiday events, from craft fairs and studio tours to open houses and gallery showings. 

• The Craftworkers’ Guild Holiday Craft Shop happens Friday, Nov. 28, through Monday, Dec. 22, at the historic Kendall House (5 Meetinghouse Road, Bedford). The seasonal shop will be open daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with more than 60 area artisans and craftspeople showcasing an array of handcrafted work, which includes winter-themed and holiday accessories (fiber/fabric art, photography, fine art, Shaker boxes, stained/fused glasswork, jewelry, paper arts, ornaments, wood crafts, doll clothes and more). The Guild also opens a “Wrap it Up” night Thursday, Dec. 11, from 4 to 8 p.m., during which time all purchases will be wrapped free of charge. Visit, email
• The Merrimack VFW Annual Holiday Craft Fair is Saturday, Nov. 29, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at Merrimack Veterans of Foreign Wars, 282 DW Highway, Merrimack.
• The Designing Women Fine Art & Crafts Annual Holiday Showcase is Saturday, Nov. 29, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at The Frank Jones Center, 400 Route 1, Portsmouth. More than 35 of New England’s female artisans and craftswomen will show and sell handcrafted pieces, including baskets, pottery, handbags, glasswork, clothing and accessories. There’s a suggested $2 door donation and a diaper drive, and all lunch/refreshment proceeds will be donated to A Safe Place. Email
• Frisella Fine Art Studio (26 Old Manchester Road, Candia, 361-4759) hosts a “Home for the Holidays Open House” on Saturday, Nov. 29, from 2 to 7 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 30, from 2 to 5 p.m. Artists showing work include Robin Frisella, Doreen Boissonneault, Randy Knowles, Josee Severino, Steffan Poltak and Debby Frisella. The show will be on view through Dec. 27. Visit
• On Saturday, Nov. 29, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., East Colony Fine Art hosts a Holiday Open House (55 S. Commercial St., Manchester). Here you can start your shopping with mini 6-inch-by-6-inch masterpieces, ornaments, cards and artful gifts. The exhibition is on view from Nov. 25 through Dec. 27. Visit, call 621-7400.
• Frisella Fine Art Studios presents “Home for the Holidays,” an exhibition of paintings by Robin Frisella, Doreen Boissonneault, Debby Frisella and Steffen Poltak at 26 Old Candia Road, Candia, 361-4759, with an open house with wine and hors d’oeuvres Saturday, Nov. 29, from 2 to 7 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 30, from 2 to 5 p.m. Visit The exhibition is on view through Dec. 27.
• The New Boston Farmers Market hosts its 5th Annual Holiday Craft Market Saturday, Nov. 29, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the New Boston Library (67 Mont Vernon Road, New Boston). There will be locally made products (tote bags, jewelry, sweaters, fiber art/clothes, pet treats, wreaths and more) and food (such as maple syrup, baked goods, pies, cider, hot soup, maple cotton candy). For more information, visit, email, call 487-2102.
• The St. Joseph School 6th Annual Christmas Vendor/Craft Fair is Saturday, Nov. 30, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the school, 40 Main St., Salem. There will be craft tables, games, face painting and pictures with Santa, which will coincide with the town holiday parade at 1 p.m.
• The Seed to Sprout Learning Center Evening Craft Fair is Thursday, Dec. 4, from 5 to 8:30 p.m., at the Seed to Sprout Learning Center, 4F John Tyler St., Merrimack. There will be crafts, raffles and a bake sale. Visit
• The Evergreen Fair features 50 select artists and craftsmen at the University of New Hampshire’s Memorial Union Building, 83 Main St., Durham. On display and for sale will be fine, handcrafted goods made from fiber, clay, metal, paper, glass, wood and more. The fair is open to the public Thursday, Dec. 4, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday, Dec. 5, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Saturday, Dec. 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit
• The InTown Manchester 2014 Downtown Holiday Market is inside Brady Sullivan Plaza, 1000 Elm St., Manchester, on Thursdays, Dec. 4, Dec. 11, Dec. 18, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 13, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be more than 50 booths with locally made items by craftsmen and artisans, including artwork, jewelry, food and children’s gifts, in addition to music and opportunities to get photos with Santa. Visit or call 645-6285.
• Presented by the same company that organizes the Granite State Arts Markets in the summertime, Winter Giftopolis is an annual indoor holiday shopping event that partners with downtown Concord’s Midnight Merriment and happens Friday, Dec. 5, from 6:30 to 11 p.m. in downtown Concord, 7 Eagle Square. Here you’ll find handmade goods for holiday giving. Visit
• The Whistler House Museum, 243 Worthen St., Lowell, hosts its Annual Holiday Art Auction and party Friday, Dec. 5, at 6:30 p.m. There will be an auction, raffle and live music by harpist Rebecca Swift and pianist Roger Hatch. Call 978-452-7641, email Admission is $95, and proceeds go to fund children’s art programs.
• The Girl Scout Holiday Craft Fair is Friday, Dec. 5, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the McKelvie Intermediate School, 108 Liberty Hill Road, Bedford. On sale are handmade holiday gifts by the girls, all under $7. 
• The 14th Annual Craft Fair at Southern New Hampshire Health Systems is Friday, Dec. 5, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Southern New Hampshire Health and Education Building, 10 Prospect St., Nashua. Crafts on sale include jewelry, cards, doll clothes, woodwork, hand-tied fish flies, etc. 
• The 8th Annual Webster PTO Holiday Fair is Saturday, Dec. 6, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Webster Town Hall, Route 127, Webster. There will be arts and crafts product vendors, raffles, a bake sale and more. Email
• The New Castle Village Christmas Fair is Saturday, Dec. 6, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the New Castle Recreation Building, 301 Wentworth Road, Route 1B, New Castle. There will be steaming coffee, delicious baked goods, wreaths, greens, boxwood trees, handcrafted gifts, ornaments, a candy store, handmade jewelry, gift baskets, a silent auction and a visit from Santa. 
• The Wilmot Community Association Holiday Fair is Saturday, Dec. 6, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at New London Outing Club’s Indoor Center, 114 Cougar Court, New London. With more than 65 vendors present, visitors can expect handmade crafts, a cookie walk, homemade soups, sandwiches and baked goods. Visit
• The Greenland Church Christmas Fair is set for Saturday, Dec. 6, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the Greenland Parish House, Post Road/Rouge 151, Greenland. Cookie walk, silent auction (art, merchandise, gift certificates), Santa visit at 11 a.m., and tables of gifts, crafts, foods and locally-made products. Visit
• The Arlington St. Church’s Holly Town Fair is Saturday, Dec. 6, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at 63 Arlington St., Nashua. Visit for information.
• On Saturday, Dec. 6, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., it’s Christmas in the Village at the Chester Congregational and Baptist Church, 4 Chester St., Chester. The fair features handmade crafts, holiday gifts, a bake shop and wassail for all. There will be a loaf and ladle luncheon from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. ($8 per person), and proceeds will benefit the church. Visit
• There’s an old-fashioned “Christmas mini-fair” Saturday, Dec. 6, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the First Baptist Church, 121 Manchester St., Nashua, complete with crafts, baked goods, candy, a cookie walk, tree and table decorations and penny raffle. Visit, call 882-4512.
• The Children’s Place and Parent Education hosts a Gift and Craft Fair at 27 Burns Ave., Concord, on Saturday, Dec. 6, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., complete with vendors, crafts, a bake sale and raffles. Admission is $1. Visit
• The 15th Annual New England Holiday Craft Spectacular is Saturday, Dec. 6, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 7, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Rockingham Park Racetrack, 79 Rockingham Park Blvd., Salem. More than 150 of the region’s finest craftsmen and women will sell and display their American-made items. Admission is $7, visit
• The Christmas in Strafford 2014 Craft Fair celebrates its 25th year Saturday, Dec. 6, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 7, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., in and around Strafford. Local artisans and craftspeople open their homes and studios to the public (more than 20 locations) for visitors to view and shop. Maps are available online at The centerpoint is the Bow Lake Grange Hall, 569 Province Road, Strafford, which will also be open with lots of crafters, lunch and maps.
• There’s a Holiday Craft Fair at Art Happens Creative Art Studio, Pine Valley Mill, 37 Wilton Road, Milford, on Saturday, Dec. 6, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be quilts, paintings, jewelry, journals, hand-painted glass items, painted furniture, mosaics, fiber arts, felted creations, baby gifts and baked goods. Email or visit
• The Church of Our Savior, Milford (located at the intersection of Amherst and Grove streets in Milford) holds a Christmas Fair Saturday, Dec. 6, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free event. There will be homemade treats, gifts, decorations, activities for children and a luncheon. Call 673-3309 or visit It will be followed by a free concert at 2 p.m. featuring harpist Erica Driscoll.
• The First Congregational Church, 508 Union St., Manchester, holds a Christmas Fair Saturday, Dec. 6, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., with crafts, jewelry, baked goods, sleep ware, tupperware and locally-made goods. Coffee and donuts will be available from 9 to 11 a.m., lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
• The Contoocook Artisans Holiday Craft Fair is Friday, Dec. 5, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 6, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., at St. Andrew’s Parish Hall, 354 Main St., Hopkinton. There will be pottery, paintings, stained glass, folk art, beadwork, quilts, Shaker items, gifts for home, wreaths, dried arrangements, dolls, children’s toys, etc., available for viewing and buying as part of “Starry Starry Weekend.” Visit the Facebook page.
• The New Hampshire Antique Co-op hosts a Holiday Open House on Saturday, Dec. 6, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 7, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at 323 Elm St./Route 101A, Milford. The shop will be festively decorated for the holiday season, complete with a miniature vignette of Rudolf the Red-nosed Reindeer in Santa’s barn. There will be baked goods, kids will write letters to Santa (and place them in an old-fashioned North Pole mailbox), and antique ornament expert Beverly Wier-Longacre will share pieces from her collection. Call 673-8499, visit,
• There’s a Russian Arts and Fine Crafts Display in the New England Language Center’s International Art Gallery, 16 Hillside Drive, Rochester, on Saturday, Dec. 13, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event is free, open to the public, and will feature an exhibit of unique contemporary Russian art, icons, storytelling, cartoons and history. Proceeds will go to support Russian artists and artisans and the NELC cultural programs. Call 332-2255, email
• “Gifts From Our Hands: What We Do Best” is the exhibition on view at the League Craft Center, 49 S. Main St., Suite 100, Concord, now through Dec. 17, showcasing the creativity and expertise of the juried craftsmen of New Hampshire, with more than 140 handcrafted pieces, including jewelry, shawls, stoneware, photos, baskets, wall hangings, etc. Call 224-3375 or visit 
• The Wild Salamander Creative Arts Center, 30 Ash St., Hollis,, 456-WILD, has an exhibition called “Good Things Come in Small Packages” on view now through December. The group art show features work by local and regional artists, many of whom work in a smaller format to offer fine art more accessibly. 
• Studio 550’s holiday Cup Show and Sale is on view at the gallery, 550 Elm St., Manchester, 232-5597,, now through Jan. 17. 
As seen in the November 27, 2014 issue of the Hippo.

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