The Hippo


May 25, 2020








The Made in NH Expo offers locally-made everything, including jewelry. Courtesy photo.

Attend the Made in NH Try It & Buy It Expo

Where: Radisson Hotel, 700 Elm St., Manchester
When: Friday, April 17, from 1 to 8 p.m.; Saturday, April 18, from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m.; and Sunday, April 19, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Tickets: $9 adults, $8 seniors, $3 for children
Contact:, 626-6354,

Locally made
Made in NH Expo turns 20

By Kelly Sennott

Locally made runners’ clothes, accessories, jewelry, soaps, dog food, paintings, chocolate, tea, furniture, ice cream, baked goods, spices and books are just a small taste of what visitors will find among the 135 vendors at the 20th Made in NH Try It & Buy It Expo, which runs Friday, April 17, through Sunday, April 19.

“We have everything from Sap House Meadery, which makes honey-based wine, to skin care products and shampoos. We have all kinds of chocolate, all kinds of jewelry,” said Heidi Copeland, publisher of Business NH Magazine, which organizes the event. 
And the sights are accompanied by a variety of aromas, which you’ll smell as you walk by all the vendor tables, Copeland said. 
About 30 percent of this year’s exhibitors are new to the scene. One is Terrapin Glassblowing Studio, based in Jaffrey, which will be bringing a bunch of production work, including animal and paisley pendants, cups, tumblers, piggy banks, paperweights, bowls, vases and sculptures.
“We’re going to feel it out,” said Dominique Caissie, part owner of the studio. “Every year, we try a few different [expos]. Our main one was at the Keene Pumpkin Festival, which is not happening this year.”
Caissie said it’s always great to network with other artists, and she also likes to see what others in the area are doing.
“The more people you know, the better,” Caissie said. “There’s so much more to get from [an event] than just being there and selling your stuff. It’s about being part of the community.”
Other artists, like Joan Major, are coming back to see familiar faces. She’ll be bringing her handmade jewelry, much of which has a dragonfly theme or is made with Venetian glass handmade in Italy. She participates in arts or craft shows every weekend to sell her work.
“I love meeting people. They give me all kinds of ideas, and I’m always inspired by what I see. The idea of something being handmade — I think it’s such a lost art, and I think people are really starting to appreciate it more,” she said via phone. 
Major said she’s been to so many arts and craft shows that she’s developed a regular following; there are people who return year after year to see her collection, which she appreciates a great deal.
Also returning this year is Legg’s Logs, a Dorchester company that produces fine wood products, specialty wood and lumber. Jay Legg said they’ll be bringing dining room tables, end tables, coffee tables and more. He said he looks forward to doing business in Manchester again.
“Last year we did $4,500 worth of business,” Legg said. “We’ve done a few other shows in the past. … I like it because it’s convenient and because we can be in touch with a lot of people in a short amount of time.”
Legg said their work has an “Adirondack style,” with rounded edges and shapes that follow the natural form of the trees the pieces are made from. He enjoys munching on the locally made food at the expo and connecting and trading with others in the New Hampshire wood business.
If you want to avoid the crowds, Copeland recommends visiting Saturday afternoon or evening. She also advises visitors to come in on an empty stomach. Not only can your order meals at the expo, but you can also sample “more food that you could possibly eat.” 
Between tables, the Expo stage will also feature “non-stop shows,” from dance and magic performances to jazz, classical, bluegrass, pop and acoustic music concerts. 
As seen in the April 16, 2015 issue of the Hippo.

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