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May 28, 2020








Old Ways Traditions will have antique machinery available to try during Cabin Fever Reliever. Courtesy photo.

Canterbury Cabin Fever Reliever

When: Saturday, Feb. 11, and Sunday, Feb. 12; hours differ by location
Contact: Contact Dave Emerson at 783-4403 or
• Brookside Pizza: 563 Route 106, Loudon, Saturday 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
• Loudon Station: Locally made products, crafts and gifts, 563 Route 106, Loudon, Saturday 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
The Woolen Pear & Red Horse Rugs: Fiber arts studio, 563 Route 106, Loudon, Saturday-Sunday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Eggshell Restaurant: Breakfast and lunch, 563 Route 106, Loudon, Saturday 6 a.m.-2 p.m., Sunday 7 a.m.-1 p.m.
Cold Garden Spirits: Craft distillery with whiskey, fruit, brandy samples, 388 Shaker Road, Canterbury, Saturday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Old Ways Traditions: Wooden accessories, turned bowls, plates, antiques and antique machinery (features soap, paintings by Janet King; hand-carved spoons by Mark Kneeland; rabbit fur accessories by Linda Ray) 418 Shaker Road, Canterbury, Saturday-Sunday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Canterbury Aleworks: Handcrafted beers, 305 Baptist Hill Road, Canterbury, Saturday-Sunday, 1-5 p.m.
Fox Country Smokehouse: Smoked meats and cheeses, 164 Briar Bush Road, Canterbury, Saturday-Sunday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Hackleboro Pottery and Quilts: Quilts and braided rugs, 376 Hackleboro Road, Canterbury, Saturday-Sunday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
• Canterbury Country Store: Local food, crafts, sweets, 3 Center Road, Canterbury, Saturday 6:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Sunday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Canterbury Center Bed and Breakfast: 2 Baptist Road, Canterbury, Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (includes work by Kathie Fife, fine art photographer; Jolene Cochrane, spoon carver; Teresa Wyman, fiddle player)
Jane Balshaw studio: Hand-painted quilted textile art, 12 Cogswell Hill Road, Canterbury, Saturday-Sunday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Marsh Meadow Bison: Bison meat cuts, 16 Scales Road, Canterbury, Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Sunday noon-4 p.m.
Riverland on the Merrimack Bed and Breakfast: 32 Oxbow Pond Road, Canterbury, Saturday-Sunday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cornerstone Design at Twiggs Gallery: Local, regional art displays, classes and workshops, gifts and calligraphy, 254 King St., Boscawen, Saturday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. (includes art by Bev Norton and Shawne Randlett)

Relieve your cabin fever
Canterbury hosts artisan tour this weekend

By Kelly Sennott

 Got cabin fever? You’re in luck.

Artists, businesses and artisan food and drink producers from Canterbury, Boscawen and Loudon are opening their doors this Saturday, Feb. 11, and Sunday, Feb. 12, for the inaugural Canterbury Cabin Fever Reliever.
The event allows visitors to enjoy samples at places like Cold Garden Spirits and Canterbury Aleworks or view live demonstrations by local craftspeople at venues like Twiggs Gallery or The Woolen Pear nearby. Participants range from cheesemakers and graphic artists to painters and calligraphers. 
The man behind the endeavor is Dave Emerson, owner of Old Ways Traditions, which houses wooden accessories, turned bowls, plates, antiques and antique machinery. He’s a regular at events like the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen’s Fair and Old Home Days in Dunbarton and felt February needed more action.
“Canterbury has done New Hampshire Open Doors for the spring and fall. For years, we’ve had a high concentration [of craftspeople], so it seemed like a good thing to do again,” Emerson said via phone. 
This weekend, his shop will also house handmade soap by Janet King, hand-carved spoons by Mark Kneeland and rabbit fur accessories by Linda Ray. Visitors can check out their products, or they can try out some of his antique machinery, including 14 lathes.
Emerson’s business typically sees about 100 visitors during an Open Doors weekend, which happens every November and is organized by the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen. But the rest of the year, the town’s pretty quiet.
“Most [participating] places are open while [Open Doors] is actually occurring, but few have regular hours throughout the year,” Emerson said.
The winter is particularly quiet in Canterbury. Usually, artists like Adele Sanborn, who owns Twiggs gallery, are working to build up inventory for the spring, summer and fall selling seasons.
“Twiggs, really, is closed for January, February and March. It’s too difficult to run classes with the snow,” Sanborn said via phone. “During these months, I put my nose to the grindstone and work, work, work. It’s hard as an artist. We all work on our own, and it’s fun to be able to open your doors and have the public come in and see how you do your things. I’m excited about the opportunity to open my doors at a time of year when people are just plain sick and tired of winter.”
Sanborn said she’ll have hands-on rubber stamp and calligraphy demonstrations plus “make-and-take” valentines. On view in her gallery is a retrospective of her art the past 30 years and pieces by artists Bev Norton and Shawne Randlett. Liz Kantz will perform live tunes.
Pam Bartlett, owner of The Woolen Pear & Red Horse Rugs, said the weekend presents visitors a “chance to get out of big box stores and come to the little box stores.” She’ll demonstrate rug hooking in her shop, which will be decorated with students’ and her work. 
They’re not alone in their excitement.
“I’ve never organized anything with more enthusiasm,” Emerson said.

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