Experience best of NH during first Spring NH Open Doors

CONCORD – The League of New Hampshire Craftsmen is presenting the first Spring N.H. Open Doors, a weekend event showcasing the people, places and products of New Hampshire. On Saturday and Sunday, April 9-10, artists, craftspeople, farms, retail shops and other businesses throughout the state are opening their doors and featuring activities for all ages, including demonstrations, samplings and sales.

"It’s the personal touch that makes our annual N.H. Open Doors events in the fall so popular," said Kate Sussman, league operations manager. "We felt people would enjoy an event in the spring, as the warmer weather is a great reason to hop in the car, explore new neighborhoods and have an authentic New Hampshire experience."

Among the participants are:

? Creative Ventures Gallery (Amherst)

? White Birch Fine Art (Amherst)

? Aaron T. Brown (Lyndeborough)

? Alpine Angels Goat’s Milk Soap (Mason)

? Art Happens, Creative Art Studio (Milford)

? The Frame Depot (Milford)

? Turnwood Fine Art (Milford)

? Studio 20: Laura Tyers/Deborah Sutton (Wilton)

? Sussy-Rose Shields Jewelry Studio (Wilton)

Here’s a glimpse of what visitors can see and do during N.H. Open Doors:

? See artists and craftspeople make one-of-a-kind art and fine craft in their studios while talking with them about their techniques.

? Visit working farms and see and pet the animals, or stop by an apple orchard or maple sugar house to sample and buy their sweet treats.

? Take a brewery tour and sample locally-made craft beer.

? Take home a part of New Hampshire while supporting local artists and craftspeople. You’ll discover a variety of art, craft, food, wine and other goodies that you can enjoy at home. Many participating locations are having sales or offering discounts for Spring N.H. Open Doors visitors.

? Meet and support local business owners. Spring N.H. Open Doors is a great way to connect with and buy directly from farmers, producers and artists in your community.

Spring N.H. Open Doors is managed by the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen (www.nhcrafts.org), with support from the state, as well as promotional assistance from other New Hampshire art, craft and business organizations. The league also manages a Fall N.H. Open Doors in November.

Spring N.H. Open Doors is a self-guided event; visitors create their own routes and visit the participants and locations that interest them. To help plan a tour, NHOpenDoors.com has a map that lists participants by region.

Visitors can enter the Spring N.H. Open Doors Passport for a chance to win prizes. Passport forms can be downloaded online. To enter the contest, you must visit five Spring N.H. Open Doors locations and have the participant sign and date your passport form. Those who visit five locations during Spring N.H. Open Doors will be entered into a contest to win gift certificates, baskets, crafts and more.