NH Open Doors event scheduled across the state this weekend, includes Souhegan Valley businesses

Get a start on holiday shopping during the annual New Hampshire Open Doors, a state-wide event featuring more than 100 artists, craftsmen, farm stands, retail shops and even a winery from Saturday to Sunday, Nov. 2 and 3.

Arts include painting and engraving, woodcarving, stained glass, fiber arts using New
Hampshire-raised wool and alpaca yarns, pottery and ceramics, and many unique crafts.

Many of the artists and craftsmen who open their studios for this event also have demonstrations.

The Souhegan Valley is well represented in all categories, from Ben Fiske’s maple sugar products in Temple to everything connected with tea at The Cozy Tea Cart in Brookline; from Aaron Brown’s woodcarvings in Lyndeborough to the Craftworkers’ Guild in Bedford. There is something for everyone.

Joan Tierney, of Wilton, listed as the “Accidental Artist” on Abbott Hill, called the program “very well organized. I did it last year and met people I had never seen before.”

Tierney offers cards and prints, as well as her original acrylic paintings.

Award-winning artist Gail Hoar, also of Wilton, called the program “a fabulous thing. It promotes arts and crafts in a very nice way. It’s the only thing we have to promote arts and crafts all over New Hampshire.”

Although listed in the brochure, Hoar said she would not be opening her studio because of some “last minute family issues.”

The Riverview Mills on Howard Street in Wilton include both studios and retail shops offering everything from jewelry, beadwork, fine arts and sculptured fairies to Pam Nowell’s pottery at Mudworks Studio.

The many sponsors of the weekend event include The League of NH Craftsmen, New Hampshire Made, New Hampshire Magazine, Farm to Restaurant Association, Farmers’ Market Association, New Hampshire Furniture Masters, and several chambers of commerce.