Open Doors showcases NH arts and crafts

WILTON – New Hampshire Open Doors takes place the first weekend in November and capitalizes on the spectacular fall beauty in New Hampshire.

Visitors are offered a chance to tour the state and shop for products made by craftspeople, all tax-free, plus sample fresh produce, visit quaint farm stands, enjoy wine and dinner at a fine restaurant, stay in a cozy inn, hop aboard a hayride, try their hand at a workshop or watch craft demonstrations, performances or local bands. There is plenty to choose from all over the state.

Accent with Style in downtown Wilton was one location on the tour.

“It went very well. Nobody came in without a smile on their face so that is one other thing that even if they were not buying they were out and happy to see everything,” owner Diane Tenaglia said. “It’s good for every town, absolutely throughout the state. It generates interest and appreciation of the fine artisans and crafters in our state.”

People from far and wide took part in New Hampshire Open Doors.

Sussy-Rose Shields Jewelry Studio had a visitor from Pennsylvania order a custom-made piece of jewelry and the Riverview Mill Artists in Wilton had many visitors touring the old brick building.

“It brings traffic from all the surrounding states, not only New Hampshire. I got a lot of people from Massachusetts, especially west of Worcester, western Vermont, Maine and from New Hampshir, I got people from the coast and the White Mountains. The nice thing is they found Wilton a great destination point,” Tenaglia said.

Sussy-Rose Shields was pleased to be a stop on the tour.

“I had a great response to my products and upcoming classes and hopefully people will join classes this winter. It was not just local people coming through and we did meet people from out of state. We had people coming in visiting with their families,” Shields said.

“New Hampshire Open Doors is a great way to show off small businesses in New Hampshire. We are fine crafts and fine arts and realize the connection between small businesses and help build each other,” she added .

Other Wilton tour stops besides the Riverview Mill Artists and Accents With Style were Frye Measure Mill, Joan Tierney, Bee Fields Farm, Mary Lyn, Mudworks Pottery, Marie Doherty Painting, Kaleidoscope Glass and Art, Janet Gilman Fiber Art and in Lyndeborough Barbed Wire Design and artist Aaron Brown.

Amherst businesses that participated were LaBelle Winery, ReRe Pareo, Hand Painted Silk and Art by Marianne while Mont Vernon held an artesian fair with 15 local artists available in one location.

Online map

Maps had the location of all the stops on the New Hampshire Open Doors Tour and maps are good all-year long. To view the map of shops, visit nh opendoors.com.