League of NH craftsmen presents Spring NH Open Doors

CONCORD – The League of New Hampshire Craftsmen is presenting the first Spring NH Open Doors, a fun-filled weekend event showcasing the people, places and products of New Hampshire.

On Saturday-Sunday, April 9-10, artists, craftspeople, farms, retail shops and other businesses throughout the state are opening their doors and featuring special activities for all ages, including craft demonstrations, food samplings and sales.

"It’s the personal touch that makes our annual NH 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."

Wild Salamander Creative Arts Center in Hollis will be among the participants.

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

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

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

? Tour a brewery tour and sample locally made craft beer.

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

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

Spring NH 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 NH Open Doors in early November.

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

As an incentive, visitors are encouraged to enter the Spring NH Open Doors Passport for a chance to win prizes. Passport forms can be downloaded from the website. To enter the contest, you must visit five Spring NH Open Doors locations and have the participant sign and date your passport form. Those who visit five locations during Spring NH Open Doors will be automatically entered into a contest to win gift certificates, gift baskets, fine craft and more.