Navigating the region’s mountains of crafts

Holiday shopping doesn’t have to depend on sales on Black Friday or mall shopping. Locals can find plenty of gift options in the Monadnock region, made locally, at an affordable price. This story highlights some art and craft shows coming up in late November as well as a lengthy craft fair list for the Ledger-Transcript’s coverage area.

On Saturday, Nov. 30, Ros Pelletier-Hanchett will host her second Living Local Art Fair at the Unitarian Church on Main Street across from the Mariposa Museum in Peterborough. Pelletier-Hanchett said the fair was originally part of the Broke: The Affordable Arts fair, but when the holiday season Broke fair didn’t happen last year, Pelletier-Hanchett decided to create an art fair of her own. This local fair will offer art from over 25 artists selling jewelry, quilts, wood toys, stained glass and more from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

“There will be something for everyone on your list, even baby clothes,” Pelletier-Hanchett said.

Friday, Nov. 29, and Saturday, Nov. 30, miniature art and paintings by more than 50 artists will be available for sale at the Minis on Main event in Peterborough. Organizer Erin Sweeney said Baker-Simon Design at 30 Main St. host an art show every Mother’s Day, and last year the show involved all miniature art work, as small as 4 by 4 inches. Sweeney said this event was so successful that she and Margaret Baker of Baker-Salmon Design, decided to do it again for the holidays.

“Everything’s for sale and everything’s 5 by 5 inches,” Sweeney said. “We will have 2D and 3D work since we will also have mini paintings for sale. We will also have clay work, jewelry and print work.”

Shoppers can stop by Minis on Main on either day between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Most artists are local, but Sweeney said some come from a little farther away, like Boston, Maine and Philadelphia.


Festival of Trees, Nov. 30 - Jan. 4, at the James A. Tuttle Library, 45 Main Street, during normal library hours.

Great Brook Music Booster Craft Fair, Dec. 14, Great Brook Middle School, 16 School St. 10 a.m.-3 p.m.


Holiday Fair and Silent Auction, Dec. 7, at the Francestown Elementary School, 325 2nd N.H. Turnpike South, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.


The Greenfield Covenant Church Craft Fair, Dec. 7, at the Greenfield Meeting House, 4 Slip Road, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. All proceeds benefit the GCC Building Fund.


The Jaffrey United Church of Christ’s Christmas Festival, Dec. 7, at the United Church of Christ, 54 Main Street, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with luncheon served from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m.

The 33rd Jaffrey Holiday Fair, Dec. 14, at Pratt Auditorium, 1 Conant Way, from 9 p.m. to 2 p.m. Craft table proceeds benefit the Jaffrey Parks and Recreation Department. Over 55 tables of crafts, a visit from Santa from 9 a.m. until noon, a concession stand and performances on the stage by local musicians and dancers.


A Holiday Fair and Wreath Pick Up, Nov. 30 at J.A. Tarbell Library in Lyndeborough, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fair organizers are still accepting local vendors, tables are free, contact Karen Grybko at 654-5362.


Holiday Craft Madness, Nov. 30, at the Peterborough Community Center, 25 Elm St., from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Holiday wreaths made by The Rocks Estate of N.H. will also be for sale.


Rindge United Church of Christ Snowflake Fair, Nov. 30, at the Rindge First Congregational Church, 6 Payson Hill Road, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Craft table proceeds benefit the church.


7th Annual Monadnock Humane Society’s Handcrafted for the Holidays Craft Fair, Dec. 7, at the Monadnock Humane Society, 101 West Swanzey Road, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Over 40 craft tables with all the proceeds from the fair will go to the care of the animals from the Monadnock Region.


2nd Annual Christmas Fair, Nov. 30, at the Unitarian Church Red House, 597 Isaac Frye Hwy., from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Wilton’s Holiday Fair, Dec. 6-7, Pine Hill Waldorf School, 77 Pine Hill Drive, Dec. 6: 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m., Dec. 7: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

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