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If it ain’t Broke...

The Affordable Arts Fair returns Saturday just in time for the holidays

  • Mary Goldthwaite-Gagne Staff photo by Ben Conant—


Friday, November 16, 2018 1:51PM

The Glass Museum will be offering its annual fall program on Nov. 17, featuring the holiday edition of Broke: The Affordable Arts Fair, as well as concerts at Harlow’s Pub the night before and the night of the event.

Broke brings together over 50 artists selling their creations for under $50 in a curated arts fair that matches accessibility with quality and affordability. Broke will take place on at the Peterborough Town House from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. It’s free, aimed at all ages, and open to the public.

“The fall edition of Broke is a fantastic way to snag some holiday gifts or grab something for yourself. The great thing is that you get to meet the artists and really engage with these creative people. It’s a rad event and it’s a ton of fun,” said Eric Gagne, a board member of The Thing in The Spring’s directing organization the Glass Museum and its music guru.

The wares for sale include prints, collages, soft sculpture, wearables, and independent record releases. Additional examples are available on the Broke Facebook page at facebook.com/brokearts and thethinginthespring.com.

In addition to the holiday shopping opportunity, The Glass Museum has once again worked with Harlow’s Pub in Peterborough to offer musical entertainment. This year, two shows will be taking place.

On Nov. 16, Footings, which is the songwriting vehicle of Eric Gagne, will perform along with State Champion, who are from Louisville, Kentucky. Both groups feature guitars, strings, and drums, along with vocals that go from skronk to coo and back again.

On Nov. 17, Gilliver and Radiator King will hit the Harlow’s stage. Gilliver is Molly Brown’s songs with the sure rhythm of Mia Govoni. Their sound is described as doomy folk with a heavy edge, though ultimately hopeful. Radiator King is a trio led by Adam Silvestri. It’s Springsteen if the E-Street Band were a power trio – heartfelt and substantial rock and roll.

Shows on both nights will start around 9:30 p.m. at Harlow’s Pub. Tickets are available now at Harlow’s for $8. Broke: The Affordable Arts Fair will take place at Peterborough Town Hall from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and entry is free.