Tri-town event gets people out-and-about

  • Adele Sanborn will lead make-and-take craft sessions on pop-up Valentine’s Day cards. Courtesy of Twiggs Gallery

  • Decorate a cookie with a Valentine's Day theme. —Courtesy of Twiggs Gallery

  • Design a tile —Courtesy of Twiggs Gallery

  • Sheep relax at Clough Tavern Farm. —Courtesy

  • Handcrafted wood boxes, baskets and other items made by Dave Emerson will be on sale at Old Ways Traditions. Courtesy

  • Canterbury Shaker Village will participate in the Cabin Fever Reliever weekend on Saturday. Tom Bell

  • Wooden spoons made by Grain Fed Spoons. —Courtesy

Monitor staff
Published: 2/7/2018 7:26:02 PM

By this point, the holidays are over with decorations packed away and the only thing there is to look forward to is several more weeks of cold wind, wet snow and icy roads.

It is just for those reasons that the craftspeople of Canterbury and neighboring towns have decided to reprise their Cabin Fever Reliever weekend.

On Saturday and Sunday in more than a dozen locations, crafters, farmers and other makers will throw open the doors (metaphorically, it’s cold outside, you know), put out the welcome mat and chat with visitors about what they do.

Dave Emerson, 75, of Canterbury runs Old Ways Traditions and launched the idea last winter.

“After Christmas, I didn’t want to get the winter blues,” Emerson said.

So he modeled a weekend on the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen’s long-running fall Open Doors weekend.

Emerson said he was surprised to have twice as many more people sign up than he expected.

The number is about the same this year. A few people dropped out. A few new ones have joined.

“This year is a really diverse amount of people,” said Kathie Fife, a photographer who will be displaying work at the Canterbury Meeting House. “It offers a lot.”

Participating locations include Marshall’s Florist, Cold Garden Spirits, Canterbury Shaker Village, Canterbury AleWorks, Miles Smith Farm, Clough Tavern Farm Christmas, Egg Rock Studio, Riverland on the Merrimack, the Penacook Historical Society and Fox Country Smokehouse.

The Canterbury Meeting House is the place to go to see Fife and Jolene Cochrane, who demonstrate wood spoon carving and dole out cider and soup.

Fife will be giving two live presentations during the weekend. On Saturday at 12:15 p.m., she will show a documentary on the ice harvest at Squam Lake. On Sunday at 1 p.m., she will present on loons on Squam Lake. There will be a chance for questions, too.

At Old Ways Traditions, Emerson will be joined by Janet King and Mark Kneeland.

Twiggs Gallery will participate with artists Adele Sanborn, SherRee West and Louise Jacobs. The gallery will also lead make-and-take Valentine’s crafts. Sanborn will teach pop-up cards for sweethearts; Jacobs will make wool heart plaques and West will make little tiles. Donations from the crafts will go to The Children’s Place in Concord. 

Jodi Roos from The Children’s Place will be on hand with a cookie decorating station, plus hot cocoa for all. 

A newcomer to the weekend is the Shaker Village. It will be open only Saturday for visitors to cross-country ski, snowshoe and sled. There will also be a film on the Shakers’ winter activities. 

“It gets us out and talking to each other,” Emerson said. 

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