Beat winter blues

  • HANNAH SAMPADIAN / Monitor staffDave Emerson points to a steam-powered engine used for wood making at Old Traditional Ways in Canterbury. The machine will be demonstrated this weekend at the Cabin Fever Reliever event.

  • HANNAH SAMPADIAN / Monitor staffDave Emerson stands amongst his antique machinery in Canterbury.

  • Dave Emerson of Old Ways Traditions demonstrates playing an antique pump organ, one of his favorite possessions, on display at his shop in Canterbury. HANNAH SAMPADIAN / Monitor staff

  • Dave Emerson displays an antique piece that once had many uses ranging from bread making to bathing children, at Old Traditional Ways in Canterbury. HANNAH SAMPADIAN / Monitor staff

  • HANNAH SAMPADIAN / Monitor staffAn antique trunk on display at Old Traditional Ways in Canterbury.

  • Antiques on display at Old Traditional Ways in Canterbury. HANNAH SAMPADIAN / Monitor staff

  • Handcrafted bowls, plates, trays and more made from local wood by Dave Emerson at Old Ways Traditions in Canterbury. The items will be a few of many on sale this weekend at the Cabin Fever Reliever event. HANNAH SAMPADIAN / Monitor staff

  • HANNAH SAMPADIAN / Monitor staffThe event sign that can be seen posted at participating Cabin Fever Reliever venues this Saturday and Sunday.

  • Dave Emerson stands in his woodworking shop at Old Traditional Ways in Canterbury. The venue is one of more than 20 that will participate in the Cabin Fever Reliever event Saturday and Sunday. HANNAH SAMPADIAN / Monitor staff

  • A Cabin Fever Reliever event sign rests atop Dave Emerson’s keyboard. HANNAH SAMPADIAN / Monitor staff

Monitor staff
Published: 2/8/2017 5:25:40 PM


If you’re anything like the rest of us New Englanders this time of year, you are in need of a little pick-me-up to beat the winter blues and cure cabin fever. That’s why Dave Emerson rounded up local artisans, musicians and eateries in the Canterbury community for a Cabin Fever Reliever this weekend.

“That’s what got it going,” said Emerson, of Old Traditional Ways and organizer for the event. “I was getting cabin fever and everyone agreed.”

And what’s a better cure than to enjoy handmade works by local artists, carvers and brewers with live music and hot food? There will be plenty of hands-on activities for children and unique shops with interesting people to talk to.

At Old Ways Traditions in Canterbury, Emerson offers Shaker and country furniture and accessories along with antiques and art-prints. “The beauty of it is people come in and appreciate what you’re doing and the people doing it,” Emerson said. “And hopefully buy it,” he added with a laugh.

A former modeling contractor, Emerson picked up woodworking when he aged out of the job and now mainly focuses on “turning.” This skill creates products such as plates, bowls, platters and boxes, all made right at his shop with local wood.

In addition to his shop, there will be a demonstration of the antique steam-powered woodmaker, trails to explore, live music and hot chili. And that’s only at one of the participating venues; there’s still more than 20 more to check out throughout the weekend.

“The Patriots have done it, Cabin Fever Reliever is what’s next,” said Jackie Powell of Loudon Station. “It’s an opportunity for you to get out in Loudon and Canterbury this coming weekend and check out the local talents in the community.”

Loudon Station is a gift shop located at Brookside Mall on Route 106 that offers locally crafted products ranging from Native American jewelry and art to hand-poured soy candles, which are healthier to burn, Powell said.

Also at this location will be a fiber arts studio, the Woolen Pear, featuring hand hooked rugs, as well as participating restaurants the Eggshell and Brookside Pizza.

Twiggs Gallery, 254 King St. in Boscawen, will be joining, too, for this open studio weekend. The gallery will have visiting fine artists, Bev Norton and Shawne Randlett; live music by “Liz and Friends,” who will play a variety of folk, country, and bluegrass; and, of course, Adele Sanborn’s calligraphy on display in the gallery and shop. There will be demonstrations by each of the artists, a free Valentine’s make-and-take, and delicious goodies to eat and drink.

So say goodbye to winter blues and get-together with friends and family to appreciate local artists in quaint New England towns.

“Canterbury has the best concentration of open studios of anywhere in the state,” Emerson said. “You can come to this one area and see the most.”

To find out more about the event or for a full list of venues, contact Dave Emerson at 783-4403 or email




Canterbury Aleworks

305 Baptist Hill Road

Saturday, Sunday 1 to 5 p.m.

Handcrafted beers

Canterbury Country Store

3 Center Road

Saturday 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

and Sunday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Local food, crafts, sweets

Cold Garden Spirits

338 Shaker Road

Saturday, Sunday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Craft distillery

Canterbury Center B & B

2 Baptist Road

Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Visiting artists Kathie Fife with photography, Jolene Cochrane with hand-carved spoons and Teresa Wyman with fiddle music.

Fox Country Smokehouse

164 Briar Bush Road

Saturday, Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Smoked meat and cheeses

Old Ways Traditions

418 Shaker Road

Saturday, Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Wooden accessories and turned bowls by Dave Emerson and antiques on display. Visiting artists Janet King with handmade soap and paintings, Mark Kneeland with hand-carved spoons, and Linda Ray with rabbit fur accessories and dulcimer music.

Riverland on the Merrimac B&B

32 Oxbow Pond Road

Saturday, Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Visiting artists Nadja Hebert and Ellen and Conrad Dumas with yarn and knitted items

Jane Balshaw Studio

12 Cogswell Hill Road

Saturday, Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Hand-painted quilted textile art

Marsh Meadow Bison

16 Scales Road

Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

and Sunday noon to 4 p.m.

Bison meat cuts

Hackleboro Pottery and Quilts

376 Hackleboro Road

Saturday, Sunday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Braided rugs


Twiggs Gallery

254 King St.

Saturday, Sunday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Art by Adele Sanborn; visiting artists Bev Norton and Shawne Randlett and music by Liz and Friends


Brookside Pizza

562 Route 106

Saturday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

and Sunday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Pizza, gyros, Italian food

Eggshell Restaurant

563 Route 106

Saturday 6 a.m. to 2 p.m.

and Sunday 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Breakfast and lunch

Loudon Station

563 Route 106

Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Local products, crafts, art, gifts

Woolen Pear

563 Route 106

Saturday, Sunday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Hand-hooked rugs, supplies, classes

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