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A coopering demonstration at a previous Canterbury Artisan Festival. Courtesy photo.




Canterbury Artisan Festival 

When: Saturday, Sept. 12, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
Where: Canterbury Shaker Village, 288 Shaker Road, Canterbury 
Cost: $12 for adults, $6 for children ages 6 to 17, free for children ages 5 and under
Visit: shakers.org




A simpler time
Canterbury Artisan Festival celebrates traditional arts

09/10/15
By Angie Sykeny asykeny@hippopress.com



 If you’ve never seen blacksmithing, leather making or glassblowing in action, stop by the Canterbury Artisan Festival on Saturday, Sept. 12, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Canterbury Shaker Village, which will feature a variety of traditional craft demonstrations, a juried craft fair, a farmers market, agriculture demonstrations, kids’ activities, live music and more.

“We wanted to develop a fall [event] where people could learn about the Shakers and their traditions,” Funi Burdick, executive director of Canterbury Shaker Village, said. “Shakers have this wonderful legacy … so [the festival] lets us see what artisans are doing today and how that legacy can be connected to modern life.”
The festival began three years ago as a small craft fair but has since grown; around 60 New England artisans will participate this year, some returning and some new. For the first time, the festival will take place throughout the whole village rather than in one condensed area, which Burdick said will encourage people to explore and experience the atmosphere of an authentic, operating Shaker village.
The juried craft fair will have a wide range of crafts, including fabrics, hand-knits and wovens, jewelry, pottery, wooden items, paintings, toys and more. There will be other handmade products such as soaps and oils as well as produce and prepared foods at the farmers market.
Traditional craft demonstrations will be held both inside and outside and will include coopering, blacksmithing, basketry, pottery, woodcarving, letterpressing, oval box making, spinning, weaving, knitting, glassblowing, leather making and more, as well as presentations on do-it-yourself teas and historic building restoration.
At 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., a dance troupe will give a lecture and demonstration on “The Craft of Dance Making,” where they will talk about the key components of dance and perform a variety of contemporary dances.
“This is where the Shakers had their meetings and where their expression of dance happened, so it’s a wonderful place to have a modern [dance] interpretation,” Burdick said. “It’s a way to see how artists can take part in tradition but also expand our definition of what traditional art is.”  
Kids can participate in various crafts like making apple cider, yarn dolls, bird feeders and head wreaths. Picnic tables will be open and soups, salads and food off the grill will be available for purchase. Live music will be provided by Americana/folk group Cold River Ranters (noon to 2 p.m.) and Irish folk duo Audrey Budington and Clayton Clemetson (2:30 to 4 p.m.).
The festival will also feature agriculture displays and demonstrations, including live animals such as oxen and heirloom breed chickens, horse-drawn wagon rides and talks on permaculture, bean threshing, seed saving, herbs and more.
“[The festival] gives people an appreciation for what individuals [in the past] have done and passed on to us and what we should steward and care for,” Burdick said. “It helps us to slow down and talk about the past so that it’s understandable and meaningful, and to incorporate those ideas and legacies into your own life.” 





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