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Jul 21, 2019








Upcoming Craft Fairs

BMUMC Snowman Craft Fair
Where: The Bow Mills United Methodist Church, 505 South St., Bow
When: Saturday, Nov. 7, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 
Mother’s Club Holiday Craft Fair 
Where: Hampstead Middle School, 28 School St., Hampstead
When: Saturday, Nov. 7, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 
Features 80+ juried crafters, a raffle table and refreshments. 
Mount Saint Mary Ho Ho Holidays Craft Fair
Where: Mount Saint Mary Academy, 2291 Elm St., Manchester
When: Saturday, Nov. 7, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 
Features local crafters with handmade pottery, wreaths, jewelry and more; lunch at the Candy Cane Cafe; a bake sale and a visit from Santa. 
Thorntons Ferry’s Holiday Craft Fair & Silent Auction 
Where: Thorntons Ferry School, 134 Camp Sargent Road, Merrimack 
When: Saturday, Nov. 7, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 
Features 70+ crafters; 100+ raffle and silent auction items; bake sale and refreshments;  book fair; family portraits; pictures with Santa; kid’s games; ornament painting, cake walk; scavenger hunt; and “Santa’s Store,” where kids can gift shop with help from Santa’s elves.
Bedford High School Holiday Craft Fair 
Where: Bedford High School, 47B Nashua Road, Bedford 
When: Saturday, Nov. 7, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 
Raymond Boy Scout Craft Fair 
Where: Raymond High School, 45 Harriman Hill Road, Raymond
When: Saturday, Nov. 7, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.  
Features jewelry, hats, scarves, jams, maple products and more. 
First Church Christmas Craft Fair 
Where: First Church, 1 Concord St., Nashua 
When: Friday, Nov. 6, 4 to 8 p.m., and Saturday, Nov. 7, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. 
Handmade ornaments, wreaths, knitted items, jewelry; silent auction; chili dinner (Fri., 5-7 p.m.); luncheon (Sat., 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m); and thrift shop (Sat., 9 a.m. to noon). 
The Goffstown Lions Club Craft Fair 
Where: Mountain View Middle School, 41 Lauren Lane, Goffstown
When: Saturday, Nov. 7, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, Nov. 8, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 
Cost: $3. Children under 12 are free. 
Derry Village Holiday Fair 
Where: Derry Village School, 28 S. Main St., Derry
When: Saturday, Nov. 7, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. 
East Congregational Church Holiday Fair 
Where: East Congregational Church, 51 Mountain Road, Concord
When: Saturday, Nov. 7, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
Crafts, collectibles and attic treasures, gently used clothes, candy and bake sale, raffles and a lunch with chowder, hot dogs and pie. 
Saint Jude Parish Country Christmas Fair
Where: Saint Jude Parish Community, 435 Mammoth Road, Londonderry 
When: Saturday, Nov. 7, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
Crafts, jams and jellies, baked goods, kid’s activities, cookie walk, raffles and lunch.
Our Lady of the Holy Rosary/St. Leo Christmas Fair   
Where: Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Church, 189 N. Main St., Rochester       
When: Saturday, Nov. 7, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Crafts, penny sale, cash raffle, theme baskets, baked goods and more. Roast pork dinner at 5 p.m., costs $9 for adults and $5 for kids.

Crafty shopping
Find one-of-a-kind gifts at local fairs

By Angie Sykeny

 If you’re on the hunt for unique Christmas gifts this year, it’s not too early to start perusing craft fairs. There are dozens of them happening throughout November. Most just have vendors, but some feature extras like refreshments, kids’ activities and raffles and more.

One such fair is the Snowman Craft Fair put on by Bow Mills United Methodist Church in Bow. There, each guest is welcomed with a free Christmas ornament (as long as they last). Rooms throughout the church are filled with handmade items like crocheted baby blankets, catnip-filled cat toys and beds, decorated snow-measuring sticks and more.
The themed gift baskets are especially popular.
“We’re up to 82 baskets this year,” fair coordinator Joan Day said. “There’s pet baskets, New Hampshire baskets, Frozen baskets. … There’s one with two plush animals — a donkey and an elephant. We called it the bipartisan basket.”
The fair also features a cookie walk, silent auction, kids’ ornament-decorating station and cookie decorating table. Breakfast refreshments are available from 9 to 10:30 a.m., and lunch from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
If you decide to attend, Day says don’t underestimate the crowds.
“It’s mobbed first thing in the morning,” she said. “There’ll be a line of people at the door waiting for nine o’clock because they want to be the first to look at the items. … I’d say we get close to 400 people for the day.” 

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