The Hippo


Jul 19, 2019








Shop early

Check out one of these local pre-Thanksgiving holiday craft fairs. Know of an upcoming craft fair? Let us know at and check the Inside/Outside section each week for a listing of upcoming fairs.
See over 150 craftspeople from all over New Hampshire, Maine and Massachusetts at the 21st annual Harvest Craft Fair hosted by the Somersworth Festival Association at Somersworth High School (11 Memorial Dr., Somersworth) on Saturday, Oct. 25, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Parking and food will be available. Call 692-5869.
The Alvirne High School Friends of Music Craft Fair will be held at the high school (200 Derry Road, Hudson) on Saturday, Oct. 25, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Check out holiday items, jewelry, picture frames, handmade items, sports memorabilia, and much more. Stick around for baked goods, live music, and raffles. The event is free to attend. Visit
Windham High School (64 London Bridge, Windham) is hosting its fifth annual craft fair on Saturday, Oct. 25, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Start your holiday shopping with hand-made items from over 100 craftspeople. Raffles will be taking place, food will be available, and proceeds will benefit the Windham High School theater, band and chorus programs. There is a suggested donation of $2 for adults, and children receive free admission. Visit
Don’t miss the 10th annual Peddlers Market at the Atkinson Community Center (4 Main St., Atkinson) on Saturday, Nov. 1, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. New Hampshire and Massachusetts crafters, artisans and purveyors of fine foods will be showcasing their products. Holiday greens will be available, along with maple syrup, jams, jellies, soaps, bags and accessories, original oil paintings, cards and more. All of the proceeds will benefit the Kimball Library. Call 362-5531.
Head over to Seabrook for two arts and craft fairs on Saturday, Nov. 8, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The first will be at the Trinity United Church (corner of Route 1 and Folly Mill Road); the second will be at the Healing Rain Ministries (49 New Zealand Road). Both fairs will have plenty of items for holiday shopping, as well as a bake sale, refreshments and lunch. Both are free to attend. Contact or contact
It’s Christmas come early at the Brookside Christmas Fair at Brookside Congregational Church (2013 Elm St., Manchester) on Saturday, Nov. 8, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Check out crafts, antiques, collectibles, books, jewelry, gifts, home-baked goods, raffles, door prizes and much more. Lunch is served from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Contact
The annual New England Craft and Specialty Food Fair at Rockingham Park Racetrack (79 Rockingham
Park Blvd., Salem, offers three days of shopping starting on Friday, Nov. 14, and continuing Saturday, Nov. 15, and Sunday, Nov. 16. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Admission is $7.
The First Congregational Church (15 Lawrence Road, Salem) is holding its Village Craft Fair on Saturday, Nov. 15, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Vendors will offer handmade items, sweets and homemade bakery items. There will also be a snack bar offering breakfast items until 11 a.m. and lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Contact

Early gift getting
Craft fairs already in the Christmas spirit


 Getting a head start on shopping for Christmas gifts and decorations could make the holly jolly season a little more festive.

Craft fairs happen year round, but at this point in the fall, it is not uncommon to see more holiday-based decorations on crafters’ tables.  
“[Our craft fair] has kind of a mixture of items; there’s about 40 percent of our items leaning towards Christmas-type seasonal stuff,” said Chris McNally, president of the Alvirne High School Friends of Music. “Compared to everyday items like jewelry, there are a lot of Christmas ornaments and Christmas gifts you would give for stocking stuffers.”
The Alvirne High School Friends of Music has been hosting a craft fair this time of year for over a decade. McNally said the fair is typically held on the same weekend each year, serving as a good start for holiday season shopping.
“This time of year, some of the more popular Christmas items are stuff like knick knacks for the trees, holiday sweaters,” he said. “Packaged-type food items are usually pretty popular too — they make for good holiday gifts for people who ship out gifts to friends and relatives, stuff like popcorn and chocolates.”
Here’s a list of some of the upcoming craft fairs where readers can get a jump start on shopping for holiday goodies. 
As seen in the October 23, 2014 issue of the Hippo.

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