The Hippo


Jul 21, 2019








Johnson Golden Harvest farmstand in Hooksett. Courtesy photo.

Other food and drink participants 

Canterbury Aleworks 305 Baptist Hill Road, Canterbury
From the Kitchen of Annie 14 Terrace St., Marlborough
Johnson Golden Harvest 412 West River Road, Hooksett
Vicuna Chocolate 15 Main St., Peterborough
Maple Nut Kitchen 43 Darling Road, Keene
Poocham Hill Winery 226 Poocham Road, Westmoreland
Hermit Woods Winery 72 Main St., Meredith
151 Main Street Grill 151 Main St., Suite 1, Berlin
Ben’s Pure Maple Products 83 Webster Highway, Temple
Black Moose Country Store 4 Cobbetts Pond Road, Windham
Some standout NH Open Doors events
When: Saturday, Nov. 7, and Sunday, Nov. 8
Where: Statewide. See for venues and open hours
Demos & tours & tastings, oh my!
Willow Creek Sugarhouse (137 Willow Road, East Kingston) will sweeten the evaporator to make it smell like boiling maple.
Walpole Mountain View Winery at Barnett Hill Vineyard (114 Barnett Hill Road, Walpole) Try samples and take a video and production room tour.
Nannie’s Canning Pantry (586 Atwell Hill Road, Wentworth) Sample artisan jams, jellies, pie fillings and mustards with demos each day at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Fox Country Smoke House (164 Briar Bush Road, Canterbury) Walk into the 2,000-pound smokehouse and sample smoked cheese, bacon, kielbasa, jerky and nuts.
Petals in the Pines (126 Baptist Road, Canterbury) invites guests to visit the Nature Explore Outdoor Classroom, build a fairy house and roast marshmallows at the campfire.
Someday Farm (65 Pickard Road, Canterbury) offers NH-made products and a chance to feed alpacas.
Windhover Farm (28 Riverside Drive, Contoocook) has samples of varietal honey and an observational beehive.
LaBelle Winery (345 Route 101, Amherst) Dine at The Bistro, tour the winery and try samples.
Newfound Lake Vineyards (567 West Shore Road, Bristol) offers a free wine tasting with cheese pairing, wine education and chance to meet the winemaker.
Hundelrut Studio (584 Tenney Mountain Hwy, Plymouth) see Paul Hubert perform Saturday at 1 p.m.
Sage & Twine (214 Stumpfield Road, Hopkinton) will offer a paint demo, weather permitting.
Alex Kalish Glass Design (35 Old Carr Road, Antrim) will have glassblowing demos.
Hot Glass Art Center (99 Main Street, Marlborough) will offer demos and blow-your-own-glass opportunities.
JLWilliams Glass Art (465 Turnpike Road, Jaffrey) will demonstrate cutting and shaping glass for animal figures and sun catchers.
Terrapin Glassblowing Studio (79 Hadley Road, Jaffrey) will have live glassblowing and flamework demo.
Bead It! (146 N. Main St., Concord) will hold bead weaving demos.
Gibson Pewter (18 East Washington Road, Hillsborough) will have metal spinning demos.
North Road Guitars (234 North Road, Fremont) will show how guitars are made and have opportunities to play.
Stoneware Candle Houses (39 Main Street, Wilton) demos of clay used in handbuilding New England-style houses.
Hannah Phelps Fine Art (250 Commercial St., Manchester) see woodblock prints being made on a press.
Meredith Sculpture Walk (Mill Falls Marketplace, Meredith) is a self-guided tour of 31 pieces of public sculpture.
Art Anderson Folk Art (124 Washington Pond Road, Marlow) See woodworking and carving demos.
Peter Bloch (26 Otterville Road, New London) offers hands-on woodturning at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
Seacoast Artist Association Gallery (225 Water St., Exeter) will offer quick, free art projects.
Mill Brook Gallery & Sculpture Garden (236 Hopkinton Road, Concord) Stroll the outdoor sculpture exhibit. Kids welcome.
Cackleberries Garden & Gift Shop (419 Daniel Webster Highway, Meredith) See a pottery throwing demo.
Birchtree Studio (3 Spruce St., Exeter) will host a children’s book author signing and sketching birds from life.
WREN Works Maker Studio (117 Main St., Berlin) Take a maker studio tour, see potter demos, open studio wood carving with carve your own instruction from 2 to 4 p.m., stained glass demo and make an apron workshop.
Rumney Country Gifts (9 Kelly Lane, Route 25, Rumney) offers free chair massages Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Foody, artsy fun
Businesses welcome early holiday shoppers

By Allie Ginwala

 For businesses like Johnson Golden Harvest in Hooksett, NH Open Doors comes at exactly the right time.

“People do assume that we’re going to close [or] that we are closed already, so it’s a great way to get our name out there,” owner Karen Johnson said in a phone interview. 
Johnson Golden Harvest is open year round selling local produce, meats and other items one might find at a farmers market. Participating in NH Open Doors for the first time this year, Johnson is excited by the prospect of meeting new customers and spreading the word about what they do. Throughout the weekend they’ll have a selection of samples of things like maple syrup, honey and salsa.
But the timing of NH Open Doors is good for all 300 participants (among 160 locations statewide), which include winemakers, brewers, farmers, artisans and craftspeople.
The idea is to hold the two-day event after foliage has passed its peak and Halloween madness has died down, but before the Thanksgiving rush sets in. That way people can get a jump on holiday shopping and still have time to interact with local producers.
“It’s a shopping and a touring event ... and it’s also a great way for people to explore,” Carol Fusaro, VP at Sullivan Creative, said in a phone interview. “You maybe lived in New Hampshire for a long time but haven’t explored some … parts, so it gives you a reason to go and explore.”
Guests can come at the weekend in one of two ways. One is to pick a region, say Dartmouth-Sunapee, and visit all of the participating venues. That way folks can explore regions of the state they may be less familiar with and have a varied weekend of shopping. Another option is to tour by category. If pottery and ceramics or maple syrup are high on the list, map out the towns with those venues and hit the road.
“We have a website that lists all the participants and the activities and people can go online and create their own self-guided tour,” Fusaro said. “One thing we do offer is suggested itineraries and these are submitted by the participants themselves. Each of the locations will offer something.” 
Wine tastings, jam and jelly making demos and smokehouse tours, for example, will all be listed so guests can get to certain venues at the right time.
“What we’re trying to do is showcase … all the great things [in the state],” Fusaro said. “You get to meet New Hampshire people doing what they do best … it’s a nice way to interact directly with the makers or producers.”
Presented by the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen, the event began as an open studio tour of juried league members in 2005, but was renamed to NH Open Doors when NH Made became a partner to help encompass a broader range of products. 

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