If you happened to miss last week’s Insider, you might not be aware of the fact that holiday craft fairs are quite popular in this area – like super popular.
Really from the last weekend in October right through the second week of December, people will flock to local schools, churches and community centers in search of handmade jewelry, clothing, candles, soaps and much more. It’s also a great place to find that one-of-a-kind gift for your holiday shopping list.
And this weekend is going to be a busy one on the craft fair circuit.
There are a pair of ones that span both days of the weekend, while a few others on the schedule are a one-day only event that you really shouldn’t miss.
Not only do craft fairs give you something different that most stores and the internet cannot, but it’s also a great way to kickoff the holiday season – and start making some headway on your shopping.
Bow Craft Fair
The Bow Craft Fair, put on by the Bow PTO, is in its 38th straight year, but for the first time, will be the entire weekend.
Held at Bow High School, 55 Falcon Way in Bow, the fair will run from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days and includes more than 125 of the finest artisans from New England selling unique and beautiful gifts.
Admission is $2 at the door. For more, visit bowpto.digitalpto.com/ craft-fair-event.
A select group of N.H. craftsmen present quality, handmade gifts for all ages in this annual juried show, including ornaments, jewelry, glass, pottery, botanicals, soaps, scarves, wooden ware, paper and fabric art. Free admission and parking.
Community Arts Center
The Concord Community Arts Center, located at 40 Thorndike St., will be abuzz with the Holiday Arts and Craft Fair Open House on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Local arts and craft vendors along with direct sellers will be on hand, along with a free photo booth, a coloring contest, a place for the kids to write their letters to Santa and a craft station to make a holiday card.
Admission and parking are free.
Rundlett Middle School
Crafters and vendors will fill two huge rooms at Rundlett Middle School (144 South St.) this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be a cookie walk, a craft raffle, lottery tree raffle and free door prizes. You can also get a picture with Santa.
The Immaculate Heart of Mary Church (180 Loudon Road) will host its annual Christmas Fair on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. with handmade crafts and collectibles, raffles and silent auction items.
Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church (68 N. State St.) will host a Greek luncheon and pastry sale on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. that will include a jewelry table, attic treasures and gift basket raffles.