The Canterbury Artisan Festival on Saturday, September 14 is one of the area’s most distinctive fall festivals.   Open from 10 am to 5 pm, the Village will host juried craftsmen, live music, a food truck, and horse-drawn wagon rides.  There’s even old-fashioned ice-cream making, cider-pressing, and butter-making for the kids.  Admire the creativity of 50 different craftspeople, buy something special as a gift or for yourself, and watch skilled volunteers demonstrate crafts such as letterpress printing, blacksmithing, oval box making, broom-making, and textile arts.  The Village welcomes people for tours of the historic site, rambles on its easy hiking trails, and shopping in its unique Museum Store.

The Somerset Grille of Hooksett will be on hand with their food truck, and Brookford Farm of Canterbury will be selling farm-raised hamburgers and barbeque.  The Creamery Café at Shaker Village offers traditional sandwiches and soups and homemade apple crisp.

The Jordan Tirrell-Wysocki Trio performs traditional country fiddle music from 12 – 2 pm, followed by Penhallow from 2:30 – 4:00 pm.  Family craft activities include “Tools for Kids,” a workshop that teaches safe hands-on woodworking.  Enjoy a 30- or 75-minute tour with one of the Village’s experienced guides and learn about the Shakers who founded and sustained this communal enclave for 200 years.  Today, Shaker Village is a museum and historic site that preserves the Shaker legacy and provides a place for learning, inspiration, and renewal of the human spirit. 

Phil Nadeau of Loudon is one of the juried artisans appearing at the Fair for the first time.  One of his hand crafted step stools, will be included in the Currier Museum’s exhibition, The Shakers and the Modern World, which opens October 12th.   Nadeau also makes small end tables of figured woods such as tiger or birds-eye maple, using traditional pegged construction.  “I’ve been a long-time member of the Village,” Nadeau says, “and the Shaker philosophy and the simplicity of their architecture and furniture continues to inspire me.  Canterbury truly is a “heaven on earth.”    

Other juried artisans will be displaying and selling hand-knit and woven items, jewelry, rugs, and pottery.  At the Farmer’s Market, shop for fresh produce, prepared foods, handcrafted soaps, candles, and oils. Agricultural demonstrations will include beekeeping and organic gardening, and there will be an afternoon herb walk focusing on both wild and cultivated plants for better health. 

Admission to the Canterbury Artisan Festival is $12 for adults, and $6 for children between the ages of 6-17.   And full museum admission, including the guided tours, is an additional $10.  Horse-drawn carriage rides are $5.  Village members pay only $6 for adults, or $3 for children between the ages of 6-17.  Children under 5 are free.

Tickets may be purchased online before Sept 12 at, or at the Museum on the day of the event.  Generous sponsorship is provided by The Rowley Agency.