Tired of staring at a screen? Step into the sounds and sights of yesterday at the 2nd annual Traditional Craft Days at Canterbury Shaker Village, on June 29th and 30th. Bring the family and visit with the craftsmen, listen to live music, enjoy delicious food and even try your hand at lacemaking, felting, weaving, rug hooking or letterpress printing.

Over two dozen fine artisans and craftspeople will be sharing their skills over this fun weekend designed for all ages. Featured craft demonstrations include basket making, blacksmithing, leatherworking, jewelry making, woodblock printing, letterpress printing, spinning, woodworking, sewing, rug hooking, weaving, rug braiding, traditional boat building, broom making, and oval box making.

The event is open 10 – 4 pm each day and is $12 for adults, $6 for children and free for children under 5. Members of the Village receive half price tickets. Tickets cover admission for both days. An additional $10 will be required to take the Village’s guided tour, A Canterbury Tale.

For more information and to purchase tickets for this event, please visit: http://www.shakers.org/traditional-craft-days/.

Live music, sponsored by the New Hampshire Council on the Arts, starts at 11:00 on Saturday with Badger’s Drift bringing past favorites and fresh material in the tradition of the troubadour. At 2:00, Doug Hazard and the Sandwich Rangers steps in with a New Hampshire blend of music and song writing. Visitors on Sunday will be entertained by different musicians starting at 11:00 with Ragtime Jack Radcliffe with Andria Kim Stramecki, who offer traditional country blues. At 2:00 Entangled Strings, Liz Kantz’ 6-piece big band, will perform well-loved Americana music.

Food will be provided by Betty’s Kitchen along with the Village’s own Café, located in the Creamery, which is stocked with delicious locally-made sandwiches, soups, quiches, coffee, drinks, and pastries.

A series of short, 30-minute programs will be offered throughout the weekend, covering topics such as the Village’s current furniture exhibit, the woodwork in the Dwelling House, the sisters’ textile industry, Shaker architecture, and a special, behind-the-scenes look at the second floor of the North Shop.

Garry Kalajian will demonstrate blacksmithing, local furniture maker Tom McLaughlin will demonstrate veneering techniques and fellow NH Furniture Master Roger Myers will showcase his woodworking. Master basket maker Barbara Francis will return along with leather worker, Diane Louise Paul. Other participants include Sanborn Mills Farm and the New Hampshire Spinners & Dyers Guild, as well as, Canterbury Shaker Village’s own demonstrators located within the various historic buildings on the property.

A special woodblock engraving will be for sale celebrating the 50th anniversary of the museum created by R.P. Hale, who will be demonstrating period letterpress printing and wood engraving. Additional 50th anniversary events include a book signing on Saturday from 2-4pm in the Carriage House with the author of our new publication, In Union: the People, Places, and Stories of Canterbury Shaker Village, and a dedication of the newly bricked patio at the Horse Barn on Sunday at noon with special free refreshments for all.

This event is sponsored by the Mount Washington Cog Railway, who is celebrating 150 years and will bring “Peppersass,” the first ever mountain climbing steam engine, to the event. Additional sponsorship generously provided by Sullivan Creative. The Village also had great help in planning and event organization from Canterbury resident, Dave Emerson, who runs Old Ways Traditions and was a founder of Wood Days, which inspired this event.