New season, new sign, new manager. L-R SHI board members Peter Gross, Diane Garfield, Martha Nichols, and PJ Blankenhorn prepare to hang the new sign next to the Sandwich Home Industries League of New Hampshire Craftsmen Shop located in Center Sandwich at the Intersection of NH Routes 109 and 113. Martha is the new manager of the shop which held a Grand Opening and Celebration of the Artist last weekend. The SHI shop will be open Mon - Sat 10-5 and Sundays noon to 5 through mid-October. For more information on the shop, classes and demonstrations, please visit www.centersandwich.nhcrafts.org or call 603-284-6831.
On May 27th and 28th the Village Green Cafe and Market in Center Sandwich is celebrating its first year in business. To mark this successful milestone the Cafe will have balloons for the kids and five dollars off gift cards for the adults.
Can you believe that it has only been a year since Elaine and Nick Vazzana opened the Village Green Cafe and Market? It has been a wonderful, friendly, and vibrant addition to the village and community. Stop by and wish them a Happy Anniversary and enjoy some delicious food and convenient sundries. We want to keep them going!
The store now has an expanded home goods and decor market featuring new products ranging from fine art to gifts and toys to hiking supplies. Convenience items such as tooth paste, Advil, bicycle tubes and kitchen supplies are also carried by the expanded market. For further information please call the Village Green Cafe and Market at 284-7776.
Post contributed by Diane Johnson
Elaine and Nick Vazanna, owners and operators of the Village Green Café and Market at 25 Main Street in Center Sandwich Village, have revitalized a gathering place in the heart of town. Enjoy the relaxing and friendly atmosphere as you sip a cup of coffee, read the paper, and enjoy something to eat. Quick stops for a snack or essentials are fine too. They are open 7:30 to 5 daily (Sundays until 3).
The Sandwich Home Industries, League of NH Craftsmen Gallery is open for its 90th season. Over 175 juried members now show their work at the gallery, providing a wide selection of locally-made handcrafted items. Shop SHI for very special gifts for Father’s Day and summer weddings. Or just treat yourself!
There are a number of new artists this season, including nature-inspired jewelry from Diana Beaulieu and Betsy Keeney, and simple organic contemporary design jewelry from Erica Walker. Steve Falk, a new woodworker, brought items large and small from spreaders and salad forks to 3-legged stools. Fabulous fiber-stuffed chickens are made by newly-juried craftsperson Jennifer Diggs.
Returning this year is a vibrant collection of Nathan Macomber’s cups and bowls and a collection of vintage Gotshall silver jewelry, handmade here in Sandwich. For a peek at some of new work and the artisans that delivered them, check out the SHI Facebook page.
The Industries also continues its long history of arts and crafts education with its summer schedule of classes and workshops, beginning with a weaving class “5 Warps in 5 Days” June 13 - 17. Suitable for weavers of all experience levels, this class will provide 5 days of intensive study, each student working with the instructor individually at their level. Instructor Sara Goodman is an award-winning weaver and dyer who enjoys spending time in the Lakes Region each summer. A full list of classes and enrollment information can be found at www.nhcrafts.org/center-sandwich.
Sandwich Home Industries is located at 32 Main Street, on the Green, in Center Sandwich. Gallery hours are Monday - Saturday 10 AM - 5 PM, Sunday 12 - 5 PM thru mid-October. For more info, call 603-284-6831 or visit the website www.nhcrafts.org/center-sandwich.
How often have we driven through town since the demise of Mocha Rizing and thought to ourselves, "How I wish there were somewhere around here to get a cup of coffee!" How excited we are that Sandwich will soon have a café in the center again. Nick and Elaine Vazzana, the new owners of what will be called the Village Green Café & Market, have been hard at work getting everything ready for a Memorial Day weekend opening.
Here is what Nick says about the project:
The Village Green Café & Market carries on the vision of an in-town, general market by providing a community gathering place that celebrates our people, their art, food and agricultural traditions. Primarily a coffeehouse, the enterprise aims to revitalize Sandwich’s historic district, incubating small businesses by providing an outlet for local vendors, artisans and farmers. One space devoted to an art gallery will present fine art and crafts by local artists.
The Café & Market represents the rebirth of an old style of shopping. Years ago, every, town’s public market served as a central place for shoppers to purchase food and goods from multiple producers under one roof. Consumers enjoyed the freshness, variety and uniqueness of the food, art, crafts and other merchandise grown and created in their region. We contemplate selling coffee and tea and other products including baked goods, ice cream, milk, yogurt, cheese, fruit, household supplies and artwork.
The café will be open seven days a week, from 6:30 AM to 3 PM weekdays, 7 to 4 on Saturdays, and 7 to 2 on Sundays. I'll see you there!
Saturday morning, May 21st was the beginning of the active season here in Sandwich. The first outdoor Farmers Market of 2016 took place in the Corner House Inn parking lot. Across the street the Sandwich Home Industries opened for the season, and around the corner the Library held a plant and bake sale.
The Farmers Market was well attended by both vendors and buyers. In addition to vegetables for eating and planting, here were lots of marvelous baked goods, local eggs, handcrafted soaps and body care products, yarns and spinning supplies, artwork and other handmade items, locally roasted coffee, maple syrup, jams and jellies, bags and baguettes... the list goes on.
The Sandwich Home Industries, Sandwich's historic craft store, now part of the League of NH Craftsmen, is looking beautiful inside and out, all ready for the new season. Inside it's full of stellar handmade items of all kinds. Check out the awesome chicken pillows!
Around the corner the Samuel Wentworth Library offered an outdoor plant sale and an indoor bake sale. It was impossible to resist the profusion of treats! What an abundance of offerings in our little town. And it will only get better as the summer progresses. Just wait until next week when the new coffee shop, Village Green Café, opens its doors. More news on that coming soon.
Editor's note: Made in Sandwich is a new feature on the Discover Sandwich blog. We will be highlighting the work of our many accomplished and creative makers here in Sandwich, NH.
“EVERYWHERE BAGS” are the result of a three-way collaboration between Katy Clark, bag master, CC White, abstract artist and Patricia Carega, gallery owner.
Our collaboration began after a morning at the Farmer’s Market in Sandwich this fall. Katy Clark arrived with her newest collection to sell at Christmas time. At the next table Patricia Carega was selling small paintings by long time gallery artist, CC White. What would one of CC White’s paintings look like on a Katy Clark bag? We loved the result and are pleased to be able to present the most recent bags on the gallery website. Both Katy and CC are continually working on new creations.
Combining elegance and style with functionality these bags can travel wherever you go. They will be for sale this summer at Patricia Ladd Carega Gallery in Center Sandwich, but why wait? The bags can be seen online at patricialaddcarega.com or at patricialaddcaregagallery.wordpress.com. Order a bag now and travel, shop or sightsee in style throughout the year. Bags come in different styles, canvases, and colors. The paintings by CC White are one of a kind making each bag original and unique.
Bags may also be custom ordered with or without artwork. For more information or to order a bag, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 603 284 7728. You can also find us on Facebook at the gallery’s page.
The Sandwich Farmers’ Market will hold its first Winter Market on Saturday, January 9, at the Benz Center, Grove Street, Center Sandwich. The market will run 9 AM to 12 noon. Nine local producers and bakers will bring you winter vegetables, freshly baked goods, homemade crafts and lots of relishes, jam and maple syrup.
The Sandwich Farmers Market grew substantially this past summer and a holiday market at the Sandwich Grange was very successful. The growing demand for locally grown and locally made food suggests that a winter market, once a month, might also succeed.
“If people come and buy, the January market will encourage lots of us to grow more and better throughout the year,” said Martha Carlson of Range View Farm. “Many of us are just learning how to grow lettuce, greens and even carrots through the winter. We’ve just planted radishes for harvest in February.”
The market vendors include: Sandwich Coffee Roasters with shade-grown coffees; Prodigal Brewery with beer, mustard and pretzels; Bob’s Baguettes with fresh baguettes and canvas bags; Range View Farm with winter greens, lettuce, carrots, beets, jams, maple syrup; Booty Farm with garlic, cornmeal, and relish; Tanna Farm with dry beans, pop corn, potatoes, squash, hats and mittens, eggs and blueberry coffee cake; Anne Made with scones, cookies, bread and muffins; Chestnut Meadow Farm with eggs, tomatoes, potatoes, garlic and onions; and Mountain Breeze Farm with maple syrup, pork and beef.
Rain or shine, Thursday, August 6, from 10 am to 4:30 pm, on the Green in Center Sandwich, enjoy what is now the largest educational art and craft festival of its kind in the Lakes Region. There are over 60 artists represented and most will be there to talk to you about their work and demonstrate or explain how they do what they do and why.
AOG is separated into six sections; first are the original 20 artist’s booths around the green. The 21st booth is the AOG Craft Tent, where there are fiber arts demonstrations plus John Worthington demonstrating chair canning and Paula Kuehn completing an oil painting during the day. Nearby Judith Orth will demonstrate iconography. New this year is Artisans on the Circle, anchored by the SHI gallery (Sandwich Home Industries). Kathryn Field will be on the SHI porch with portrait paintings and sculptures, then booths for Pamela Hitchcock (jewelry), Robin Dustin (wood turning), Ben Adriance (cabinet maker), and the Siriannis (stained glass and jewelry). At the west end of the green is the Sandwich Woman’s Club luncheon, and at the eastern end is the entrance to the Fine Arts Village on the second town green!
In the village is the Fine Arts Gallery, a large tent with 2 dimensional art on 4x8 foot panels, representing the work of 14 artists. Most of them will be in attendance and glad to discuss their work. Adjacent to that tent is the AOG Art and Craft Shop, where you can buy most of the paintings in the gallery plus cards and prints etc. by the same artists.
Also in the village are the Artisans in the Village; several Artists’ booths including Pat Anderson and Jean Kennedy (oil), Austine Howard (sketching, watercolor and pen & ink) and new this year…a Watercolor demonstration tent. Several artists, (including Joanne Reynolds and Judy Palfry) have volunteered to paint watercolors during the day…and they will leave watercolor paint, brushes and paper out for you to try your hand!!!
Finally a word about AOG sponsor, Meredith Village Savings Bank. This event costs a good deal of money to run and each and every artisan has donated funds to help defray the event expenses. A major purpose of the event is to raise enough money for the Sandwich Home Industries to provide children’s art and craft classes all summer at no cost to the child. Due to the generosity of MVSB, that can be done! Please thank the bank representatives at the event… they have made the difference and everyone benefits. Come out and enjoy the day both on the Green and throughout the Village of Center Sandwich where Old Home Week events will be in full swing.
The 2015 Sandwich Farmers Market will be Saturday mornings at the Corner House parking lot, 9 to 11:30 AM and in the Baptist Meetinghouse grounds on Church Street on Wednesdays, 4 to 6:30 PM.
More vendors (and of course lots of customers) are needed for both markets. If you grow a crop, produce jams or baked goods, make a product with locally grown flowers, wood, leaves, wool, wild herbs, anything grown in Sandwich, come show it and sell it at the market.
Also welcome are local musicians, artists, magicians and other entertainers who might like to perform as buskers at the market. If you have a group with a good cause, how about a bake sale, lemonade stand, coffee and donut table to benefit your group and help bring more buyers to the market. Contact Monty Carlson for a date.
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