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September 23. 2012 7:18PM

Sugar Hill celebration puts focus on local items


A basket-maker demonstrates her art at the open-air market during the Sugar Hill Celebration of Autumn. This year's Celebration will be Saturday and Sunday. (Courtesy)

SUGAR HILL — The annual Sugar Hill Autumn Celebration will take place on the final weekend of September with music, arts, crafts, food and an open-air market.

The market will be packed with an array of homemade baskets, local jams and jellies, holiday cards, artwork and information about area attractions.

It will feature artisan demonstrations throughout the weekend in basket-making, wool-spinning, folk art, Wabanaki beadwork, and woodworking.

The festival will take place Saturday and Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with events at the Carolina Crapo Memorial Building, Sugar Hill Meetinghouse and Sugar Hill Historical Museum.

The market will be held rain or shine, and will be moved indoors, if necessary. Hungry browsers will find apples and cider doughnuts from Windy Ridge Orchard, a free cup of coffee from White Mountain Gourmet Coffee, and lunch goodies.

Kicking off the autumn celebration will be local author and longtime Cannon Mountain skier Meghan McCarthy McPhaul with a discussion of her book, A History of Cannon Mountain: Tales, Trails, and Skiing Legends. Her presentation will include a slideshow of images included in the book. She will do two presentations on Saturday, at 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., and be available all day to answer questions or sign books.

At 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Rhonda Besaw will share her Abenaki culture and its influence on Wabanaki beadwork. Besaw is a featured artist at the Mount Kearsarge Indian Museum's current exhibit, “Like Breathing: Native American Beading and Quillwork.”

Visitors looking for a bit of relaxation are invited to join Mary Sturtevant each day from noon to 2:30 p.m. for her Relax with Reiki, Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. She'll provide Reiki mini-treatments: a gentle, hands-on holistic relaxation and healing art that facilitates increased health and reduces stress. Donations will be accepted for the treatments, with 50 percent of all donations given to North Country Home Health & Hospice.

At 1:30 p.m. Saturday and at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Sara Boothman Glines will share northern New Hampshire history through her hand-crafted wooden figures based on seven generations of her family's history in the region. The figurines represent a moment in time of a real person in the Boothman family.


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