August 3, 2006

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Local Color
See the precise craft of carving with a chainsaw
By Heidi Masek hmasek@hippopress.com

• 350 ways to spend your money: Fast forward to a Saturday in late December. You haven’t begun Christmas shopping. In desperation, you find yourself cursing violently in stand-still traffic near a mall. Or, you could spend that day wrapping unique handmade things, drinking too much eggnog while congratulating yourself on buying local way back in August.

The 73nd annual League of N.H. Craftsmen fair runs Saturday, Aug. 6, through Sunday, Aug. 14, at Mount Sunapee Resort in Newbury featuring pottery, glass, woodwork, metalwork, jewelry, textiles, photography and prints. Not only can you stock up on gifts, you can also watch chainsaw carving demonstrations.

Rubia, a nonprofit serving rural women in Afghanistan, will demonstrate embroidery. There’s live music daily including steel pan and Cajun – because that’s so New Hampshire. The event has picnic areas, childcare, chairlift rides and a beach nearby. Kids are free, but two-day passes are $8 for people 13 and up or $6 for seniors. Visit nhcrafts.org or call 224-3375 for daily schedules and details on the juried craftsmen and demos.

• Another Afghan connection: The photo documentary “ROSHAN: Light and Promise” opens at Mariposa Museum and World Culture Center in Peterborough Friday, Aug. 4, at 6 p.m., and is on view through Aug. 27. It’s on loan from United Nations Committee of New Canaan, Conn., which funded it as part of itsAid Afghanistan Schools Project. Girls in Badakhshan, Afghanistan, were given disposable cameras and St. Luke’s and New Canaan High School beginning photo students participated jointly. All were asked to photograph themes of family, friendship, social events, food, clothing and environment. In Dari, the language of Badakhshan, “roshan” can mean “light,” “clarity” and “understanding.”  Call 924-4555 or visit mariposamuseum.org.

• In the garden: Need something for your backyard that’s perhaps, a little more inspiring than a garden gnome? Or just looking to check out some artwork while enjoying the summer sun? The Mill Brook Gallery & Sculpture Garden, 236 Hopkinton Road, Concord, 226-2046, continues its eighth annual outdoor sculpture exhibit, which boasts some big names. Joseph Wheelwright of Boston, who has had a solo exhibit at DeCordova Sculpture Park in Lincoln, is back for the second time. There’s also a 14-foot steel sculpture from internationally known John Weidman of Brookline. Joyce Zarin of Amesbury, Mass., and Antoinette Schultz of Elliot, Maine, have both exhibited at Navy Pier in Chicago.


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