For the 38th year, UNH will host the Evergreen Fair— an arts and crafts fair featuring 50 local artisans from New Hampshire and Maine. Working to make different products, these artists work with materials including silk, porcelain and metal. Their skills create products like jewelry, scarves, decorations and much more, all available for purchase at the event. The fair runs this week December 3 – 5, 2015, open Thursday 10 AM to 8 PM, and on Friday and Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM in the Granite State Room of the MUB.
Not only is this a great event to attend, but participate in as well. The application to exhibit during the fair is open to all local artisans. This year’s fair includes at least two UNH alumni, Betty Lathrop ’66 and Faith Webb Reney ‘80. Betty Lathrop graduated from UNH with a B.S. in Art Education and she is featuring some of her beautifully hand crafted silk scarves this year. Reney, a 1980 graduate left UNH with a degree
in Animal Science but now creates her own handmade books.
As December approaches rapidly, so does the holiday season. This season, including its gift-giving traditions, can be tricky to navigate. Finding out what everyone wants and what everyone likes can be difficult. What does mom want? How about dad? Maybe even a significant other? Below are my tips on getting off to the right start with holiday gifts this year:
1) Be creative and have fun!
Don’t go with the standard gift ideas that you see repeated every single year, find something cool, something awesome! The more out of the box the gift idea, the more memorable it will be for whoever you’re giving it to. Some creative gift ideas include 3D Printed gifts (for more ideas click here), baskets (teas and jams work well), or take the person on a scavenger hunt with clues as to where their present is hidden on campus. Don’t forget decorations and wrapping tools. Some fun ways I like to wrap things up are with old newspapers, old calendar pages and paper shopping bags with tissue paper.
2) Support local business!
Local businesses take the greatest pride in their goods. Whether it’s from a New Hampshire bakery or blacksmith, there is no greater attention to detail than when artisans prepare their art for the public. With the Evergreen Fair’s local artisans using top quality materials, the level of craftsmanship is also at a very high level. In order to participate in the Evergreen Fair, artisans are required to pass a one time jury review and from there the selected artists receive invitations to the event. Want to go local but can’t make it to the fair? Check out the downtown Durham community which also boasts a variety of stores and restaurants.
3) Make something special!
The easiest way to earn brownie points with gift giving is with something homemade, like a homemade card or baked goods. Homemade things in general tend to be more personal and cherished by the individual receiving the gift (and sweets are another way to spread the holiday cheer). Taking the time and care to design something like a card, or taking the time to bake something special will show your loved ones how much you really care.
Let’s face it, there’s no way to go wrong when getting your Wildcat Pride on for the holidays! Whether it is a cozy sweatshirt, warm sweatpants, a soft scarf or an oversized beanie, keep your loved ones warm with some gear from the UNH bookstore on the first floor of the MUB. It’s something they’ll cherish for a long time. After all, who wouldn’t want to be a Wildcat?