Artisans welcome visitors to their studios in 'NH Open Doors' this weekend



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CONCORD, New Hampshire — Some New Hampshire artisans are opening their studios to the public this weekend in a statewide touring and shopping event.

Visitors can meet and talk with artists and craftspeople in their studios; sample food from farm stands and orchards; and take part in craft demonstrations and workshops.

Visitors can take self-guided tours and create their own driving routes through the website, http://www.NHOpenDoors.com.

There's also a contest. People must visit 10 open doors locations and have the participant sign and date a "passport." Those who qualify will be automatically entered into a contest to win free gift certificates, gift baskets, and crafts.

The ninth annual event is managed by the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen, with assistance from numerous art, craft, and business organizations.

"I enjoy showing visitors some of the technicalities and mysteries of printmaking and I think they get a bang out of seeing how it is all done," said Aaron Brown of Lyndeborough, a print a metal sculpture artist. "It's a good party. We have lively discussions, look at art, and eat some of the best cookies made in New Hampshire - my mother's!"

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