ANNALEE INVITES LEAF PEEPERS FROM NEAR AND FAR TO CELEBRATE THEIR 80th ANNIVERSARY
Annalee Dolls is excited to announce that this year marks its 80th year of creating their timeless wire-framed felt dolls that have brought smiles to young and old since 1934. Their 80th Anniversary Celebration will be taking place Columbus Day weekend, October 11th through October 13th at the Annalee Gift Shop in Meredith. Hours will be 10am to 5pm each day.
Annalee Dolls has been a New Hampshire tradition since 1934 when Annalee decided to turn her childhood hobby into a business to support her family. It’s a true, once-upon-a-time, story of a doll making cottage industry making it big. Today, the magic and whimsy of Annalee continues to be a brand that people recognize worldwide. They bring New England charm and Yankee ingenuity to the world of holiday gift-giving and seasonal decorating. The same techniques in the artwork, wire-frames and felt used by the founder are still used to this day. Annalee’s famous motto, “If you smile, someone else has got to smile back!” is infused into each design along with her thoughtful method of positioning each doll so that it tells a story.
Annalee Dolls will be hosting a celebration of their 80 years over the long Columbus Day weekend. It will involve in-store specials, door prizes worth $80, sales on over 80 styles, and an amazing display of 80 elves! Visitors will be able to watch dolls being made in the design workshop! Enjoy refreshments while learning about Annalee’s 80-year history and have your portrait drawn in the Annalee style!
Make a day of it by taking the short drive up I-93 to the Hobo Railroad in Lincoln to see the colorful Cornstalk Critters display that Annalee Dolls created! This year’s theme, “Scarecrows of the Silver Screen”, features life-sized Cornstalk Critters, complete with Annalee faces and wire-framed bodies, depicting classic moments in American cinema. The exhibit is open to the public free of charge from 10:30am to 3:00pm daily until October 19th.
The Annalee Gift Shop is located in scenic Meredith, NH across from the Winnipesaukee Railroad. Open daily 10am to 5pm. For additional information about Annalee’s 80th Anniversary Celebration and for directions visit www.annalee.com or call (603) 707-5377. Annalee Dolls, Inc 8 Maple Street, Meredith, NH 03253