Open House

December 7-9, 2022

Our annual Open House offers a behind-the-scenes look at America’s first trade school, specifically for those interested in attending one of our nine career training programs and community classes. Enjoy live demonstrations, program tours, conversations with artisans, and more. Join us!

This year, prospective students can tour programs on specific days (see schedule below), plus many opportunities to attend Info Sessions and meet with Admissions staff.

The general public is invited to join us for a public Open House and Winter Market on the afternoon of Friday, December 9.


For Prospective Students

Wednesday, December 7

Program Tours, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon

  • Basic Piano Technology
  • Advanced Piano Technology
  • Violin Making & Repair

Info Sessions at 9:30 am and 12:00 noon

Thursday, December 8

Program Tours, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon

  • Carpentry
  • Preservation Carpentry
  • Cabinet & Furniture Making

Info Sessions at 9:30 am and 12:00 noon

Friday, December 9

Program Tours, 10:00 am – 12:00 noon

  • Jewelry Making & Repair
  • Locksmithing & Security Technology
  • Bookbinding

Info Sessions at 9:30 am and 12:00 noon

For the Public

Friday, December 9

1:00 – 5:00 pm
Public Open House (all programs open) / Winter Market

Programming Details

For Prospective Students

10:00 am – 12:00 noon each day

During these two hours, enjoy open hours to visit certain programs each day. Meet faculty, view student work and projects, tour the program spaces, and ask questions!

Note that each program will only be open to visitors on these specific days. For example, if you are interested in Carpentry but come on Wednesday or Friday, you won’t be able to view Carpentry those days.

9:30 am and 12:00 noon each day

Curious about attending one of our full-time Career Training programs? Join us for a half-hour Info Sessions offered at 9:30 am and 12:00 noon each day, covering both admissions and financial aid. NBSS is now accepting applications for the next start dates in January/February and September 2023.

Presented by Director of Admissions & Enrollment Rob O’Dwyer, hear an overview of our programs of study and community, learn about the admissions process and requirements, and get info on the financial aid process, including funding, scholarships, and veterans benefits for qualified students. There will be time to ask questions throughout.

For the Public

Friday, December 9 from 1:00 – 5:00 pm

For those in our community who have a more general interest than attending a Career Training program, these Open House hours are for you! Tour program spaces, pop into the Winter Market in the parking lot, and visit the NBSS Store.

Friday, December 9 from 1:00 – 5:00 pm &
Saturday, December 10 from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Join us for the first-ever Winter Market!

On Friday, December 9 & Saturday, December 10, we will host our first-ever Winter Market, featuring work sold by NBSS alumni and students, in the parking lot of our building—complete with apple cider, heaters, tents, and festive spirit.

Stay tuned for more details including times, sellers, and more—coming soon!

Drop in and out as you like—no registration required.

Catch Up With Last Year’s Virtual Open House

Interactive tours of all nine career training programs, demonstrations and conversations with students and faculty, and more.