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Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens celebrates the 50th anniversary of Ohio Mart during the four-day artisan craft fair on the estate, Oct. 6 through 9.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.
Stan Hywet is at 714 North Portage Path in Akron.
An Akron tradition and a milestone year for the event, the centerpiece of Ohio Mart is an artisan crafts showcase featuring 120 artists (including more than 20 new exhibitors) with talents in sculpture, photography, garden art, pottery, fiber art, jewelry, metal art, painting, woodworking and more. Exhibitor tents are located in the gardens, so guests may enjoy the fall landscape as they shop and explore Ohio Mart.
Ohio Mart was created in 1966 as a way to raise funds for the estate. The historic museum was in its infancy and the Women's Auxiliary Board (now the Auxiliary Board) had been organized as a volunteer corps just two years prior. "What began as a fundraiser, remains an important financial component and contributor to the operation of the Estate. We are grateful to the Auxiliary Board for its continued enthusiasm and dedication to Stan Hywet," notes Linda Conrad, President & Executive Director of Stan Hywet. A commemorative exhibit about Ohio Mart will be on display during the four-day event.
The fall edition of Inspiration In Bloom (part of the combo ticket) is a popular display of fresh flowers by area designers and garden clubs in the Manor House. Guests may vote for "Best in Show" at the end of their tour. The Food Court features Acme Catering, Totally Cooked, and Stan Hywet's Molly's Caf serving delicious lunchtime fare. Other lunch items include Italian sausage and pierogis. The Gingerbread Tent sells Stan Hywet's popular "secret-recipe" gingerbread cookies and the Bakery Tent sells pastries and cookies from area bakeries. The Tudor Rose Pub features a selection of wine and microbrews as well as lemonade and iced tea.
Vintage Finds and Curious Goods features the unusual and the collectible, and Ex Libris book tent is the place to find a great novel or coffee table book. The Craft Shop features handmade items and the Garden Committee sells beautiful dried flower arrangements, created from flowers grown in Stan Hywet's historic gardens. Entertainment in the Carriage House Courtyard includes music as well as a pumpkin carving demonstration.
The 45th Stitchery Showcase
The Stan Hywet Needlework Guild (SHNG) presents the 45th Stitchery Showcase, on display in the Manor House Auditorium. A judged stitchery display of 300 needlework pieces, all entries must be worked with a hand-manipulated needle on a ground, except beading. Ribbons are awarded in counted thread, canvas, surface stitchery, beading and hand quilting. SHNG hosts a children's stitchery project on Saturday and Sunday near Playgarden.
For details, visit www.stanhywetneedleworkguild.org online.
TICKETS AND PARKING
On Oct. 8 and 9 there is free off-site parking at Todaro's Party Center (1820 Akron-Peninsula Rd.) and the Personalized Wellness Center (1635 Merriman Rd.) with free shuttle to/from Stan Hywet.
Ohio Mart tickets may be purchased at the event, in advance by calling 330-315-3287 or by visiting stanhywet.org.