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Ohio Mart brings crafters, cookies to Stan Hywet

9/27/2012 - West Side Leader
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By Kathleen Folkerth

Shown at left enjoying last year’s Ohio Mart are Debbie Blum, of Firestone Park, and her friend Lucille Woody, of Fairlawn, as they pose for a photo with the Carriage House in the background.
Photo: Scott Horstman
WEST AKRON — Favorites like fresh gingerbread and handmade crafts return to Akron at the autumn festival Ohio Mart at Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens this year.

In addition, the 46th annual event will see the estate clean out its closets for items for a sale of Vintage Finds and Curious Goods.

Chair Fran Sylvis, a West Akron resident, said she and Vice Chair Elise Bennett have been working for a year to plan this year’s event, which will take place Oct. 4-7 on the grounds of the estate at 714 N. Portage Path.

“It’s such a great family event,” Sylvis said. “We have children’s activities and, of course, the shopping, which we want our adults to do.”

More than 100 artists and crafters will be on-site in tents with their creations this year. Sylvis said there will be a mix of returning and new vendors.

There also will be entertainment, such as music by Fergie and the Bog Dogs on Oct. 6 and the steel drum group from Miller South School for the Visual and Performing Arts on Oct. 7. Lady Hawise will perform and teach Renaissance-era dancing.

Children can participate in activities such as pumpkin painting, face painting and a stitchery project.

Sylvis said organizers also will have two St. Bernard dogs at the festival at times so children can interact with the breed. She said the Seiberlings, who built and lived at Stan Hywet, had a St. Bernard named Joe.

Food from Acme Catering, Totally Cooked and Stan Hywet’s Molly’s Café will be available, in addition to desserts from area bakeries. Stan Hywet’s famous gingerbread cookies, which are baked on-site and served warm, again will be offered.

“We sell thousands of cookies, and we always bake enough for everyone to enjoy them hot out of the oven,” Sylvis said.

This year, for the first time, gingerbread fans can purchase prepared dough so they can make the cookies at home, she added.

Also new this year is the Vintage Finds and Curious Goods sale, which Stan Hywet officials said will feature items such as linens and furniture that were not part of the Seiberling estate and are not needed anymore.

“Selling these items will free up space, allowing us to open up additional rooms for specialty tours,” said Jennifer Ferone, director of collections.

She said Stan Hywet has held a couple of similar sales in the past, but this is the first time anything like it is being held during Ohio Mart.

“We have a variety of items available, from an early American tambour secretary desk and bookcase to wrought-iron candelabras to vintage compacts,” she said.

Items are priced starting at less than $10 to about $3,000, and cash and credit cards will be accepted.

The items will be set up in a tent near the Grape Arbor. All proceeds from the sale will benefit Stan Hywet.

Also taking place during Ohio Mart is the 43rd annual Stitchery Showcase. The judged stitchery display of 300 needlework pieces takes place in the Manor House and is presented by the Stan Hywet Needlework Guild. For more information, go to www.stan hywetneedleworkguild.com.

Ohio Mart will be open Oct. 4 through Oct. 6 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Oct. 7 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are $8 for adults, $2 for children ages 6-17 and free for children 5 and younger. Manor House tours are available for an additional fee.

On-site parking is $5. On Oct. 6-7, free parking is available at Firestone High School, 333 Rampart Ave., with a free shuttle to and from Stan Hywet.

For additional information, call 330-315-3287 or go to www.stanhywet.org.

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