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Ohio Mart blooms with new features

9/26/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Kathleen Folkerth

Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens will be full of activity during Ohio Mart, shown last year, which will take place Oct. 3-5 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Oct. 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Photo: Scott Horstman
WEST AKRON — Stan Hywet Hall & Garden’s 47th annual Ohio Mart will see the estate’s grounds filled with arts and crafts, entertainment, food and a few new features.

The festival will take place Oct. 3-5 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Oct. 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Stan Hywet, 714 N. Portage Path.

The Women’s Auxiliary Board event is one of the biggest fundraisers of the year for the estate, according to Ohio Mart Chairwoman Elise Bennett, of Bath.

“It’s so much fun,” she said. “It’s a great group of people. They are so dedicated, and they know what they are doing.”

An Akron tradition, the centerpiece of Ohio Mart is an artisan showcase featuring artists with sculpture, garden art, ceramics, textiles, jewelry and hand-crafted furniture.

More than 120 artists will be on hand, many of them returning from previous years, Bennett said.

“We also have quite a lot of new offerings that our exhibit committee has worked hard to find,” she added.

Shoppers also will enjoy Vintage Finds and Curious Goods, a collection of donated antiques and gently used quality furniture and home décor items, Bennett said. That will be adjacent to the Carriage House in the Wedding Tent.

Entertainment also will take place throughout the four days. This year, attendees can enjoy the sounds of 722, a vocal ensemble, and Fergie and the Bog Dogs. In addition, disc jockey Cadillac Mike will spin tunes throughout the event.

Bennett said this year’s Ohio Mart features a re-imagined Children’s Alley near the Corbin Conservatory building.

“We have really cute make-and-take items that Pat Catan’s is sponsoring,” Bennett said. “Children can paint little mini bird houses. We’ll also have pumpkins to decorate.”

There also will be an age-appropriate stitchery project on Saturday and Sunday, she said.

This year, Ohio Mart will include a few new attractions, such as the Inspiration in Bloom exhibit, in which local floral designers will share their creations in rooms of the Manor House.

Also new is Fallscape, an opportunity for attendees to enjoy lectures and demonstrations on fall home décor at 10:15 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the Manor House Auditorium. Both events are open to those who purchase a combo ticket, which allows entrance into the Manor House for a self-guided tour.

As for refreshments, this year’s Ohio Mart once again will have the popular fresh baked gingerbread cookies, with dough available for purchase, as well. Acme Catering, Totally Cooked and Stan Hywet’s Molly’s Café will be on-site with lunchtime fare.

New this year is the Tudor Rose Pub, a tented sports bar area that will feature beer, wine and a big screen TV with the day’s sporting events.

“It’s a place for the guys to hang out, but the girls will like it, too,” Bennett said.

Also new is a chance to win a $500 gift certificate for Conrad’s Tire Express & Total Car Care. Visitors will receive a ticket for the drawing upon arrival. This year’s silent auction for a set of tires from Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., valued at $800, will take place at the Welcome Tent.

Another change at Ohio Mart this year is that the Stitchery Showcase is on hiatus. However, members of the Stan Hywet Needlework Guild will host a Stitchery Faire with needlework kits and other related items at discounted prices.

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

Tickets to Ohio Mart are $9 for adults, $2 for youths ages 6-17 and free for children 5 and younger with an adult. Combination tickets — including a Manor House tour, the Inspiration in Bloom exhibit and Fallscape program — are priced at $15 for adults and $5 for youths. Tickets may be purchased at the event or in advance at 330-315-3287 or www.stanhywet.org.

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