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Ohio Mart at Stan Hywet Hall and Gardens October 3-6, 2013

Ohio Mart at Stan Hywet Hall and GardensAutumn is the gorgeous golds and reds of leaves changing color, a nip in the air, and a hankering for treats made with cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. It’s also synonymous with Ohio Mart, Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens’ annual artisan craft fair— held in the stunning gardens on the Estate as they transition from summer to fall. This year, Ohio Mart is Thursday-Sunday, October 3-6 and features 120 artisans selling jewelry, handmade textiles, ceramics, sculpture, garden art, photography and more. Hours are 10am-5pm, Thursday-Saturday; and 10am-4pm on Sunday. Stan Hywet is located at 714 North Portage Path in Akron, Ohio.

While the centerpiece of Ohio Mart is the juried exhibitors, there are many other activities to keep guests busy. Vintage Finds and Curious Goods is a sale of the unusual and the collectible. In the Manor House is Inspiration in Bloom, a display of fresh floral arrangements and the Fallscape, lectures/demonstrations on home décor. Both are part of the Combo Ticket, which includes Ohio Mart and a self-guided Manor House tour.

Ohio Mart offers the opportunity to stroll through the historic gardens and enjoy other activities with your family on a nice fall day. In the Children’s Alley, the members of the Stan Hywet Needlework Guild host a children’s needlework project, one of several children’s activities that also includes pumpkin painting. There is also Stitchery Faire with needlework kits and books at garage sale prices, and the Garden, Curiosity and Craft Shops.

Lunch features delectable choices from Molly’s Café at Stan, Totally Cooked and, Acme Catering. Dessert is a no-brainer when there is Stan Hywet’s famous “secret recipe” hot gingerbread in the Gingerbread Tent and a variety of sweet treats to tempt everyone in the Bakery Tent. Nearby is entertainment in the courtyard and the Tudor Rose Pub with beer and wine for the 21-and-over crowd.

Ohio Mart at Stan Hywet: it’s the best way to enjoy autumn.

Ohio Mart at a Glance

October 3-6. 10am-5pm, Thurs.-Sat., 10am-4pm on Sunday

Location: Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens, 714 North Portage Path, Akron, Ohio.

Ohio Mart tickets: $9 adult, $2 youth (ages 6-17). Combo ticket: $15 for Ohio Mart + self-guided Manor House tour (includes Inspiration in Bloom and Fallfest).

Onsite parking is $5. Free off-site parking is available on Saturday & Sunday with complimentary shuttle.