Stan Hywet Hall & Gardens hosts the 47th annual Ohio Mart on the estate on Oct. 3 through 6.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m, Thursday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. An Akron tradition, the centerpiece of Ohio Mart is an artisan crafts showcase featuring artists with talents in sculpture, garden art, ceramics, textiles, jewelry, and hand-crafted furniture.
"New activities combined with all that is wonderful about Ohio Mart promise to make this the best show ever. We invite everyone to enjoy a day on the Estate," notes Elise Bennett, chair of the 2013 Ohio Mart, a fundraiser produced by Stan Hywet's Women's Auxiliary Board.
Two new features take place in the Manor House: the autumn edition of "Inspiration In Bloom," Stan Hywet's popular display of fresh flowers; and "Fallscape," lectures and demonstrations on fall home décor occurring twice daily in the Manor House Auditorium. Both are part of the Combo Ticket, which includes Ohio Mart and a self-guided Manor House tour.
Each guest receives a bonus ticket upon arrival, which is collected at the Welcome Tent and entered into a drawing for a $500 gift certificate for goods/services at Conrad's Tire Express & Total Car Care. The silent auction for a set of tires from Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, valued at $800, also takes place at the Welcome Tent.
Entertainment in the Courtyard and children's activities in the revamped "Children's Alley" near the Corbin Conservatory round out the fun. While Stitchery Showcase is on hiatus, the Stan Hywet Needlework Guild hosts a Stitchery Faire -- a sale of needlework kits and other related items at discounted prices.
Back in the Welcome Tent, guests may purchase tickets for the Sweepstake Raffle. An important component of Ohio Mart, tickets are $5 each, 3/$10 and 7/$20.
The Food Court features Acme Catering, Totally Cooked, and Stan Hywet's Molly's Café with delicious lunchtime fare. The Gingerbread Tent sells Stan Hywet's "secret-recipe" gingerbread, while the Bakery Tent sells pastries and cookies from area bakeries. New this year is the Tudor Rose Pub, a sportbars featuring beer, wine and the large screen TV.
Stan Hywet is at 714 North Portage Path in Akron.
Tickets to Ohio Mart are $9 for adults and $2 for children ages 6 to 17. Children 5 and under are free with an adult. Combo tickets for Ohio Mart include a self-guided tour of the Manor House, Inspiration In Bloom and Fallscape and are $15 adults, $5 youth. Ohio Mart tickets may be purchased at the event, or in advance by calling 330-315-3287 or by visiting www.stanhywet.org.