35th Annual Harvest Festival
Stow Historical Society’s 35th annual Harvest Festival was held Saturday, October 5th and Sunday, October 6th from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Activities included craft vendors, old-fashioned apple butter, concession stand, historic house tours, entertainment, old time crafts demonstrations, and children’s crafts. New this year were farm animals in a fenced in area. Free parking and free admission. Vendors were located in the Heritage Barn, in a tent, and outside.
Heritage Reserve Park at Silver Springs Park, 5120 Young Road, Stow, Ohio 44224.
New and Returning Vendors
Thank you to all the wonderful vendors who participated in our 2013 festival, and particularly to those donating to our raffle drawing (*). All raffle winners have been notified and proceeds from the raffle benefit the Stow Historical Society’s three historic houses and archival collection.
*Annette Barzal – ruffle scarves and crochet scrunchies
Kristin Carney – Hannah’s paracord project http://www.etsy.com/shop/HannahsParacordProj
*Vertrice and Cecil Clark – bird houses
*Christina Goetter – rock and glass mosaics, from vases to small furniture, to wall hangings http://www.etsy.com/shop/Glassthatrocks
Donald Hinkle – native American flutes
Sandy Immel – American Girl doll clothing, aprons, baby afghans, sweatshirts, and more
*Jennifer Jakubek – metal art
Toni Jenkins – hairbows, headbands, hair flowers, beanie hats www.tonisbowtique.com
*Olivia and Jeanne Jerkes – soaps, lotions, cuticle butter, and lip balm
Danielle and Donovan Kelley – soy lotion candles
Melody Kokochak – jewelry and sea glass jewelry
*Gay Lynn Melendez – gourmet biscotti
*Beth Mettle – photography – photo cards, matted and framed prints
Calin & Casey Owens, Taylor Sigler – handcrafted jewelry, polymer clay charms/figurines www.lemon-cove.com
Carrie Rauh – handcrafted jewelry and wire wrapped stones
Addie Raynard – totes, coin purses and more from decor fabrics, jewelry
Neil Roth – airbrush tattoos www.getpainted.com
*Savannah’s Kettle Corn -no un-popped kernels, no preservatives or other
artificial chemicals to enhance flavor and definitely no burnt kernels! www.savannahskettlecorn.com
Rita Spear – handcrafted jewelry www.eejdesign.com
Gina Stoll – rubberband jewelry
*Kathy Stemnock & Jo Ellen Coster – dried flowers and wreaths
*Elaine Swanson & Phyllis DeCato – fiber arts – felted hand knit purses, hats, scarves and acessories
*Olga VanDerlin – crochet items
Robert White – antique caned seat chairs
Bobbi Wittig – paper crafts on canvas, tile, wood, glass necklaces, button and bead hair clips
*Gloria Yeager – dog related items – bandanas, toys, and blankets and more
Ohio Living History Society – throughout the weekend, members of the Ohio Living History Society portrayed life in the Western Reserve in the 1850’s. Costumed, first person, interpreters interacted with visitors at the Heritage House Museum and the Mary Starr house. www.olhs.org
Stringed Fantasy – a five piece band playing traditional American, German, and Celtic folk music entertained Saturday.
Sona – a four piece band playing traditional Celtic and American folk tunes entertained on Sunday.
Festival goers had a chance to see some of the skills our ancestors needed to survive by interacting with a blacksmith, chair caner, and a weaver. Visitors were also able to take a turn stirring apple butter the way the pioneers did – in an old fashioned kettle over an open fire. Local 4-H groups provided farm animals for viewing.
Concession Stand, Sales, and Raffle
Historical Society members operated a concession stand and held a raffle for items donated by vendors. Annette Barzal was the winner of two caned chairs donated by SHS member Bob Flower.
Thank you to the 4-H members of JZ’s Wild Bunch and Equestrian Challenge for sharing their animals and expertise with festival goers. Visitors enjoyed meeting and holding the farm animals.
Three historic houses were open to visitors during the Harvest Festival.
Heritage House Museum was formerly a stage coach stop and tavern – it is filled with with tools, clothing, and furniture to give visitors a perspective on the life of Stow’s early settlers. The Mary Starr house, built in 1848 was owned by Mary Cannon Star, wife of the founder of Call Farm. The Minnie Darrow house, built in 1847, was home to Stow’s Popcorn King, Floyd Darrow.