The Stow Historical Society’s annual Harvest Festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Heritage Reserve Park in Silver Springs Park.
The event, which is free and open to the public, will feature more than 22 arts and crafts vendors, interactive activities for children and adults, entertainment, great food and tours of the society’s historical houses. Vendors will be located inside the Heritage Barn, under a tent and outside.
Crafts for sale during the festival include handmade native American flutes, framed photography and notecards, handmade soaps and lotions, scented jar candles, crochet items, bags and backpacks, wood signs and yard items, hand sewn dog and teddy bear items, custom aroma therapy, fresh and dried flower arrangements, duct tape rings, re-caned furniture and wood crafted items.
Many types of jewelry will also be available, such as recycled glass art, handcrafted and wire wrapped stones, high-end jewelry, and handmade jewelry with beach glass.
Vendor-donated items will be raffled off each day. Raffle tickets are $1 each or six for $5.
A special participant at this year’s festival is the Ohio Natural Fiber Network. This organization is dedicated to supporting Ohio fiber producers and artists, and to developing awareness of the diversity and beauty of Ohio-farm yarns and fleeces. There will be several interactive crafts for folks to try, as well as a number of animals from Ohio Natural Fiber Network member farms.
Foods – including sandwiches, soup, sides, apple dumplings and pies – will be available for sale in the Heritage Barn.
Local history authors Fred Long (Stories From a Stow Native and Recollections of Living and Working in Stow 1936 to…) and Beth Daugherty (Images of America Stow and Munroe Falls) will be selling and signing copies of their books. Proceeds from the sales benefit the historical society.
As in previous years, one of the highlights of the Harvest Festival is the apple butter stirring. Volunteers may help stir the apple butter, which will then be sold by the society.
Pumpkins will be available for children to paint, and three historical houses will be open for tours. Proceeds from the festival help the society maintain and preserve the Heritage House Museum, Mary Starr House and Darrow House.
This year’s festival will also feature a presentation at the Stewart’s Corner schoolhouse from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday. Transportation to the site will be available via wagon from Heritage Reserve Park starting at 12:30 p.m.
The located at 5090 Young Road, is adjacent to the Summit Metro Parks hike and bike trail. A fundraiser is now under way to acquire funds to move the building the short distance to Heritage Reserve Park.