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Hornbaker Gardens to host Artisan Market

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Pictured is just a taste of talent from some of the artists who will gather at Hornbaker Gardens on Sept. 7 for the first Artisan Market such as Raku pottery from local potter Ann Crosby.
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Pictured is just a taste of talent from some of the artists who will gather at Hornbaker Gardens on Sept. 7 for the first Artisan Market such as handmade glass pieces by Sue Kershner of West Burlington, Iowa.
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Pictured is just a taste of talent from some of the artists who will gather at Hornbaker Gardens on Sept. 7 for the first Artisan Market such as hand cut metal art by Kathy and Chuck Dunning of Streator.

PRINCETON – Hornbaker Gardens is making final preparations to host its first ever Artisan Market, set for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 7.

The art market will showcase 25 artists, who will be selling a variety of art mediums including jewelry, pottery, mosaic tile, collage, drawings, photography, painting, folks art, blown glass and much more.

Hornbaker Gardens office manager and coordinator of the event Marcie Jaggers said Hornbaker Gardens has wanted to host an event similar to the Artisan Market that used to be held in Soldiers and Sailors Park. The Hornbaker’s event, however, will also provide a farmer’s market feel with its fresh produce and local, organic food vendors.

“Our goal is to bring something like this to the community, bring exposure to the artists and local vendors, as well as, to get some folks back here that maybe are not interested in plants or planting, but would get a chance to see what’s going on back here,” Jaggers said.

Folks will be invited to walk around the gardens, take part in wine tasting with August Hill Winery, check out the Kramer’s Kitchen food truck, choose from fresh-picked local produce from Coneflower Farm, and organic meats and eggs from Meadow Haven Farm. There will also be baked goods from Flour House Bakery, Braker’s Dozen and Nancy Cotter.

Local potter Ann Crosby will be working her pottery wheel and will be encouraging others to participate. Local artist Melody Best will be demonstrating theorem painting, which is a step-by-step watercolor process, and Terri Simon will be signing copies of her new book “Grandma’s Cookie Jar.”

The Artisan Market will also feature a music line-up with new artists every hour. At 10 a.m., Peter Robillard will perform acoustic guitar based rock and reggae reinvention; at 11 a.m., Al and Jeannie Brown will perform jazz standards on piano and stand-up bass with vocals; at noon Brett Conlin will give a healthy dose of “pickin’ and singin’” folk, country and Americana; at 1 p.m. Kevin Kramer will perform music inspired by time and place on guitar and sitar; at 2 p.m. Ray Tutaj will play popular tunes with fingerstyle guitar and to wrap things up at 3 p.m., an acoustic ensemble from the band 212 will take the stage.

Admission is free. Participants are encouraged to bring a lawn chair and cooler if they plan to purchase perishables.

Jaggers said this is one event Hornbaker Gardens is hoping to bring back year after year.

“We just want it to be a great community event,” she said.

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