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Hornbaker Gardens to host annual Artisan Market

Event brought back by popular demand

PRINCETON — Hornbaker Gardens is revving up for its second annual artisan market event, which takes places this Saturday, Sept. 6.

This year’s market will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and showcases 30 artists, who will be selling a variety of art mediums — from handmade jewelry, pottery, mosaic tile to photography, folk art and much, much more.

Marcie Jaggers, coordinator of the event, confirmed many of the artists that were at last year’s market will be returning, and a handful of new artists have signed on.

Jaggers said last year’s event was so well attended, and many of the artists were thrilled to say it was the most art they had sold in one day.

“From what they say, it proves that people just didn’t come and look last year, they actually purchased items, which is a great thing for our local artists,” she said.

Aside from the shopping, there will be wine tasting with August Hill Winery, baked goods available from local bakeries like Flour House Bakery and Baker’s Dozen. New this year will be artisan cheese tasting with Ropp Jersey Cheese of Normal;
Coneflower Farm will be selling their fresh-picked local produce; and Meadow Haven Farm will provide organic meats and eggs.

Also on site will be local food vendors including Four and Twenty Cafe, Kramer’s Kitchen and Sisler’s Ice Cream.

Local potter Ann Crosby will be providing live demonstrations at her pottery wheel, and artists through the Prairie Arts Center will be doing live demonstrations with a variety of art mediums.

The event will also feature a music line-up with new artists every hour. From 10 to 11 a.m., Al and Jeanne Brown will play jazz standards on piano and stand-up bass with vocals; from 11 a.m. to noon, Kevin Kramer will perform music inspired by time and place on guitar and sitar; from noon to 1 p.m., Sweet Country bluegrass group will play banjo, mandolin and guitars; from 1 to 2 p.m., Peter Robillard will play acoustic guitar-based rock and reggae reinvention; from 2 to 3 p.m., Brett Conlin will play a healthy dose of pickin’ and singin’ folk, country and Americana; from 3 to 4 p.m., Ray Tutaj will be guitar picking and playing popular tunes; and from 4 to 5 p.m., Lojo Russo will play not-so-traditional blend of roots, blues and Americana.

Admission into the event is free. Participants are encouraged to bring a lawn chair to sit and relax in the gardens or a cooler if they plan to purchase perishables.
Jaggers is hoping for another great turnout and is looking forward to exposing the community to a wide variety of good art, food and music.

“I think this is such a unique event. To be able to come here and enjoy everything going on at the market in this beautiful garden setting is really well worth it,” she said.

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