Stow Historical Society's 38th Annual Harvest Festival will take place Oct. 1 and Oct. 2 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. The event will be at Heritage Reserve Park at Silver Springs Park, 5120 Young Road, Stow. Admission is free.
Craft vendors, historic home tours, old-time craft demonstrations, raffles, concessions, children's activities, farm animals, musical entertainment, and old-fashioned apple butter stirring are some of the offerings available. New this year at the Heritage House Museum will be an exhibit on Silver Lake. Weather permitting, several classic cars will be on display, courtesy of Don Sitts, owner of Don Sitts Auto Group in Cuyahoga Falls.
Returning and new artisans and crafters will be selling hand-crafted items including jewelry, wreaths and dried floral arrangements, handmade bath and beauty products, decorative pillows, Native American flutes, crochet items, items for your doggie, handmade scarves, bags, hand beaded Christmas ornaments, seasonal snow men and Santas, candles, photography, and much more. Vendors will be located in the Heritage Barn, and on the grounds. Kettle corn will be available from Crooked Kettle Popcorn Company and French waffles from D.Kay's Waffles. Handel's Ice Cream of Stow will be participating for the first time, offering the popular Handel's Pops.
Old-time craft demonstrations, including quilting, chair caning, weaving, wood carving, and blacksmithing, will be ongoing throughout the weekend at various locations. As in past years, attendees will be able to help with the old-fashioned apple butter stirring. Take a turn stirring the apples in the large kettle over an outdoor fire. Children will have a chance to paint and take home pumpkins supplied by Stow Parks and Recreation Department. A variety of small farm animals will be located in a fenced in area near the parking lot. Children and adults will have a chance to hold, groom and pet the animals.
Apple butter will be for sale in the Heritage Barn. Historical Society members will also be selling raffle tickets for vendor donations. Books on Stow, such as "Stories of a Stow Native" and "Recollections of Living and Working in Stow, Ohio 1936 to" by Fred Long, and the "Images of America book, Stow and Munroe Falls," will also be for sale. Refreshments, including homemade vegetable soup, pulled pork and other sandwiches, chips, side dishes, desserts and hot and cold drinks will be for sale by the Historical Society in the Heritage Barn. All proceeds from sales go to support the care and maintenance of four historic buildings and the archival collection at Heritage Reserve Park.
There will be musical entertainment both days of the Festival. Dale Galgozy, Kent guitarist, will be making his first appearance at the festival and will be at the Heritage Barn from noon to 3 p.m. both days.
Stow Historical Society's three historic homes, The Heritage House Museum, Mary Starr House, and the Minnie Darrow House, as well as Stewart School, will be open to the public. The fully furnished homes depict life as it was for our ancestors. Visitors are invited to tour Stewart School to see the progress being made on its restoration.
Updated information on the 2016 Harvest Festival and vendors can be found on the Stow Historical Society website at www.stowhistory.org. and follow the group on Facebook and Twitter.