Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Inside Wadsworth Mansion, Market Outside

That beautiful long lawn shown above will be full of market stalls and tents with vendors and their wares for the seventh annual Open Air Market and Festival at Long Hill Estate, 421 Wadsworth St., Middletown, Sunday, Aug. 23, 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., rain or shine.

Tour Long Hill, the Wadsworth mansion, or walk the open-air market on the lawn behind the estate.

More than Connecticut vendors include: Stonewall Apiary, The Farmer’s Cow, Ballek’s Garden Center, Malabar Glass, Silks by Lucia, Zhe Feng Pottery, fine artist Adele Johnson, as well as hand-spun yarns from Tidal Yarns.

Members of the Middlesex County Community Foundation will present a "Live Local, Give Local" initiative.

Children’s and musical entertainment will be featured throughout the day. There will be horse drawn carriage rides by Allegra Farms from 10:00-2:00. There will be face painting from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

Docent-led historical tours of the mansion will be given by the Friends of Long Hill Estate, once a home to Clarence C. Wadsworth, a scholar and linguist who gave land to Connecticut which is now Wadsworth Falls State Park. His will established the Rockfall Corporation, which is tasked to maintain the protection of the land, plants, and animals in his estate, which includes public walking trails throughout the Long Hill estate land holdings (which is not part of the state park.)