Thursday, August 19, 2010

Wadsworth Mansion Open Air Market, Trails

This is a walking opportunity coupled with an outdoor market with live music in an unusual setting.

The Wadsworth Mansion at Long Hill Estate eighth annual Open Air Market and Festival is Sunday Aug. 22, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine.

The mix of more than 80 vendors and artisans includes Three Sisters Farm, Silver Moon Herbals, Cold Goats Farm, Odonata Sea Glass, The Olive Oil Factory, Porky Pete's BBQ & Fixins, Rotters Potters, Northfordy Farm, Silks by Lucia, Hometown Bakery, La De Dah! Jewelry, fine artist Adele Johnson, handspun yarns from Tidal Yarns, and felted goods from Woolen It Be Nice, plus many others

The Middletown Symphonic Band will play from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; Dramatix Showband, 11:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.; Tune Chic, 2 and 4 p.m.

Horse-drawn carriage rides with Allegra Farms, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

If the weather is sultry, walks include seeing all the wares on the back lawn or learning about letterbox with a short hike around the grounds. Free docent-led historical tours will be given by the Friends of Long Hill Estate inside the restored mansion throughout the day. There is also an interlocking network of trails that led from the lawn area through woods and around a pond, then on to deeper forests around the entire property.

Parking is at Snow Elementary School on Wadsworth Street, and at Mercy High School, with a free shuttle bus service. For more information visit