Within the quaint town of Mesopotamia, Ohio, the Fall Heritage Festival took place on October 5 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. This free event had a little something for everyone, from the car collector to the soap maker.
It was a dry, humid morning as we were walking up the street to the festival, rain forecasted for mid afternoon. I could smell the freshly made baked goods in the distance, especially those yummy fried pies!
As yummy as everything smelled, I made my first stop on the journey at an area with lots of colorful, decorated chairs. Harriet Storer is a resident of Newton Falls, Ohio and is the creator of these unique chairs. If her name sounds familiar, it may be because she was recently featured in an article back in July of this year with The Tribune.
It was not just her designs that I was impressed by, but with the whole idea that Harriet came up with; to collect flea market, rummage, and yard sale finds and combine those items with a unique old fashioned chair. I could tell Harriet enjoys what she does and proud, as she should be, at creating these never to be duplicated works of art. She called them her, “Theme Chairs.” I found the whole exhibit of theme chairs incredible and very affordable. What a great way to repurpose worn, thrown out items that would otherwise end up in the garbage, which happens to be where Harriet sometimes finds unique pieces to create with.
Is that music I hear? It was, and it was sweet music to my ears. I stopped for a moment, listened, and remembered the first time I had ever heard a dulcimer. It was while vacationing in Gatlinburg, Tennessee where the dulcimer is locally handmade.
Carl Hlavaty, a very kind, soft spoken man, was making music for others to enjoy with his hammer dulcimer which he has been doing for 31 years. If you have never heard a dulcimer, you are in for a treat. I recorded Carl, with his permission of course, to give you a sample of his music. Anyone who visited the Fall Heritage Festival had the opportunity to hear Carl play and to purchase his CD’s.
Carl Hlavaty has played at a variety of events this year in Ohio: Art on the Square in Chardon, Art on the Green in Hudson, Artsfest in Willoughby, and Yankee Peddler Festival in Canal Fulton, just to name a few. You can still see him perform at the Virginia Fall Foliage Festival in Waynesboro, Virginia in October. Carl can be heard on Hammered Music CD’s. If you would like to reach Carl Hlavaty, you can do so at: email@example.com Purchase a CD from him for yourself or as a gift.
Another artistic designer is Peggy Rose of Garden Art by Rose Originals where garden art is made using recycled products such as plates, bowls, and teapots. Together with copper and stainless steel tubing, her designs come to life. Each piece is a one of a kind work of art which cannot be exactly duplicated. I personally love all the beautiful, classy pieces that Peggy designs, from flowers on a stem to bird baths and bird feeders, but my favorite is the garden teapots Each one is given a bend in the supporting stem, allowing the teapot to appear as if it really is pouring.
Visit Peggy’s Facebook page at Garden Art by Rose Originals. You will be able to find out which events she attends, and please, like her page when you do. Her designs make for a perfect Christmas gift for the gardener or bird watcher in your life.
Walking around the Festival, I found handmade kitchen towels, quilts, homemade soaps, fresh bakery, essential oils, and fried pies of course. The red-raspberry and lemon are a couple of favorites.
The festival did not end at just the park area. It continued over to the End of the Commons General Store across the street. I am a true veteran of this store, and any chance I get to visit it, I do. The store is constantly bringing in new kitchen gadgets, clothing apparel, bulk foods, toys, home decorating, and gift giving items. When you get the chance to visit, plan on staying a while. Play a game of checkers, taste a free sample of their homemade fudge (made right there at the store), or get yourself an ice-cream cone, sandwich, and cup of coffee. They have seating to accommodate you. Do not miss the old oak tree carving, created this year, of an early frontiersman. Buckskinner Jim was near the carving during the Festival to tell his stories about the back country and wilderness.
This store has so much to offer and I can guarantee you will see or remember something from your childhood days during your visit.
What a wonderful day at The Fall Heritage Festival. So many happy faces!