“Celebrate our Artisans” Week at Sauder Village

From Tuesday, September 10 through Sunday, September 15, Sauder Village will host “Celebrate Our Artisans” Week – a special tribute to the community of men and women who share their talents with guests at Historic Sauder Village. Throughout this special week guests can watch the Sauder Village craftsmen at work in their shops and each day there will be an opportunity for guests to win a hand-crafted item.

“There aren’t many places in the Midwest where you can get an in-depth look at so many traditional crafts,” shared Kim Krieger, PR/Media Relations Specialist. “This event focuses on the talented artists and craftsmen we have working in the Historic Village each day. We are pleased to be celebrating and honoring these unique trades during the Celebrate Our Artisans event at the Village.”

Historic Sauder Village is home to many craftsmen from both traditional and contemporary trades. Throughout the Village guests can watch as historic craftsmen demonstrate their skills in places like the spinning shop, tin shop, weaving shop and broom shop. There are also woodworkers, quilters, coopers and basket makers who come to the Village to share their talents with guests of all ages. The historic village is proud to also be home to contemporary craftsmen who not only follow the traditions of their respective crafts but are also developing revolutionary new techniques and applications as well. These talented craftsmen are some of the premiere artists in their fields. Mark Matthews is notably recognized for his work in glass, especially glass spheres. Highly collected and valued, his marbles are on display in museums around the world. Mark Nafziger has been the potter at Sauder Village for many years and is known across the country for making pottery that is both beautiful and functional.

In Burlington Glassworks, guests can visit Mark Matthews along with guest artist John McCormick from St. Louis, MO. John McCormick will be at the Village from Wednesday, September 11 through Sunday, September 15 with his sphere making machine. John will be demonstrating this modern reproduction of one of the first mechanized sphere making machines in the world – a joining of principals from 1903 with 2013. A little modern technology is applied to the process because the machine is now motor driven instead of hand driven.

In the Welcome Center guests will find special signage designed to help highlight the talents of our craftsmen. We will share information about how they got started in their craft, what they enjoy most about their craft and advice they would offer for people looking to try the craft or trade. In addition to the usual demonstrations in the craft shops, some of the Village craftsmen have planned special demonstrations for the “Celebrate Our Artisans” week. There will also be special “add-on experiences” offered – for a small additional fee. Another highlight of the week will be the opportunity to win a hand-made piece of art made by one of the craftsmen at Sauder Village. Drawings will be held each day – providing guests the opportunity to win a unique, hand-crafted item from Sauder Village.

Historic Sauder Village is open through the end of October. Other upcoming Sauder Village events include Apple Butter Making September 25-28, “All Aboard” Train Event October 5 & 6 and Fall on the Farm/Scout Day October 12. For a complete schedule of special events visit www.saudervillage.org

The Sauder Village mission is to provide guests with experiences rich in history, hospitality, creativity, and fun. Since opening in 1976, Sauder Village has grown to a 235-acre complex with more than 450 employees and 400 adult and 200 youth volunteers. As Ohio’s largest living history destination, Sauder Village includes the award winning Historic Village, the 98-room Sauder Heritage Inn, a 48-site campground, the 350-seat Barn Restaurant, the Doughbox Bakery, and banquet seating for 750 in Founders Hall. The Historic Village preserves more than 75 historic structures and nearly 50,000 artifacts where history is brought to life through stories, demonstrations, and programs. Proceeds from the retail and hospitality areas, along with admissions, memberships, and donations, contribute to the financial support for this 501(c)(3) organization.

Historic Sauder Village hours in the fall are Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. and each Sunday afternoon from noon-4:00 p.m. The Historic Village is closed on Mondays, except holidays. Admission is $15.00 for adults and $8.00 for students ages 6-16. Children 5 and under are always free with family and Sauder Village members receive free admission to the Historic Village for an entire year. Senior, Military and AAA discounts are also available. Again this year, children 16 and under are free every Sunday this season! For more information phone 1-800-590-9755, visit www.saudervillage.org, like Sauder Village on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @SauderVillage


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