Magnolia’s Autumn on the Ashley attracts handmade crafts

  • Monday, September 23, 2013

Autumn on the Ashley, a two-day open-air craft fair, will be staged Oct. 12-13 at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens.

Sponsored by Magnolia and the Tri-County Master Gardeners Association, this year “we are adding food vendors and more demonstrations,” said Magnolia’s operations manager Mary Ann Johnson.

More than 35 vendors are expected for the sixth annual open-air festival that attracts artisans that craft jewelry, pottery, glass bead work, wood work and folk art. The craft fair, which is free to the public, opens at 9 a.m. and closes at 5 p.m. Demonstrators on both days will include the Lowcountry Woodcarvers, the Philip Simmons Artists Blacksmith Guild and the Charleston Artists Guild.

A $100 vendor fee will be charged for a booth space to display handcrafted items, paintings and photography. No retail items will be allowed. Vendors are responsible for their own pop-up tent, tables and chairs. Electricity will not be available.

The Master Gardeners will answer gardening questions and receive soil samples. The cost for soil samples are $6 each. Call 843-722-5940 to get tips on how to collect a sample. Plants and gardening books will be on sale.

“We are excited because this festival continues to grow,” Johnson said. “Now that we are going into our sixth year, we are ready to expand to include vendors who sell foods fit for a festival setting and plants.”

For information and to reserve a booth, call Johnson at 843-571-1266, extension 241.

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