TWINSBURG — The name of the Twinsburg Historical Society’s Olde Thyme Fayre reflects what the event coming Sept. 7 and 8 is about, said historical society Trustee Audrey Kancler.
Kancler said it is based on old-fashioned county fairs, with thyme, an herb that is pronounced "time," used because people often bring plants, including produce.
"We spell fair f-a-y-r-e just because it is old fashioned," said Kancler. "We just don’t have jousting. I don’t know who thought up the name, but it is clever."
The event will be at the historical society’s museum and barn, 8996 Darrow Road from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 7 and noon to 5 p.m. on Sept. 8.
On that Saturday, there will be a bake sale for the society, courtesy of the Diersing twins, Susan and Betsy, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or until the items sell out. The proceeds all go to the society.
"We get hundreds of dollars from them," said Kancler.
Twinsburg artist Tony Roberson will be painting landscapes, with many of them for sale.
Crafters are invited to show off their creations in the museum, whether they are knitted, crocheted, quilted, embroidered, or painted.
"Just anything you can imagine can be made by hand," Kancler said.
Those bringing in items are asked to drop them off at the museum on Sept. 6 from 5 to 7 p.m.
The barn will feature produce, flowers, jams, canned goods and even eggs that people bring in, anything that can come from a farm or back yard. Items can be brought in Sept. 6 from 5 to 7 p.m. or Sept. 7 from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m.
On Sept. 8, there will be a baking contest with two categories, for contestants 12 and under and for those 13 and older. The challenge this year is decorated sugar cookies and canned frosting is allowed. Participants can bring their cookies to the barn from noon to 2 p.m. and judges will evaluate them for appearance, taste and texture. Winners in each category will receive $10 Dunkin’ Donut gift cards.
Weather permitting, a water balloon toss is also planned for Sept. 8 for all ages.
A women’s group that quilts at the museum on Tuesday mornings is providing three items, a rag rug, a latch hook rug and a denim rug made from old blue jeans for a Chinese raffle and there will be a mystery prize and a 50/50 raffle. Raffle drawings will be at 4 p.m. on Sept. 8.
There will be activities available both days, including crafts for children in the popular Charlotte’s Corner in the barn.
Charlotte’s Corner is dedicated to Charlotte White, a long-time leader in the society who died in 2018. Society member Carole Krupa, a friend of White’s, is now in charge of the corner. She said a fun educational project will give children an opportunity to learn about Morse code, including making bracelets with beads spelling our their initials in dots and dashes, as well as a chance to operate a telegraph key connected to a light.
"I think they’ll have more fun with that than anything," said Krupa.
Krupa said other activities include making airplanes and, again weather permitting, flying them, and playing an old game involving catching a ball in a cup.
"We try to do historical games, old fashioned games," said Krupa.
In addition, for extra credit at school, local third graders take part in a scavenger hunt, during which they try to find items on a list in the museum and barn.
Locals Ken Roddie and Ed Ponter will be demonstrating the use of old-time tools and people will have an opportunity to try a corn husking machine, watch wool spinning and pet chickens.
New this year is Michael Cohill of the American Toy Marble Museum in Akron who will talk about marbles and teach how to play games with them.
"We try to have some non-digital fun," said Kancler "People can actually get down on their hands and knees and shoot marbles.".
Kancler said a lot goes into putting the event together.
"It’s a whole big group effort," said Kancler. "Different people handle different parts."
Trustee Sue Graham, for example, is a big part in rounding up participants, such as Roberson.
"She’s always very resourceful in just filling the barn with some interesting people," said Kancler.
When the Olde Thyme Fayre started is not entirely certain, but Bonnie Williams, the society’s vice president, said she has narrowed it down to 1991 or 1992.
"I know we were doing it in 1993 because two of my children won prizes," she said. "I think we decided it would just be a neat thing to do."
Kancler said the Olde Thyme Fayre is "based on the old-fashioned county fairs."
"I think it gives us in the 21st century a chance to get a little piece, a little memory, of what people did for entertainment a hundred years or so ago," she said.
For more information about the Olde Thyme Fayre, including updates, go to the Twinsburg Historical Society’s website at https://www.twinsburghistoricalsociety.org or the society’s Facebook page or call the society at 330-487-5565 and leave a message.
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