B'ville Peony Fest approaches

Baldwinsville's ninth annual Peony Fest will be held Saturday June 13 on the grounds of The Museum at the Shacksboro Schoolhouse. The museum's heritage peony collection of more than 200 plants are expected to be at peak bloom that weekend.

A variety of talented artists and artisans will be exhibiting their work, which will also be available for purchase. Exhibitors include Mary Shear, Marianne Miles and Kim Doyle from Baldwinsville, Ann Lee Yackel from Warners, Jane Blom from Cicero, Louise Woodard from Mattydale and Doris Cross and Stacy Griffin from Liverpool. They will be joined by Judith Brown Roenbeck of Marcellus, Chris and Arnold Galin from Rome and Skaneateles resident Alison Waters. Media ranges from oils, acrylics and pastels to photography, watercolors and glass. Artistry is reflected in everything from paintings and pet portraits to jewelry, cutting boards, tiles, coasters, stationery, books, prints and more.

Additional exhibitors include Trader Antiques and Bazaar, the Women's Garden Club of Baldwinsville, the Baldwinsville Public Library and Town of Lysander Historian Bonnie Kisselstein. Members of the Plein Air art class from The Art Store on Syracuse's Fayette Street will also be on the grounds using the fest and the museum gardens as their subject that day.

All gardeners are invited to participate in the Peony Flower Show. Pre-registration is not required. Entries may be submitted between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., and participants are limited to a maximum of five stems per entrant. Divisions are available for cut stems and artistic arrangements. The cut stem category will include three color classes: white, red/pink and miscellaneous. There will also be a category for fragrance.

Musician and Sammy Award recipient Kay Miracle-Burke will entertain fest visitors throughout the day. The event also includes tours of the museum's peony gardens as well as a sale of peonies and other perennials and talks with the museum horticulturist Doris Cross.

On exhibit in the museum will be the story of Baldwinsville's historic flower farms with the spotlight on the renowned Indian Spring Farms, the focus of the museum's heritage peony project.

The museum is located in Baldwinsville's McHarrie Park, 46 Canton St. in the village. This is a rain or shine event. Admission is free. For more information call the museum at 638-2452 or visit shacksboromuseum.com.

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