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Shacksboro Peony Fest returns Saturday

Peonies should be in peak bloom this weekend, just in time for Peony Fest 2011.

The Museum at the Shacksboro Schoolhouse will host the event beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday June 11. Located at 46 Canton St. in the village, the museum's heritage peony collection of more than 250 plants should produce a riot of color and fragrance for the festival.

The event features artists and artisans as well as musicians, special exhibitors, plant sales, demonstrations, garden walks and talks and a community peony show. Everyone is invited to enter the flower show, which includes both cut stems and arrangements. Show entries are accepted between 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. that day. Rules are minimal; copies are available at the museum and online at shacksboromuseum.com.

A wide selection of art will be available from watercolors, acrylics and photography to jewelry, glass, tin ware, wooden toys, hooked rugs, handbags, wind chimes, crochet art, accessories and apparel. Exhibiting artists include Art and Soul Watercolor Guild, Charles Blouir, Veronique Cheniaux, Danielle Fontanella, Tracy Robinson, Dion's Decorative, Design, Sharon Gibbon, Stacy Griffen, Mary Haven, Polly Henry, Marianne Miles, Karen Miller, Kristine Minster, Janice Revier, Judith Brown Roenbeck, Carol and Curt Schreiner, Mary Shear, Jerry Verchiarelli, Terri Vidler and Louise Woodard. Several of the artists will also conduct demonstrations during the show.

Collectibles, antiques and curiosities will be exhibited by Trader Antiques and Bazaar. The Women's Garden Club of Baldwinsville will present a plant sale and offer gardening tips and information. Bonnie Kisselstein, Town of Lysander Historian, will again be engaging visitors in an interactive historical activity.

Local peony experts Doris Cross and Dave Gursky will be on site throughout the day to answer questions and offer guidance on peony culture. Cross will conduct tours of the museum peony garden. Gursky is chairman of the peony flower show and will be available at the white tent. Peony plants from the museum's heritage peony collection will also be available for purchase while the supply lasts.

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