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Peony Fest returns with artists, musicians and plenty of plant talk

Baldwinsville photographer Polly Henry will be among several veteran Peony Fest artists who are returning for this year's event on June 9 at the Museum at the Shacksboro Schoolhouse. Visitors are invited to stop by the museum peony gardens during the next couple of weeks as they explode with fragrance and color throughout the bloom period.

Baldwinsville photographer Polly Henry will be among several veteran Peony Fest artists who are returning for this year's event on June 9 at the Museum at the Shacksboro Schoolhouse. Visitors are invited to stop by the museum peony gardens during the next couple of weeks as they explode with fragrance and color throughout the bloom period.

— Baldwinsville’s Museum at the Shacksboro Schoolhouse will host Peony Fest 2012 on Saturday June 9. Fest highlights include an art show and sale, musicians, plant sales, garden talks, food and a community peony show all set against the backdrop of the museum’s heritage peony gardens.

A select group of artists and artisans will be exhibiting on the museum grounds. Among them are B’villians Marianne Miles, Polly Henry, Mary Shear and Romayne Welch. They will be joined by other noted Central New York artists including Louise Woodard, Jayne Smigelski, Kristine Minster, Judi Witkin, Roscha Folger, Veronique Cheniaux, Judith Brown-Roenbeck, Stacy Griffin, Jerry Vecchiarelli, Mary Haven, Lorraine Cummings, RobertLake, Patricia Henson and Carol Schreiner. Their work ranges from watercolors, pastels, portraiture, textiles and photography to purses, jewelry, bird baths and refinished antique trunks and caned seat chairs. Sandra Mann will be coming from Massachusetts with a collection of wooden cutting boards, slate trivets and fabric purses.

Visitors will be able to watch artists at work. Members of Sharon Blair’s Plein Air class will be seated throughout the peony beds sketching and painting.

The Women’s Garden Club of Baldwinsville will conduct a plant sale and offer tips for gardeners. Town of Lysander Historian Bonnie Kisselstein will present her perennially popular interactive “What’s It” activity. Peonies from the museum’s heritage collection will be available for purchase with delivery in the fall. Walks and talks in the museum peony garden will also be available.

Everyone is invited to participate in the peony flower show which features cut stems from participants’ gardens. Show rules are simple and may be found on the museum website shacksboromuseum.com or at the museum itself.

Music and food round out the outdoor activities. Sammy Award winner Kay Miracle-Burke will start out the day. Jane Zell is also among those on the musicians’ roster. Food service will be available on the grounds at the large yellow mobile unit operated by Flippin Good Food.

An exhibition on Baldwinsville’s historic tobacco and peony farming industries is featured inside the museum building. The museum shop will also be open. The shop features Baldwinsville memorabilia and assorted educational and gift items.

Held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., admission to Peony Fest is free. Flower show entries may be submitted beginning at 9 a.m. The museum is located at 46 Canton St. in Baldwinsville’s McHarrie Park. For more information call 638-2452 or email bvmuseum@seneca-river.com.

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