Salt Springs Celebration caps off summer

Every Saturday of Labor Day weekend the Friends of Salt Springs Park provide an afternoon of free music, activities for all ages, hikes and demonstrations, displays and exhibits, and vendors.

Stop by Saturday, Aug. 31 to see what’s new in the past year, and enjoy some outdoor downtime with friends and family. It’s also the Friends annual fundraiser, so you can support the group’s work at the park by purchasing some lunch and items in our gift shop, joining in the silent auction, and becoming a member.

Music, Music, Music!

And it’s free! Musicians will be playing on the Wheaton House front porch stage for the duration.

We kick off at 11 am, with Corky Staats, singer, songwriter, and guitarist.

The Brackney String Band—Johanna and Tim Masters, Marguerite Shelp, and Rob Siegers—take the stage at noon, playing Appalachian fiddle tunes.

They are followed at 1 pm by Brian Wahl, who plays rock and bluegrass; Gregg Neff at 2 pm playing folk and rock of the 60s and 70s; Kelly and Susan Pratt at 3 pm, featuring folk and Irish on guitar and percussion; and Marv Williams at 4 pm, with blues and jazzy tunes.

Come for the music, and stay for the festivities – white elephant sale, silent auction, vendors, kids activities, quilt show, animals, and more!

Quilt Show

The 6th annual “Quilts in the Barn” show will be held from 11 am to 5 pm during the Celebration. It is held in the upper level of the historic Dairy Barn. The quilts demonstrate the history, talent, and skills of our local quilters and features both vintage and contemporary pieces.

There is no judging or award associated with this exhibit. Come enjoy the creativity of dozens of local artistic quilters.

Silent Auction

This year we will offer 100+ items that will delight you, make your life easier, or just plain entertain you. Bid high and bid often! You need not be present to win.

A family membership to the  Roberson Museum and Science Center, a table runner, a container of felt succulents, a barn quilt, and a hand-turned wood pencil are just a few of the items collected thus far.

New this year will be a mouth-watering selection of homemade pies in quirky pie pans.

Rounding out the corners:

Al & Bambi Schack, wood-burning demonstrators, with items for sale; Brian Swartz, Civil War encampment; Ross Park ZooMobile, with a selection animals to observe and pet; George Cummings, French and Indian War artifacts; Feathered Kisses Exotic Hook-Billed Rescue Birds; Master Gardeners Booth; Dairy Princess with free ice cream.

Food tent featuring Grilled sausage, chicken spiedies, veggie burgers, hamburgers & hotdogs, salads, cold and hot drinks.

Vendors: Beth Beardslee, Jams by Beardslee, alcohol-infused jams & BBQ sauces: Jennifer Brennan, Sunset Lodge Creations, one of a kind sculptures, soy candles, goat milk beauty products; John Burdick, photography; Connie Bush, crochet work and plants; Becky Cole, sketch artist;

Nancy Dean, Nancy, hand-made jewelry; Katina Dennison, wood burned pieces; Slanted Art Co-op, local artisans; Linda Gula, Jewelry, salt & pepper shakers; Renee Hendrickson, Compassionate Touch Massage; Humming Hill Lavender Farm, lavender plants and products made from lavender;

Tyler Keen, Off the Rocker Welding, custom-made horseshoe items; Makayla Kingston-Gowin, Wild Hair Acres Homestead, handmade goat milk products (soaps, lotions, shampoos, conditioners, cheeses); Soojung Lee, SugarChilli Sauce, unique sauces; Larry Mack, Woodcrafter, hand- and lathe-made woodcrafts; Tracey Marconi, Magic Needles Quilt Club, handmade and quilted items;

Kyle Merritt, Mockingbird Studio, handcrafted wood products; Peg Miller, Miller Creative Garage, original design and custom apparel; Vickie Moelder, Vikki’s Designs, acrylic “stained glass” window clings; Eddie Smith, Body & Soul Studio Therapeutic Massage; Megan Schroer, MES Barnwood Signs, custom painted barnwood signs;

Emmalee Snow, Everything Emmalee, handmade crystal jewelry; Bill and Carolyn White, White’s Farm & Gifts, horseshoe art, walking sticks.

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