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Friday, July 12, 2013 11:55 PM

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ARCHBOLD – Guests of all ages will be invited to explore their creativity during the annual “Explore the Crafts” event at Sauder Village. On July 20, guests will be encouraged to try their hand at woodworking, blacksmithing, drawing, broom making, weaving and much more.

“Our Explore the Crafts event affords guests a greater appreciation of the talented craftsmen at work each day at Sauder Village,” shared Kim Krieger, PR/media relations. “This special event inspires guests to be creative and provides great memories for all involved.”

During this fun-filled event, craftsmen will share their talents while allowing guests to explore their own creativity. Visitors may want to try making wooden tops, mini ornamental brooms, felt balls, wool butterflies and tussie mussies. Some of the other hands-on activities planned for this event include assembling a wooden bucket, rug hooking, sewing a broom, printing, weaving and lace making. Guests can also make a cordage bracelet or cattail duck at Natives and Newcomers, participate in drawing activities, print cards in the Print Shop and make a God’s eye ornament in the Basket Shop. Guests over the age of 16 can help makes staves for a wooden bucket and even make a hook in the Blacksmith Shop (additional fee).

Again this year guests can register for the opportunity to make a glass ornament, flower, pumpkin or tumbler with the assistance of resident artist Mark Matthews and guest artist, Chad Balster. Pre-registration is required for the opportunity to learn the techniques needed to create this special glass piece. This one-hour, hands-on class is available to anyone ages 10 and over and the cost is $45 ($40 for members) and includes supplies. Glass projects are not complete until the objects have gone through the annealing process, but the finished objects will be sent to the maker after the event. For more details or to register for this opportunity call (800) 590-9755 or visit

The Sauder Village mission is to provide guests with experiences rich in history, hospitality, creativity, and fun. Since opening in 1976, Sauder Village has grown to a 235-acre complex with more than 450 employees and 400 adult and 200 youth volunteers. As Ohio’s largest living history destination, Sauder Village includes the award winning Historic Village, the 98-room Sauder Heritage Inn, a 48-site campground, the 350-seat Barn Restaurant, the Doughbox Bakery, and banquet seating for 750 in Founders Hall. The Historic Village preserves more than 75 historic structures and nearly 50,000 artifacts where history is brought to life through stories, demonstrations and programs. Proceeds from the retail and hospitality areas, along with admissions, memberships, and donations, contribute to the financial support for this 501(c)(3) organization.

Historic Sauder Village is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and each Sunday afternoon from noon-4 p.m. The Historic Village is closed on Mondays, except holidays. Admission is $15 for adults and $8 for students ages 6-16. Children 5 and under are always free with family and Sauder Village members receive free admission to the Historic Village for an entire year. Senior, Military and AAA discounts are also available. And again this year, children 16 and under are free every Sunday this season. For more information phone 1-800-590-9755, visit, like Sauder Village on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @SauderVillage.


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