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Lickskillet Market Lets Artists Shine


Photo Credit: Barbette Houser

Stained glass by Wendy Ortel shone on this sunny day.

The Lyndon House Arts Center hosted its fifth annual Lickskillet Artists Market and Festival on Saturday, Oct. 25, and the joint was jumping inside and out with visitors and activities. The weather cooperated with sunny skies and mild temperatures, making it a perfect day to stroll the grounds, look at artists’ booths and enjoy the live music. Bands performing included Grassland String Band, Klezmer Local 42 and The Heap.

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Grassland String Band performed on the terrace of LHAC.

Families enjoyed the many children’s activities set up, including a cardboard box configuration that kids could decorate and crawl through, rope bubbles and mask making. To complete the afternoon, there was an assortment of appealing local fare, from barbecue by White Tiger Gourmet to raspberry bars and other baked goods by Dondero’s Kitchen.

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Children enjoyed the Lickskillet Market and Festival.

Refreshingly, the emphasis at this festival was on visual art. Various crafts were demonstrated throughout the day, including leather tooling, hand quilting, and printmaking. More than 85 artists set up booths on the grounds and inside the Lyndon House. Media ranged widely and included forged metal, pottery, photography, stained glass, oil paintings, felting and more.

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Cornhusk dolls by Beth Kelley Zorbanos made with natural dyes.

One ceramic artist expressed appreciation for the Lyndon House by saying, “They make it easier for the artists to participate… They even set up the tents and chairs.” Many artists at Lickskillet spoke highly of the event and said they planned to do it again next year. For those with an interest in local arts and crafts, and for those with young children, it is definitely worth adding this event to your fall calendar.

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Vendor Tina Tinsley enjoyed help from her daughter and granddaughter.

The name “Lickskillet” comes from the Athens neighborhood where the Ware-Lyndon House and other fashionable homes were located during the 19th century. For more information about the Lyndon House Arts Center, including classes in the visual arts, go to

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Chris Costello showed his prints at Lickskillet.