Friday, September 30, 2011


The Friends of Bear’s Mill will be holding their annual Legendary Fall Open House on Saturday, October 1 and Sunday, October 2 from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. each day. The event will include free guided tours and grinding demonstrations by Master Miller Terry at 12:00, 2:00 and 4:00 both days. Visitors will be entertained with live music by local artists Dankworth & Hobbs on Saturday from 1:00 to 4:00, Robert Behringer playing the Native American Flute on Sunday from 11:00 to 12:30 and Ron Marshall of Versailles playing guitar and singing familiar songs from 1:00 to 4:00 on Sunday. This event is free to the public. Donations are greatly appreciated.

Janet Wheelock Balsbaugh, author of the book, “Home-Style Gluten Free and Dairy Free Cookbook,” will be signing her books Saturday and Sunday from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. Jim Heiser, an artist that currently displays and sells his birch bark and pine needle baskets in the Mill Store will be demonstrating his craft onsite on Saturday from 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Additionally, at the close of business on Sunday, a name will be drawn for the winner of the one of a kind, hand-hooked wool rug that is being raffled as fundraiser for the Friends of Bear’s Mill. Tickets are available now thru the open house weekend at $1 each or 6 for $5. The framed rug was commissioned by Angie Ditmer of Plain and Simple Cabin and celebrates the architecture of the Mill and its beautiful surroundings.

“The mission of the Friends of Bear’s Mill is to provide a rich cultural experience and community-oriented events including educational tours, demonstrations and nature walks while preserving the Mill’s historical significance and natural beauty,” said Outreach Manager Merri Niekamp. “This is a fun, family-oriented event that appeals to young and old alike. Bear’s Mill offers a beautiful fall setting that encourages the community to come out and celebrate the changing of the seasons with nature... take in some history, grab a bowl of delicious bean soup with cornbread, perch on a straw bale and relax to some local entertainment,” Ms. Niekamp concluded.

In addition to stoneground flours and meals, the Mill Store offers kitchen and gourmet goods as well as Boston Stoker Coffees and Bakehouse Breads. Original pottery by the Bear’s Mill potters, home décor, giftware and women’s accessories are also for available for sale. The gallery at Bear’s Mill will feature the October artists for the Art at the Mill Series. Included will be the flatware sculptures by Gary Hovey of New Knoxville as well as figurative oil portraits by his son David Hovey. “Unique shopping items are coming in daily,” stated Julie Clark, Retail Manager. “And of course we will have the traditional pumpkins, gourds and bittersweet that everyone looks forward to displaying in celebration of the autumn season,” she explained.

Bear’s Mill, a working national landmark, is operated by the Friends of Bear’s Mill, a non-profit organization. Bear’s Mill is located at 6450 Arcanum-Bear’s Mill Road about 5 miles east of Greenville. For more information, call 937-548-5112 or visit

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