Sauder Village To Host Marble Machine October 21 Through 23


Archbold, OH – While kids may not be interested in playing with marbles anymore, watching them being made from scratch is a process that always captures the attention of guests of all ages! From Friday, October 21 through Sunday, October 23, guest artist John McCormick will be at Sauder Village to demonstrate his Marble Machine. Another highlight of the weekend, admission rates will be “rolled back to 1976” on Sunday, October 23 as the 40th Anniversary celebration continues at Sauder Village!

Guests will want to stop by Burlington Glass Works to visit with glass artist Mark Matthews along with guest artist John McCormick from St. Louis, MO. John McCormick, maker of “Shamrock Marbles”, will be at the Village with his sphere making machine. John will be demonstrating this modern reproduction of one of the first mechanized sphere making machines in the world – a joining of principals from 1903 with 2016. A little modern technology is applied to the process because the machine is now motor driven instead of hand driven.

Mr. McCormick was at Sauder Village a few years ago and guests of all ages were captivated by what he calls “The Time Machine”. John and his marbles have found a following among collectors of antique, vintage and contemporary marbles. McCormick shared, “I’ve come to discover that there is no typical collector. Each person collects these marbles for one reason or another, but one thing in common is that they enjoy beauty in such a small package.”

Mark Matthews and John McCormick will be working together in the Burlington Glass Works Shop from Friday, October 21 through Sunday, October 23. Throughout the weekend, guests will also have an opportunity to play a marble game in the Grime Homestead, purchase some marbles from the Lauber’s General Store to play a game at home or purchase a collector sphere from artist Mark Matthews to have on display!

While marbles are rolling out of the machine in the Glass Shop, admission rates into the Historic Village will be “rolled back to 1976” on Sunday, October 23. “With only a few more weeks in our 2016 season, we decided it would be fun to continue our 40th Anniversary Celebration,” shared Kim Krieger, Media Relations. “On Sunday adult admission will be only $2.50 and kids 16 and under are always free on Sunday! We look forward to having families from throughout the region join us to enjoy a beautiful fall day and some fun extra activities in the Historic Village!”

Sauder Village will close for the 2016 season on Sunday, October 30. Other events planned yet this season include Preparing the Farm for Winter on Saturday, October 29 and the 30th Annual Woodcarvers Show and Sale to be held October 29 & 30 in Founder’s Hall. Historic Sauder Village is open Tuesday through Friday from 10:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Saturday from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. and each Sunday afternoon from noon-4:00 p.m. Regular admission is $16.00 for adults and $10.00 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. Children 16 and under are free every Sunday this season and on Sunday, October 23 admission for adults is only $2.50 as we “roll back our rates”!

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