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Crowds Gather At Mansion For Autumn Market

Score of vendors showcase Connecticut-made specialty foods and crafts Sunday at sprawling Wadsworth estate.

Crisp autumn, punctuated with intermittant warmth from the sun, enlivened Sunday's ninth annual Open Air Market and Festival at the Wadsworth Mansion in Middletown. Traditionally held in late August, this year's event was moved up two months in anticipation of Hurricane Irene.

The day was a smashing success for vendors like Hometown Bakery and Howards Bread — somehow the gastronomic desires of folks meshed with the fall breeze and the like of 400-year-old sourdough starter.

The mulling of browsers and shoppers was accompanied by the festive music of the Middletown Symphonic Band, The Sam Vinci Band with Joey Pass, and the Celtic sounds of Full Gael.

Vendors included the Arts Center of Killingworth, Ballek’s Garden Design, the Farmer’s Cow, Cato Corner Farm, Hunter Hill Alpacas, the New England Horror Writers, Three Sisters Farms, Sugar Maple Farms and Rustic Ornamentals.

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