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A year later, Southworth Art and Garden Fair making comeback

After a one-year absence, the Southworth Art and Garden Fair is coming back.

This year, the event is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 18, at Rodstol Lane Farm, 4154 Rodstol Lane SE.

The outdoor market fair will feature local artists, crafters and farmers that will share what they love to do best; create re-purposed furniture, garden art, handmade items and plants.

Event organizer Cynthia Mora said the event makes people aware of the farm and allows people to get together.

The events were held in 2009 through 2011, but wasn’t held last year because Mora was helping friends with a business project.

“We going to restart it and see how it goes,” Mora said. “The community has always been great in supporting it in the past.”

Mora said there are 22 vendors signed up to participate.

She expecting about several hundred people to attend the fair, sponsored by The Kitsap Peninsula Visitor and Convention Bureau.

The farm, located near the Southworth Ferry Landing, was acquired by Mora and her husband, Anthony, in 2006. The parcel was homesteaded by Mora’s grandparents, Ole and Pernille Rodstol.

In 1910, the Rodstols arrived in Harper from Romsdalen, Norway. After arriving in South Kitsap with their three children, four more were born here.

The family’s original house on old Harper Hill burned down in 1916, but the family built a two-story, five-bedroom house in nearby Southworth on a 10-acre parcel off of their own private road.

Over the decades the land was used for a family vegetable garden, pasture for dairy and meat cows, and a small apple and cherry orchard.

After purchasing the property seven years ago, the Moras began a comprehensive restoration process.

Their goal was to remodel the interior of the house and return the grounds to prosperous farmland and healthy lawn.

The Moras have dedicated vegetable and flower gardens, a unique alder-fenced bird garden, a stage and lawn for concerts and weddings, a 240-tree blueberry orchard, and a 150-tree hazelnut orchard.

Also, to the delight of visitors, four Cotswold sheep and one Chilean llama are present.

The family hopes Rodstol Lane Farm will become a destination for blueberry pickers and local producers selling their wares, a gathering place for community members and green-thumbed enthusiasts, and a venue for local musicians and artists.

For more information about the farm, visit www.rlf1916.com.

 

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