German Village Gazette

GartenMarkt to bring out unique vendors, merchandise

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Charlene Gammel works on one of her brick inspired wind chimes at her German Village residence. In addition to the clay wind chimes, Gammell, a retired art teacher for Columbus City Schools, stamps T-shirts with dragonflies, ladybugs and butterflies. She also makes novelty magnets, many with images of dogs for the German Village crowd.

If there's a cute bug out there, chances are Charlene Gammell has turned it into a trinket.

The German Village resident, who owns Pearl Alley Pavers, is among several artists participating in GartenMarkt, set from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday, May 10, on the patio, or platz, of the Meeting Haus, 588 S. Third St.

Bob Mullinax, president of the German Village Garten Club, said the diversity of vendors is impressive.

Merchandise for sale includes wooden bowls, garden accents, pottery items and hanging baskets.

"I'm actually pretty excited about it," Mullinax said.

"I think we have some pretty unique people.

"We have some favorites coming back who always make a great sale. And I think we have some new ones, and new vendors bring back new people, who don't always know who's going to be there."

GartenMarkt is the largest fundraiser for the German Village Garten Club.

Gammell, a retired art teacher for Columbus City Schools, stamps T-shirts with dragonflies, ladybugs and butterflies. She also makes novelty magnets, many with images of dogs for the German Village crowd, and clay wind chimes.

"I'm a garden person," she said. "I volunteer at Schiller Park.

"I like bugs and all the garden insects. I think other people do, too. Butterflies and garden insects -- it just goes with the garden event."

There will be concessions for sale, such as hamburgers, hot dogs and grilled portobello mushrooms, and fresh-baked goods.

New this year, merchants will sell heirloom tomato plants, potted herbs and cut herbs, Mullinax said.

Mullinax said GartenMarkt will present hard-to-find flowers and plants.

"We've got two sets of people going out to specialized nurseries throughout the state -- one group of people looking for perennials, one group looking for annuals. They're going to have things you're not going to get otherwise."

Time is running out to purchase tickets for Jazz & Juleps, to be held from 7 to 9 p.m. May 9 at Meeting Haus.

Tickets are $30 each and available through the website germanvillagegartenclub.com.

Patrons get the first opportunity to buy merchandise while sampling appetizers and beverages and listening to jazz music.

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