Sea Star Marketplace Returns to Frosty Drew Nature Center & Observatory, Ninigret Park, Charlestown, Saturday, July 27th

Date: July 27, 2013, 9:00 a.m.–4 p.m. (rain date: July 28, 2013)

An eagerly awaited summer event—Sea Star Marketplace—returns to the large field next to the Frosty Drew Nature Center & Observatory in Ninigret Park, Charlestown, on Saturday, July 27, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

There is something for everyone during this day-long celebration.

Over 80 exhibitors will raise their tents and exhibit and sell their work. Returning this year are local favorites, such as Splendid Loon Studio, and others are coming from various locations in New England. One potter is coming from as far away as Vermont. Handmade jewelry, pottery, paintings, photographs, blown glass, stained glass, woodworking, restored antiques, pillows, quilts, clothing, and more, will be on display and for sale.

The day features special events, as well. Of special interest, last year’s favorite—Dr. Giovanni Fazio—will speak at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. in Frosty Drew’s Sky Theatre (which is air-conditioned and handicap accessible). In a talk aimed toward young, budding astronomers and all who enjoy stargazing, Dr. Fazio will talk about one of the most outstanding problems in modern astrophysics: understanding how stars (including our Sun) are born, how they evolve in their early stages, and how planets form around them. Dr. Fazio says that these stars don’t shine forever, and eventually their fuel is consumed and most end in a violent death. The ashes left over from this life-and-death cycle are very fascinating objects: white dwarfs, neutron stars and black holes. Dr. Fazio is Senior Physicist at Harvard’s Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics.

From noon to 2 p.m., Kimberly Arcand will be at Frosty Drew Observatory’s booth signing copies of Your Ticket to the Universe: A Guide to Exploring the Cosmos. This beautiful book is full of stunning images (240 of them), each of which is accompanied by a description of what is in the image. One reviewer mentioned that Kim Arcand and her co-author Megan Watzke “use baseball, candles, and other everyday things as the basis for analogies that clearly explain the science behind the images.” Kimberly Arcand is with NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory.

For animal lovers and the curious, at 1 p.m., Professor Jonathan Twining will be present a Live Animal Program and show a variety of spiders, scorpions, frogs, salamanders, lizards, and snakes. Visitors will get a chance to see these animals up close and be given the opportunity to touch some of them. Meet Professor Twining and his animals outside the Frosty Drew Nature Center under the trees. Professor Jonathan Twining teaches at Eastern Nazarene College.

The day would not be complete without good food. The Matunuck Oyster Bar will return with lobster rolls and other seafood. Eddies BBQ, Pizza By Fire, and Del’s Lemonade will be there, and of course there will be hot dogs. The Vanilla Bean will bring ice cream, and Frosty Drew will sell strawberry shortcake.

During the day there will be live entertainment:
Sol Music (10:30–noon)
Mystic Garland Dancers (noon–1 p.m.)
Jon Campbell (2 p.m.–3 p.m.)
Mark Hinkley (3 p.m.–4 p.m.)

All day kids and their parents can visit the Kids’ Corner where kids can have their faces painted and enjoy fun activities.

The yearly event raises critical funds for the Frosty Drew Nature Center & Observatory, a private nonprofit educational organization, which this year is celebrating 30 years in Ninigret Park.