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Multiple communities hold craft fairs

November 8, 2017
By CHUCK BALLARO ( , North Fort Myers Neighbor

What started out as a scheduling coincidence turned out to be a tremendous plus for the area's 55-plus communities as well as a way for them to come together and spend a Saturday morning.

At least five communities held craft fairs on Saturday and, with so much going on, it became a great way to spend part of the day looking for nice trinkets for the home and body, and perhaps get some Christmas shopping out of the way.

Del Tura, Tara Woods, Lake Fairways, Heron's Glen and Moody River all had dedicated vendors and some from their communities selling their wares. Jewelry, clothing, artwork, even body lotions and soaps were all for sale.

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Geoff Wilhite, artist, photographer and author of children’s books, sells his wares at Del Tura at its crafts fair Saturday.


At Del Tura, they needed two rooms in the clubhouse to put all 46 vendors. Residents got to take first dibs Friday evening before the general public was invited on Saturday, with the real winners being local charities, with raffles, door prizes and lunch served.

"Proceeds go to our food basket program. For Christmas we provide 70 baskets to families outside of Del Tura and gifts," said Wendy Wells, a resident and craft fair organizer. "People seem to like to make the rounds, rather than go to one place one day then another the next week."

Laurie and Katie Angelilli, Del Tura residents, were selling Christmas decorations. They said the multiple fairs bring in more people.

"We make decorations for the show. It's wonderful and all the proceeds from the tables where we display goes to charity. We're having a good time," Laurie said.

At Tara Woods, the Garden Club held a fashion show on Friday in preparation for the craft fair on Saturday and 30 vendors, most from outside the community.

Carol Shields, of the Garden Club, said the same communities usually hold the fairs on the same day.

"It just started out that way and it's continued. The communities have crafters in the neighborhood and they go from one fair to the other," Shields said.

Nicole Grimes, was not only selling crafts but also doing some shopping at other vendors' tables.

"There are a lot of unique gifts that you can buy for Christmas, birthdays. They put a lot of time into these crafts, and there are a lot of handmade items, knitted, woodworking, wreathes, all sorts of fun stuff," Grimes said.

Mary Gold was at her third craft fair of the day. She went to Tara Woods, then to Heron's Glen down the road, where they had more upscale offerings, she said, before going to Del Tura.

"It's been nice. I've met some lovely people at every fair. It's a beautiful day for it," Gold said. "I've bought some beautiful things. I bought a basket with six porcelain mugs and a teddy bear and two wreaths and jewelry."



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