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Island craft fair will attract crowd

By Staff | Feb 3, 2015

Craft Fair organizers Patricia Armstrong (left) and Eileen Kehoe. CRAIG GARRETT

It’s so popular that visitors are at the door a half hour in advance.

The annual Arts & Crafts Fair returns Feb. 7 at the Center 4 Life. Some 40 vendors selling items that include pottery, jewelry, fabric/textile art, wearables, glasswork, photography, tropical plants, shell designs, wreaths and more will be available. Several authors will also join the event to sign and share.

The fair is the second vendor event attracting visitors to the Sanibel Center 4 Life. Trash & Treasures in November is the island’s largest rummage sale. Volunteers are seniors who are members of the Center 4 Life, which is an enrichment, social, and resource organization for 50 years of age and up who are residents or visitors to the islands. Proceeds benefit Island Seniors, Inc.

The fair in the last decade has gained in popularity — with vendors.

“They sign up for next year as soon as the last one ends,” event chair Eileen Kehoe said. “It’s been very popular.”

Kehoe said while crowd-pleasing sales and deals are good for crafters, it also brings awareness to the island’s senior center.

“These are community events,” she said. “And a chance to support local artists.”

The Feb. 7 Arts & Crafts Fair runs from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. The Center 4 Life is located in Sanibel on Library Way, just off Palm Ridge Road.