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Rotary Happenings: Rotary Arts and Crafts Fair a huge hit…again

By Staff | Feb 25, 2015

Well, we did it. Sanibel Captiva Rotary’s Arts & Crafts Fair was an outstanding success. Even though it was the opening weekend of Fifty Shades of Grey, our Arts & Crafts Fair set the standard for a full-technicolor spectrum of color, visually tantalizing in every way bringing together a spectacular array of extremely talented artist and craftsmen vendors.

Crowds were lined up along the sidewalk on Periwinkle Way extending far down the path past the Community Park; all waiting in anticipation of the gates opening Saturday morning.

They were definitely not disappointed. Many of the early morning attendees came because they know the reputation of this Fair.

I heard from many of the vendors that exhibited, that this is one of the most organized Fair around and it’s true. Rotary has an amazing group of individuals that try and anticipate the needs of the exhibitors, always keeping in mind that whatever we can do to make the day a success for everyone pays off for all.

So, kudos to all the Sanibel-Captiva Rotary Fair Committee and its chairman, Scot Congress.

As the saying goes it takes a village to raise a child and the active planning and producing for one of the best Arts & Crafts Fair in Florida, takes a large number of people working on all aspects of the Fair and they collectively could populate a small village.

Artists from around the country present unique gifts, wearable art, sculpture, paintings, photography, wood working, painted furniture, jewelry and much, much more.

One of the most important committee responsibilities lies in the selection of the artist and craftsman selected to exhibit at the Fair.

A big shout out goes to Susan Sadler and her exhibitor selection committee and Tony Gropp, exhibitor liaison.

Standout Fair committee members are also to be recognized: Volunteer Coordinator-Jack Alexander, Silent Auction-Rodger Trifthauser, Logistics-Dick Waterhouse, Numbers Guys-Tony Gropp, Don Russell, and John Mason, overall Fair Wranglers-Robert Monk, Scot Congress and Bill Rahe, Communication-John Carney, Special Exhibitor- Guatemalan Coffee-John Grey, Miracles in Action Organization-Bead Sales, Marketing-Chet Sadler, TAB Advertising Sales and Layout-Charlie Emerson, T-Shirt sales-Rachel Tritaik, and Parking-Sunrise Rotary Club.

Our Sanibel-Captiva Rotary Club wants to thank the major sponsors of this year’s Fair: 2015 Gold Sponsor-Congress Jewelers, Silver Sponsor ABC7, Bronze Sponsors-John Grey Painting, The Sanibel Captiva Trust Company, Sanibel-Captiva Community Bank, and Sunny 106.3. We would also like to thank all of our TAB advertisers and most of all the attendees at this year Fair.

In the words of our Rotary Club President, “As our major fundraiser, this juried Arts & Crafts Fair helps our Rotary club provide financial resources to continue our club’s philanthropic endeavors locally, nationally and internationally.

“Our emphasis is on providing clean water, sanitation, improved health, disease eradication (polio plus), opportunities for education and literacy and worldwide peace through understanding and conflict resolution.”

All proceeds of our Sanibel-Captiva Rotary Arts and Crafts Fair will be used to support projects that align with these objectives and look forward to working with a number of non-profits and organizations in accomplishing goals that provide a future of hope for so many.

The Sanibel-Captiva Rotary meets at 7:00am, every Friday morning, at the Dunes Golf & Tennis Club, Sanibel.

Guests are always welcomed.

Upcoming Rotary Club speakers: February 27, Dr. Wilson G. Bradshaw, President of Florida Gulf Coast University.