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More than 100 exhibitors featured in Arts & Crafts Fair

By Staff | Mar 16, 2016


This year 104 exhibitors will display their arts and crafts on the grounds of The Community House during the 33rd annual Sanibel-Captiva Lions Club Arts and Crafts Fair.

The fair will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, March 18, and Saturday, March 19, at The Community House, 2173 Periwinkle Way. There is a suggested donation of $5 to attend the fair, which is good for both days. Children under 12 years old are free of charge.

“It’s a lot of fun (and there is) a lot of stuff to see,” Lions Club President Kurt Peters said. “We get tremendous support from the community.”

The juried show will feature such items as sculptures, jewelry, clothing and photography around, and inside, the The Community House. He said the great thing about the fair is a good amount of the exhibitors offer small items, which are great stocking stuffers.

Some exhibitors, Peters said also will arrange for shipping when an item is purchased.

The fair will also include more than a 100 silent auction items – artwork, sculptures, services, restaurant gift certificates and vacations – inside the Community House. The auction closes at 1 p.m. Saturday afternoon to allow Lions Club members with the opportunity to call all the bidders who won.

Be sure to participate in the raffle, which includes items donated by the exhibitors. Peters said a drawing will be held every hour beginning at 10:30 a.m. each day. In addition to the donated items, the raffle also includes one $100 and two $50 cash prizes.

“If the ticket doesn’t get pulled it stays in the drawing,” Peters said of the raffle tickets.

Food vendors will also be set up on the grounds offering attendees the option to enjoy some lunch. He said a good portion of the North Room of The Community House will have tables and chairs, so individuals can escape the heat, have a seat and enjoy their meal.

“It’s a place to cool down,” Peters said.

All of the proceeds generated from the entrance donation, raffles and silent auction will go towards many charities, as well as scholarships and sight based screenings.

“Everything goes to charity,” he said.

Some of the charities, he said includes F.I.S.H., Lighthouse for the Blind, Southeastern Guide Dogs and Trailways Camp. The funds are also used to purchase equipment for their complimentary vision, hearing, blood pressure and BMI screenings.

Parking for the event is free of charge and is available across the street at the Herb Strauss Theater, as well as other nearby locations. The event typically attracts thousands of attendees over the two days. For more information, visit SanibelCaptivaLionsClubArtsandCraftsFair.com.

Peters said the club serves and gives back to the community. The club was chartered on Dec. 26, 1967 and meets on the first and third Wednesday of the month at the Sanibel Community Center at 6 p.m. The meetings starts at 7 p.m.

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