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TCH, partner to present Arts and Crafts Show

By TIFFANY REPECKI / trepecki@breezenewspapers.com - | Nov 24, 2020

PHOTO PROVIDED Bob Marshall and Anita Force Marshall

Residents and visitors have the opportunity to shop local and support local at a weekend event.

In partnership with Boulderbrook Productions, The Community House will host an Arts and Crafts Show on Nov. 28 — this year’s official Small Business Saturday — from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The event will feature original arts and crafts produced by artists and artisans hailing from within Lee County.

Director of Marketing and Event Planning Sarah Jacobson explained that TCH and Boulderbrook typically put on the Sanibel Masters Art Festival — an indoor-outdoor juried show — during this time of the year. However, in light of the ongoing pandemic, they reformatted the event to make it safe.

“We have brought it all inside and have decreased the size for everyone’s safety,” she said of the total number of participants. “And we changed it so it’s just local artists, artisans and even craftsmen.”

Jacobson added that it will be a quality event as it was previously a juried competition.


“Some of the people who are coming are artists they won’t see other times of the year,” she said.

There will be approximately 20 participants.

“We’ll be using the full facility, so there’s just a few vendors in each room,” Jacobson said.

Attendees will find one-of-a-kind, handmade and homemade wares. There will be jewelry, oil and watercolor paintings, wood pieces, stained glass, paintings on refurbished windows, all-occasion and holiday cards, shell crafts and more. TCH Resident Chef Jarred Harris will have his culinary items.

“All things for your holiday shopping needs,” she said.


Plus, the pricing on the items will offer options for every wallet.

“It’s anywhere from $5 to over $300,” Jacobson said.

She added that a lot of the participants are bringing their business cards with them, so attendees interested in having something personalized made can do so and have it in time for holiday gifting.

In addition to reducing the number of participants to allow for proper social distancing, TCH will implement other safety measures. There will be a one-way entrance with guideline arrows on the floor. Temperatures will be taken at the door, and the total occupancy at any one time will be monitored.

“Masks are mandatory and will be worn the entire time,” she said.


Admission is a suggested $5 donation.

“They are going to the straight operation of The Community House,” Jacobson said of the entry fees. “We are, as most people, struggling to keep the lights on. So, at this point, every donation helps.”

The public is encouraged to swing by.

“I think it’s really important to shop locally on Small Business Saturday — and we want everyone to feel safe doing it,” she said. “What better time than when picking up a gift for your loved one?”

TCH may still have some spaces available for participants who were unaware of the show. Those interested can contact Jacobson at marketing@sanibelcommunityhouse.net for information.


For more about the event, www.sanibelcommunityhouse.net or call 239-472-2155.

The Community House is at 2173 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel.