|A girl's gotta get her holiday bling going on|
How are your holidays going so far?
With 12 shopping/baking/wrapping/decorating days left till Christmas most people especially women are starting to feel the crunch. Most of us don't have time in our schedule to fit one more party or shopping outing into our calender. I Know! That's why I am going to take you on a virtual road trip. Even though this is sunny Florida grab your coat & scarf because it is in the low 40's with wind & fog. We are going to the Placida Saturday Arts & Crafts Market located off of Gasparilla Rd (CR 771) just a tad south of the entrance to Boca Grande Causeway.
The market is located at the Historic Fishing Village of Placida. This is an array of little houses relocated from the local area and nestled right on the edge of Gasparilla Sound creating a wonderful place to experience old Southwest Florida. The village is the home of Margaret Albritton Gallery & The Fishery Restaurant. Margaret's gallery is the ultimate art eye candy for tropical beachy original art, crafts, & home decor.
The Art Market happens in the common area outside of the gallery. They have created an opportunity for any artist & craftsman to come and display their work at no entry fee. That is for free. Come on! And for the public who attend there is no parking fee & no admission fee. I always say "If it's foe free - it's foe me!" So are you ready? We're here and I got a great free parking spot right up front. Let's go stroll the art market.
|My niece Pookie loves any kind of outdoor market|
|The fog is lifting but it is still about 55 degrees and windy|
At our first stop we were greeted by a very festive looking Linda Fudala-Tucker. In her best story teller broad she read us a portion of her self-published book " 'Twas the Night of Nativity". The illustrations are by her sister Mary Fudala Stillwagon. I bought one for my mom and the author kindly offered to sign my purchase for me. Very nice considering all our hands were frozen from the cold.
|Local author and journalist Linda Fudala-Tucker|
|Maren Thompson of Woodsedge Pottery|
|Suzanne Martin of Damselfly Creations|
|Shirley Campbell of Shirl's Art Works|
|Personal Gardener Debbie Lutman|
|Jody & Julie of Glitter Girls on the Gulf|
|What a great way to add some glitz & glamour to your holiday buffet|
|Designer Zella Austin of Zella's Treasures|
|Deborah Teachout Bailey of Bailout at the Beach|
The wood sculpture below was a creation of Deborah's from her college days. When she needed a display for her jewelry she re figured her sculpture with dowels for hanging. Her necklaces are made from beautiful shell pieces found on local beaches.
|Deborah's re purposed sculpture from her college days|
|Artist Beverly Post Ketterer sells aprons for shelling on the beach. She got the idea from seeing people using Home Depot nail aprons.|
|Artist-Designer Tico Williamson from Sarasota|
|Artist Linda Soderquist|
|Lisa M Leydon and her handblown glass Natulis|
|Michele Cotty Loger of Cotty Designs|
|Kristen of Kristis Creations|
|The folks from G-Bone's were barbecuing pulled pork and serving up samples of their pickled swamp cabbage|
|G-Bone's of Fort Ogden, Florida (863)494-3332|
I apologize to the many artists that I failed to get pictures of. I am blaming the freezing cold and frozen picture snapping fingers.
|Please visit Artist Marsha Banas|
|The stage where they hold special events like the Placida Reading Festival & Rotary Club's Annual Seafood Festival|
|Fresh Fish is not that far away. Miss Cindy's located right in the village|
So there is talk that this adorable little village could possibly be bought and razed for yet another condominium complex. What a stinking shame. The shop owners have barely survived a new bridge that was just completed. Due to the construction on the road out front their traffic was cut by 50%. The annual Placida Seafood Festival will be held here March 19 & 20 in 2011. There is alway a hub in a community wheel that friends, family, & tradition revolve around. The Historic Placida Fisherman's Village facebook site says it all -
"Placida Fishing Village is a small very special place, reflecting a calmer & slower pace, a bit of old Florida & the way things use to be.
Come & Enjoy the View, the Food, the Orchids, the Shops & meet the Artist!"
If you enjoyed our virtual trip I hope you will plan to visit for real. After you cruise the art market you are only 10 minutes away from the world class beaches of Boca Grande & Englewood, Florida. Hopefully, this historic treasure will be here for years to come for our kids to enjoy with their families.