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Consumers flock to the Lutz Arts & Crafts Clearly show

Barbara Karnay, of New Port Richey, waits for shoppers below the roof of the Character Coast GFWC booth to acquire her Xmas wreaths that were being fashioned from clothespins. (Fred Bellet)

Soon after calling off its greatest fundraiser of the calendar year very last yr, the GFWC Lutz-Land O’ Lakes Woman’s Club resumed its preferred holiday searching competition and artwork demonstrate more than the weekend at Keystone Prep Significant, in Odessa.

The 42nd once-a-year Lutz Arts & Crafts Exhibit highlighted a lot of delicious treats to try to eat and myriad decisions for consumers wanting for unique things for people today on their holiday gift lists.

The annual arts and crafts show —now  known throughout the area — started out tiny, with a crafts exhibit at the Old Lutz College.

It has been held in modern yrs at Keystone Prep Large, 18105 Gunn Freeway, in Odessa.

The party, geared with holiday getaway procuring in thoughts, has been held with out fall short for many years, apart from for two decades. It was canceled in 2015 simply because of a sinkhole in Lake Park, and it was named off past yr mainly because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

It typically appeals to involving 20,000 and 30,000 in excess of the system of the weekend, offering people a possibility to shop, delight in each other’s organization, and take in the sights and seems.

This year’s function showcased extra than 200 sellers. Santa was there and an orchestra performed holiday getaway tunes.

The woman’s club makes use of proceeds from the party to support scholarships and quite a few neighborhood businesses and results in.

Published December 08, 2021

Artist Michael Howland’s fluidic operate of an American flag was an eye-catcher for quite a few strolling as a result of the Lutz Arts & Crafts Present. Howland is from Keystone Heights, exterior Gainesville.
Michele Northrup, a previous Lutz Guv’na, hawks her very hot sauce. The Saucy Queen, of Lutz, receives an guide from Atlas Cortecero, as she allows the group know how saucy her sauce is.
Kathleen Nay will make her way into the menagerie of steel birds, part of a exhibit underneath the tent of Robyn’s Backyard garden of Steel Backyard garden and Garden Ornaments. Nay, together with her sister, Elaine Duncan, both of those of Tampa, were being checking out the creative wares at the Lutz Arts & Crafts Present, introduced by the GFWC Lutz-Land O’ Lakes Woman’s Club, on the grounds of Keystone Prep Superior School in Odessa.
10-thirty day period-aged Kate Aldridge allows out a yawn, as her mother Courtney Aldridge, of Land O’ Lakes, pushes her stroller alongside a single of the rows of seller tents. Kate’s brother, Chandler Aldridge, 4, was there, too, alongside with pal Jill Melle, of Brooksville.
Timmy, a 3-year-previous French Bulldog, had it manufactured in the shade as Jenny Engle wheels him as a result of the arts and crafts present. Engle is fostering the puppy for Southern Point out Bully Rescue. The lady was accompanied by her mate Krissy Mazza. They are both equally from Shady Hills.
Mary Wealthy, of Land O’ Lakes, and Sharon Greene, of Tampa, glimpse above the outdated wooden put up business containers for sale underneath Paul D. King’s booth at the Lutz Arts & Crafts Present. The boxes — some of which day back again to the 1800s — ended up converted by King into financial savings financial institutions.
Bill Genovese, of Tampa, and also a member of the New Horizons band, sported this heels-above-head elf hat, adding merriment to the time.