Rotary Planning for Most Successful Arts-Crafts Fair

provided to Santiva Chronicle

The Sanibel-Captiva Rotary Art & Craft Festival returns Feb. 15-16 on the grounds of the Sanibel Community House, 2173 Periwinkle Way. Organizers of the 37th annual festival expect some 7,000 visitors. The juried show offers more than 100 artists and crafters, exhibitors, cultural jewelers and booths and activities relating to health, life enrichment and disaster relief education.

The festival is Rotary’s largest fundraiser, and an island tradition dating to the 1980’s. Event chair Scot Congress said, “Proceeds are used for island education, outreach and select Rotary works, and in clean water, sanitation, disease eradication and conflict resolution throughout the world.” Sanibel-Captiva Rotary also funds world programs to provide wheelchairs, erase poverty and promote vocational training. Miracles in Action in Guatemala is one of those programs serving the impoverished in the Central American country.

Representatives with the group will be at the festival. Apparel with designs by icon/artist the late Ikki Matsumoto will also be available for purchase.

There will also be a silent auction of some 150 donated art items, merchandise, restaurant and hotel certificates and more. A very popular all weekend event that attracts hundreds of bidders for these desirable items. Everyone finds something that they want to take home.

The food court has become a special place where visitors can relax sitting at comfortable tables surround by art and the award-winning food from Little Joe’s. They serve thousands of satisfied customers every year. They have been in business since 1981 because of their excellent service that is second to none. Bring your appetite to enjoy his excellent meals.

Rotary is an international organization with some 1.2 million members in 168 countries. The Sanibel-Captiva chapter is more than 70 members. The group meets Fridays at the Dunes Golf & Tennis Club. Visitors and Snowbirds are welcomed to the 7 a.m. meetings. Rotary Art & Craft Festival hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. A $5 donation is requested. Drivers will be directed to free parking.

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