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2nd Annual Mountain Arts & Craft Celebration - November 1 & 2, 2014

A BIG thank you to Harry & Dena Abell, and all of the volunteers of the Friends of Cloudland Canyon State Park, for hosting a wonderful event!  In spite of the cold weather (we even had snow flurries early Saturday morning!) we had a profitable show.  Harry, Dena and the volunteers were friendly and helpful, and went out of their way to make sure that everyone was as comfortable and happy as possible - including providing a delicious, home-made breakfast and indoor bathrooms to the vendors.  The attendance for the two days was surprisingly good, considering the weather, the $5 entrance fee to the State Park, and the $5 fee to park at the Celebration.  The Fall foliage was beautiful up on the mountain - something we don't get to see much of in Florida!

Another perk was that our booth was next to the renowned artist Larry Dodson's, whom we got to spend some time with.  His validation of the artwork we sell and his advice and encouragement were very much appreciated. 

All-in-all, we had a wonderful time and will be back next year!

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Comment by Connie Mettler on November 12, 2014 at 4:01pm

This is a beautiful park and I know they advertised throughout the state at the rest areas for many months. It is a great time of the year for people to be out exploring. I'm pleased it went well for you, Ellen.

Comment by Ellen Ruckstuhl on November 12, 2014 at 4:52pm

Thank you, Connie.  I neglected to mention that, even though we didn't get much time to walk around, there were some amazing artists, photographers & crafts people participating in the event, and delicious food vendors!  We met some wonderful, friendly people, and a couple who even invited us to stay with them next year.  It was a great weekend!

Comment by Anne Wooster on November 17, 2014 at 10:54am
I attended this show as well. It is a beautiful area and we enjoyed our time in Rising Fawn. I thought is was a very well thought out craft show. I have fine art and my price points do not work at this show. I made expenses, yet I had a great time. Wonderful people.


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