What Are The Chances?
Bushnell, FL - Events of Sunday, January 31, 2016
The day after we browsed the craft booths at the Kumquat Festival, we stumbled on another craft show closer to home. After church, we took the long way home to stop at a Winn-Dixie grocery store in a shopping plaza in The Villages. When we parked, we saw rows of canopies erected in the field in front of the plaza so we walked over to check it out. It turned out to be a craft show with 30 or 40 exhibitors.
One of the first booths we came to had interesting lamps made from fossilized coral. The stone comes from ancient coral reefs and contains fossilized shells in addition to the coral. The quarries are located on what is now dry land in the northern part of the Florida Keys. Large slabs that are removed from the quarry are cut into smaller pieces for the lamps by diamond wet saws. There were floor lamps, table lamps and glass oil lamps mounted on small stone pillars. The lamps are beautiful, but are much too heavy to carry in an RV.
We especially appreciated the fact the crafts were all of very high quality. One of the other things we liked is many of them had tropical themes such as the stained glass sun catchers at the upper right of the next photo that looked like waves on a beach. Some of the other sun catchers incorporated seashells into the design.
The paintings in the next photo are done in a painting technique called impasto where the paint is applied in thick layers to yield a heavily textured surface. The best thing about the paintings is they are weatherproof and can be hung outdoors. They would look nice on a wall or fence out on a patio.
Another interesting craft featured miniature waterfalls incorporated into mirrors. Although eye-catching, they aren't very practical because of potential problems with water spotting and hard water stains (this part of Florida has very hard water). They are also impractical for RVs because you would have to take the mirror down and empty out the water every time you moved to a different location.
One booth had attractive metal sculptures that were very well done. The next photo shows large herons, a medium-sized palm tree and smaller butterflies. We liked the attention to detail with nicely textured feathers, leaves and flowers.
Although we're glad we went to the Kumquat Festival, we found more crafts that we liked at the much smaller craft show in The Villages. Like we keep saying, we don't have room for many decorative items, but we still enjoy looking.