LARGO — After a year's hiatus, the Pinellas County Historical Society's Fall Jubilee is back.
On Saturday, the community will be invited to take a stroll under the oaks and pines at Heritage Village, listen to live music and check out homespun creations among 90 artisan vendors set up throughout the 21-acre living history museum.
The Fall Jubilee, started 33 years ago, has long been considered the Historical Society's largest fundraiser. However, the 2009 event was put on hold because of financial concerns, said Ellen Babb, Heritage Village director.
"Last year, the Pinellas County Historical Society was not able to handle setup because in the past they'd have assistance from county maintenance staff, and we had just gone through a reduction,'' she said.
But in the past year, the Historical Society, the official keeper of the region's history, has learned how to manage large events on its own, said Fran Johnson, Historical Society president and coordinator of the event.
The organization has acquired the skills necessary to handle the Fall Jubilee, Johnson said, after handling the Pinellas Folk Festival in January and the Market in the Park green markets held November through April.
"We were very disappointed that we couldn't have a jubilee in 2009, but we always planned on bringing the event back,'' Johnson said.
The jubilee is costing the Historical Society about $7,000.
"Two years ago, we made close to $10,000,'' Johnson said.
Longtime jubilee participant Mary Jane Robbins, who will have a table set up by the House of the Seven Gables, plans on selling items from her vintage home decor and collectible business, From the Heart.
She remembers the first time she sold her crafts at a jubilee.
"Back then, it was still called Heritage Park,'' she said. "My son, who is over 30 now, was just a little boy, and I dressed him in a train conductor cap and old-fashioned knickers. He waved at people to come by our table. I've been involved as a crafter with this event for years and have started three successful businesses with the exposure I have had at the jubilee.''
The Historical Society also has announced that the Jubilee Flea Market and Book Sale will be even bigger this year. It will take place at four locations on Heritage Village property:
• In the Pinellas Room auditorium, contemporary housewares items, tools, toys and home decor will be sold.
• The Harris School House will have a book and CD sale.
• The Lowe House will offer holiday decorations and craft items.
• The Safety Harbor Church will have vintage offerings including clothing, linens and antique furniture.