Under the shade of the oaks on the north end of Lake Maggiore in St. Petersburg on Saturday, art, crafts, juggling, music, games and ideas provided by anyone who wants to be there will unfold. That's the whole idea for the annual Circus McGurkis, now in its 19th year. There's always jewelry, pottery, handwoven baskets, stones and crystals and other handcrafts from people all over Florida's West Coast.
Called the "People's Fair," Circus McGurkis is a free fair sponsored jointly by the American Friends Service Committee and the Religious Society of Friends (Quakers). It usually has a little bit of everything, with special focus on activities for children and families.
"Last year the theme was "Trees Please' so this year we thought "Flower Power' would be nice. After all, the '60s are coming back," said Tina O'Brien, who is in charge of Circus McGurkis.
"We will have story-telling by Lynn Carol Henderson and singing by Veronica Jackson," said O'Brien.
This year the T-shirts sold by the Circus McGurkis committee will feature one of O'Brien's original designs of a flower. There will also be an art table set up for children to do original art.
Attendance is free, and if you wish to sell something, you can do it for $10 but you must bring your own table or display. For non-profit organizations the fee is $5.
AT A GLANCE
Circus McGurkis is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at Lakeview Park, 20th Street and 28th Avenue S in St. Petersburg. Call 822-5522 or 327-6726.