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Festival is crafty way to pass the weekend

(ran GB edition)

The first St. Peter Beach Street Craft Festival will take place this weekend on Corey Avenue.

Between 75 and 100 exhibitors from Florida and several other states will display wares from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission to the craft festival is free.

Everything from woodwork to jewelry to pottery to wearable art to paintings will be shown and sold. Items will range in cost from a few dollars to several hundred dollars.

"We'll have a little bit of everything . . . from the low end to the high end," said Helayne Stillings of Tampa, vice president of American Craft Endeavors. "We've tried to make this a family event. We'll have sand art for the kids, and a lot of the crafters are geared toward kids with items that would interest them."

In March, American Craft Endeavors organized an art show on Corey Avenue. Because the art show was so successful, the group decided to try a craft festival, Stillings said.

"This will be a laid-back kind of a craft festival for the summer," said Christine Relick, public relations director for Howard Alan Events, the mother company for American Craft Endeavors in Fort Lauderdale. "It's a nice opportunity for people to come out and look at the artists' work."

The second St. Pete Beach Street Craft Festival is scheduled for Dec. 9 and 10. That festival will take place in conjunction with a large Christmas celebration on Corey Avenue.

A variety of food items will be sold at this weekend's festival, including Greek and Spanish dishes, seafood, fruit smoothies and frozen lemonade. Ample parking is available at no cost.

For information on the event, call 962-0388.