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Crafts, music on tap at Pinellas Folk Festival

(ran East, South editions)

Traditional music and crafts will be featured at Saturday's free Pinellas Folk Festival, 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. at Heritage Village, 11909 125th St. N.

Traditional rug-hooking and embroidery shows are among the activities. Pioneer crafts workers will demonstrate quilting, weaving, spinning, basketmaking and blacksmithing. More than two dozen historic buildings are available to tour.

More than a dozen musicians will perform, including Bobbert Brown; Susan Boyer Haley, whose family helped establish the first Florida Folk Festival in White Springs; Bobby Hicks, a fifth-generation Floridian called the Radical Cracker; and Frank Thomas, often considered to be the senior Florida folksinger.

Parking will be available at Ridgecrest Park, 12000 Ulmerton Road, with free shuttle service to the festival entrance. Handicapped access parking will be available at the Gulf Coast Museum of Art, 12211 Walsingham Road.

For information, call (727 582-2123.

Medal of Honor winners'

portraits museum exhibit

ST. PETERSBURG _ The military museum at VFW Post 39, 2599 Central Ave., is featuring portraits of 20 Medal of Honor winners painted by artist and museum curator John Silva.

Silva's portraits of the Tuskegee Airmen also are on display, along with military memorabilia dating from World War I.

The museum is free to visit and is open noon-5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Visitors also are welcome in the post canteen, Silva said. For information, call (727) 327-8109.

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