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Jumpstart holiday shopping at Christmas Under the Oaks in Coachman Park

Damaged china becomes a necklace in the hands of Lori Rosenberger. Her one-of-a-kind creations include bracelets, rings, pendants, earrings and cuff links.
Published Nov. 6, 2014

CLEARWATER

Remember when Grandma's antique china bowl slipped out of your hands and plunged to the floor last Christmas?

Oops.

Well, if you haven't already tossed it, here's an opportunity to redeem yourself.

Bring the pieces to the 38th annual Christmas Under the Oaks Arts and Crafts Show taking place from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Sunday at Coachman Park.

Vendor Lori Rosenberger, owner of Cracked Up Jewelry, will be located among a sea of white tents in booth No. 19. The Clearwater resident is an expert at transforming the prettiest fragments of busted up or cracked china into lovely bracelets, rings, pendants, earrings and, new this year, cuff links.

She'll have plenty of premade items for sale, too. Some of the china used in her pieces dates to the 1800s and she documents as much history on each piece as she can. Most everything is priced from $32 to $165.

As you stroll around, you'll see the homemade and handspun works of 165 vendors including quilts, blown glass, country crafts, floral arrangements, ceramics, pottery, holiday ornaments and much more. There's something for just about every budget so it's a great way to start checking off those items on the holiday shopping list. DJ Chuck Fonshell will provide musical entertainment.

Animal rescue groups will be on the scene and there are some new food vendors this year, too.

This is the chief fundraiser for the North Pinellas Woman's Club, a nonprofit that doles out grants to worthy organizations like Clothes to Kids, Random Acts of Flowers, the Science Center of Pinellas, the Haven of RCS, and Tampa Bay Watch. They award scholarships to outstanding students as well.

"We've raised $420,000 through Christmas Under the Oaks over the years," said Mary Wright, fundraising chairperson, "and we've given it all back to the community."

The club also works on behalf of the elderly and disabled, and serves as an advocate for issues related to women, children and families.

Be sure to stop by their booth if you are interested in joining this community service group. They will also have free comfort pillows available for breast cancer patients.

Admission to the holiday jubilee is $2. Parking is free in city parking lots and garages on Garden Avenue and Pierce Street.

"We're hoping for a big turnout this year," said Wright. "Coachman Park is such a beautiful venue — there are always plenty of sailboats in the harbor. People have a really good time."

Reach Terri Bryce Reeves at treeves@tampabay.rr.com

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