Shop Local, Help Local!

Continuing the “shop local” theme, a unique arts and crafts festival will be held this Saturday (12/3) in Hastings, FL.  One of the good things about the festival is a portion of all sales goes to the Historic Hastings Festival Foundation!  Read the press release for times, artists and more about this unique festival honoring Pulitzer Prize Winner Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings. So if you are near Hastings stop by the Art Festival and shop local – help local.

the little town with the big art scene





 The Stanton Green (off Main Street)

December 3, 2011


Hastings –   At 10:00 a.m. Friday, 12/2, under the direction of Renee Stambaugh, native plant specialist and owner of Native Gardens Nursery, truck loads of plants, trees and everything green & otherwise about Cross Creek will begin arriving on The Stanton Green in Hastings.  When organizer Sandra Birnhak approached Stambaugh about creating a vision – an interpretation – of the small hamlet to the West she didn’t miss a beat and said “I can do this” sensing immediately that Birnhak wanted it to look like a movie set. 

Don’t miss this unique Festival – there is nothing traditional about it.  You will find the best in local craftspeople, music, food and ART – an Homage to our own Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings –  a writer whose friendships with the Crackers led to her stories of pioneer life in the swamps.   Marjorie had a complex and abiding love for her adopted land and its people.  It was a love that appreciated the smallest exchanges of neighborliness as an expression of human essential.  Over 30 Regional Artists will show their interpretations of Marjorie and her life from Cross Creek to Crescent Beach.   Joe Taylor, Eddie White & Sue Burdan – The Hastings Three –  will have small exhibits of their own work.  Artists will be the tapestry of the event – weaving around the exceptional local craftspeople – the Best Honey in N.E. Florida, Datil to die for, Rustic Furniture from Jim Rivers & Austin Gorham, native plants, Glenn Maurer’s wonderful signs, Anastasia Books, Hastings Friends of the Library, and, of course, the unveiling of The Hastings Library Youth Project’s “The Secret River” mural. 

 Don’t miss a great day filled with Art and everything Florida –  If you have a question about Florida’s native plants Master Gardeners Shirley Thompson & Sally Ann Freeman will be lending a hand to Renee.   Maggie’s Herbs will feature vintage Garden Hats and several folks have had Aprons made especially for the festival.  Of course, just getting a wiff of those herbs will send you to heaven.   Pat & Moe’s Bodacious Creek Biscuits will be available for Canines.  Photographer Richard Petty will be on hand with his exceptional Wildlife Photography.   Mary Rhadigan & Kim Sims will be joining us from The Art Shoppe in Palatka – they have some gorgeous items and both are outstanding artists. 

Winners of the Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings Art Exhibit will be announced at noon.  First Prize is $250. – Second Prize, $100.  And, we have a very special Honorable Mention Award.   Listen to the great Appalachian, Folk & Bluegrass music of the era played by our Region’s own Lee Kelly, Bill Snyder & Lee Pinkerson.  For lunch – try out The Culinary Institute’s Master of Regional Foods -David Bearl’s – Cross Creek Cookery Lunch – starting with Shrimp Pilau – Gloria Taylor heads The Bakery – our bakers take this work seriously – no messin’ around – these cakes, pies, cupcakes, cookies – are all awarding winning confections! 

Check out the Grand Re-Opening of Hastings American Legion (Circa 1917) – they’re serving up hot dogs & soft drinks and have a very special display dedicated to our men & women in uniform.   Member Walt Smith is very proud of the restored interior and new mural work on the outside. 

There’s much, much more – come down to Hastings and meet our Regional Artists –  those Artists that have come from all over our Region – Daytona, Hawthorne, Jacksonville, Crescent City, & Palatka to name a few local towns.  All Art is for Sale with a portion of each sale going to the Historic Hastings Festival Foundation.   Bring your Christmas Spirit and have a great time! 

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