Though Goodland is only a short drive away, it’s a community so unique it almost feels like a different world entirely. It has it’s own music scene, it’s own art scene, and of course, it’s own bar scene. It’s tucked into a little corner of the island, yet it’s bursting with all this energy. It’s no surprise then, that it would attract artists and foodies from all over Southwest Florida.
On November 14th the Goodland Civic Association heldits Fifth Annual Holiday Art & Craft Bazaar at MarGood Harbor Park in Goodland. It was an overcast, cool day— a perfect setting for walking around and viewing all the different and unique items for sale. Local artists, musicians, crafts people and restaurants showed up for the two-day event in order to share their work with locals and visitors alike. This year the Art & Craft Bazaar hosted an impressive 70 artists. There was a 50/50 raffle, a silent auction and a wine and beer area, obviously. Those in attendance were also welcome to tour the MarGood museum.
There were a wide variety of different items for sale. Kathleen Eichman was there with her husband, as well as their African gray pet parrot Trouble, selling their coloring book titled “Trouble’s Travels.” The book follows the parrot’s adventures, detailing how he came to them and how he almost got lost forever. Elizabeth Carlton was another author there showcasing her book,“Chivalry’s Code,” as well as some of her artwork.
Other artists included Judy Wittwer, a seashell embellisher. Judy was selling her glass block luminaries, wine bottle nightlights, beachcomber hats and collages.
There were multiple jewelry tents, a few photography areas as well as paintings and sculptures available. Staple Goodland restaurant Marker 8.5 had a food truck where they sold modified regular menu items. Redneck Rosie was also there with her parrot selling her famous sweet and spicy pickles.
All in all it was another successful bazaar. Until next year!