Monthly Archives: October 2012


We’re thrilled to announce that the Lauderdale by the Sea Craft Festival will be returning for the 14th year this weekend to its original location in downtown along A1A and Commercial Boulevard.  This juried two-day event hosted by the Lauderdale by the Sea Chamber of Commerce is also being held on its original weekend, October 27th & 28th.  Admission is free and open to the public.

More than 100 crafters from 30 different states will showcase their unique handcrafted work with prices ranging from between $3.00 to $3,000 each.  Folk art, pottery, handmade jewelry, paintings, personalized gifts handmade clothing and scented soaps and body products will be offered within this outdoor craft festival.   

Lauderdale by the Sea Craft Festival

The event planning company, American Craft Endeavors, is renowned for providing the very best of crafting events throughout North America.  Each crafter is hand-selected from hundreds of applicants through a jury to ensure a superior event that includes both quality and affordable crafts. 

For additional information on the 14th Annual Lauderdale by the Sea Craft Festival and any other American Craft Endeavors craft shows across the country, please visit, join our Facebook Page at or call 561-746-6615.

A special thank you to our 14th Annual Lauderdale by the Sea Craft Festival sponsors – Amway, Florida Home Improvements, Ford Hunger Drive and The Sun Sentinel.

Lauderdale by the Sea Craft Festival gets back its grass roots


The first major outdoor art festival of this season hits the streets of Hyde Park Village this weekend, October 27th & 28th, with a blast of pink!  Howard Alan Events has partnered with the signature breast cancer division for the American Cancer Society, Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer research.

Along with many of the merchants and exhibiting artists displaying special pink handcrafted gift items, there will be a special giveaway happening where you will have the chance to support the cause and make a $1 optional donation for a chance to win an original “Fight Like A Girl” specially decorated bra.  This one of a kind garment has been designed and donated by the pink petticoatIn addition, the lucky winner will receive an after hours private shopping party for ten people at the pink petticoat store, which will include champagne and desert or wine and cheese as well as store wide discounts, a value of $200!  Every penny of the proceeds will go directly to Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.   The drawing will be held on Sunday at 3 pm and the winner will be notified via cell phone.

the pink petticoat

The festival will include more than 150 of the finest artists from over 30 different states as well as the top local talent, including photographer Linda Mayes (from Venice, FL), mixed media artist Susan Lane (from Key Largo, FL) and jewelry designer Lori Kay Olling (from Tampa, FL).  Each of these artists will have their specially created artwork on display and for sale in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Hyde Park Village Art Festival

Susan Lane Artwork

Hyde Park Village Art Festival

Lori Kay Olling Jewelry

Be sure to check out the Lexus exhibit where you’ll see the finest in car offerings on display along with the Werther’s Original exhibit where you can sample their delicious candies, have your picture taken in the photo booth and much more!

Come down (or up!) and enjoy a family friendly event which will run Saturday and Sunday from 10 am through 5 pm along Swann and Dakota Avenues in Tampa.  See you there!

Hyde Park Village Art Festival Gets Pinked Out This Weekend!

Whats going on at The Las Olas Art Fair this weekend


This weekend, October 20th & 21st Las Olas Boulevard in Downtown Fort Lauderdale will be lined with over 200 national artists and fine crafters. This top ranked art festival is the first major fall outdoor art event. This year marks the 25th Anniversary of the show! Along with the artists and crafters, be sure to check out the extras below!

On site Giveaway

Register to win this commemorative sculpture during The Las Olas Art Fair! Veteran Las Olas Art Fair artist Todd Babb has created this sculpture in honor of the 25th anniversary of the show. The steel sculpture is titled “Perpetual Bliss” and resembles the Howard Alan Events logo. The registry booth will be located across from the Cheesecake Factory, next to the Poster Booth. The winner will be drawn Sunday at 3PM. To view more of Todd’s work visit

Las Olas Merchant Specials
The following Las Olas merchants are offering “Art Fair Specials” during the show, Saturday & Sunday 10AM-5PM. Be sure to stop in these stores for these great discounts during the show!

Shop 603
603 East Las Olas Boulevard
Take 10% off the entire store!

702 E. Las Olas Blvd
Browse over 300 styles for $39 or less!

Deborah James
623 East Las Olas Blvd
The hottest designer shoes like Cordani, Pons Quintana, Bernardo & more under $100.

810 E Las Olas Blvd
50% off the entire store!

Rick Case FIAT

Make sure to stop by the Rick Case Fiat exhibit located at 9th & Las Olas. Check out the new Fiats inside and out. Also enter to win $45,000.00 in Chrysler Cash. You can use it towards any Chrysler Vehicle but we recommend a HIS and HER FIAT. Good Luck!

Visit Downtown Stuart THIS Weekend – Free, Craft Festival!


No weekend plans set in stone for October 13-14th? has you covered! Join us in historic, Downtown Stuart, Florida this Saturday and Sunday from 10am – 5pm for Free! You will enjoy over 100 crafters, both local and traveling artists! Learn what inspired these crafters firsthand, shop for handcrafted goodies and, even get a chance to meet these artisans and crafters as you stroll Martin County’s quaint, Downtown Stuart area, full of interesting and unique restaurants, clothing boutiques and beachy gift shops!  (Get your Holiday Gift Shopping done early)!

The 13th Anniversary Downtown Stuart Craft Fair , happening this weekend, features more than 100 crafters exhibiting and selling their work in an outdoor gallery setting.  From photography, paintings, sculpture, jewelry and more showcased from local and traveling crafters, your visit to Downtown Stuart is sure to be a feast for the senses!

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Raising Breast Cancer Awareness at the Sarasota Craft Festival


October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
The 18th Annual Downtown Sarasota Craft Festival
October 20th & 21st

The Downtown Sarasota Craft Festival will take place October 20th & 21st, Saturday and Sunday 10am-5pm. The show is set up on Main Street and features over 100 national crafters. In addition to this wonderful annual craft fair, exhibitors are raising breast cancer awareness. Festival visitors are encouraged to join crafters in wearing something PINK at the Festival. Many of the crafters will be displaying a piece of artwork in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Below are a few of the crafters who will be taking part in this great cause at the show.


Tonya Smith
Will have a pink angel displayed in honor of her friend Tiffany who was recently diagnosed with Breast Cancer. She will be donating 20% of her proceeds to breast cancer research.

Linda & Larry Mayes  
Will be displaying pink ribbon charm bracelets, earrings and anklets. As well as a photograph with a pink rose for those who have been touched by breast cancer in some way.

Sue Babin-Swift
Will be displaying a bear dressed in pink with an inspiring message.

Leah Jamison
Leah’s entire business was created as a result of her having breast cancer. She will be displaying Breast Cancer design aprons. 

Lisa Davin
All purchases will include a pink heart.
Ron LeVene
Will be displaying a pink ribbon drop from dichroic glass.
Kathy Skomsky
Will have a special piece displayed.


Robin Short
Will have quilts created with Breast Cancer Awareness fabrics. 

Enter to win a weekend getaway at the Venice Art Festival


ENTER TO WIN a weekend getaway at the
25th Anniversary Downtown Venice Art Festival   
November 3rd & 4th, 2012   

The lucky winner will receive:
2 night stay at Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott Venice- Friday and Saturday, November 2nd & 3rd, 2012.  Includes complimentary breakfast and on-site parking
$75.00 Gift Certificate to Cafe Venice Restaurant & Wine Bar
$25.00 Gift Certificate to Sharky’s on the Pier
4 Single Serve Waffle Cones courtesy of Bresslers- $19.00 value
1 Framed Official 25th Anniversary Edition Festival Poster courtesy of Venice Main Street
The winning package must be used November 2 – 4, 2012, during the art festival.

 Click Here To Register  
Contest ends 10/19/12

But wait there’s more! There will also be an onsite Art Giveaway during the event-

Enter to win Elaine Laurent’s piece on Saturday, November 3rd in her booth. 

A Quarter Century Venice
Size: 8in x 12in x 3in deep
Cigar Box Art
Value: $100.00

Enter to win Steve Whitlock’s piece on Sunday, November 4th in his booth.

Sarasota Grouper
Lemon Bay to Passage Key Chart
Size: 35×45
lithograph reproduction
Value: $375.00

2013 Ford Escape Hunger Drive


Ford Motor Company and Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization, have joined forces to drive hunger out of America. Volunteers are hosting Hunger Drive events at their homes or other selected locations for an amazing cause that will ultimately help provide up to 1.5 million meals to the needy. Those who come to these events will have the opportunity to experience (and be able to enter to win) the all-new 2013 Ford Escape! For each attendee, Ford will donate meals to Feeding America.

During the month of October, The 2013 Ford Hunger Drive will be exhibiting at the following American Craft Endeavors Craft Festivals:

10/06-10/07             18th Annual Downtown Delray Beach Craft Festival (Delray Beach, Florida)

10/13-10/14             13th Annual Downtown Stuart Craft Festival (Stuart, Florida)

10/27-10/28             14th Annual Lauderdale by the Sea Craft Festival (Fort Lauderdale, FL)

Be sure to stop by the Ford exhibit at these great events, check out the new 2013 Ford Escape and help this great cause.