Terra Ceia Arts & Crafts Show shrugs off rain

skennedy@bradenton.comOctober 10, 2011 

TERRA CEIA -- It was a drizzly, soggy day Sunday at the third annual Terra Ceia Island Arts & Crafts Show, but exhibitors didn’t allow a little rain to dampen their spirits.

Handmade jewelry, pottery, clothing and plants graced the tables, along with all manner of food, such as fresh apples, smoked barbecue and pastries, during the show at SeaBreeze Park, 55 Horseshoe Loop, Terra Ceia Island.

“Our people are really very steadfast, very happy,” said D.J. Borbidge, event coordinator, mid-afternoon. “When I got here, no one had called and said they’re not coming; about 50 percent of 77 exhibitors have stuck it out.”

“The exhibitors said they were surprised at how many came -- a lot are from the island, and they’re very loyal,” she said.

By late afternoon, about 2-4 inches of rain had fallen in the northeast corner of the county Saturday and Sunday, according to Paul Close, meteorologist for the National Weather Service at Ruskin.

The rest of the county had recorded less than an inch over the weekend, he said, adding that forecasters expected a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms today and a 30 percent chance Tuesday.

He predicted some sun today and a little more Tuesday, with temperatures returning to the mid- to upper 80s.

At midafternoon Sunday, the rain had stopped for awhile, giving shopper Wendy Savage and her daughter, Audrey, 7, a respite.

“We live at Pass-A-Grille, and this is a really neat area of Florida,” said Savage, who is an attorney. “We decided to come check it out.”

Dodging puddles, they bought books and a hair tie at the show.

Asked if she found the rain discouraging, Wendy Savage smiled and gestured toward the heavens, saying, “Oh, it’s just a sprinkling.”

Part of the proceeds of the show benefitted the nonprofit Terra Ceia Island Village Improvement Association and breast cancer awareness through the Florida Suncoast affiliate of Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, said Borbidge.

The event also was meant as “an economy booster.”

She concluded: “This show’s biggest push is to promote local businesses and talent.”

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