'Old Florida' Terra Ceia hosts 79 new Florida artists

rdymond@bradenton.comOctober 15, 2012 

TERRA CEIA -- Hundreds of art and craft fans navigated back in time to "Old Florida" as they ventured down Horseshoe Loop into SeaBreeze Park on Terra Ceia Bay on Sunday for the fourth annual Terra Ceia Island Arts & Crafts Show.

The event featured 79 exhibitors, probably an all-time high, said event coordinator D.J. Borbidge.

"Last year it rained and we had about 50 exhibitors," said a beaming Borbidge as she watched families munching home-baked goodies and perking their ears to hear prize drawing ticket numbers being called out by Bill Vogel for gift giveaways on the half hour from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

"There are so many great artists here and it's such a lovely spot," Borbidge added.

Not only could tourists shop at the booths of artists selling jewelry, metal art, oil and watercolor paintings, candles, hand-made furniture, canned food, hand-sewn creations honey and

kettle corn, but many enjoyed walking on the dock of the park and taking photographs of nearby Terra Ceia Bay.

It helped that the daywas sunny and warm, but not very humid, whichkept everyone in a festive mood, said Brian Elliott, who provided some ofthe music for the unique event.

"It's been a totally happy day," said Elliott, who refers to himself as the "Out-Island Doctor" from Little Off Key and who plays exclusively upbeat, Island-type music.

Hosted by the Village Improvement Association, the event benefited several cancer organizations this year, including Susan G. Komen For the Cure and Faces of Courage from Tampa.

Borbidge, a 14-year resident of Terra Ceia, is herself a cancer survivor.

"Our main goal is still to provide a really affordable annual arts and crafts show to the community," Borbidge said.

"Our entry fee for exhibitors is just $20, which is about the lowest around. The pavilion at the center of the park costs $25, which is still a great deal."

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