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What makes Florida’s West Coast so special? Find out this weekend at the 21st Annual Downtown Dunedin Craft Festival, Sat. and Sun. from 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. With over 100 crafters and artists showcasing their unique, handcrafted pieces, there is something for every holiday budget in this little big town just a few miles from Clearwater.

Dunedin: A Gem of Florida’s West Coast

Dunedin has always been one of our favorite towns. While it has the feel of an intimate nook on the west coast of Florida, with streets, buildings and town charm that mirrors that of a small town, it has a big-town presence, with over 35,000 residents calling Dunedin their home. There are many other curious facts about Dunedin that make us love this special town even more:

Williams_Don_Raku Pear_low res The area boasts miles of beautiful beach stretches, but sand and sun are just the beginning. With crystal blue water, comfy subtropical weather and plenty of shade, it’s no wonder that Dunedin is the center of so much beauty and action.

Nearby? Clearwater just a few miles to the south; Tampa, about 20 miles east. But what’s offshore is quite special – the Honeymoon Island State Park consists of 385 acres of recreational areas, nature trails and beach areas, while Caladesi Island State Park has been dubbed the best beach in America, according to Florida International University’s Laboratory for Coastal Research.

What about activities? In addition to kayaking and snorkeling, visitors of Dunedin can enjoy shopping, dining and entertainment in a quiet but vibrant coastal area. One of the highlights of the year in Dunedin are the Highland Games and Celtic Festival, which celebrate Dunedin’s Scottish Heritage every April.

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Don Williams: Rock ‘n’ Roll Artist

But the most exciting event happens every year around this time, when American Craft Endeavors gets some of the best crafters and artists in the country together for a weekend of fine crafting, holiday shopping and fun with the Downtown Dunedin Craft Festival.

Last year, we had demonstrations by amazing St. Petersburg potter Don Williams and they were a rousing success, so we are very excited that he’s joining us again this year. The demonstrations are scheduled at the top of every hour starting at 11:00 a.m. and running until 3:00 p.m.

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Known in our ACE family and throughout the circuit as the Rock ‘n’ Roll Potter because of the rock music he plays as he showcases his techniques and abilities to the public throughout the day, Don and his equally talented wife Cristina own DMW Pottery Studio in St. Pete. Together, they create intricate, whimsical and all around incredible pieces of decorative ceramic art. All of their pieces are handmade – as their website indicates, there is absolutely no mass production – which makes each pottery piece unique and very special.

Forget the mall this weekend, and enjoy the cozy subtropical fall temperatures by the sea as you find eclectic, original works of artisanship at the 21st Annual Downtown Dunedin Craft Festival this Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 16-17 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Main Street in Downtown Dunedin. Bring your cameras, take some pictures with your favorite artists and post them on our Facebook wall. But more importantly, find amazing handcrafted purses, clothing, jewelry, folk art and much more. The festival is free and open to the public.

Come see us at the 21st Annual Downtown Dunedin Craft Festival For more information on this and other upcoming craft festivals, visit www.artfestival.com or email us at info@artfestival.com. You can also be a part of our social media communities on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest

 

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