19th Annual The Villages Craft Festival

the villages1In case you didn’t catch the news, U.S. Census data revealed last week that, for the second year in a row, The Villages is the fastest-growing metro area in the country (Source: Tampa Bay Times). This is good news for the merchants, business owners and residents of this Central Florida retirement hot spot, but it’s GREAT news for us here at American Craft Endeavors.

Why? Because among the booming numbers, craft lovers from all over the country will be flocking to one of our favorite parts of Florida. Which means greater crowds at our popular craft festivals!

This weekend, we’ll have a chance to meet all residents at one of the newest and most popular downtown areas in the area for the 19th Annual The Villages Craft Festival at Brownwood Paddock Square. We love this awesome retirement community for so many reasons, and we imagine those are the same reasons that draw folks from all over the world to settle in The Villages.

French Lavender skin care by LaVieve

French Lavender skin care by LaVieve

1. “Old World” architectural style. Brownwood Paddock Square charms with an architectural style that is as art-inspired as the crafters who are part of our ACE craft festivals.

2. Great shops and restaurants. From retail giants and small business entrepreneurs, to decadent main courses and sweet treats for the family, The Villages offers visitors the best of all worlds.

3. Unique lifestyle features. The Villages is known for its famous golf carts — the way most residents get around this one-of-a-kind part of the world. That means there is as much creative variety in transportation as there is in anything else.

4. Access to Florida’s finest. Located in Central Florida, The Villages offers easy access to some of Florida’s most exciting and beautiful attractions, parks and recreational facilities.

5. Great place for lovers of art, nature, sports and more. Whatever you love — people, places, art, music, nature, sports, you name it — there is a place for you and yours in The Villages.

Florida Keys by Robert Green

Florida Keys by Robert Green

This Saturday and Sunday, join some of the most talented crafters in the U.S. at the 19th Annual The Villages Craft Festival. Whatever your budget, you are bound to find something wonderful to take home at a price you can afford. Entrance is free and open to the public, so don’t leave the family at home.

All of the items you’ll find are original and handcrafted, with love and pride, right here in the U.S. There is something for everyone, big and small, so don’t miss the chance to do some spring shopping for the whole family. Check out these amazing crafters and others at the 19th Annual The Villages Craft Festival.

Bookmark by Dan Davenport

Bookmark by Dan Davenport

• Don’t miss Neville Sinclair‘s soothing collection of natural lavender skin care products. Delicately scented and always a treat for the skin, LaVieve natural French lavender products are a welcomed addition to any skin care regimen.

• Hand-hammered aluminum is a unique medium for crafting, and Dan Davenport uses it expertly. Whether you’re looking for bookmarks or serving plates, be sure to stop by the American Forging booth and learn more about Dan’s craft.

Sandhill Crane Momma & Chicks by Christine Barton

Sandhill Crane Momma & Chicks by Christine Barton

• Check out Christine Barton‘s metal wall art inspired by the sea and all of its natural beauty at the Seascapes in Drift booth this weekend. Beach lovers won’t want to leave without stopping by and taking a look at the many beautiful pieces up for grabs.

• Photography lovers will fall in love with Robert Green‘s aesthetic and style. His photographs of places all over the United States will inspire the road trip of your dreams. Don’t forget to stop by his booth.

We’ll see you this weekend at the 19th Annual The Villages Craft Festival in Brownwood Paddock Square. Stay tuned to Facebook for more info!

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