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Updated: 12/05/2013 08:00:01AM

Holiday arts and crafts at Englewood sports complex

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photo by Chris Kourapis

The Englewood Sports Complex is located at 1300 S. River Rd. The Holiday Arts and Craft Show takes place from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. this Saturday.

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The huge gymnasium at the Englewood Sports Complex was the venue for the 2012 Arts & Craft Show where 60 artists/craftspeople participated.

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Nature photographer, Lynn Sarles, took this photo of twin bald eagles at Myakka Pines. Shell be selling framed and matted photographs at the Englewood Sports Complex this Saturday.

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Nature photographer Lynn Sarles will be selling colorful framed and matted photos at the Englewood Sports Complex on December 7.

By CHRIS KOURAPIS

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Program Coordinator Wendy Aldridge is busy preparing for this Saturday's free holiday arts and craft show at the Englewood sports complex. "Last year we set up 50 tables, and over 60 craftspeople showed up. We can accommodate that and many more without any problem," explained Aldridge," and customers really enjoy shopping in our comfortable, air-conditioned 11,000 square foot gymnasium." Artists and craftspeople will be offering a wide array of items that include woodcarvings, wine bottle creations, hand designed greeting cards, photographs, bike bells, pineapple/sea grass baskets, decoupage paper jewelry, and bamboo crafts. Families are encouraged to bring their children along, too, as a kid's craft zone will be set up in a side room where parents and tiny tots may assemble simple, holiday crafts. Materials will be supplied at no charge, but there will be no actual instruction. Miss Sharon's Dawg House, a concession trailer, will be parked outside at the complex entrance so hungry customers may enjoy hot dogs, chips, cold drinks, coffee and doughnuts before or after the show. With over 136 acres, and dozens of outdoor amenities, The Englewood Sports Complex is a beautiful scenic area to visit at any time of the year, and parking is never a problem.

Aldridge and her staff expect a "good mix" of vendors this year. George Newman, a skilled silversmith, will be selling glass jewelry wrapped in sterling silver wire and necklace/earring sets made from sharks' teeth and trimmed with silver, a process he developed to make his work unique.

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