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City Pulse: Get shopping done early at the Port Lavaca Art Guild craft fair

By Jessica Rodrigo
Oct. 30, 2013 at 5:30 a.m.

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If you go

• WHAT: Port Lavaca Art Guild Arts, Crafts, Antiques Festival by the Bay

• WHEN: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday

• WHERE: Bauer Community Center, 2300 state Highway 35, Port Lavaca

• COST: $2 admission; 12 and under are free

• FOR INFO: Call Carol Stewart at 361-552-6070 or visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/PortLavacaArtGuild.

With the holidays around the corner, arts and crafts fairs are the place to be. And this weekend, the Port Lavaca Art Guild is hosting its 42nd annual Arts, Crafts, Antiques Festival by the Bay.

For the $2 admission charge, visitors can peruse the vendors booths and find all kinds of gifts your friends and family won't be able to find at all of the corporate-owned shops and stores.

"We only accept handcrafted items," Carol Stewart, chairman of the art show, said, something the art guild takes pride in.

She said many of the vendors come from areas outside the Crossroads and bring with them all their wares to sell at the show. Because the Port Lavaca Art Guild has been hosting the fair for so long, many of the craftsman know how good the show is, she said.

This year's fair is set to include items made of wood, such as crosses, wall art and bowls, to custom-made jewelry and paintings and much more.

Outside the Bauer Community Center members of the art guild will host a silent auction for paintings and other items to help raise funds to cover the overhead costs of the group. This is the group's one fundraiser during the year, so they're sure to make it a good one.

In addition, the group will give away door prizes every hour, said Stewart. There will be items donated by vendors and gift certificates, too.

To make shopping easier for parents and families, there will be a children's booth where kids can make their own crafts to take home or give to others for the holidays.

Not to mention, the art guild hosts their popular snack bar, too.

"We have been doing that for years," she said. "People come just to buy the chicken and dumplings."

And you can believe the food is homemade, too. They will sell desserts, cowboy stew, chicken salad sandwiches and more. A lot of people will come to the fair after church Sunday to have a good lunch, she boasted. Remember, the $2 admission ticket is good for both days, so if you're looking for a second bowl of those chicken and dumplings be sure to make another visit.

The money raised at the event also goes back into the Port Lavaca community through classes for adults and children.

They teach watercolor, oil painting, acrylics, pottery booth and jewelry, just to name a few, said Stewart. "There's something going on all the time."

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