Valeana Stephans (left) and Veronica Fernandez at Old World Antiques & Fine Art on West Oak in Arcadia. Fernandez, the shop’s owner advocating for the Tater Hill Show on second Saturdays, pictures the downtown district closed to traffic at some point, bringing a more festive feel to the new event. Stephans is an artist visiting from New York City.

Historical Society’s December meeting

The DeSoto County Historical Society holds its “Our Year In Review” at noon Dec.13 at the Family Service Center Annex (old West Elementary School cafeteria). The meeting is free and open to the public. An 11:30 a.m. lunch is available for $6.

President Norma Banas at noon will conduct a brief business meeting before the presentation featuring the Society’s activities during 2018 and a look to future events. The meeting will close with an installation of the Society’s new officers and directors: President Banas, Vice President Vernon Keen, Secretary Stella Parker, Treasurer Dennis Tyson; Directors Tonya Border, Cindy McLeod Ely, Jeff Griffis, Bruce Neveau, Lou Towne and Luke Wilson.

During this holiday season, choose the gift of local history: the Society’s “Recollections” and “Cracker Cures” books, Howard Melton’s two volumes about Arcadia and DeSoto County; and reproductions of historic postcards of local landmarks. Also available at the meeting are T-shirts—featuring legendary Acrefoot Johnson as drawn by Luke Wilson—as well as Historical Society ballcaps and golf shirts.

In addition, the Society offers limited copies of three lithographs by longtime DeSoto County resident Guy LaBree, known as “Barefoot Artist of the Florida Seminoles.” Proceeds benefit the Society’s efforts to preserve and promote the history of DeSoto County. 863-266-5774,

Ridge League dinner Dec. 13

The Ridge League of Cities holds its dinner meeting on Dec. 13 at the Mosaic Arena. The League advocates on behalf of the interests in DeSoto, Hardee, Hillsborough, Highlands, Polk and Pasco counties. This will be first time in recent memory that Arcadia has hosted a League dinner event, said Judy Wertz-Strickland, a city council member and League secretary. DeSoto County sponsors fund the dinner, which is private and will not use taxpayer funds. Among issues League members will roundtable are new state amendments, policy, scholarships and other general topics.

Tater Hill Show is Saturday

The Tater Hill Show is planned for Saturday in downtown Arcadia’s historic district. The event is a twist on the Fourth Saturday shows, with vendors bringing collectables and specialty crafts downtown. “We’re trying to build something different,” said Veronica Fernandez, a Tater Hill Show organizer and the owner of Old World Antiques & Fine Art in the downtown. A new aspect of the Tater Hill Show is bringing new artists into the downtown mix, Fernandez said, which opens the door for them, and will likely attract younger buyers. Artists are encouraged to work during the show that runs from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Vendors work outside and line Oak Street. Specialty crafts that include boutique coffees are welcomed. Vendor details at 239-687-0858


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