ENGLEWOOD — Each year, on a sunny November weekend, groups and organizations around Englewood somehow simultaneously set up tables, bring out carloads of homemade crafts, home-baked goodies and all manner of used and odd items, and invite the community to come out and shop.
Whether they call it a market, a bazaar, a craft sale or a rummage sale, the fundraising efforts draw people by the hundreds. Sometimes, they even start with a preview sale on Friday.
Here is a sampling of what’s going on this week (and a little about next weekend):
Annual Christmas bazaar
The Lemon Bay Woman’s Club will hold its Annual Craft Bazaar from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday Nov. 9 and Saturday, Nov. 10, at the clubhouse, 51 N. Maple St. (Maple and Cocoanut), Englewood.
Club members have worked all year to hand craft unique items which will be for sale, including holiday decorations and gifts as well as everyday items. A raffle for our fabulous handmade quilt, holiday wreath and swag will be held on Saturday Nov. 10th. Baked goods and a light lunch will be available. Proceeds go to local charities and to the upkeep of the clubhouse which is on the National Register of Historic Places.
Crafts at GCUMC
Find treasures at the Holiday Sales at Gulf Cove United Methodist Church from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday, at 1100 McCall Road, Port Charlotte. There’s no telling what can be found at the Men’s Club Barn Sale. The Crafty Ladies will show off their handmade wares at the crafts sale in Oaks Cove. The Ladies are also offering goodies for the tummy at their bake sale. For more information, contact the church at 941-697-1747 or GulfCoveUMC@gmail.com.
Annual Craft Bazaar
The Rotonda West Woman’s Club Annual Craft Bazaar will be 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at a new location this year, the Rotonda West Community Center, 646 Rotonda Circle. It will be rain or shine. The bazaar will again be offering our “Cookies by the Pound,” Coastal Boutique creations, Christmas gifts, decorations, wonderful sewn gifts from the Sew n Sew ladies, and much, much more. All items are handcrafted, and all profits go to help support our community.
Englewood United Methodist Church, will host its annual Christmas Bazaar from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the Fellowship Hall, 700 East Dearborn St., Englewood. Coffee, donut holes and muffins will be available for purchase as well as traditional baked goods that sell out quickly. Admission is free and plenty of parking. The proceeds provide thousands of dollars in donations for post secondary scholarships for local students and a variety of local missions and community projects. For more information, contact the church office at 941-474-5588 or Sandy Perron at 310-592-0325 weekdays.
The first Manta Market is set for 2 p.m. Saturday at Lemon Bay High School, 2201 Placida Road, Englewood. Come find arts, crafts, artisanal foods and more. The Manta Market will be open one Saturday each month at Lemon Bay. There is still some open space for vendors. Cost for spaces is $25 for one and $35 for two. Information and registration forms and can be found at www.lemonbayhigh.com/MantaMarket.html.
Rummage, bake sale
Christ Lutheran Church, 701 N. Indiana Ave., Englewood, will be holding its semi-annual rummage and bake sale. There will be a pre-sale from 4-6 p.m. Friday, and the sale is open 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday. There will be lots of great bargains.
Englewood Lions Club, 4611 Placida Road, will have monthly flea markets from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. the second Sunday of each month through March. The first is Nov. 11. For more information, call Diane at 941-681-2161 and leave a message.
Garden Club Tour next week
The Lemon Bay Garden Club is planning its annual Fall Garden Tour & Fair, set for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16 and Saturday Nov. 17 centered around the clubhouse at 480 Yale St., Englewood. Six area gardens are on the self-guided tour, plus the clubhouse garden. Cost for the tour is a $15 donation. The fair at the clubhouse will feature homemade crafts and cards, baked goods, baskets for raffles and many plants grown by the members and available for purchase. For tickets and more information, please call Cheryl Tomasi at 941-882-2041 or Rose Sheedy at 941-276-1798.