East end sparkles with fall celebrations

Second place chef Fran Edwards of Eastpoint offers a sample of her tasty creation. Photo available for purchase

Second place chef Fran Edwards of Eastpoint offers a sample of her tasty creation.

Lois Swoboda
Published: Wednesday, November 13, 2013 at 03:00 PM.

Under a sparkling blue sky Carrabelle and Lanark Village on Saturday hosted celebrations rapidly establishing themselves as community traditions.

Carrabelle’s Franklin County Senior Center hosted their second annual Fall Festival, a celebration of local arts and crafts, featuring a display of paintings and pastels by members of the Carrabelle Artists Association.

Vendors offered jewelry, art photography, floral arrangements and more, while in a side room was a rummage sale of household items, clothing and bric-a -brac. In front of the building were a half-dozen booths featuring the work of local artists.The center’s kitchen offered up specialty hot dogs to please hungry shoppers.

Vendors said the day went well. Jeweler Rod Gasche did a brisk trade and said he began selling items before he was fully set up and open for business.

Suzy Cooper reported the crowd hit early in the morning. “We had people from Tallahassee and the island,” she said.

Organizers attributed the events success to posting on the internet and support from the Tourist Development Council.

Five miles to the east, the Lanark Village Boat Club and the Lanark Village /St. James Volunteer Fire Department collaborated to stage the fifth annual Lanark Village Gumbo Cook-off, the largest so far with seven contestants and about 300 attendees over the course of the day.

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