It can be difficult to find an alternative to the mass-produced gifts at the box-store chains during the holiday season. The search for something that supports the community and is a high-quality, handmade item sometimes feels like it isn’t worth the hassle.
The inaugural St. Augustine Makers Fest aims to solve this annual holiday dilemma.
The event, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, features local artisans showcasing their works of art, while offering craft making workshops. The festival aims to give the community an opportunity to get creative and be an actual part of the “makers” experience.
“Kids and many adults are used to going to a major retail store to buy a generic gift for someone. This event will show [them] how to make a quality craft that is worth being sold,” said Jacquelyn Zeichner, coordinator for the event. “We have had a huge response from the community and are very pleased with the participation of the local businesses that represent the best of what St. Augustine has to offer.”
The maker movement, celebrated at the St. Augustine Makers Fest, is a parallel to the Montessori method of education where students learn by discovery.
Zeichner said to the cupcake decorating station demonstrates the method.
“The cupcake decorating station isn’t just something that’s fun and good to eat; it’s its own work of art,” Zeichner said.
This inaugural event is a fundraiser for the St. Augustine Public Montessori School.
Attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy craft beverages and food from local companies, as well as learn about products created in their community and take part in a number of hands-on activities.
The festival will be at the Mark Lance National Guard Armory, 190 San Marco Ave.
Craft stations and activities will use a punch-card system. Punch cards may be purchased in denominations of $10 and $20 and there is a $1 entrance fee.
For information, go to staugustinemakersfest.com.