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You know fall has arrived when the arts and craft shows begin.

Creative Connections, a new group of local artisans and crafters, are presenting “A Community of Care Arts & Craft Fair” at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, at Connection Church of God (formerly Inverness Church of God), 416 S. U.S. 41 in Inverness.

“We’re a new group, up and coming,” said event organizer Nicole Smith of Nicole's Restored Treasures. “We’re all local vendors, and there’s a lot of great talent and really good people. We have a lot of fun.

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“The idea for this group is not just to add crafters, but to be a group of people who enjoy the arts and the artistry of the craft,” she said. “So, this is a community event to kick off the start of fall and enjoy beautiful arts and crafts and amazing one-of-a-kind work by talented, local small business people.”

Some of what you will see — restored furniture and treasures, fabric-wrapped bowls, barn and garden décor, wheel-thrown pottery, handmade jewelry, baby headbands and bows, vegan and natural soaps, wind chimes, chalk designed signs, etched glass and much more.

“One Smart Cookie will be there, and her cookies are works of art,” Smith said.

Smith also said that one of the missions of the Creative Connections group is to benefit the organization or venue that’s hosting them. In this case, it’s Connection Church of God and their regular food pantry distribution that provides food for people in the community each week.

“So, we’re asking everyone to bring nonperishable food items with them to donate to the church to help feed local families in need,” Smith said.

For more information, find the event on Facebook at and search A Community of Care Arts & Crafts Fair.

Craft vendors include:

Nicole's Restored Treasures

Secondhand Sundries

Melinda's Unique Handmade Gifts

Gypsy Soul Creations

Because of H(him) iMakes

Rikki's Crafty Creations

Chalk Couture

The Horton House

Ed's Workshop

TLB Customs

One Smart Cookie

Caitlin's Creations

V's Trinkets & Treasures

Baker's Bisque

Leslie's Fabric Creations

Frontier Leather

Minnie Sews

Anke's Holiday Creations

Creations by Kalenika

Cali Cole Creations

Highly Creative

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