The talented residents of Penney Retirement Community are well-known not just for their years of service to others, but also for the large number of incredibly talented artists and craftsmen. For the 69th year, residents of Penney will offer a large variety of arts and crafts for sale on Friday, November 3, from 9 am until 4 p.m., and Saturday, November 4, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Each year, area shoppers have the opportunity to purchase one-of-a-kind gifts or select beautiful, hand-made art for their own homes. Artisans will be on hand to provide demonstrations and answer questions about their work. photo of life size angel

The “Hearts & Crafts in Action” Arts & Crafts Fair takes place on the Penney Retirement Community campus, located along US Highway 16 in Penney Farms, FL. Portions of the proceeds will be donated to the Green Cove Springs Food Pantry.

Among the works being offered this year is a series of hand-turned bowls created by 2017 Featured Artist Fred Pratt. Pratt, a John C. Campbell Folks School alumni, will demonstrate how he transforms fallen trees from the campus into beautiful bowls for use or display in your home. A sampling of some of his major works will also be on display. Ivan Kurtz, 2015 Featured Artist, is dedicating a wood carving of a Bald Eagle with an American Flag to honor Veterans. The eagle will be featured in a silent auction with the caveat that is be purchased for a veteran or veterans-related organization.

“Penney Retirement Community is a working Christian community, a place where people really care about one another,” said Pinna Arnold, a Penney resident who manages the Arts & Crafts Fair along with Marjory Hollowell. “God’s love and care are represented by the welcoming angel that will greet visitors who come to the sale. Here at Penney Retirement Community, we translate the love of God into action all year round.”

The beautiful outdoor campus will feature a number of themed areas to peruse, each offering different kinds of arts or crafts for sale, including a new category of handcrafted furniture and home accessories. In addition, the Coffee Shop will be offering free pie or cinnamon rolls and coffee throughout the day.

You can get a photo portrait with your pet at the Frame Shop, or visit the Railroad Station to see the elaborate miniature railroad in action. The weaving studio will have demonstrations by the weavers and offer hand-woven items for sale. Dozens of styles of arts and crafts will be on display and for sale.

“Our Arts & Crafts Fair is a place where people can experience a glimpse of how working together reflects God’s love. We hope they will leave inspired to see that God’s love nurtures the creativity in us all, and that the world is a better place because of that,” Arnold said.

Major credit cards will be accepted and free parking is available on the campus. For more information, call 904.531.2665 or Email

Here are some of the beautiful hand-made items that will be for sale.



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