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67th Annual Penney Arts & Crafts Festival & Sale Nov. 6 and 7

Carrying the theme, “Art from the Heart Binds us Together,” this year’s event celebrates the 90th Anniversary of Penney Retirement Community (Penney) and the 67th Annual Arts & Crafts Sale with a display of quilts created by residents of Penney as well as heirloom quilts created by family members of Penney residents.

The event will span three locations:  Barrows Hall, where you’ll find the Arts & Crafts Marketplace offering for sale a wide variety of crafts and art items made or repurposed by Penney residents.  Beautiful Christmas ornaments, wearables, paper crafts, stained-glass, fiber arts, handwoven items, woodworking and carvings, furniture, pine needle art, pottery, plants, ceramics, mosaics, quilts, clocks, and jewelry will be for sale. In the Penney Bakery, treat lovers can enjoy a wide variety of sweet and savory homemade and handmade baked goods.

Our Commons Building will house several attractions.  The Artisan Gift Gallery will present a higher-end collection of pieces by Bob Schwarzwalder and other resident artists and craft persons at Penney.   Our featured artist, Penney resident and award-winning woodcarver, Ivan Kurtz, will be live woodcarving both days, and on Saturday morning, the renowned wildlife woodcarver and competition judge, Bud Evans from St. Augustine, FL, will instruct and demonstrate wood burning and carving techniques.  The Coffee Shop in the Commons Building will serve coffee and cinnamon rolls each morning and homemade pie by the slice Friday afternoon, and in the Commons Game Room the Penney Artists will display and sell artwork in various mediums.

Finally, appealing to the kid in all of us, the Penney (model) Train Station will be in full operation both days starting at 10a each morning, running their full 1000 sq. ft. layout, and offering free hot RR coffee to visitors.

Major credit cards will be accepted for purchases of $10 or more; a Street Café will serve lunch on Friday; and both admission and parking is free, although a donation to the GCS Food Pantry or our P.E.T. program (Personal Energy Transport) is welcomed.

Founded in 1926, Penney Retirement Community is a not-for-profit continuing care retirement community founded by the department store magnate, J.C. Penney. It is located along the JC Penney Memorial Scenic Hwy on State Road 16 at Hwy 218 in the Town of Penney Farms (32079).  For more information about Penney or how to get a tour of our 200+ acre community, please visit the Penney Interest Center tent located between the Commons and Barrows Hall buildings, or call Rebecca Padgett, Director of Marketing, 904-284-5994 (800-638-3138).  You may also want to check us out on Facebook or our website:  For more information about this year’s Penney Arts & Crafts Festival and Sale, please contact the Penney’s Arts & Crafts Center at 904-284-7328, M-F, 9a-4p.