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Annual Holiday Bazaar at East Ridge at Cutler Bay

Oct 25, 2018 | Community News, News

CUTLER BAY, Fla.—The annual East Ridge at Cutler Bay Holiday Bazaar and Pancake Breakfast will be held on Saturday, December 1 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and the public is invited.   

East Ridge “Village Crafters”, residents who participate in the crafting club and ceramics class, have worked all year on the merchandise that is sold at the bazaar. Many of the items have a holiday theme including throw pillows, Christmas ornaments and wreaths, placemats, beaded jewelry and more. Created with seniors in mind by seniors, there are perfect gifts for a favorite relative or friend.  Plants will be for sale from the East Ridge nursery and fine gifts from the Thrift Shop.  Local businesses are donating items for raffle prizes.

There is no entry fee to attend the event and proceeds from the sale are used to benefit the community.

“It’s particularly gratifying to have this opportunity to show off our craft projects,” said Fran Plummer, the chairperson and event organizer. “Many of the craft items creatively repurpose items from the community’s thrift store and crafters recycle Christmas ornaments and decorations giving them a fresh new look.”

Studies find that arts and crafts and pursuing other creative projects benefit the mind, spirit and body.  Participating in a craft and art program can help alleviate boredom and keeps seniors’ minds busy. It’s a pleasurable way to spend time and offers a great way for people to socialize.  Furthermore, arts and crafts help with hand-eye coordination, cognitive abilities, and concentration.

“Many of us have discovered crafting since moving to East Ridge and now have time to pursue new hobbies since we don’t have to worry about cooking or cleaning,” she said. “We are exploring our creative side now that we have the time and a place to do so.”

The Lifestyle Center at East Ridge offers a large crafting studio and many residents gather there to work on projects but also work from their residences.

East Ridge is located at 19301 SW 87th Avenue in Cutler Bay.  To learn more about the life plan community or to schedule a personal tour, please call (305) 256-3564 or visit