Monday, December 9, 2013

News rom Craftman House Dec 2014

The past few days we have lived through Black Friday, Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday, & of course Small Business Saturday.   Instead of getting caught up in these "special" days, make a shift in your habits to support your local economy by shopping at locally owned, independent retailers throughout the year.

We continue to receive new work in from both our national & local artisans.   Make it special and give a unique, handmade gift this holiday season.

Handmade Furniture:  beautiful & functional.  

I Dreamed I Was a Doorman at the Hotel Del Coronado

Grinch cover

Everyone loves Dr. Seuss.  Craftsman House was selected as one of a handful of galleries across the country to represent The Art of Dr. Seuss.  Some images from his books that we are all familiar with, and some of his "Secret Art" that he created outside of hos many books.

We are really excited about our new hand blown glass pendant lights:
3 different shapes, in various colors, custom made for your home.

And we just received new hand blown glass beer mugs!

Thanks to all who came out for some great concerts here in November.  Mike & Ruthy were the surprise show of the year.  We already have requests to bring them back.  Dan Bern also put on a great show.  And of course we were honored to have another pair of sold out shows by Jimmy LaFave with his incredible band.
We book shows here at Craftsman House with the thought that some people are going to take a chance on coming to see a performer who they are not familiar with.  So even if you have never heard of them, you can be sure that it will be an incredible show if we have booked them here in our intimate listening room.  We would rather skip a month rather than book a sub-par performer.  Our shows in December continue this.  Verlon Thompson & Sue Cunningham are two incredible national musicians in their own right, who are now performing together & coming to Craftsman House this weekend (see below).

Check below for 2014 concert announcements.

Stop into the cafe & meet Grace, our new artist-in-residence.  She recently moved down from the cold 'Burg (Pitts) to our sunny 'Burg.  When she's not serving you lunch in the cafe, she can be found in the pottery studio.
She serves our holiday drinks here hot or cold --  gingerbread lattes, peppermint mochas, spicy hot chocolate, & spiced ciders.

Have a smart phone?   Download the free front flip app.  Each time you stop in, just scan our QR code & get a scratch-off ticket on your phone.  Each ticket is a chance to win a $150 gift card & other great prizes in the gallery & cafe.  You can also use the app to win prizes at a number of other locations in St. Petersburg.

2nd floor studio apartment

The Craftsman House studio apartment was recently featured on the ABC television show The List.  
Check out the two minute segment here:
An alternative to the generic chain hotels.  Stay at the Craftsman House second floor studio apartment.  This charming, historic 1918 property has a full-size bed, a pull out sofa bed, refrigerator, stove, AC, TV, private entrance, & windows on all four sides. Trolley stop across the street -- ride it downtown or to the beaches.
Click on the lodging tab on our website to view more images.
Book now.  We are already booked for half of Dec, Jan, March, & all of February.


Emma's Revolution
Friday, December 6th at 7:00pm

The return of our friends Sandy O & Pat Humphries!   Dynamic harmonies, guitars, & engaging stories.
Call (727) 323-2787 for tickets.

Their music is ”part of the worldwide revolution which will save this planet… these songs you’ll find yourself singing for the rest of your life.”  --- Pete Seeger
“Their voices & guitar parts are interwoven tightly together like the textures & threads in a fine Persian carpet” --- Doane Perry, drummer Jethro Tull
“Emma’s Revolution stands out among those voices that deliver a nudge to our conscience and a sense of who we could be”  --- The Daily Herald

Verlon Thompson & Sue Cunningham in concert
Saturday, December 7th at 7pm
Grammy-nominee Verlon Thompson is a Texas Americana songwriting icon & plays a mean guitar.  His songs have been recorded by Jimmy Buffet, Alan Jackson, Sam Bush, Del McCourey, Kenny Rogers, Trisha Yearwood, Guy Clark, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, & many others.  He performs with 3-time Florida Fiddle Champion, Sue Cunningham.  
1st Set: They perform Find Your Angel  the "fiction based on fact" musical story of Lorena, a privileged southern belle from Vicksburg, MS whose perfect life collides with the Civil War!  
Watch this short promo video:  
2nd Set: All out & open with random songs from their extensive song lists.
Call (727) 323-2787 for tickets!  This one comes highly recommended.

Haslam's 80th Anniversary Celebration
December 8th
2:00 at Haslam's
3:30 at Craftsman House
Join St. Petersburg Preservation and Keep St. Pete Lit in celebrating 80 years of Haslam's Bookstore in the "Burg.  The fun starts at Haslam's with special speakers looking back at the years - including USF historian Ray Arsenault and an original Haslam's poem by Maureen McDole.  The fun continues with birthday cake and good cheer at Craftsman House.  

Table Top Art
Show continues through the holidays
Some of the top functional clay artists from around the country have been invited to create a place setting for this inaugural show.  Cover your table tops with functional pieces of art during the holidays & throughout the year.  Place settings will be on display, available for purchase, & to order additional sets.

Historic Walking Tour
Saturday, December 28th @ 10am
$5, or free to St. Pete Preservation members
The Historic Kenwood walking tour will start at Craftsman House on the 4th Saturday of each month. The tours start at 10am & last approximately 2 hours. It makes a great Saturday to take in the Historic Kenwood walking tour, followed by lunch at Craftsman House. As an added treat, Historic Kenwood tours include a stop inside a restored Kenwood home. Check the St. Pete Preservation website for details on all their walking tours.
Stop by Craftsman House & ask for your free "Preserve the Burg" sticker 

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