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Organizers tout open house as the perfect prescription for holiday fun

BY JOYCE MCKENZIE
Special Correspondent

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TEMPLE TERRACE — There’s nothing not to like about one of the Temple Terrace Junior Woman’s Club’s most successful and longest running annual events.

So says Mindy DeVane, who, with Coleen Garner, co-chairs the club’s 11th annual Holiday Open House/Girls Night Out from 5 to 9 p.m. Dec. 2 at the Omar K. Lightfoot Center, 10901 N. 56th St.

Temple Terrace Animal & Bird Hospital is its gold sponsor.

“It’s four hours of unadulterated shopping,” said DeVane. “And what woman doesn’t love to shop!”

What’s even better from the club’s perspective is that the proceeds benefit the organizations it supports including the Temple Terrace Public Library, the Tampa Humane Society and the American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge in Tampa.

There also will be five drawings throughout the evening from a basket of attendees’ names and the winner of each will be awarded $100. Winners need not be present to claim their prizes.

But in DeVane’s opinion, it’s the lineup of more than 30 new and returning vendors that should serve as the event’s main attraction.

Simpatico Silver, Scentsy, Miche bags, Gold Canyon Candles, It’s Personal — Beijo Bags, Bali Bay Trading Company, Eden’s Nectar, What About Us bakery treats for dogs, Origami Owl, Thirty-One and The Scarf Lady are just a sampling of those returning from past years.

Bent Twig Designs, Glass with Glitz, Silver Linings, Hero Wrap, Little Miss Crafty Chick, Sew Be It, Silver Spoon children’s apparel, Lady Ashley Designs and Stretchies by Judith are among the new vendors who’ve signed on.

“We try to have a good mix of new and old so the event doesn’t get stale,” DeVane said.

Bent Twig Designs creator Michael Ellinger hand-makes one-of-a-kind wreaths he likes to embellish with floral accents and colorful ribbons. His work recently earned him the Top of Show Award at the Junior League of Tampa’s Holiday Gift Market.

“His stuff is amazing,” DeVane said.

Shoppers also will be able to bid on a mix of silent auction items consisting mainly of goody-filled baskets meant for holiday gift giving.

In addition, attendees will be entertained with a keyboard ensemble of tunes performed by students of Virginia’s Piano Studio, courtesy of proprietor Virginia Grissom.

And for those who may not have had the chance to grab an early dinner beforehand, the Tempe Terrace Juniorettes will be serving hot dogs and pizza, courtesy of Temple Terrace’s Five Star Pizza.

Norma Walker, a longtime Temple Terrace Junior Woman’s club member, said the open house provides a perfect opportunity for gals of all ages and interests to meet up with family members and friends for a night of fun.

“It’s also a good way get a get a head start on the Christmas season,” Walker said.

Visit www.ttjuniors.org or Facebook under “GFWC Temple Terrace Juniors Holiday Open House” for more information.

Joyce McKenzie can be reached at joycecmckenzie@gmail.com.

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