Stop, Shop, and Visit with friendly folks.
You've seen the products of extremely skilled artisans, but you may not know how they get from raw material to finished goods. In the Stephen Foster Craft Square, you'll get a close-up look at the processes. Located a short walk from the park’s Carillon Tower, the Craft Square has 5 cabins that serve as demonstration areas for Florida artists as well as visiting artists from all over the country. Artists work throughout the Craft Square demonstrating various Traditional & Contemporary arts. Pottery, leather working, quilting, fly tying, basket weaving, painting and blacksmithing are just a few of the arts that may be seen. All the artists welcome visitor interaction, including performing one on one workshops. No matter what skill level you bring, our artists can provide a meaningful. Informative and life enhancing experience! Best yet, most sell their finished items in Cousin Thelma Boltin’s Gift Shop.
Cousin Thelma Boltin's Gift Shop is filled with the hand-crafted artistry of over 100 artists from throughout Florida and the Southeast. You'll be delighted and surprised at the beauty of these one of a kind items. Explore the large collection of unique handmade gifts including; pottery, jewelry, gourd art, quilts, wood crafts, iron works, walking sticks, soaps, musical instruments and much more. Explore our Florida library filled with books of poetry, nature, history, Florida lore, as well as a collection of Stephen Foster compositions and memorabilia all available for sale. Cousin Thelma’s Gift Shop also has one of the best collections of Folk music featuring past and present performers from the Florida Folk Festival as well as numerous other Florida musicians. Enjoy the old-fashioned games and toys section as well as a variety of children's plush toys, jewelry and souvenirs. Taste the local flavor of jams, jellies, honey and one of a kind treats. Stop in and beat the heat with refreshments such as ice cream, drinks and snacks.
January through November hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. - closed for lunch from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. daily
December hours: Please call ahead.
Call the Craft Square at 386-397-1920 for a schedule of demonstrations.