Normal Ducks Are Boring Anyway

Indie craft fairs are certainly nothing new on the South Florida scene. In the past few years, the fairs, festivals, and shows have multiplied all over the tricounty area. Like handmade goods, not all fairs are created equal, and while new fairs might seek to imitate, they cannot necessarily replicate. The Odd Duck Handmade Bazaar and Indie Craft Fair was one of the originals and remains one of the best on the local scene. Indie crafters are the ultimate social networkers, and to put on a good fair, the organizers have to have the right connections. The Hollywood Craft Mafia certainly has ’em. This year’s show will be at the Hollywood Central Performing Arts Center (1770 Monroe St., Hollywood; 954-921-3274) from noon to 6 p.m. After sifting through more than 200 applications, the mafia has carefully selected 80 vendors, including local staples such as Kitschy Aprons and Belle Adore Boutique. There will be live music and food, and guests are invited to enjoy the center’s café, breezeway, and courtyard as they eat, peruse, and purchase. The first 100 guests will receive goody bags filled with handmade swag. Admission is $5 for adults and free for children 12 and under. Those 21 and over are invited to the Odd Duck After Party at Mickey Byrne’s Irish Pub & Restaurant (1921 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood; 954-921-2317) for two-for-one drink specials until 8 p.m. Visit
Sat., March 31, 12-6 p.m., 2012
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Rebecca McBane is the arts and culture/food editor for New Times Broward-Palm Beach. She began her journalism career at the Sun Sentinel's community newspaper offshoot, Forum Publishing Group, where she worked as the editorial assistant and wrote monthly features as well as the weekly library and literature column, "Shelf Life." After a brief stint bumming around London's East End (for no conceivable reason, according to her poor mother), she returned to real life and South Florida to start at New Times as the editorial assistant in 2009. A native Floridian, Rebecca avoids the sun and beach at all costs and can most often be found in a well-air-conditioned space with the glow of a laptop on her face.
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