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The Florida Woodcarver's Roundup
Classes starting on Tuesday February 3 thru Friday February 6, 2015.
Pre-registration will start about 1 Nov 2014 for FWR 2015 Class descriptions have NOT been firmed up and pre-registration forms are NOT available until 1 Nov. I will be announcing classes as their descriptions become available via the Yahoo Group newsletter IF you have signed up for it - see top left of this page to sign up.
The Florida Woodcarvers Roundup in 2015 will continue under the
sponsorship of the City of Clearwater's "Long Center" at the same location and same 1st week of February as in 2014.
The switch to the first week of February worked well from the stand point of reduced traffic conditions and hotel rates. The number of attendees was up slightly from the previous year. Pre-registrations were lower but walk-ins made up the difference.
The Long Center is located at 1501 N. Belcher, Clearwater. FL 33765. It is easy
to find and quick to get to from the interstate roads. The City will continue running the Roundup pretty
much as it has been run, with room for all classes to be inside the building. To view a map of the location click here. They have a web site although it doesn't show you much of interest to us - click here.
Jim will continue communicating to you via this web site and the YAHOO Group newsletter about the FWR as the information becomes available. Jim will have no information on Pre-registration except to post on the web site the forms when they are available and update a class as "FULL" or "Canceled" on the web site. Any questions/comments about the specific class content please address them to him at firstname.lastname@example.org or directly with the instructor. Personnel at the Long Center will not be able to answer class description questions nor will they access your pre-registration info.
The Long Center has a gym within which we will be using one basketball court. It is heated and air-conditioned at all times. We may have some evening activities depending on volunteers. If you would like to teach an evening class let Jim know. The building has lots of room, tables and chairs for the events continued growth. It has plenty of chairs but if perhaps you have a particularly comfortable chair or cushion you are invited to bring it along. Parking is close by and plentiful.
Once again we will have pre-registration - we are one of the few Roundups in the USA that does have Pre-registration. Most just have walk-in where if you are not there very early you may not get a seat in the class you wanted. Pre-registration must be mailed so as to be postmarked on or before Monday 27 January 2015, see the pre-registration form for instructions. Pre-registration is encouraged for your best choice of classes although most classes will have empty spots if you walk in.
The Long Center will open "gates" for walk-in registration at 7:30 am and start classes at 8:30 am until 4:30pm.
For lunch you may bring your own or there will be sandwich plates with with chips and drinks available - pizza is NOT planned for 2015. There is also a Publix Super market in the area at 525 S Belcher Rd, Clearwater, FL 33764-6321 which has a nice deli - to see map to the location click here. There is also a Subway store here.
For a General Schedule of Events and to know more about how this Roundup will be conducted at the Long Center click here.
Parking at the Long Center . There will be hand made signs directing you to where the best parking is for quickest entrance to the carving area. Just follow the signs. You will be entering from the parking area into the door pictured here:
and the entrance is seen directly behind the poles in the center of this picture taken from near N. Blecher Rd.
If this parking area should fill up, follow the road all the way around the Centers building and there is is more parking available on the back side.
Evening Classes and activities We could have evening classes if someone volunteers to teach them and if so you will see them- If anyone would like to put on an evening class let Jim know and he will get it advertised on this web site.
We could have other evening activities as well if we get a volunteer to organize them (contact Jim at JEODEA@aol.com) such as dinner, trade blanket, round robin, or contests.
Non-Carving Classes if you would like to offer a non-carving class contact Jim at email@example.com
Walk-in Registration option is still available. On the morning of the Roundup, The Long Center will accept cash, checks, or credit cards for walk in registration. It will continue at $8 per day as it was last year. They will have people inside the building at a table next to the entrance to the gym for registration paying by cash or check and to give a welcome & direct students to class location. If you desire to pay with a credit card you will be directed to the main desk area where they can process the card info. If you arrive late and no one is at the that registration table, please go to the long Center's main desk and register to get your wrist band. Instructors will be checking for wrist bands and send you out there, perhaps resulting in your not getting a seat in your class of 1st choice.
Hotels - If Jim finds a good deal for a Woodcarvers group Rate" at a local hotel, he will send out an email via the yahoo group newsletter as soon as possible. In mean time make a reservation somewhere that has a liberal cancellation policy.
RV Parks in Clearwater area : Frankly there is little choice or availability. Considering cost of sites and gas you may be better off leaving the rig at home and staying in a hotel. A few places you can try include:
Bay Aire Travel Trailer Park, 2242 Alternate 19, Palm Harbor, Fl. (727)784-4082
Caladesi RV Park, 205 Dempsey Rd., Clearwater, Fl. (727)784-3622
Belle Haven Mobile Home Park, 27554 U.S.Hwy. 19, Clearwater, Fl. (727)796-1450
Clearwater Travel Park, 2946 Gulf to Bay Blvd., Clearwater, Fl. (727)791-0550
Lee's Travel Park, 1610 Belcher Rd., Largo, Fl. (727)536-2050 click here.
Travel World RV Park, 12400 U.S. Hwy., 19, Clearwater, Fl. (727) 536-1765 click here.
It must be noted that these parks may already be full - they book a year in advance. If you get a spot or find a park is full let me know so I can update this info - email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Florida Woodcarving Clubs (with a web site if available)
SeminoleSuncoast Woodcarving club Seminole Recreation Center
9100 113th Street N, Seminole, FL. The Holland G. Mangum Recreation Complex is an active park setting located across from Seminole City Hall and adjacent to the Seminole Community Library. Wood carvers meet on Tuesday 8:30 AM till 11:00 AM For info about this locationclick here. For a map to this location click here.
Tampa - SunCoast Carving Club at the Carrollwood Culture Center, 4537 Lowell Rd., Tampa, FL 33618. We carve every Friday, 1 - 3pm and beginner classes same day/time at the center. For directions or info contact: 813-908-1825 email@example.com For more info CLICK HERE. For a map to this location click here.
Port Orange: Friends of Carving Club: This club meets from 6-8 p.m. each Tuesday at the Port Orange Adult Center on U.S. 1, south of Dunlawton Avenue- 4790 south Ridgerwood ave.Port Orange, FL 32127 (386) 756-5391. For a map to this location click here.
Lakeland Ridge Wood Carvers Club - Lakeland, FL. On the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th Tuesday of each month carvers gather to carve, share their techniques, and socialize. People come and go between the hours of 2:00 PM and 8:00 PM. 1st Tuesday each month the business meeting is held, carving is limited to 2:00 PM until 6:30 PM when the business meeting starts. Florida Presbyterian Homes, McArthur Center, 811 South Lakeside Ave, Lakeland, FL 33815 For a map to this location click here.
Deltona Delton Woodcarvers Club Meetings are held the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month at 12:00 pm(Noon) till 3:00 pm at 1649 Providence Blvd. Deltona, Florida (in the Deltona United Church of Christ meeting hall).
Homosassa - Nature Coast Woodcarving Club Monday Carving Session from 12:00 to 4:00 PM Loyal Order of Moose Lodge 201 1855 S. Suncoast Blvd. (Hwy 19)Tuesday Carving Session From 1:00 to 3:00 PM East Citrus Community Center, 9907 E. Gulf to Lake Highway(Hwy 44 East of Inverness, 4 miles East of Hwy 41)Thursday Carving Session from 1:00 to 3:00 Pm Central Citrus Community Center, 32894 Marc Knighton Court, Lecanto(1st left on Hwy 491 after the intersection of Hwys 486 & 491)Monthly Business Meeting at Lakes Region Library 1511 Druid Road, Inverness the First Friday of each month from 10:00 to 11:00 AM.
Sun City Center Woodcarving Club located at Sun City Center, Florida on Rte. 674 near Ruskin, Florida - just a few miles off I-75 between Tampa and Sarasota. We are in a 55 or older community and members from outside our local can become members under certain qualifications. Our present contact is Fred Joest, secretary and can be contacted at: phone (813) 634-6832 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. For general Sun City info and local maps href="http://www.suncitycenter.org/facilities/campus-maps.html">click here.
Palmetto - Manatee Woodcarver Club - 1st United Methodist, 330 11th Ave W & 4th St., Palmetto,FL 34221. Monday - 8:30- 12 Noon, everyone is welcome. Contact is Bernie Huizenga 941-723-2188 email@example.com . For a map to there location click here.
Sarasota area - Gulf Coast Woodcarvers Guild members and non-members carve at several locations in Sarasota area. The Guild holds business meetings on the 2nd Saturday of the month at the Boy's and Girl's Club, 3100 Fruitville Rd., Sarasota. For a map to that location click here.For a membership application click here. Contact Bette Lou Cookson firstname.lastname@example.org for more info about the Guild.
Venice Woodcarving- Senior Friendship Center 2350 Scenic Drive (off Shamrock Blvd) on Tuesday morning 9am-12 Noon. For info 941-493-3065 For a map click here.
TallahasseeCapitol City Carvers Club Meetings are held weekly on Monday nights from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Tallahassee Senior Citizens Center 1400 N. Monroe St.
JacksonvilleNortheast Florida Woodcarvers Guild - The Guild meets on the first Wednesday of each month from 6:00 PM until 9:00 PM at the Boy Scout Hut at Christ The King Catholic Church in Jacksonville.
Port St. LucieTreasure Coast Woodcarvers - Walton Community Center, 11090 Ridge Avenue (located on Harris Street and Ridge), in Port Saint Lucie. Meet Tuesday from 8:00AM to 12 Noon,also meet Saturday from 8:00am to Noon. For info to this location click here. For a map to this location click here.
Pompano Beach/Deerfield Beach Area: access to some wood, a HUGE library of patterns, loaner books and tapes, and cut outs. Contact: Lindy - email@example.com 954-783-2178. NE Focal Point Senior Center Woodcarvers: Tuesday 9 - 12 noon & Thursday 9 am to noon: 227 Northwest 2nd Street Deerfield Beach, FL 33441-1923 (954) 480-4449. For a map to this location click here
Sunrise, Broward County - Sunrise Woodcarvers - Carves every Tuesday evening from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the City of Sunrise Senior Center, 10650 West Oakland Park Boulevard, Sunrise, 33351, next to City Hall. All skills are welcome and there is an instructor for beginning carvers, with various carving kits and many loaner carving books available. For more information please contact: Jim Harris: firstname.lastname@example.org. Map to location click here.
Miami - South Florida Woodcarvers Club -Meets every Thursday from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., in Room 67, South Miami Middle School, 6750 S.W. 60th Street, South Miami, Florida. For a map to this location click here. Beginners and experienced wood carvers welcome. Instruction and carving supplies are available. For more information, please contact Marvin (305) 443-2769.
Punta Gorda - Charlotte County Woodcarvers Club - Tuesday mornings - at Punta Gorda Boat Club, 802 Retta Esplanade, Punta Gorda Map to the club facility
Eljobean (Port Charlotte/ Englewood area) - Myakka River Woodcarvers Club and the Harbor Lakes Woodcarvers Club - These two clubs a meet jointly on Monday morning from 8am-11:30am at the main community center building of the Harbor Lakes Encore RV Park on Rt 776 in ElJobean. For GPS users address is 3737 El Jobean Road, Port Charlotte, FL - (941) 624-4511
Click here for a Map
North Port Woodcarvers Club This club meets on Monday afternoons from 12:00 - 3pm at the VFW post in North Port on Pan American Blvd and corner with Trott Circle.
map to the VFW address for GPS users - 4860 Trott Circle, North Port, FL Contact: Ron Gauthier 941-2578480 email@example.com
Englewood Woodcarvers - Presbyterian Church on 405 Old McCall Rd, Englewood Fridays 12pm -3 pm for a map click here.
Port Charlotte - Cultural Center of Charlotte County Woodcarvers - 2280 Aaron St, Port Charlotte, meet Wednesday mornings, the center also has woodcarving classes taught by George Stewart on various weekdays, click here and look under the winter or spring season and then "Special arts and Woodworking" classes
Arcadia - Peace Woodcarvers Club-click here for web site- meets at the Spear recreation Bldg, Rt 17 north, Arcadia,FL every Tuesday 8am - 11:30am mid Nov - mid April. For a map to the location click here.
FT MyersCaloosa Carvers- FT Myers The Salvation Army Community Center, 10291 McGregor Blvd (1 1/2 South of Colonial Blvd), Fort Myers, Florida 33919 Meets every Wednesday morning from 8:30 until noon. For a map to this location click here.
Estero - Bonita Woodcarvers Club - Estero Recreation Center, 9200 Corkscrew Palms Blvd., Estero,FL 33928 - Wednesday 1pm to 3pm all year - From Corkscrew Road one mile east of U.S. 41, turn south onto Corkscrew Palms Boulevard- Fron I-75 take exit 123 and then west on Corkscrew Road -, contact 823-5688, 498-6394 or 498-0415. For a map to this location click here.
Ft. Myers Beach - Indian Creek RV and MHO Park - 17340 San Carlos Blvd.(1 1/2 blocks south of Summerlin Rd Ft. Myers Beach, FL 33931 - Thursday and Friday 9 to 12 noon. For a map to this location click here for a map within the park click here.
Contact me if you want to more know about where and when these groups meet and I will put you in touch with their current officers. This is a work in progress so if you know more about these or any other clubs, please email Jim O'Dea the info.
To have your club listed here contact Jim O'Dea firstname.lastname@example.org