Area residents and visitors will have a one-time opportunity to peek inside Clara’s Closet and discover what the young lead dancer from the Nutcracker Ballet has stored there from Christmas pasts. This event will benefit the St. Augustine Ballet and will be free and open to the public on Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015, in the Haven Hospice Community Room, located just a few doors south of Planet Fitness at 2497 U.S. 1 South in St. Augustine. Clara’s Closet will be open from 2 p.m.-5 p.m.
According to event organizer, Carol Albanesi, this showcase is not just for fans of ballet. “We are bringing together a group of unusual, if not unique, vendors who will be offering items that would be hard to find locally,” said Albanesi. “And their items will be competitively priced with up to a 30 percent portion of the sale price used to support dance in our community.”
Among the vendors lined up so far are Exotic Recovery (specialty potpourri and sachets), Image Leather (high-end leather jackets appropriate for Florida), Tres Mois Jewelry, Miche Purses, Sweet Pea Homemade Children’s Clothes, Your Self Expression Jewelry (a jewelry line conceived by a teenager in Jacksonville), Unique Gemstone Designs and Under the Sea (jewelry).
A smaller version of The Nutcracker Boutique (usually set up only during the performances of the St. Augustine Nutcracker just before Christmas) will also be open during this visit into Clara’s Closet.
“Shoppers can buy for themselves or get in some early Christmas shopping,” said Albanesi. “They can select from items not usually available in this area and snack on local food specialties while doing so.” Albanesi said the Ballet is blessed to have several local food providers show their support for the Ballet at this event by providing fare samplings to shoppers.
“We have gotten commitments from Ned’s Southside Kitchen, Salt Life Food Shack, St. Augustine Distillery and The Tasting Room Wine and Tapas,” Albanesi revealed. “And we hope to ask a few more of our community’s best to participate.”
There will also be free raffles and other goodies for those who come by to shop and support the St. Augustine Ballet. Even if you have never given a second thought to Clara and her Nutcracker, this sale is for everyone, including you.