Sun City opens its gates to the public this weekend with the first annual Art in Sun City festival.
Art in Sun City will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, in and around The Lake House. Sun City is located off Hwy. 521.
The festival will feature art and crafts from Sun City residents, including pottery, paintings, woodcrafts, quilts and hand-sewn items. Live demonstrations and music are also part of the fun. The community's cooking club will have cookies and other sweets for sale.
A portion of the proceeds from the festival's sales will go towards charity and another portion will go back to the Sun City arts clubs that helped organize the event, for purchasing equipment and materials.
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Sun City, for residents age 55 and over, has more than 60 clubs. More than 12 of those clubs are arts-related, according to Lifestyle Director Trevor Sunderlage.
"A lot of people have always wanted to do things like this and now that they are retired they have more time for these things," Sunderlage said.
Resident Debbie Devokaitis is part of two Sun City sewing groups - the Quilt-a-holics and Stitch and Chat. She said she looks forward to the opportunity to sell some of her knitting and quilting work.
"We're all driven to create something beautiful," Devokaitis said. "But you only have so much room in your home. You only have so many friends you can give gifts to, so what are you going to do with these beautiful things you create?"
The Quilt-a-holics will raffle off a quilt, Devokaitis said, with proceeds from the raffle going to Safe Passage in Lancaster County.
Devokaitis wants people from all over the Panhandle and Fort Mill to join the residents of Sun City to celebrate the arts. She is excited about introducing the Indian Land community to the people of Sun City, and showing off their handiwork.