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Thanks to all for SJCCA’s Fifth Art Expo success

March 6, 2013
Pine Island Eagle

To the editor:

SJCCA's Fifth Art Expo, the brilliant Feb 22-23 juried event created and chaired by Mary Ann Harms, had an Artists' Reception organized and catered deliciously by Melissa Myers. Thanks to the juried artists, to contest photographers and to our raffle sponsors Two Fish Inn - one-night stay and gift tote won by Ray Morge - and Belle's Secret Spa Gift Basket won by Joanne C. Thanks for donations from artist Rachi Farrow, Low Key Tiki, Sandy Hook, Hobos, Winn-Dixie, Waterfront, Ragged Ass, Jody McCollum ( and Salon LA. Thanks to Wayne Harms and all who helped him set-up and place signage.

Congratulations to first place winners in the Photography Show. Jan Clements, novice color; Jack McManus, advanced color and Mike Astle, advanced monochrome. Best in Show was the "African Crane" by Barbara Morris.

For this our 50th season at SJCCA, our chefs, K.B. and Stephen and their volunteers, have done a phenomenal job with three big breakfasts and the holiday dinner. Spaghetti Dinner Chair and Chef B.J. Austin (she makes the best home-made meatballs!) and her volunteers did a terrific job Feb. 19. Thank you Idle Speed for playing.

Kudos to Captain Jack for creating our biggest Beck Boat rally ever. We also thank vendor coordinators Cindy and John, our host/hostess coordinators Joan and Phil, our Pickin' in the City organizers Cindy and Pine Island Sound, Flea Market organizer Shelley and Golden Brush seminar coordinator Linda. Additionally, a rousing shout-out goes to every activity leader at SJCCA - all 21 of you!

Thank you to the editor of the Pine Island Eagle, Meghan McCoy, for finding the words to make our history interesting to islanders. Thank you, Charlene Russ for your ever-helpful skill set and attitude. Finally, St. James City Civic Association thanks all SJCCA members for a resounding 50th season as well as all of you Pine Islanders for turning out to support our special events and our weekly activities. Visit us at

Sincerely for the SJCCA Board of Directors,

Sharon Lee Astle, president



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