The 4th Annual Coronado Craft and Bake sale in Coronado had one of its best ever events yet. This year’s fair hosted around 30 vendors who set up tables and offered an array of specialty items. From artists with canvases to fused glass sinks, to hand-made cosmetics, hemp clothing and an abundance of home-baked breads and goods. The fair was well attended by both customers looking for that unique item, to the vendors who happily filled the demand. Many vendors and charities bring their products to this fair once a year, and sales go to fund various causes.
The event itself is put on by the Coronado Area Social Association (CASA), a group that was formed in 2007 to help new residents coming into the Coronado area connect with activities and information resources. The Craft and Bake sale, is one of the several important events that CASA organizes.
Earlier in the year, the group put on two well-attended beach picnics, where people bring a dish to share. One picnic was followed by a Chili Cook-Off, where the community’s best chili cooks, match their crock pot skills against each other, in a blind taste test. Last year’s winner walked away with a $100 and for the benefit of all, the recipe is published in Playacommunity.com in the recipe section. During the year CASA has organized a few other outings such as a visit to the Royal Palace and a day at the Races.
Towards the end of the year, CASA puts on the Craft and Bake sale, which has been gaining a reputation for becoming more of a one-of-a-kind show, due to the unique vendors that attend. The main purpose of CASA’s table at the fair is to raise money for an annual food basket drive for the benefit of under privileged families with handicapped children. This year CASA raised over $1200 from silent auctions, sales of baked goods and donations. These funds will go towards the basket drive, with delivery in San Carlos on the morning of December 16th.
The CASA year always ends with their annual Christmas dance. It is a chance for the beach folks, to dress up and have an evening out on the town. This year’s dance will be held on Saturday, December 17th at La Carreta
restaurant, in Coronado’s Equestrian Center. The venue offers an open air, covered roof, which makes for a great dance floor. Tickets are now on sale. While the dance is just for members and guests, becoming a member costs only $5, and is well worth the price for invitations to CASA’s many fun events. To reserve tickets for the dance, email
In the four years since making an entrance at the beaches, the Coronado Area Social Association, has seen many changes. The organization elects a new volunteer board every year, who offer a friendly face to new comers through the various events they host. The association stands as a testament to the growth in the area’s expat community. The current CASA president is Louise Belisle, a retired French Canadian living in Coronado. CASA welcomes new members to its organization.
Vendors at the CASA Craft & Bake Sale
. Offered an array of home baked goods donated by members and featured baguettes from Queso
Chela in Capira
. Members and businesses generously supplied items for the silent auction which included paintings, gift certificates for various businesses, services, and restaurants. They also received cash donations. Some companies are purchasing required food items going towards the stocking of the 60 food baskets that will be distributed on December 16th in San Carlos. To become a member contact them at
Biscotti & Cookies
. These ladies are gourmet cooks and specialize in scrumptious cookies and biscotti. Cookies are candied ginger, chocolate or lemon. Biscotti flavors include rosemary cashew, chocolate almond, lemon poppy seed, cantuccini
(anise), crystallized ginger. They also make Mediterranean olive oil & orange cake, red velvet cake and tomato soup spice cake. Will bake for special events. Contact:
. Handmade paper journals, boxes, perpetual calendars, notebooks, kindle covers and more. Rainforest Papers is a passionate hobby for talented paper artist Christine Trexel
, who also does custom books, basic book repair and papermaking
classes. Her goods are available at Bambusillo
in El Valle, Papiro
Viejo and in the gift shops at a number of Panama City hotels. You can reach her at