At Tallahassee Italian Family Festa, held each year since 2010, Italian and Italian-American culture is celebrated in all of its forms. Bocce tournaments, a Madonnari sidewalk-chalk art competition, and a silent auction are just a few attractions, and spectators can fuel up with gelato, meatball sandwiches, and Italian beer and wine. Italian cars and motorcycles gleam in an exhibition, showing off their sleek surfaces and revving their motors with an Italian trill. There's also a children's area where kids can participate in face painting, a grape stomp, and other activities.
Proceeds from the festival benefit Florida State University's international travel programs and CIAO! Italian Club Tallahassee.
Chrysalis caters to design-inclined customers with premium fabrics, trimmings, and accessories for homes and offices. The vast selection of fabrics ($8.50+/yd.) boasts patterns and hues from brands such as Design Legacy, providing the perfect material for curtains, cushion covers, or Calvin Coolidge rag dolls. Or add a dash of flair and fanfare to rooms with decorative trimmings, such as cords, fringes, and braids. To further bolster creative spaces, pillage the mounds of accessories ($7.95+), brimming with pictures, lamps, statues, and other artful expressions. The store’s other passion of protecting tired feet from the hard reality of hardwood surfaces is seen in its large selection of rugs from Dash & Albert.
The framing masters at Picture Frames Unlimited LLC don’t frame art; they frame memories. They specialize in memorializing artwork and niche articles such as stitchery, antique clothing, and memorabilia. Owners Mary and Karen wield materials such as frames, matting, and premium glass for projects, resulting in presentations that combine quality, creativity, and custom attention to each piece.
Expert hands, marked by the evidence of careful labor, bring together frames with gilded baroque flourishes or sleek contemporary lines to shelter photos, paintings, mirrors, and cross-stitch samplers at Frames +. Computerized onsite mat cutting makes pieces seem to leap from the wall with color-complementing depth, drawing out the greens of a mountainscape or adding to the crayon signature on a fake diploma. Jerseys and souvenirs nestle in shadow boxes, and antique photos stay safe with conservation framing that preserves the visages of ancestors who traveled to America on the Mayflower or the barnacled back of a generous whale.: