Fall arts and crafts fairs, bazaars, and pumpkin patches connect us with a simpler time

Children giggle. Parents share stories. Teachers hug their students. And friendly vendors sell sparkling jewelry, tasty homemade cakes, and one-of-a kind creations.

This is the Artisan Fair and it’s nestled among the bookshelves of the Brockway Memorial Library in Miami Shores. Neighbors and visitors who have never been here before can’t help but feel the community love.

This time of year, the arts and crafts fairs, bazaars, and pumpkin patches somehow connect us with a simpler time.

Girls play with handmade dolls at the Dolls By Carmen booth at the second annual Brockway Artisan Fair in Miami Shores. Back row, from left: Lily Calli, Mikaela Debach and Daniela Debach. Front row, from left: Adair Stamey, Ella Calli and Hadley Hale.

CHRISTINA MAYO For the Miami Herald

Three generations of daughters of the Quiros family had a booth of handmade dolls at the Oct. 7 Artisan Fair. Lina Quiros, 61, Carolina Quiros, 38, and Kalena Oropeza, 12, were all smiles as they shared the “Dolls By Carmen” craft works by family matriarch Carmen…

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