Delray continues 48-year 'Affair' with arts & crafts

By Rachel Leigh - bio | email

DELRAY BEACH, FL (WFLX) - Atlantic Avenue in Delray Beach is back open after heavy traffic – all taking place on foot - shutdown the street for the 48th annual Delray Affair.

"You can see anything from hand-woven rugs for your kitchen, high-end art. They have metal artist, custom jewelry, beaded jewelry, silver, gold, hammered jewelry. You name it, you can find it here," said event director Nancy Stewart.

"This year's Delray Affair, we've had beautiful weather so far. We have Unique Travel, a world travel showcase, and we have our New Artist Oasis this year."

Plus, more than 800 venders from across the U.S. and four countries. "It's fun to come down to shop. Everything at the event is handmade, hand-crafted, original art."

The three-day event raises about 35 percent of the operating budget for Delray's Chamber of Commerce and boasts profits for downtown businesses. "It brings in about $30 million worth of business into the downtown. The Delray Affair was created as an extension to our merchants 48 years ago."

A lot has changed in the past 48 years; in fact, the city has its own popup book displaying now and then photos. But, some things, like the city Christmas carousal, the Fourth of July fireworks show, and of course, the Delray Affair, continue to be traditions Delray Beach is proud to hold year and year.