Florida West Coast Bead Society is a community club that welcomes all who enjoy beading. The group meets at 7 PM in Sarasota, usually on the first Monday of each month (except for alternate dates due to holidays and special events) at the Waldemere Fire Station Community Room – which is located across Tamiami Trail (US 41) from Sarasota Memorial Hospital. Membership dues are $20 for the year. We’re a fairly large group with over 150 members, most of whom are from Sarasota/Manatee/Charlotte counties. All bead at various levels of expertise and enjoy learning with like-minded people.

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You are welcome to attend your first meeting as a guest. There is a program or project at each meeting. Information is generally emailed about two weeks to ten days before the meeting, and again several days before the meeting with a materials list if we are doing a project, which is also available on this website by clicking on the “Next Meeting” tab. Please check this information before you come so you’ll know if there are any date or location changes.

The Bead Society sponsors workshops with both nationally known and local Florida instructors. Recent workshops include those by Jeannette Cook, Diane Fitzgerald, Huib Petersen, Marcia DeCoster, Jill Wiseman, Cynthia Holsclaw, Nancy Cain, and Cristie Prince.

Part of our mission is to give back to our community. Please go to the “Service Projects” tab for details.

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