Look Who’s Coming!

The following organizations, companies, and individuals are coming to the 44th Annual Circus McGurkis (2015) at Lake Vista Park!  To find vendors by category or search, scroll to the bottom of this page.

Sojourner Truth Center

SojournerTruthOur guiding principle:  We seek to work in the spirit and methods of Sojourner Truth and other elders who spoke truth to power.

The Sojourner Truth Center is dedicated to providing networking opportunities for  groups who focus in the areas of Local Food, Renewable Energy, Water, and Green Jobs.  Join us for conversation at our table under the banner.

Mangia Gourmet

MangiaMangia Gourmet is committed to Tasty, Homemade, Healthy, Local, & Environmentally Friendly foods with an emphasis on Gluten Free, Vegan, & Vegetarian specialties.  Local & Organic resources are used whenever possible, including local growers, beverage producers, & items for retail.  We’ll be serving Bean Burgers, Assorted Wraps, Soup, Hummus, Gluten Free and/or Vegan Baked Goods, Bottled Water, Kombucha, San Pellegrino Italian Sodas.

Ravens Meadow

ravensI make artisan clay and crystal jewelry. I also make dreamcatchers, sage fans and medicine bags. All of my work has an organic feel and is one-of-a-kind.
I will also be selling new age books, Hindu tapestries and incense.  Click on the image to visit my website.

D-zignZ by MiMi

Egyptian-HennaHand-crafted jewelry – specializing in earrings and bracelets, sun-catchers using up-cycled glass and stained glass, decorative handmade glass bowls, kitty shaped pillows and décor pillows, “fridge” magnets, Crafty Clays by Catie, “Fancy-Pants” key-chains, homemade candles, plants and Henna Tattoos. A little something for everyone!

Yumi Candles & Silver Lining Skin Co.

silverYumi Candles: natural plant-based, hand-poured candles. “Yumi” is the Japanese word for “beauty.” Our wholesome candle products inspire the beauty and light that shines from within each of us.  Silver Lining Skin Co. is owned by a licensed skin care professional, each skin care product is formulated and hand crafted using only proven ingredients derived from natural sources. Each product comes with an inspirational message, offering hope for skin AND soul.

Crystals Thru Mitchell


Since first discovered, quartz crystals and other minerals of the earth were considered prized objects, and held in high regard by many diverse cultures.  After years of research and having a strong personal connection to the mineral world, I have prepared several informative pamphlets on the subject, and now sell these prized, mineral gems and Crystal Quartz clusters to the public as well as the fabled and sacred Shiva Lingam stone, no longer being exported from India.  As a teacher, I am happy to share not only my minerals, but also my knowledge of the mineral world with both parents and their children. I even have free crystal gifts for kids, with their parents permission.

Natural Mystic Inc

NaturalMysticHandmade natural soaps and accessories and gift baskets, candles.  Diva dreads and other hand crafted fun and innovative crochet clothing

Premium-quality cold-kettle soaps handmade from scratch with fruit, nut and grain vegetable oils, herbal extracts and teas. Our soaps are stirred, cut and wrapped by hand in small batches using recipes painstakingly developed to produce a soap that feels terrific in your hands, offers a glorious lather, and leaves your skin clean and feeling soft.  Each of our soaps contains mostly olive oil, enough coconut oil to ensure a glorious lather, a bit of palm oil for hardness and generous percentages of shea butter.

Civil Conservation Corps

cccpatchThe mission of Civilian Conservation Corps Initiative, Inc., is a 501(c)4 non-partisan, non-profit that advocates for the re-establishment of the United States Civilian Conservation Corps(CCC) to enable our unemployed and underemployed citizens to be engaged in a practical peaceful community and national service.

The purpose of this program is for the general benefit our community and nation. The CCC would aid in transforming our country toward becoming a resilient, sustainable and ecologically balanced culture. Programs like these would help this society to survive, thrive and prosper as much as we did in the 20th Century. Those who enroll in the CCC would receive job training in meaningful job skills and would be first responders in disaster relief.

Our organization, seeing the vision of Franklin D. Roosevelt, will then advocate for the CCC program, his first work program initiative in 1933 and seek his vision to be adopted by the World through his last initiative created in 1945, the UN – United Nations and then together we can create world peace through mutual effort of our young future leaders and stewards of the Earth and Waters saving our planet!

Tampa Bay for Bernie


Tampa Bay for Bernie’s mission is to provide a framework of support for volunteers who are participating in a political revolution by electing Bernie Sanders to President of the United States, electing progressive candidates to the House and Senate, and building a coalition with all the issue based groups organizing under the planks of the progressive platform of Bernie Sanders.  For more information click on the image.

Walden School

Walden-LogoWalden School is a private middle school providing high quality education in a safe and caring environment. A challenging academic curriculum in a multi-graded classroom is offered to self-motivated students, who receive personal attention, guidance and encouragement. Our purpose is to prepare our students academically, emotionally and creatively for any high school program they might choose.  For more information click on the image.

SunCoast Institute of Noetic Sciences

Edgar_Dean_MitchellThe Institute of Noetic Sciences™, founded in 1973 by Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit research, education, and membership organization whose mission is supporting individual and collective transformation through consciousness research, educational outreach, and engaging a global learning community in the realization of our human potential. the institute’s primary programs areas consciousness & healing, & emerging worldviews.

Christ the Cornerstone Church


Christ’s love for All!  We are an independent, non-denominational, open and affirming, inclusive church that has been ministering to the Tampa Bay Area since 1993. Our purpose is to provide Spiritual enrichment and growth to all.  We will be giving away brochures and the Gospel of John.  Click on the image for more information.

Pinellas County Domestic Violence Task Force

domesticviolenceWe provide a space for children to create an arts/crafts project “Me in My Peaceful Place” and they can donate it to us to add to our Peace Wall or take it with them. We also give information on raising children to be violence free, how to assist children exposed to violence, and healthy relationship info to parents/guardians/adults. There is no charge.

Green Party of Florida

GreenPartyThe Green Party of Florida (GPFL) is the Florida branch of the Green Party of the United States.  We are a ballot status party in this state, and that means we run candidates, most famously Ralph Nader, who received 2,882,955 votes (2.74% of the total) in the year 2000.  Currently, Henry Lawrence is raising a challenge for House District 6 in the state legislature, Randy Toler is running for school board in Hillsborough County, and Didier Ortiz is running for City Counsel in Ft. Lauderdale.  Click on the image for more information.

Overeaters Anonymous

OAOvereaters Anonymous (OA) offers a program of recovery from compulsive overeating, binge eating and other eating disorders using the Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions of OA. Worldwide meetings and other tools provide a fellowship of experience, strength and hope where members respect one another’s anonymity. OA charges no dues or fees; it is self-supporting through member contributions.

Compassionate Citizens of St Pete

charter_logofinalCompassionate Citizens of St Pete works as a catalyst for kindness and respect for humanity, all creatures, and our earth by advancing the Golden Rule in our community and beyond. We will be handing out information about our group efforts to serve the underserved in our community. We work in partnership with Unity of St Petersburg. Click on the image for more information.

St. Petersburg Atheists

AtheistsWe will provide information about St. Petersburg Atheists, our members and other secular groups.  St. Petersburg Atheists is a member-driven, grassroots group offering opportunities for people of many backgrounds to socialize and interact in meaningful ways. We encourage diversity, openness, sincerity and honesty. We are also an official affiliate of American Atheists.

My Place In Recovery

MyPlaceMy Place In Recovery (MPIR) takes action to support proven initiatives that deliver results for homeless people living in the Pinellas County area and beyond.  We provide a platform for people coming off the streets to reintegrate into society.  We provide bridges to hope.  We open services to anyone regardless of Race, Class, Ethnicity, Gender, Gender Identity, Age, and Religious Belief. We are non-sectarian.  For more information, click on the image.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay, Inc

BBBSOur mission is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.  Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay will provide information to those looking to enroll their child in the program or become a volunteer themselves.  Click on the image for more information.

Opus Peace

ptsd2Opus Peace is committed to creating an Opus of Peace in our personal lives, while supporting others to do so as well. Our mission is to respond to the soul injury generated by unmourned grief and unforgiven guilt that occurs during trauma, abuse, and neglect. The word “opus” reminds us that authentic peace requires work, courageous work, to heal self. It requires work to penetrate defensive, intimidating inner terrain that often prevents us from encountering our loving, grace-filled, compassionate self that hides its vulnerability in our depths. Click on the image for more information.

Pinellas NOW

FL_NOW_logo_color-largeNOW is a multi-issue political organization. NOW’s  purpose is to take action through intersectional grassroots activism to promote feminist ideals, lead societal change, eliminate discrimination, and achieve and protect the equal rights of all women and girls in all aspects of social, political, and economic life.


nulogoInformation on ACLU membership, handouts, pamphlets and other literature.  The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) is our nation’s guardian of liberty, working daily in courts, legislatures and communities to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed to all people in this country by the Constitution and laws of the United States.  For more information, click the image.

Authentic Empanadas

empanadaFresh Hot Empanadas cooked on the premises, “homemade” from scratch. We offer Beef, Beef & Cheese, Chicken, Chicken & Cheese, Black Bean & White Rice (vegan friendly option), Veggie (Sautéed spinach with fresh cilantro, garlic, onion, shaved parmesan and mozzarella cheese), arepas, guava dipping sauces, ice tea and/or lemonade.  Grab one or a few and go enjoy the Circus!

Tampa Bay Time Bank

AbundanceSwapArt-285x300Tampa Bay Time Bank is a community skills exchange, also known as a “time bank.” Time banking is a way to exchange services as a compliment to the cash economy. In Tampa Bay Time Bank we trade skills gained from work, education, life experience, hobbies, and volunteering, while making friends and building community.
Time banking is egalitarian. All activities are valued, and all activities are valued equally. One hour equals one hour. Each hour of work is equal to every other, regardless of the

Literacy Council of St. Petersburg

2013-Annual-Awards-12Our purpose is to provide one to one instruction to the educationally disadvantaged community adults by improving their reading, writing, math and computer literacy skills necessary to obtain employment, function on the job, in the family and in society.  We will offer information to adults who want to learn to read and about the volunteers who make it happen.  Click on image to learn more.

Bowls for Good

bowlsBowls for Good is dedicated to ending hunger through community service and year-round giving.  Come learn about how we raise funds by teaching you to turn a beautiful bowl of your own.  Get information about how you can help make a difference and end hunger in our community.  We use locally sourced wood and will have one-of-a-kind bowls available for purchase.

Ovations School for the Arts

ovationsOvations School for the Arts is a non-profit educational 501c3 corporation that was founded in 2008 by Cara Keelin, Executive Director, in an effort to provide the best possible opportunities to unite the Arts and Education for all who desired it. Since that time we have offered classes, summer camps, after-school activities, tutoring, workshops, performance and volunteer opportunities, homeschool co-ops, homeschool support groups, homeschool activities, graduation, and private school options to many Tampa Bay Area children and adults.

Jump In Time

JumpintimeNurturing your TRUE Nature with Typological Energy Balancing gives you practical physical, emotional, spiritual balancing tools bridging ancient wisdom and quantum physics, and allows you to know what works best for you and your own unique nature. The Ascending Ray accelerates your forward momentum with a proven step-by-step method to get from where you are now to where you want to be – and actualize your fullest potentials. Sign up at booth to win a free Chart.  Click image to learn more.

Ometepe Designs

ometepeHand crafted jewelry created with all natural products, including colorful seeds and semi-precious stones from the rainforest island, Isla de Ometepe, Nicaragua, pictured here.  My unique jewelry is also made of alpaca, a silver-alloy metal that incorporates nickel and other metals, and semi-precious stones. I was an artisano in Nicaragua for many years.

April D Bates

Boothsection1 originalI especially enjoy creating art out of things that seem to have out lived their purpose.  Most every piece of “trash” has serious potential for something amazing, in my eyes.  The clothing on this site was purchased at charity thrift stores and with dye, ink and acrylic paint, I create one-of-a-kind wearable works of art.

I also “renovate” favorite shirts, jeans, jackets, etc.  that have seen better days.  If you have something you’d like me to paint click on the image to view my website and contact me.

Esse Jewels Fair Trade

essejewelsFair Trade items – Indian boho wall hangings and bed throws, African musical instruments, Guatemalan handbags, Mexican embroidered blouses, Bali wrap skirts, Indian casual dresses and silk scarves, Thai sunbrellas, hand carved hair picks, jewelry handmade with African trade beads, Thai sandals.  Click on the image to visit my FaceBook page!

Volunteers of America of Florida

volunteersVolunteers of America of Florida is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, that provides compassionate support services to in need Floridians.

Nationally, Volunteers of America touches the lives of more than 2.5 million people each year in over 400 communities across 46 states and Puerto Rico, with nearly 16,000 employees. Volunteers of America of Florida contributes to this total by providing health services, housing and training, education and employment to our most needy residents. We are recognized as the largest provider of supportive housing for homeless veterans in Florida, serving 13 communities from Pensacola to Key West.  Click on the image to learn more.


Good Samaritan Church

SLIDEZC“We are called to build The Beloved Community”
We are a progressive, Open and Affirming/More Light Christian congregation. We create quality opportunities in worship, education, mutual caring, and service to others. We provide a spiritual home for all persons regardless of age, race, gender, sexual orientation, or religious experience.  Click on the image for more information.

Moonstar Glass and Sun Mosaics

moonstarStained glass, mosaic art and lampwork beads all handmade by two local artists.  Mosaic art is created on recycled materials-guitars, picture frames, monkey pod wood bowls, and the like. Stained glass is hand cut and soldered creating jewlery and window suncatchers. Lampwork beads are hand made from glass rods and strung together to make beautiful bracelets.


Original art.  Hand printed with water base textile inks.  Entirely fabricated in the USA.  These organic cotton t-shirts are produced from cotton grown on a 100 year old farm, certified organic by the Texas Department of Agriculture.  The cotton is ginned at a Farmers Co-operative Society gin then shipped to North Carolina for spinning and knitting.  The fabric is then sewn into t-shirts by non-sweat shop workers and returned to Sarasota where we hand screen print them and send them to you.  The dyed t-shirts are low impact/low waste water. We also sell un-printed t-shirts because the shirts themselves are so nice and useful.

Faerie Giggles Soapy Notions Lotions and Potions

fallfaeriesHandmade soaps, alcohol free body sprays , lotion bars, room mists, beard oils, and massage oil blends. We purchase a good quality liquid lotion base then add different fragrances for matching body care sets (lotion, soap, and body spray in the same scent). To enhance your bathing experience we carry an array of accessories including mesh sponges and soap dishes.  Finally, we offer theatrical grade (latex) elf ears.

The King’s Nuts

TheKingsNutsOur products include Handcrafted Gourmet Nuts, Fabulously Flavored Iced Tea and Refreshing Shaved Ice. Our Gourmet Nuts require no oil, butter or egg whites catering to a broad range of tastes and dietary needs.

In addition, we have an assortment of Refreshing Iced Tea by the glass. Our tea is all natural using no artificial ingredients or preservatives.

To round out our menu for those sizzling hot summer days we offer Shaved Ice with a wonderful variety of flavors to cool you down.  Click on the image to visit our website.

Real Time Pain Relief / The Joy Within

painreliefAccording to our customers: the most fragrant — and most effective — pain relief product on the market today!  Real Time Pain Relief is a natural topical analgesic that penetrates through the skin to reduce inflammation and relieve pain.  It is formulated with 19 natural ingredients and contains no preservatives or artificial colors.  Try a free sample!  Can reduce inflammation, relieve pain, tension or soreness, and revitalize joint tissues.  100% Vegan Formula is available.  Product will be available for purchase.
“Pain Relief Tough as Cowboys! From Bullriders to Ballerinas…and everyone in between.”

GST’s Sun State Greyhound Adoption

GST Sun State Greyhound AdoptionGST’s Sun State Greyhound Adoptions is a pro-racing adoption program that works very closely with our friends in the racing industry to find the best forever homes for these sweet pups!  We believe that these former athletes’ upbringing and racing life contribute to their success and popularity as family pets.  Sun State Greyhound Adoptions is the adoption arm of Greyhound Support Transport.

Dancing Buffalo

DancingCompletely handcrafted jewelry specializing in wire crochet and wire wrapping and presenting a wide vairety of wire wrapped earrings featuring semi-precious stones and glass beads.  Crocheted wire creates beautiful, lightweight earrings and bracelets.  Also featured are leather and bead wrap bracelets well as charm necklaces (great for any age!). Larger semi-precious stones are wire wrapped into stunning pendants.  All work is completely original and all made by hand

Libertarian Party of Pinellas County

libertarianThe Libertarian Party of Pinellas County strives for a free, peaceful, abundant world where each individual has the maximum opportunity to pursue his or her dreams and to realize his or her full potential without constraints placed by government overreach.

Our motto is “free to be me”: the freedom to live your life as you see fit as long as you do not harm or infringe upon the rights of others.

We will be registering voters, and supporting our candidates and ballot initiatives for marijuana, solar freedom, and restitution of voting rights to non-violent felons.

The Edible Garden

Certified Permaculture Designers specializing in Urban Permaculture Design including edible landscapes, garden consultations, designs, workshops and cooking demonstrations.  The plant selection focuses on edible sub-tropical perennials that thrive in central Florida especially in the summertime. Moringa plants and powder, chaya, gingers, turmeric, katuk, longevity spinach, okinawa spinach, ceylon spinach, and much more.

Quaker House

quakerhouseInformation on Quaker House and the services Quaker House provides. Quaker House is a manifestation of the peace testimony of the religious society of Friends. Quaker House provides counseling and information to members of the military about discharges, grievance and complaint procedures, medical and psychological services, conscientious objection, difficulties with sexual harassment or assault, hardship and other civil rights. Quaker House has been working for peace and GI Rights since 1969.  Click on the image for more information.