Community-wide festival ushers fall weather & festive time for a good cause
This past Saturday as the cool crisp Fort Bend breeze of this year’s autumn weather surrounded First United Methodist Church, it hosted the 19th annual community-wide fall festival in Missouri City complete with a silent auction.
Proceeds will help the school and outreach programs. A tradition and what continues to be the big standout at the annual event is Hattie’s Bakery. It looks like the baked goods went as quickly as it takes to enjoy them…instantly and with total gratification. Hattie’s favorite for 2003 is Cranberry Orange Bread, which will become a part of the recipe collection that has been in the making for almost two decades. Do you want to know who Hattie is? Just ask around.
There in the middle of the festival was a Tea Room where lunch was served. It turned out to be a pleasant way to take a breather among such good company about the joys of the Thanksgiving season.
There were about 100 vendors at the annual fundraiser with items that included handmade treasures, beautifully crafted wreaths, fashions and accessories, lots of them! Popular on the scene, probably the only fashion accessory that men know more about than women, was the baseball cap. For women, it’s what’s in vogue now…the ones with a bit of fanciful flair, like a broach and fabric creative touches on one side of the cap’s crown next to where the bill meets it, enhancing a “tres chic” look. Someone at the festival asked, “can you wear one with a dress?” The answer is yes and it’s probably the accessory that continues to set a woman apart unless she’s at the Mad Hatter’s luncheon or another hat function.
Children activities, outdoor games on the beautiful day, and the food court were all plentiful delights on the premises of the free admission event. A principal festival organizer Cher Binks, called attention to the upcoming Walk to Bethlehem set for mid-December. Both she and husband, Kent, strolled leisurely on the newly created trail to Bethlehem set in natural surroundings and stopping at points that will feature a live and segmented reenactment of a biblical story, Mary’s and Joseph’s trek from Nazareth to Bethlehem. It all sounds so exciting as plans continue to be finalized for the walk ending at what is called Bethlehem Square, where foods and activities of the times will be part of an educational finish of the undertaking. Look for more to come on that.
Ahhhhh, isn’t this such a great season!
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