Fabulous Fall Friday!
Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service offers workshops, seminars, programs, lesson series, camps, newsletters, on-line courses, and so much more! As your Extension Agent for Family & Consumer Sciences, my focus is on nutrition, health and wellness, family relations, budgeting, and family resources. Many of you are familiar with the annual “Christmas Joys” holiday program (which we are now taking reservations), the diabetes education series, Head Start parent programs, and our 4-H program, among others. But I want to focus on a multi-county event that will be of particular interest to cooks and gardeners – the “Fabulous FallFriday” program.
“Fabulous Fall Friday” is a joint effort with Rains, Wood, and Hunt County Family & Consumer Sciences Agents. The event will take place on Friday, October 9, at Emory Baptist Church, 260 N. Planters, just off the square in Emory. We have a fun and informative morning planned and hope you will take part in the festivities. We’ll start with registration and time to visit with vendors from 9:00 to 9:30 a.m. The program will begin at 9:30 a.m. and end around 12:00 noon.
The morning will consist of fall gardening demonstrations, recipe demonstrations from the 2015 “Dinner Tonight” cookbook (free to all participants), fall fashion tips using accessories, and fall decorating for your home. We’ll introduce the Dinner Tonight website, where you can get free weekly e-mail updates with recipes and video demonstrations.
The cost of the event is only $10, which includes the cookbook, demonstrations, refreshments, vendor exhibits, and door prizes. Registration brochures are available at each of the participating County Extension Offices. The Hopkins County office is located at 1200-B W. Houston, in Sulphur springs. You may also call to request an e-mail version of the registration form. Forms must be postmarked on or before Friday, September 25.
If you or someone you know would like to be a vendor, contact my office at 903-885-3443 and I’ll provide a vendor registration form, as well.
Hopkins County Fall Festival Arts & Crafts Show
Fall is rapidly approaching and our thoughts turn to the Hopkins County Fall Festival and Stew Cook-off. The Creative Arts contest, which takes place in the Sulphur Springs High School Conference Center, is a popular event and we want YOU to be part of the action! Since last week’s column focused on the Creative Arts contest, I’ll spend time telling you about the Arts & Crafts Show in today’s column.
“The Fall Festival Arts & Crafts Show is one of the best in the state!”, according to some of the vendors. Many vendors have been coming for years and have built a rapport with the community and fair-goers. We provide a clean, safe, family-friendly atmosphere, full of unique, one-of-a-kind hand-made items.
While recruiting out-of-town judges for the Creative Arts contest, each one gave me a resounding “Yes!” Of course they thoroughly enjoy judging entries from our talented Hopkins County citizens, but they equally enjoy shopping at the Arts & Crafts Show.
The event is open to the public on Friday, October 23, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Saturday, October 24, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Sulphur Springs High School cafeteria, north entry covered walkway, and north grounds in front of the gym. Here’s a sampling of items that will be offered: glass yard art, pottery, stained glass, hand-crafted jewelry, travel pillows, quilts & quilted items, decorated cargo caps, headbands, potato bakers, stuffed animals, decorative gourds, doll clothes, wooden banks & trucks, children’s clothing, wreaths, glass block nightlights, crosses, jellies/jams, pickles, honey, holiday decorations, cloth toys, purses/bags, sand art (a favorite of kids!), temporary glitter tattoos (a favorite of teens!), diaper bags, and more. Oh, my goodness, I’m so excited to start my Christmas shopping!
If you, or someone you know makes hand-crafted items, I’ll be glad to provide the guidelines and vendor application form. We’ll also have exhibits from the Master Gardeners, WIC, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension, and other informational exhibits in the hall between the cafeteria and high school conference center. Don’t miss a single thing!
Be kinder that necessary because everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle – unknown