Fall Flair at Methodist Church benefits missions

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From a splash of fall decor to jewelry, handmade carpets, homemade jams, and Christmas decorations, the Fall Flair sellers at the Destin United Methodist Church Family Life Center put their items up for sale last weekend.

The Fall Flair is the Methodist Women’s premier fundraiser this year, with proceeds going to missions.

“We had 37 vendors this year,” said Patty Roof, the event organizer.

Typically the Fall Festival has around 70 vendors or more. But due to the recent surge in COVID-19, Roof said they had cut the numbers.

“We had some (salespeople) who were afraid to come out,” she said. However, they asked that the women’s group secure a place for them next year.

Last year, like most festivals, the Flair event was canceled, Roof said.

At Herbst Flair there were many autumn and Christmas items to buy.

But the women pushed the event forward this year and went a little more than halfway with the sellers to keep them at bay.

“We thought people were ready to come out,” Roof said.

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And people came for the event that started on Friday and lasted through Saturday.

“I come here every year,” said Susan Forstman, who stopped by on her lunch break on Friday to pick up a few things. “I like to do some Christmas stuff.”

There were plenty of Christmas decorations at the Fall Flair at Destin United Methodist Church.

Jan Pooley, who had a stand for Tastefully Simple, said she had attended the festival for most of the years.

“It’s always great fun … and the ladies here are great,” Pooley said of the organizers.

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This is the 12th year the Methodist Women are hosting the Flair Fall.

Glenda Flick from Crestview had a booth for Homemade Crochet Rugs.

Donna Smith of Farm 2 Jars helps Lindsey O'Leary and Don Pearson choose jams for Fall Flair.

“I do this every year,” said Flick.

Making the carpets is just a “hobby,” said Flick, who found she only does two or three festivals a year, so she keeps her prices down.

Glenda Flick from Homemade Crochet Rugs supports Nancy Hunt with one of her carpets.

“I just hope that all of my carpets find a good home,” she said.

There were also several jewelry stalls.

Patricia Notestine from Arizona was in town with friends, examining the jewelry.

Notestine said they found out about the festival when they saw one of the signs around town.

Linda Engel from Auburn, Alabama, goes shopping at Tastefully Simple with Jan Pooley.

“We can’t miss a good festival,” said Notestine.

In addition to the items on display throughout the Life Center’s fitness area, there was a cake sale in the lobby and jewelry sale for Methodist women.

Patty Roof was the organizer of this year's Fall Flair.

The women’s group also has a silent auction where restaurants and charter boats donate items to the community for auction.

“Everything we do flows back into missions,” Roof said.


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