Capturing autumn: The season to go bazaar and be outdoors

Whether it’s the smell of the autumn mornings, the celebrated change in the landscape or the feel of the brisk air at night, there’s no shortage of reasons to be outside and active during the fall season. Before the reclusive mentality that comes with winter sets in, depriving us of outdoor fun, let’s take advantage of local gatherings while the weather is inviting.

On Saturday, Oct. 30, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Beulah United Methodist Church will host the annual Beulah Bazaar and Apple Fest, where the heavenly delights of homemade food are prepared by the kindest folks this side of the James. With their motto, “Come for breakfast, stay for lunch and take home dinner,” the church will serve tasty meals, like hotdogs, hamburgers and nachos at more than reasonable prices. But that’s only the beginning. A vast assortment of canned and baked goods, as well as loads of scrumptious Brunswick stew, will be sold. And, it wouldn’t be an apple festival without apples; seven different kinds (Fuji, Golden Delicious, Red Delicious, Red Stayman,

Granny Smith, Winesap and Rome) will be sold, all harvested in the Old Dominion.

For those more interested in something long-lasting, there will be an array of merchandise on display; expect everything from books, collectables and artwork to flower arrangements, Christmas wreaths and other seasonal crafts.

“People that have attended in the past have become accustomed to the quality of our baked goods,” said Sarah Eastwood, a longtime member of the Beulah United Methodist, and co-sponsor of the bazaar, letting the event’s reputation speak for itself. Started roughly 10 years ago, folks find themselves returning year after year to the bazaar. “It also serves as a meeting place for people to chat and visit, creating a feeling of community spirit for the church.”

The apple of the eye for Beulah United Methodist Church is community outreach. Numerous organizations within the church will hold certain stations at the bazaar, with earnings providing each group the opportunity to fund their individual projects. A majority of these projects will benefit the surrounding area.

“Proceeds go right back into the community,” said Tom Owens, a member of United Methodist Men, whose group sponsors the obtaining, pre-sorting and selling of the delectable apples. “It supports Boy Scouts, youth programs and other ministries inside the church.”

A 1930’s era Dresden Plate quilt in perfect condition, and made with intricate embroidery, was recently donated to the church. At the bazaar, the church will offer the quilt in a silent auction, with proceeds going toward providing scholarships for young children wanting to join Upward Soccer, a program established through the church for all children regardless of race, gender or religious affiliation.

Admission to the Beulah Bazaar and Apple Fest is free and open to everyone. Vendors are welcome after 1 p.m. Those with additional questions or who wish place a bid for the auction can call the church at 275-2325. Many apples have been pre-ordered, but plenty will be available at the bazaar.

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