On Sunday, October 20, The Henderson, a Salamander Resort, hosted their third Sweet Sunday event, titled “Pumpkins and Primrose,” anchored by The Honey Hutch. The event drew over 1,000 locals and visitors to the resort who celebrated the flavors of fall, shopped local artisans, and most importantly, raised a total of $4,000 for The Sonder Project.
Guests made their way through The Henderson’s lobby and down the steps to the Grand Lawn where they were greeted by festive balloon décor, courtesy of Mingle, and handed a complimentary shopper tote, provided by Parkside at Henderson Beach Resort, to use while shopping the multitude of local vendors selling their wares. Event goers then made their way around the market sampling fall-themed bites and shopping the latest in fall trends.
The elevated fall farmer’s market boasted more vendors than ever before including 30A Barks, Art on the Half Shell, Beach Walk Café, Clean Juice, Coastal Cookies, Happy Silk Scarves, The Honey Hutch, Mary Ellen DiMauro, Merry Beth Myrick Designs, The Salamander Spa, Salty Scents, The Shard Shop, and Swell Pops.
The event also introduced the Emerald Coast’s newest pumpkin patch provided by The Village Church for guests to purchase a pumpkin to take home. The pumpkin patch was also adorned with an oversized decorated back drop to give local residents a place to bring their kids and take fall-themed family photos to commemorate the season. Each guest received a complimentary 5”x7” printed picture from Epic Photo Co. courtesy of Destin Commons.
Guests enjoyed hand-made, fall-themed candies and beverages poured into custom coffee cups provided by Fort Walton Beach Medical Center and served by Primrose, The Henderson’s signature restaurant, while listening to the sounds of Sarah Anne and the Sunshine Band. For the kids, Abrakadoodle Art Education and The Shard Shop offered hand-made fall crafts and face painting throughout the afternoon.
Through generous donations from event goers and participating vendors, as well as raffle ticket sales, Sweet Sunday: Pumpkins & Primrose raised $4,000 for The Sonder Project, a global non-profit charity that focuses on strengthening communities through food security, clean water, housing and education. After Hurricane Michael, The Sonder Project has also had an enormous local impact on the affected areas by raising money, clearing debris, and working with volunteers, local businesses and contractors to help households recover. The money raised will directly benefit The Sonder Project’s efforts in the Panhandle and beyond.
The Sweet Sunday series was created in 2018 to feature local artisans and vendors from around the Emerald Coast, showcasing their specialized craftsmanship while celebrating momentous holidays and seasons.
The Henderson Beach Resort and Spa would like to thank the vendors who participated in Sweet Sunday as well as those who donated additional services to the event including Alissa Aryn Commercial Photography, Eloquent Signs, Mingle, and Proffitt Home Services.
Photo Cation: Kim Catellier, The Sonder Project; Antonia Poate, The Henderson; Taylor Sheekley, Proffitt PR and Jessica Bracken, Proffitt PR