KATY MAGAZINE NEWS
September 9, 2020
By Jennifer Miko
The Brookwood Community welcomes the public to Fall Fest this Thursday through Saturday. Local vendors will be set up throughout the gift and garden center and the café. A percentage of the sales benefits the citizens of the Brookwood.
Katy artist Austin Hanson looks forward to Fall Fest.
Thursday, September 10 through Saturday September 12, the Brookwood Community hosts Fall Fest at their Brookshire location at 1752 FM 1489. The non-profit Brookwood Community provides meaningful purpose in the lives of over 230 adults with disabilities in a God-centered educational, vocational, and residential community.
Fall Fest Schedule
Thursday, September 10: 5 - 7 p.m.
Friday, September 11: 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, September 12: 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Cafe dine-in open 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Fall Fest Vendors
This Brookwood Community event features over 20 talented local vendors. Cheryl Daubney, Director of Retail Operations, says the Fall Fest vendors will be selling clothing, food, jewelry, home décor, garden art, and more.
Daubney says the Brookwood Community really needs the support of the public, and adds that 15% of the sales from the vendors goes towards the million-dollars-worth of scholarships provided on a yearly basis for the citizens in the community.
For a complete list of the vendors, click here.
Katy Artist Well-known in the Brookwood Community
34-year-old Austin Hanson, from Katy, has worked at the Brookwood for the past five years. The Day Citizen, and Katy High School graduate ('05), will be at Fall Fest all three days showcasing his artwork.
“I think Brookwood is amazing place, I really enjoy to work with them,” says Austin Hanson. “That really means a lot of me and that’s a wonderful gift I want to bring to you all.”
Austin’s mother, Belinda Hillhouse, said her son showed an interest in painting about four years ago, and she started him in art classes.
“It’s been so awesome to see his work progress over the years,” says Belinda. “Fine motor skills were so difficult for him when he was young. With his no-fear attitude and passion for his new creations, he is now on his third art show at Brookwood.”
Thomas Turchard has been the Art Gallery Manager at the Brookwood for eight years, and he’s excited for Austin to attend Fall Fest.
“He always brings a crowd,” says Thomas Turchard. “He’s a phenomenal artist.”
Cheryl Daubney says, “Austin’s a master salesperson, very positive, and well-loved by everybody here."
Austin says he’s looking forward to Fall Fest, “To show my art work and see my buddies.”
To see some of Austin’s original works, click here.
Shop and Dine
Guests to the Brookwood Community can enjoy a delicious meal at the Cafe open from 11 a.m.- 2 p.m. The onsite bistro also fills take-away orders and offers to-go casseroles in two sizes.
Call 281-375-2400 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for menu details and to place an order.
The Brookwood Community requires all vendors and customers to wear masks and practice social distancing.
“I Believe in Brookwood!’ Fundraiser
Due to the pandemic, the Brookwood Community has had to forgo their golf benefit this year. However, they invite groups of people to pair up with one of their amazing “Citizen Celebrities” to create an online fundraising team. The virtual fall fundraising campaign, “I Believe in Brookwood!” kicked off at the beginning of the month.