SOUTH OGDEN -- Anyone interested in gift items, homemade crafts, contemporary fashion, desserts or the Mount Benedict Monastery famous peach jalapeno jam is invited to participate in a two-day boutique at the monastery starting at 10 a.m. Oct. 14 and 15.
Normally held in conjunction with a dinner at the monastery, this year the Funds of Love boutique is a separate event designed to raise funds for the St. Benedict's Foundation.
The foundation, supported and formed by the sisters of Mount Benedict Monastery, is its own entity and funds 22 nonprofit efforts in the area that help women and children.
This year's event is unique in that it will include handmade terrariums, painted pumpkins, uniquely accessorized hats and one-of-a-kind handmade jewelry, and premium desserts made by a talented pastry chef.
"There is no charge," said Yvonne Coiner, executive director of the foundation. "We would love to have people drop by and say hello. We'll have coffee and tea and cookies all day long."
Coiner said she's praying for good weather so there could be activities outside as well.
"We have lots of new grass," she said. "People can walk on the grounds and see what we've done."
Another attraction will be Sister Iris's famous zucchini relish.
"You just put a teaspoon of it on your tuna fish sandwich and it's so delicious," Coiner said. "It has a little horseradish in it, so it has a little kick."
Described as "shabby chic," handmade dessert holders featuring antique and unique plates paired with matching candlesticks and glasses will be another attraction. There will be a host of these items available and topped with mini cupcakes and other desserts.
"Rachael Sweet will make these items in the Dinner's Ready commercial kitchen they have donated to us," Coiner said. "I have tried some of them she's made ahead of time. She uses all fresh ingredients. They are the best I have ever tasted."
Another volunteer is making hand-painted pumpkins with a host of jovial characters for boutique visitors to choose from.
Monastery board member Jodie LeBlanc has made a collection of jewelry and embellished hats and scarves that feature items such as feathers and buttons.
"The minute she brings them in, everybody around here wants to buy them," Coiner said, noting that she makes all the volunteers and staff wait until the boutique.
"Hats are becoming very, very popular," she said, pointing to LeBlanc's collection of hats.
In addition to its separation from the annual dinner and its unique offerings, this year's boutique also will be different in that it will feature sales and information sharing from area non-profit agencies.
Coiner said all area non-profits that serve community needs are invited to attend and share their messages.
"They will use that time to promote what they do in the community and to educate," Coiner said.
One such nonprofit that will be in attendance is Prevent Child Abuse Utah. Workers will sell a silver necklace that features a pinwheel, which is the organization's symbol for the innocence of childhood it seeks to preserve. Proceeds from the necklace sales will go back to the program.
Representatives of those nonprofit agencies that wish to attend are invited to call Coiner at 801-479-1800 to RSVP for the event.
Mount Benedict Monastery is at 6000 S. 1075 East.