Ann Foster, President-Elect of the Junior League of the Emerald Coast (JLEC), recently invited attorney Laura Pentel Klang of Matthews & Jones, LLP, to teach a wreath-making workshop at a JLEC Meeting held at the Corpus Christi Catholic Church in Destin, Florida on November 5, 2019. At the beginning of the meeting, the JLEC enjoyed a “Friendsgiving” dinner, followed by a moving speech given by Destin City Councilman Parker Destin, (who has in recent months announced his candidacy for Okaloosa County Commissioner, District 5). Parker Destin’s speech highlighted the importance of women being involved in the political process. He spoke of the commitments the women in his family have made to the betterment of our community during the past several generations.
Laura Pentel-Klang taught the JLEC about native plants to the area, which grow wild in our forests, including a native Florida holly berry (Pyrocanthria) and a native grape (Muscadine). Laura then proceeded to teach the JLEC how to harvest the vines and make decorative holiday wreaths from them. Additionally, the JLEC utilized the native Florida holly and other native plants to decorate their wreaths. Laura and her mother and sister had spent recent weekends harvesting the vines and native plants from the land in Walton County, Florida. The JLEC provided beautiful bows and other accoutrements to complete the wreaths, and ensured the Destin Parker brought home a wreath to adorn his family’s home. An enjoyable evening was had by all in attendance.