From Staff Reports
Final preparations are underway for the St. Michael Mission Summer Fest coming up Saturday, June 18, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
“Volunteers have been working hard to get the property at 657 N. Mohawk Dive mowed,” said Fr. Tom Charters, “I was on the riding lawn mower for about an hour until I broke it last week.” The pavilion is finished with the concrete floor installed. A temporary pole has been erected and approved to have electricity at the site and there will also be water running. Lots of games for the kids with prizes including a duck pond, ping-pong toss for tad poles, bull’s eye, and kid crafts will be offered.
Fr. Tom will be seated on the platform in the dunk tank loaned by our Volunteer Fire Department – “the youth group is especially excited about that,” he said. A 16 feet inflatable double water slide and a bounce house provided by Fun Time Inflatables in North Carolina will also be available for the young and the young at heart to play on, so bring a towel.
The huge array of Mexican food for sale is all homemade as are the desserts in the “Sweets Booth.”There will also be American hot dogs, chili dogs, hamburgers, cheeseburgers (with all the “fixins”) plus homemade apple pie squares.
A large number of vendors will be on hand and several car clubs and motorcycle groups have been invited to display their vintage cars. A silent auction with several home made quilts, collectable Christmas villages, a hand painted vase, collector dolls, a 7” Kindle Fire, framed movie poster, remote control airplane and more will be displayed to bid on.
The folks at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Mission are raising money to build a permanent building on the land. Last Sunday there were over 225 parishioners at the Confirmation Mass led by Cardinal Rigali. “We need to have a permanent worship space,” said Fr. Tom. “Last weekend we had to open the garage doors in the basement and people were outside in the rain for Confirmation,” he said. The plan is to begin having two Masses in the fall, one on Saturday evening and one on Sunday morning to accommodate our growing congregation. “Our aim is to have a festival where all the community can see what we are doing, come out and enjoy a fun day in the warm sunshine with some wholesome family entertainment,” Fr. Tom said, “everyone is invited.”