Reflections by Randy Hodge
|Posted on October 4, 2017 at 4:40 PM|
The autumn equinox recently arrived which is a sure sign that St. Pat’s Annual Fall Festival is just around the corner. This year’s event will be held on Sunday, October 8, once again sponsored by the St. Patrick Athletic Association, and staffed by our Shamrock athletes, their parents and coaches. The festival generates over 20% of the sports budget and ensures that our students don’t have to ‘pay to play’.
The Fall Festival will provide food, fun, and festivities for the entire family beginning at 9 a.m. The vendors will open then so you can go to the 7:30 Mass, then right over to the school to start your holiday shopping. The first-floor hallway, classrooms, and gymnasium will be packed with handmade goods. There is always such a variety that it is difficult to choose what to buy. Admissions Advocates from the Diocese of Grand Rapids will also be on hand to greet visitors and answer any questions you may have about St. Patrick or a Catholic school education. So, stop by and say hi while you’re browsing.
Kidsfest activities, games, face painting, and raffles will keep the kids occupied while you shop. The fun starts at 10 a.m. on the second floor of the school.
And if the shopping tires you out and you’re hungry or don’t feel like cooking, dinner will be served in the cafeteria from 11 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. It will include roast beef, ham, mashed potatoes, dressing, gravy, vegetables, salad, homemade bread, homemade desserts and a beverage of your choice. Take-out meals are also available in the Parish Hall, located on the south end of the school, adjacent to Grand River Avenue.
If you’re the athletic type or want to make room for the delicious dinner, you’ll want to run in the 5K or half-marathon, which will begin at 8 a.m. And if you’re looking for something more relaxing or find the thought of running to be bad for your health, there will be a euchre tournament in the Parish Hall beginning at 12:30. This is also a good place to sit and wait while your spouse shops!
The Fall Festival will offer plenty of fun for everyone in the family. We hope to see you there!
For complete information about St. Patrick Fall Festival, visit the festival website: www.freewebs.com/stpatsfallfestival