St. Philip’s Strawberry Festival
Several well known and talented crafters will display their original products at the 66th annual Strawberry Festival sponsored by St. Philip’s Episcopal Church, 12 Hodge St., on Saturday, June 30. Everything from hand-crafted toys to original baskets will be on sale throughout the church grounds and inside the church hall from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., according to Kristen Cowing, festival co-chair. “We are pleased to announce that several of the crafters who helped make last year’s festival such a great success will again display their unique hand-made items, as well as welcoming some new vendors who will be selling their wares.”
Of course, while crafts are an important part of the St. Philip’s annual celebration, it is strawberries – and most particularly Strawberry Shortcake – that again will take center stage at the popular annual event. Served in the church hall, shortcake lovers can have their choice of ice cream or real whipped cream to accompany fresh, native strawberries and a homemade biscuit.
In addition to Strawberry Shortcake, hand-picked strawberries will be on sale. Other food items such as hot dogs and ice cream cones will be on sale throughout the day. The festival will also feature a bake sale, a plant table, a silent auction, as well as the popular noontime auction featuring homemade pies! And don’t forget to check out the many amazing bargains in the church’s Bargain Basement thrift store.
A children’s area located on the grounds behind the church will be available for families’ little ones to run off some of the energy generated by hot dog and shortcake consumption.
Entertaining festival goers throughout the day will be Matt O’Donnell strumming his guitar. A true renaissance man, Matt has entertained at many church and other local events.
But wait … there’s more. At 1 p.m., after the pie auction, Tonya Richardson and some of the other area Zumba instructors will demonstrate this infectious form of exercise. Zumba was recently rated one of the 10 best forms of exercise in AARP Magazine. There’s everything from high-intensity to chair Zumba to meet people at their own ability level. Come for shortcake; stay for exercise.
“We believe there is something for everyone of every age at the Strawberry Festival,” Cowing said, “and we look forward to greeting old friends and new again this year.”
For more information, contact St. Philip’s at 882-7184.