PLYMOUTH - St. Maximilian Kolbe Parish will host its Catholic Family Fall Picnic at the Terryville Fairgrounds Sept. 17.
The picnic will begin with a Mass led by the Rev. Joseph Crowley, with music by musicians of the parish, at 11 a.m. at the fairgrounds at 171 Town Hill Road. Students of the Confirmation class will act as readers and assist during the Mass.
The food booth will then open. Admission is free and all-you-can-eat wristbands are available for $12 for guests 16 and older or $5 per child 6 to 15 years old. Children 5 and under can eat free. The menu will consist of pierogi, kielbasa sandwiches, fried dough, French fries, potato pancakes, hamburgers and hot dogs, non-alcoholic beverages and ice cream.
“The potato pancakes and pierogi are all “made from scratch” by members of the Maximilian Kolbe Parish, which now includes St. Casimir (Terryville), Immaculate Conception (Terryville) and St. Thomas (Thomaston) churches,” said Patricia Budnick, event organizer. “On Sunday, September 10, volunteers will be meeting at The Lyceum (Terryville) for a pierogi workshop, where the dough is made, rolled, stretched and filled with cheese filling. The potato pancakes are made fresh on the day of the event. The hamburgers, hot dogs, kielbasa, sauerkraut, fried dough, and French fries are also cooked during the event by parishioner volunteers.”
From 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., attendees will be entertained with music, dancing and activities for the whole family including bingo and children’s games.
“Since the parish is mixture of various ethnicities and age groups, there will be a mixture of music types, including some Polka music and some all-time favorites,” said Budnick. “At the present time, we are in the process of arranging for a live band but many fabulous DJ’s are members of the parish and remain a possibility.”
A magician will perform magic tricks and balloon sculpting from noon to 2 p.m. After this, bingo will be held.
“A variety of other children games, both field and board games, will be available throughout the afternoon,” added Budnick. “Many adolescents from the parish will be the organizers of the activities for younger parishioners, including their own siblings. The event is meant to be a ‘parish family day’ in more ways than one.”
According to Budnick, the picnic was revived 25 years ago by St. Casimir Church and four years ago it became a joint event with Immaculate Conception Church.
“Generally, the event has attracted 300 to 400 people and became open to the public in recent years,” said Budnick. “Now, with the addition of a third church, it is anticipated that attendance will be double that of past years.”
Budnick invited people to come and share a “fun-filled afternoon” and a “friendly, relaxing family picnic.”
Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or firstname.lastname@example.org.