IT’S A “GRAPE DAY” IN THE KINGDOM! The pie-baking, goodie-making marathon at Holy Cross Episcopal Church is about to begin for the 2017 Wine Festival. Supplies are being gathered and workers are being recruited for this, our largest annual fundraiser. We have been involved in many outreach ministries over the past year and proceeds from this event will help to further that mission. The decision as to which outreach ministries to support is made by the congregation when we know what our final total is and how we want to distribute funds. Previous beneficiaries have included: Shared Hope (an agency working against human trafficking), Heifer Project (we’ve purchased 2 arks at $5,000 each), Women’s Care Center, Common Ground (a local youth ‘hangout’ for youth of the community to gather safely for fellowship), LakeArts Foundation, Hurricane Sandy relief, Community Christmas boxes, and the North East Food Pantry.
Our grape pies have become known locally and beyond. Each year everything is usually sold out (last year being no exception) and folks were still stopping by and phoning in to see if we had any left. Unfortunately we were not able to accommodate them then. This year, however, the production total has been raised to have enough for everyone. Our new oven will hopefully enable us to increase our quantities. Pie baking will begin on Thursday, September 21st, and pies will be available for sale that day beginning at 1:00 PM from the church parish hall located at 51 West Main Street. They will also be sold from our tent located on the corner of West Main and South Pearl Streets beginning Friday, September 22nd through Sunday, September 24th. Sunday sales begin at 12:00 following the morning worship services which we cordially invite you to join us at either 8:30 or 10:30 AM.
The cost of a pie is now $13.00 and are available in both regular and sugar free. We welcome advance orders. Please call the church at 814-725-4679 and leave your name, telephone number, the number of pies you would like and the day you will pick them up. Our tent will also feature our annual array goodies of Swedish rye bread, caramel corn, peanut butter and chocolate fudge as well as an assortment of treats to satisfy a variety of tastes. A coffee and slice of pie combination, along with other refreshments, will be available if you want to stop and take a break from all the festivities around the community.
The star of Holy Cross’s Wine Festival participation is our gal who is dressed as a human bunch of grapes – Holy Cross’s ambassador for this event. She’s been interviewed by the local and regional newspaper and has even become a celebrity in a photo shoot for a wedding party. Stop by, take a picture and say hello…
We have a lot of fun during the harvest season in North East at Holy Cross and welcome the opportunity to ‘welcome you’ to endulge yourself with some of the treats we offer. Stop by, say ‘hello’ and you will understand what we mean when we say IT’S A “GRAPE DAY” IN THE KINGDOM!
Anne Bardol is the treasurer and parish administrator of Holy Cross Church in North East, PA.