Spring Festival 38126 was held in Foote Homes Park Saturday, April 14, 2012.
God smiled on our efforts to celebrate His love with our neighbors in the Vance Avenue Neighborhood. We had a beautiful day and help from many members of Saint Patrick Church, Redeemer Presbyterian, Christian Brothers High School, and the University of Memphis. A big “Thank You” to Fr. Tim Sullivan, Kenney Jabbour, Mike Stengle and Aury Kangelos (U of M) for organizing the loading of Center tables and chairs and the set up at the park.
Entertainment was provided by our own Earl Randle and a reggae band, The Chinese Connection dub Embassey. These wonderfully generous and talented musicians set the mood for a great community celebration. Children were invited to participate with the band using coffee can-bongo drums! Thank you Streets Ministries for providing the generator!
Fair goers were thrilled with silver cigar boxes and blue jeans purses they were able to decorate in the arts and crafts area. Thank you Sharon Evans for organizing this area with the help of her aunt, Pinky Johnson, from Clarksdale who arrived at 6:00 a.m. Saturday morning to paint the cigar boxes! Also seen helping in this area was Sharon’s mom, Ann Sharpe. And a special thanks to Wendel Lindsey for providing the jeans for the purses! Sharon and Ann took the jeans to inky in Clarksdale who then had them made into purses. What a special family!
Mae Yancey organized a great health fair. Students from the Southern College of Optometry, Dental Hygenists from UT School of Allied Health, and Public Health, Tenndercare gave out important information. Mae, Sister Jacinta Powers, and Marion Donohoe administered blood pressure readings. Rose Brooks passed out other health info.
Satin Patrick member and Rhodes College student from Texas, Stephanie Kaskper, almost single handedly, headed up the children’s games! Kids were seen flying kites, hula hooping, throwing horse shoes, and hunting Easter Eggs!
At the Family Literacy Area, Brenda Somes was seen registering families for Shelby County’s Books from Birth. Lori Tenorio donned her Cat-in-the-Hat hat to read stories to children. Debbie Robb, from Redeemer Pres., oversaw the children’s Book Giveaway. Three tables loaded with books were given out to excited youngsters!
Birthright volunteer and Saint Patrick member, Noreen set up a booth to teach people about the developmental stages of a baby in utero and to share about the supportive services provided by Birthright.
Ken Reardon and graduate students in the Department of City and Regional Planning from the University of Memphis conducted 90 interviews among festival goers. Surveys gathered information for the Housing and Urban Development planning grant for the Vance Avenue Neighborhood.
And last, but not least, Deacon Eugene, with help from George Jones, Phyllis Sommerville and CBHS boys, cooked and served over 400 hot dogs and copious amounts of Snapple!
A big “Thank You” to Saint Patrick members who donated many items for the arts and crafts area and for the door prizes. Door prizes were much anticipated by participants. Winners were happy to receive 3 hams, a new coffee maker and other wonderful items. Thank you Saint Patrick for sharing your love and support!