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August 14, 2014

Local Catholic churches to host summer festivals

By Eric Czarnik
C & G Staff Writer

With Labor Day fast approaching, two Catholic Churches in Sterling Heights are getting ready this August to celebrate summer before it’s too late.

St. Malachy Catholic Church is preparing to put on its 35th annual Summerfest Aug. 15-17. According to organizers, all event proceeds will benefit the church’s general operations and capital improvements.

Rosanne Breloski, who handles the festival’s publicity, said that while the event’s name is Summerfest, it’s one of the last church festivals before the September and fall ones start.

“We kind of tie up summer, but we lead into the fall,” she said.

St. Malachy promises to offer the traditional trappings of a summer festival with food, rides, games and music. Music acts scheduled to perform include The Favorites, Jim McCarty & Mystery Train and the Beatles tribute band Toppermost.

Adults may enjoy a Vegas tent, bingo, raffles and drinks. A classic car show will take place on Sunday, Breloski said.

“A big thing is our flea market,” she added. “There’s all kind of household items, jewelry, appliances, glassware, Christmas items, toys. We sell no clothes, however.”

Paws, the Detroit Tigers mascot, will visit on Saturday, and characters from Disney’s “Frozen” plan to be there on Friday and Saturday, she said.

One week later, Ss. Cyril & Methodius Slovak Catholic Church will hold its annual Slovak Festival Aug. 23 and 24. The festival will offer cultural cuisine like stuffed cabbage and klobasa sausage, in addition to beer and hot dogs. Traditional folk dance groups are slated to perform.

Festival chairman John Fournier said the festival will have live entertainment on Saturday and Sunday. It will also have a raffle with a $5,000 top prize, and a large children’s area with inflatable playscapes and a rock climbing wall, he said.

“We anticipate somewhere in the neighborhood of 4,000 people to attend our festival,” Fournier said. “We pride ourselves in celebrating our Slovak-American heritage.”

St. Malachy Catholic Church, 14115 E. 14 Mile Road, will have its 35th annual Summerfest Aug. 15-17. Hours are 5-11 p.m. Friday, and noon-11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Learn more by visiting www.saintmalachychurch.org or by calling (586) 264-1220.

Ss. Cyril & Methodius Slovak Catholic Church, 41233 Ryan Road, will hold its 2014 Slovak Festival Aug. 23 and 24. Saturday hours are 2-11 p.m., and Sunday hours are noon-8 p.m. Parking and admission are free. Find out more by visiting www.saintcyrils.org/festival.htm or by calling (586) 726-6911.

You can reach C & G Staff Writer Eric Czarnik at eczarnik@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1058.