Holy Redeemer Festival enjoys great weather

The display of original stained-glass windows from the first Holy Redeemer Church was a popular attraction at the festival. Discussing the historical display are (from left) Charles Richter, Dale Ruhland and Shirley Richter. (Jake Keohen Photo)
 
The annual Fall Festival for the Church of the Most Holy Redeemer in Montgomery was held Sunday, Sept. 22. The day had a chilly start, but by mid-afternoon the warm sun and soft breezes were welcomed by a large crowd, with parishioners and visitors alike enjoying the food, games, prize drawing and socializing.
 
The homemade chicken and ham dinner, with all the extra fixings, is always a big draw at the festival, and this year was no exception. A grand total of 1,207 dinners were sold, surpassing the  1,160 total last year. Another major highlight and crowd-pleasing attraction at the festival was a display of some of the original stained-glass windows from the first Holy Redeemer Church, built in 1881. The windows are owned by Alvin Nasinec of rural Montgomery.
 
Kirsten Brown, co-chair of the inside steering committee along with her husband, Richard, was pleased with how things went for Holy Redeemer’s major event of the year. “I think the festival went very well,” she commented. “Not only did we have beautiful weather, but we sold a total of 1,207 dinners, which was more than last year. We did try something new this year, in that not only did we have the dinner in the school cafeteria, but we also used the church basement. We wanted it to be easier for those people who have problems with stairs or who cannot climb stairs at all to come and enjoy the dinner. We have heard a lot of positive feedback about how there were a lot of people who really liked using the basement since it was easier for them to have access to the dinner, thanks to the ramps. Lastly, we want to thank everyone who volunteered and gave up their time to help at the festival. It was very much appreciated.” Chad Washa, co-chair of  outside festival activities along with his wife, Vicky, in addition to Gothan & Lisa Krocak, Tim & Ashley Rosival, Mason and Maggie Grimm, said  everything was going well, when he was contacted mid-afternoon.
 
The Most Holy Redeemer pastor, Rev. George Kallumkalkudy, was present for the festival, mingling with the people on a comfortable autumn afternoon.