PLYMOUTH- Saturday is St. Michael Sesquicentennial Feast Day celebrating 150 years of St. Michael Catholic Church.
Jorge Mendoza, a parishioner of Mexican heritage, had a dream where both Anglo and Hispanic church members could celebrate with a huge religious event open to the whole community.
“The spark gathered momentum when both Father William Kummer and Father Eloy Jimenez supported the idea of creating an outdoor event in honor of the occasion, “said Mendoza.
He called it “ St. Michael Street Fair.”
Jorge’s plan grew. Many individuals volunteered their time, ideas and donations.
“I feel blessed,” Mendoza said. “ All the food, prizes, games and performances are donated by various good-hearted people of many faiths and I cannot thank them enough.”
The mayor and city council granted permission to block off Center Street outside St. Michael Church from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday.
At noon, Fathers Kummer and Eloy will offer prayers after which 150 blue and white balloons, St. Michael colors, will be launched.
The event will consist of both authentic Hispanic and American foods for sale including delicacies such as Bruce’s pulled pork sandwiches, tacos, tamales and a variety of desserts.
Games for all ages will abound with raffles, a cornhole and basketball tournament, a dunk tank and hay rides, leaving hourly at 2, 3 and 4 p.m.
There will be a Hispanic Indian dance performance and a Mexican Folklore Dance. A live band will be featured as well as songs by Quentin Flagg and Daniel del Real.
An Orlando DJ will play music for dancing until 6 p.m. when the party will conclude with a bilingual feast Mass inside the church.
Mendoza, who has worked very hard to make the Feast Day a success said, “ My dream is that the event becomes a major hit and that more events like this will follow.”