Notre Dame Church in Greeneville to host Fall Festival of Nations
Notre Dame Church, located at 212 Mt. Bethel Road in Greeneville, will host its annual “Fall Festival of Nations” on Saturday, Sept. 20. The Festival is open to the general public beginning at 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Their will be several activities and an evening outdoor concert at 6:30 p.m. will conclude the day. All the entertainment is free. Food and games require tickets that are available for 50 cents each at the event.
“This festival gathering is another way of strengthening our community and also helping us to know each other better through this celebration of different cultures and people that live in our area.” Fr. Dan Whitman, Pastor of Notre Dame, said.
For bargain hunters, a large, “Good old American” Yard Sale will take place beginning at 8 a.m. Cash and carry only.
Opening ceremonies will begin just before 10 a.m. with Father Dan Whitman leading an opening prayer, followed by the presentation of colors by the American Legion, assisted by Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, the Pledge of Allegiance and the National Anthem.
Live entertainment will be featured throughout the day include Richard Spain country music at 10 a.m., Tia Chi demonstration at 10:40 a.m., Austin Baze at 11 a.m., Greeneville Police Department K-9 dog Grim and Officer Shell demonstration at 11:45 a.m., The Willi contemporary Christian music at noon, Don Burger, dulcermer player at 1 p.m., JB and The Wild Honey at 1:45 p.m., Stoney Creek Cloggers at 2:30 p.m., and Spanish music at 3 p.m.
International cuisine will include food from USA, Mexico, Italy, Ireland, Philippines, Honduras, Colombia, Germany, Lithuania, Poland, Vietnam, France, China, Greece and Ecuador. Taste foods like Bruchetta from Italy, Spaetzle from Germany, Perogis from Poland and more. International food booths will be in the parish hall and open from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Attendees will be given a plate, fork and napkin upon entering the building. Hamburgers and Hotdogs will be served at the U.S.A. tent outdoors and Tamales and Tacos will be served at the Mexico tent outdoors as well. Soft drinks will be available both inside and outside.
New this year to the festival is a snow village display and back by popular demand is the model train display for the train enthusiasts in the area, filled with vintage models trains from years past. Joining us will be the George L. Carter Railroad Museum from ETSU traveling display.
The Greeneville Newcomers Quilters will have many of their quilts on display inside one of the classrooms. Other displays will be on site from the American Red Cross, Greeneville / Greene County Emergency Rescue Squad, Greeneville Police Department, Greeneville Fire Department, Greene County Sheriff Department, the Humane Society, the Hope Center, Greene County Health Department, Agriculture Extension Service of Greene County Big Spring Master Gardeners Association, Davy Crockett Beekeepers Association, blood pressure testing by Tacoma Hospital, YMCA, Honor Flight of Northeast Tennessee, Department of Veteran Affairs, first aide demonstration by Jim Sitton, and Appalachian Journey Farm with live alpacas.
Game booths will include games and contests for both adults and children with many prizes to take home. There will be face painting and inflatables. Fall flowers will be available at the plant sale and framers market. Homemade items are available to purchase at the bake sale such as breads, cakes, pies, and other favorite desserts. A silent auction of international items, collected from several countries, available to bid on all day. Rosary from Rome, handmade pin cushion from Alaska, dolls from Spain, Japan and Mexico and more will be awarded to the highest bidder by the conclusion of the afternoon at 4 p.m. These activities will be cash and carry only.
All proceeds from the Fall Festival of Nations will benefit Notre Dame Church, More detailed information can be obtained by calling the event co-chairs, DJ Dalton at 423-639-1096 or Jack Place at 423-638-1951.
-From Contributed Reports