St. John’s Festival is annual holiday event

Published 8:23 am Tuesday, November 15, 2011

The Festival of St. John the Apostle, described as “A Community Outreach Project,” will fill the weekend of Nov. 19 and 20.

Organized by St. John’s Episcopal Church, the event boasts an array of activities inside the church and on the outside grounds.

Saturday’s events begin with an opening prayer on the lawn at 8:30 a.m. The day is then quickly filled with activities for young and old alike, such as face painting, finger printing by the Decatur County Sheriff’s Office, a demonstration by the Seminole County K-9 Unit, a cake walk, crafts and artisan booths and much more.

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A new feature this year is a magic and illusion show presented in the church from 11 a.m. to noon, by “Windsor Swing” —  Bainbridge’s own Clive and Eileen Parker. There is no charge for the performance and volunteer audience participation will be rewarded with goody bags as a reminder of the day spent at St. John’s Festival.

Build a hot dog plate for lunch and roam the Country Store to choose from an array of baked goods, casseroles, candies, jellies, hand-crafted items — many of them Christmas decor — all reminiscent of the historic St. John’s Bazaar, long-known throughout the community as a place to find unique Christmas decorations and special gifts.

A Eucharist service will close the day at 2 p.m. on Saturday, with special guest, the Rev. Canon Frank Logue, as celebrant.

The celebration concludes on Sunday with the 10:30 a.m. Eucharist service, followed by a community covered dish luncheon in the social hall.

All events at the historic church with the red door located at 516 E. Broughton Street are planned to involve the entire community.