Cars lined South Pagosa Blvd. in front of St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church early last Saturday morning, as folks came to find bargains at the garage sale, buy used books at the Book Nook, and purchase homemade treats at the bake sale, all a part of a day of fund-raising activities at the annual Shamrock Festival.
Saturday evening hosted a delicious barbecue dinner, serenaded by the popular local band, Lead Foot Ruthie. This was followed by a silent auction in the church parish hall featuring beautiful Waterford crystal, heirloom and costume jewelry, signed prints, a dining table and chairs, fine wines, a handmade redwood bench, exercise equipment and much more.
In spite of the ailing economy, the festival brought in a record amount of money to benefit local non-profit agencies. Indeed, St. Patrick’s Quilt Ministry sold all the raffle tickets for their beautiful handmade quilt and pillow shams. The silent auction, bake sale, garage sale, book nook, quilt auction, along with the dinner and drink tickets, all combined to make this one of the most successful Shamrock Festivals in the event’s history.
At the dinner, festival coordinator Lynne McCrudden thanked the various organizers for all their hard work and introduced heads of non-profit organizations that benefit from the festival. These include Seeds of Learning, Big Brothers Big Sisters, The Youth Center, Habitat for Humanity, Pagosa Outreach Connection, Hospice Indigent Fund, Hospice of Mercy, and the Pregnancy Center. These organizations, in turn, benefit the entire community through their services.
“It is very gratifying to see so many people in our parish working together to make this event a success,” said Fr. Doug Neel, rector of St. Patrick’s.
“I am also thankful to all those in the community who responded so generously to this effort. It is indeed a celebration of God’s love and compassion for us all,” he said.