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Shamrock Festival promises beauty, inside and out

Members of St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church are preparing for the all-day Shamrock Festival on Saturday, Aug. 11, and this year’s event promises to offer some great opportunities for all ages.

The day will begin at 8:30 a.m. with a giant yard sale under the huge tent erected behind the church.

Simultaneously, the Book Nook, located in the parish hall building, will be selling hundreds of gently used books at rock bottom prices (25 cents for paperbacks, $1 for hardbacks).

Quilt raffle tickets will be on sale for the gorgeous handmade quilt to be raffled that evening, while the Youth Center will be sponsoring a bake sale.

And that’s just the morning activities.

At 4 p.m., cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served outdoors and the silent auction will begin inside the church. The auction will be filled with some beautiful items such as jewelry, home decorations, antiques, autographed books by local authors, wine, original art, wilderness adventure packages and much more. The auction will be closed from 6-6:30 so that auction workers can enjoy the delicious homemade lasagna dinner that will be prepared and served by the Men of St. Patrick’s. The auction will reopen for final bids at 6:30 and close permanently at 7.

The big items at this year’s silent auction include two gently used lawn tractor mowers, donated by two families who have moved from the area. They are in like-new condition, recently serviced and inspected by professional tractor mechanics. Both feature 48-inch mowing decks, hydrostatic transmissions and 2 cylinder V engines. One is a Husqvarna YTH 2448, with a 24 HP Briggs and Stratton engine. The other is a Craftsman DTY 4000, with a 26 HP Kohler engine. Both will be available for inspection at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church beginning August 5.

“We are very grateful for the wonderful donations to this year’s auction, Book Nook and silent auction,” says Fr. Doug Neel, rector of St. Patrick’s. “We hope to raise a lot of money to support the church’s community outreach efforts. The money raised from the Shamrock festival supports many local non-profit help organizations as well as our own food bank ministry. We depend on the whole community to come out and support our work and enjoy the day!”

Every year, the Shamrock Festival brings in over $15,000 to support local groups such as hospice care, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Loaves and Fishes, the Youth Center, the Pregnancy Center, Pagosa Outreach Connection, Violence Prevention, food box ministry and other important community outreach services.

“If we sell all of our quilt tickets, we will make $5,000 on the quilt raffle alone,” says Fr. Doug. “These women put in a lot of love and skill to make the beautiful queen sized quilt and pillow shams. I always hope that this will be the year I win.”

Quilt tickets are now on sale in the church office and from many of the church’s parishioners. They are $1 each, six tickets for $5, or 12 tickets for $10. This is a bargain, considering that all of the money is going to charitable service and, if you are the lucky winner, you receive a one-of-a-kind handmade quilt to adorn your bedroom which will be the envy of all of your friends.

Don’t miss this year’s Shamrock Festival, Saturday, Aug. 11, at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, located at 225 S. Pagosa Blvd.

For more information, visit www.stpatrickspagosa.org or call 731-5801.

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