Monsignor Luther Gibbons opened St. Bernard's Catholic Church Bazaar on Saturday with an invocation that called for world peace and prosperity. The annual bazaar is a one-day event that has been held every year since 1927 and features a chicken dinner and several activities for children.
We have an outreach program there that works with the local missionaries." The health and well-being of the people of Haiti has become one of the Catholic Church's principle concerns in recent years.
The annual bazaar's main event is the chicken dinner that is catered by JoJo's Bar-B-Que of nearby Linden. The menu offered both fried and baked chicken, side dishes, and deserts that were donated by the Women of St. Bernard's, a Catholic auxiliary group. Because of the record numbers that attended this year's event, there was a fear of running out of desert. However, Ms. Kiefer quickly organized a group that headed back home to put together some of the best homemade pies and cakes available anywhere.
In keeping with its focus on children, the fair offered several unique activities to get the attention of the younger set. John Parker, a church member and Wabash College professor, put on several regular displays of the 'Wonders of Science'. The children were awed by his demonstrations that involved dry ice, liquid nitrogen, and static electricity. Though the shows were designed for children, the adults were equally impressed with the professor's shows.
In addition to the science display, there were activities such as an art gallery, cake walk, musical chairs, and games where children could win prizes such as stuffed animals, books, and toys. ...