‘Good music, good food and good friends’
By JaiMe Angio For Sun-Times Media September 8, 2013 9:20PM
Alyssa Papesh, 8, and Janet Papesh, 12, of Joliet, enjoy cupcakes from the bake sale with their grandmother, Carol Papesh, of Crest Hill. | Jaime Angio~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: October 10, 2013 6:37AM
Bingo. Bacon brownies. Beer. Bling. Bands. And a Bears win.
Those were just a few highlights marking the end to a great Sunday Funday season at the third annual St. Joseph’s Fall Festival held at St. Joe’s Park in Joliet.
Every Sunday since May, St. Joe’s holds its popular picnic in the park event.
In keeping with tradition, there was no shortage of celebrating the fall season Sunday afternoon.
Cherie Gimbel, co-chair of the festival, said the fall fest is a great way to end the year at St. Joe’s.
“It’s just a kind of end-of-the-year get-together,” Gimbel said. “This is pretty much the last picnic of the year. We have the Will County Irish Fest next week. We have bands, food, craft vendor show, bingo, raffles, just about everything.”
The craft show boasted homemade quilts, fashion accessories, vendors selling homemade honey, jewelry, trinkets and items for the home.
There also was a bake sale with endless delectable treats and a big crowd of people playing Bingo.
And a roar of cheers and clapping when it was announced over the speaker that the Bears won.
And that was just inside.
Enjoying the Polka music outside was Sister Marlene Abmrose, a former teacher at St. Joseph’s school.
“I’m enjoying the music and the people,” said Ambrose, 86, of Joliet. “I stay outside. I like to dance.”
Loretta Wojtak, 82, of Joliet, said coming to the fall fest was something to do on a Sunday.
“I come here quite often for the church festivals,” Wojtak said. “I just love to come out. We like to play Bingo and we’re looking for crafts. And I get to see my friends.”
Sheri Kirchner, 55, of Joliet, said St. Joe’s is the place to be on Sundays.
“I’m into Bingo, and I’m looking forward to checking out the bake sale and have some lunch,” Kirchner said. “It’s just a place where you can see old friends that you might not have seen in a long time.”
Eight-year-old Alyssa Papesh and her sister, Janet, 12, came to the festival with their grandmother.
“We came because we like to play Bingo and buy some stuff,” Alyssa said. “I’m excited for fall because I can jump in the leaves after I rake them up.”
“I came here to play and jump in the jumpy house and play Bingo and stuff,” Janet said. “I’m so excited for fall, too. I get to trick or treat.”
Debbie Zelinski, 36, of Joliet, came to the fall fest with her husband and children. Zelinski said she has attended the Sunday Funday at St. Joe’s almost every week for the summer season.
“We’re looking forward to good music, good food and good friends.” she said. “It is a good time here.”