Sewickley church readies for annual strawberry festival
The yearly strawberry festival at St. Andrews United Presbyterian Church gives people something fun to do on a Friday night, and helps to support local organizations, said the Rev. John Dykstra.
Church member Eileen Kearcher of Aleppo Township said money raised at the third annual event, set for 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at 801 Beaver St., Sewickley, will go to a good cause. Funds are combined with money raised at the church's annual flea market, held during Sewickley's Harvest Festival each September.
Kearcher said in the past, money has been donated to Sewickley Valley YMCA and Union Aid Society. “Every year, we get new requests,” she said.
Kearcher 84, who has been a church member since she was 8, said before the strawberry festival, “the big thing was the salad luncheon every year that was widely attended.
“But when the older folks started passing away, there weren't a lot of people left to do that. So, the last few years, we've had the strawberry festival, and we've been able to have enough people to help to pull it off.”
She said the festival has drawn about 60 people the past few years.
“But we'd really like to see at least 100,” she said. “We are planning for 100, and we are hoping for nice weather.”
People will have the choice of sitting outside or inside. About 10 volunteers organize the event, making the sponge cake at home. This year, eight or nine cakes will be made.
Those attending have their choice of eating the berries with the sponge cake and ice cream, or can opt for just berries and ice cream.
Each year, members try to find a local homegrown source for the strawberries.
Children also will make a strawberry-themed craft with Karen Hallisey, church member and YMCA chief operating officer.
Joanne Barron is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-324-1406 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Just Write: It’s July, it’s hot, it’s busy — time to slow down and think Christmas
- Quaker Valley principal to join West Allegheny
- Photos: Sewickley Heights center was rockin’
- Center for Hope, Sewickley YMCA join forces for second year
- Sewickley Heights nature center gets kids’ eyes off their screens
- Sewickley Heights center gets ready to rock
- Unprecedented demand prompts Animal Friends to cancel rescue event