Anchorage’s Dominican priests set for annual ‘Friar’s Fest’ at cathedral

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Saturday, Aug. 8, rain or shine, will be a festive day at Holy Family Cathedral as parishioners and guests celebrate the 4th annual Friars’ Fest in the parish courtyard.

The Friar’s Fest is part of a year full of events celebrating the centennial of Holy Family Cathedral, which started in 1915 with the purchase of two lots in the initial land sale in the then tent-city of Anchorage. The upcoming festival event coincides with Anchorage’s summer centennial festivities.

This year the Friar’s Fest falls on Saint Dominic’s feast day, of special significance to the cathedral which has been staffed by friars from the Dominican Order for the past four decades. The festival runs 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and is open to all visitors and passersby.

The event began in 2012 as a community-building event for the cathedral, with proceeds going to support Dominican seminarian education, elder friar care and the purchase of the Dominican seminary in Berkeley, Calif. This year the fair will support the purchase and installation of stained glass windows, which will be installed in the downtown cathedral later this year. The windows, created in 1889 for a church in Philadelphia, are being restored for the cathedral’s centennial celebration.

Numerous parishioners participate in planning and executing the festival which includes international food booths, daylong entertainment, items for sale, balloons, raffles, split-the-pot and various games for attendees of all ages.

Cathedral parishioners of Filipino, Polish and Spanish decent will offer homemade national foods during the event. The Filipino booth will serve chicken and pork adobo, rice noodles, rice and egg rolls. Polish parishioners plan to serve up their annually popular cream cheese stuffed crepes with fruit or jam on the top and a Polish stew made with sauerkraut, cabbage, onions and lots of meats including sausage and bacon. Chicken and ribs will be on the grill at the Knights of Columbus barbecue. Additionally, there will be lemonade, popcorn, hot dogs and Tastee Freeze desserts.

Before leaving fairgoers will have a chance to stop by the Women of Holy Family booth to take home homemade baked goods.

On stage throughout the day will be Irish dancers from the Irish Dance Academy, Filipino women and children dancers, Colleen Duncan on the harp and Kenny Siebels on guitar.

A favorite in the game department is the pie toss. Long lines typically form for the balloon man. Games and activities (sidewalk chalk painting, face painting) for small children are available throughout the day.

For more information, contact Kerry Whitney at kewhitney@alaska.net or 230-4706. All food, games and purchases are paid for with tickets costing $1 each, or $5 for six. Tickets are available at St. Paul’s Corner, the Cathedral bookstore and gift shop on the corner of 5th Avenue and H Street. Tickets will also be available at Masses the end of July and the first weekend in August, and at the fair. Credit cards are accepted.


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