St. Helena Catholic Church will celebrate its 100th birthday with fireworks on Friday night, Sept. 13 at 10 p.m. during the annual Autumn Daze celebration.
The display will be coordinated by RES Specialty Pyrotechnics and is sponsored by Carbone’s Pizzaria on the Parkway. St. Helena is located at 3204 E. 43rd St.
Also that evening will be a fish fry beginning at 5 p.m. and continuing until the fish is gone.
Throughout the weekend, enjoy live music, carnival rides, quilt and cash bingo, children’s games, food, book sale and other specialty shops such as the Harvest Gift Shoppe, Country Store, Toy Shoppe and Attic Treasures. For just $5, you might win a 2014 Volkswagen Beetle valued at $19,500.
The parade at 10 a.m. on Saturday will feature six musical units, classic cars, vintage autos, and Office McGruff the Crime Dog. David A. Shutt is this year’s grand marshall. Anyone who wants to dress up and join the parade is welcome to. Veterans are also encouraged to march or ride in designated vehicles. Immediately following the parade, prizes will be awarded for Best in Show, Best Vehicle, and Best Theme. The parade begins at 50th and 34th and proceeds down Nokomis until 44th St. when it turns east to end at St. Helena’s. For more information on the parade, call 612-72-4832 or 612-729-7321 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Festival hours are 5 to 10 p.m. on Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, and 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
“We welcome friends, families, and alumni from all over to help us celebrate the rich parish tradition,” said Father Richard Villano, who has been pastor at St. Helena’s for 36 years. “Events such as Autumn Daze build good will, volunteerism and friendships, so essential to a strong community life.”
2013 ENTERTAINMENT SCHEDULE
Friday, Sept. 13
6-6:45 p.m. — John Mansfield, Alternative Folk Rock
7-10 p.m. — Kip Overbo & MagnifiCATS, country and western
Saturday, Sept. 14
11:15 a.m. — Presentation of parade awards
11:30-12:30 p.m. — Kip Overbo, children’s songs
12:30-2:30 p.m. — Peter Sappanos Band, jazz
2:45-3:45 p.m. — Irish Dancers
5-6:45 p.m. — Bog Doctors, Mississippi Delta Porch Pickin’ Blues
7-10 p.m. — The Pearl Brothers, music of the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and today
Sunday, Sept. 15
Noon — Vikings game on widescreen TV
End of game to 5 p.m. — Peter Sappanos Band, jazz