Saturday, June 9, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.–rain or shine, Chappaqua’s Church of St. Mary the Virgin, located at 191 S. Greeley Avenue, will hold its 75th annual Strawberry Festival. Dating back to 1938, the perennially popular Festival has the distinction of being the longest continually-running event in Westchester, providing a fun day of food, games and prizes, crafts, Attic Treasures, and music for the entire community. St. Mary’s has a very strong tradition of giving back to the local and the global community. Profits from the Festival help to fund the church’s Outreach Program, provid- ing financial support to programs such as food pantries in Pleasantville and Elmsford, Neighbors Link in Mt. Kisco, the Bedford Hill Correctional Facility’s Nursery, to name a few.
Food is always a big attraction, starting with St. Mary’s famous strawberry shortcake luscious strawberries piled atop shortcake. The indoor Strawberry Patch Café offers a cool place to sit down and enjoy tuna or tabouleh wraps, plus an assortment of strawberry-themed delights. Performing groups include the bluegrass Stump Jumpers with keyboard, guitar, fiddle, and vocals; the Blues Dogs on sax, harmonica, flute, drums, and vocals; Faith, Hope, and Charity playing show tunes and classical music; and the all-female Scarborough Singers. For more info, call Mary Dierdorff at 914 471-1762
Photo © Marianne A. Campolongo