St. Daniel plans annual Harvest Festival
By Claudia Mathis
SUN staff writer
The afternoon and evening of Saturday, Nov. 7 will be filled with fun and anticipation for those who attend St. Daniel’s annual Harvest Festival. The festivities will take place in the parish’s former school gymnasium in the Lyncourt area of Syracuse. It will be held from noon to 9 p.m.
St. Daniel is also celebrating its 70th anniversary and its mission is “Faith, Hope & Love.”
St. Daniel parishioner John Denega, one of four co-chairs for the event, said the festival offers something for everyone. He and other committee members, Pat Cashier, Delores Cafalone and Mike Del Vecchio, have been planning the festival since April.
Many St. Daniel parishioners are pulling together in an effort to ensure that the event is a success. Parishioners have been asked to sell $20 raffle tickets for the $15,000 raffle that will be held at the event.
There are 10 chances to win the raffle, and the first prize is $10,000, the second prize $2,000, third prize $1,000, fourth prize $500 and sixth through tenth prizes $200.
“Last year we had a remarkable turnout,” said Denega. “We raised $38,000. We hope to have another successful turnout this year.”
In addition, the festival will feature mini raffles with various prizes, a turkey raffle, 50/50 raffle, pull-tabs and casino games.
Games, crafts and a Santa’s workshop have been planned for children.
St. Daniel parishioners will prepare homemade food for the festival. Items such as cavatelli with broccoli, meatball and sausage subs, eggplant parmesan, pizza, chili, pasta fagioli, baked goods and rice pudding will be available for purchase.
A wine tasting sponsored by Southern Wine and Spirits has been scheduled for 4:30 p.m.; along with live musical entertainment by Paul Modafferi, whose performance ends at 6:30 p.m.
A “spirit wheel” will offer attendees a chance to win liquor and wine when they spin a wheel.
The Goody Shop will offer cotton candy, pizza frite, candy, snow cones and coffee for sale.
The Young Apostles, St. Daniel’s youth group, will sell tee shirts, aprons and visors. The parish’s seniors group, the Wisdom People, will provide a holiday craft table.