St. Patrick block party today
TREVORTON - Six hours and 56 hands later, and parishioners at St. Patrick Church in Trevorton had made enough pierogies to feed two to every person in town.
And that was just day one.
Volunteers with St. Patrick annual block party, which will be held today and Saturday beginning at 5 p.m. and ending after 10 p.m., spent the week chopping onions, peeling potatoes and slicing cabbage to prepare for what has become one of the biggest events in Trevorton.
Anna Troutman, who has been the coordinator since the block party's inception 17 years ago, said she takes a one week vacation every year to help with the preparations but the end result was worth the hard work.
"We like it because lot of people come home this weekend and they have reunions with their friends," said Troutman.
The food stand, which features Coal Region traditions like pierogies, potato cakes and halushki, is just one reason to come out, said Troutman.
This year, Troutman is especially proud of the baskets that are raffled off at 10 p.m. on Saturday night.
"Our baskets value at $50 on up and average $75," said Troutman, noting that several donors had spent over $100 filling their baskets with themed items like a collection of tools.
Troutman also has her eye on the nine kiddie games at this year's festival; her 5-month-old grandson, Caleb Erdman, was on hand to help with preparations and smiled when he was asked if he is looking forward to the celebration.
Games of chance, including poker and instant bingo, will be available for adults.
Entertainment will be provided by Big County Radio and the New Individuals on Friday and Elvis impersonator Mr. Brad Crum on Saturday.
Another notable attendee this year is the Rev. Steven Frenier, who will be attending his first block party as St. Patrick's presiding clergy.
"He's excited about it," said Troutman.