WILLIAMSVILLE — On Saturday, Sept. 14, SS. Peter & Paul, will host its fifth annual Fall Fest. The family-friendly event will take place at 5480 Main St., right in the village of Williamsville.
The event will feature kid-friendly activities from 1-4 p.m., a craft and vendor show from 1-7 p.m., spaghetti dinner sales (dine in or take-out) from 4-7 p.m., and live music and beer tent beginning at 5:30 p.m.
"I think one of the wonderful things about SS. Peter & Paul - the entire faith community, the school, the church, our religious education department - is we're a village focal point," said Kathryn McIntyre, the school's director of Mission Advancement. "You can see the steeple coming down Main Street. Our school has been around the longest in the diocese. This is a really great event that we like to open up to the entire Western New York community and share our wonderful campus with the public."
The highlight of the afternoon will be the SS. Peter & Paul/Neumann High School alumni reception and Mass. SS. Peter & Paul School is the oldest continually operating school in the Diocese of Buffalo, with thousands of alumni across Western New York and the world. This year's Fall Fest will feature a reception for all alumni at 3 p.m., followed by Mass at 4:30 p.m., and tours of the school after Mass.
Mass will feature Deacon George Klein, who served as the deacon of SS. Peter & Paul for over 20 years and is also a 1944 graduate of Neumann High School. He and his wife, Corrine (a 1940 graduate of SSPP and a 1944 graduate of Neumann High School) will receive a special blessing after Mass as they celebrate their 73rd wedding anniversary that day.
SS. Peter & Paul and Neumann alumni and guests can RSVP for the reception to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fall Fest will include live music by Flipside, food, a beer tent and basket raffle. There will also be children's activities such as pony rides, games, a petting zoo and pumpkin decorating. New this year, a fire truck courtesy of the Williamsville Fire Department.
Additionally, Fall Fest will feature a vendor and craft show. Vendors include Color Street Nail Strips, handmade wooden art, Norwex, Tastefully Simple, Zetouna Mediterranean products (pottery, olive oil soaps, and tukish towels), Cub Scout popcorn sales and many more.
For individuals who enjoy cooking, there will be a chili and soup cook-off and cupcake war. In terms of judging, prizes will be awarded to the best in each category and attendees will be able to choose a crowd favorite. Those interested in becoming a contestant in any of the three categories can sign up at www.ssppschool.com/fallfest.
"I think it kind of takes a spin on a lot of these popular modern cooking shows, and we bring it right here into our gymnasium," McIntyre said. "I think that it's a really neat event for both people here associated with the school and the church, but also for the greater community; you get to come in and you get to sample these things."
For more information about the entire day's events, visit www.ssppschool.com/fallfest.