Church marks ‘friendly village’s’ 100 years with family friendly event
By Steve Metsch firstname.lastname@example.org August 29, 2014 9:26AM
Haney Hall, the original church building, will be home to Taste of St. Mark's during Saturday's celebration. Pastor Jay Trygstad, Jeanne Elder (center) and Vivian Falcone helped plan the inaugural event. | Steve Metsch/Sun-Times Media
Updated: August 30, 2014 9:23PM
As part of celebrating Worth’s centennial, and as a way to let more people know about their church, the folks at St. Mark’s Evangelical Lutheran Church are inviting the community to what they’re calling an “old-time friendly fair” from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
With Worth’s nickname being “the friendly village,” the name makes perfect sense, organizer Vivian Falcone said.
She and fellow congregation members Jeanne Elder and Lezley Zubaty have been busy for weeks, finalizing plans for what promises to be a fun event for families at the church, 11007 S. 76th Ave. It’s on 111th Street, just east of Southwest Highway.
“We have an outdoor market that we do from April to September, and August is always our big one. But this is the first time we’ve done something this big,” Falcone said. “Last year, we were rained out but sold out all the food that we had. They cleaned us out. So this came to mind, to build from there.”
The event includes a “Taste of St. Mark” in Haney Hall, located just north of the church, with a wide variety of food.
“Our different church committees are providing recipes from 100 years ago. We’ll have root beer floats, penny candy, corn dog muffins, corn on the cob, pulled pork mini sandwiches and a spaghetti pie made with spaghetti squash. Of course, that’s not from 100 years ago, but squash was,” Falcone said.
Pastor Jay Trygstad is thrilled to have the event at the church and is hoping rain clouds steer clear. Elder, who serves on the Worth Centennial Committee with Zubaty, said Saturday will happen “rain or shine.”
Included is a bingo game, renamed “Worth,” that will be played indoors. There also will be face painting for the kids, inflatables they can play on, a cake walk, and a hot dog eating contest at noon.
“You go by age groups. Parents have to be there for any kids in the contest. The hot dog has to be in a bun and you eat for 10 minutes, then we’ll see who wins,” Falcone said.
A 1 p.m. pie eating contest has a twist in that the winner is first to eat a piece of pie, not the entire pie.
Other old-fashioned games include a penny pitch, sack race, three-legged race, egg on a spoon race, and a dunk tank. You can bet on Trygstad making an appearance in the dunk tank.
“I regret I only have one life to give,” he deadpanned.
Worth Trustee Colleen McElroy also is scheduled to appear in the dunk tank, Falcone said.
Falcone’s son Scott Falcone, the owner of World Hyundai in Matteson, is donating a color TV as a raffle prize. Four laundry baskets, each filled with toys for kids, will be raffled.
Being at a church, there will be a little religion tossed in. At noon, the church’s new “knee-mail box” will make its debut.
“It’s like a big post office box, and if you have prayers you want the church to pray about, you write them down and put them in the slot,” Trygstad said. “We’ll include them in the prayers on Sunday morning.”