Church festivals to bring August weekend fun

By: Eric Czarnik | Sterling Heights Sentry | Published August 4, 2015

 Robby Cupp eats a watermelon slice at the festival.

Robby Cupp eats a watermelon slice at the festival.

Photo by Donna Agusti

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Two Sterling Heights churches say there is still plenty of time to celebrate the summer this August, thanks to their upcoming festivals.

St. Malachy Roman Catholic Church plans to launch its 36th annual Summerfest Aug. 14-16. According to Summerfest organizers, the festival promises to offer fun “rain or shine.” Activities and attractions will include games, bingo, a flea market, live music, meet-and-greets with Cinderella and Spider-Man, food and more.

According to Rosanne Breloski, a parishioner who handles the event’s publicity, Summerfest’s attendance is usually in the thousands, and it attracts plenty of visitors from Sterling Heights, Warren and beyond.

“It’s the one that starts the entire season,” she said. “Most of the church festivals don’t start until after ours. Plus, we coincide with the (Woodward) Dream Cruise. People who leave the Dream Cruise come over to St. Malachy’s.”

Breloski credited the event’s longevity to a group of volunteers who “are probably our biggest assets” and who come back year after year.

“This is our 36th year, and it just seems to keep going on and on with no sign of stopping,” she said.

Later in the month, Ss. Cyril & Methodius Slovak Catholic Church will host its 25th annual Slovak Festival Aug. 29-30.

John Fournier, chairman of the festival committee, said guests can look forward to authentic Slovak dishes of sausage, crepes, stuffed cabbage and goulash. People who wish to stick with the usual fair fare may enjoy hot dogs, french fries, fish and chips, and beer, he said.

For the entertainment, the Slovak Festival will feature folk dancers and live music, such as Planet of Fun, a local rock band.

“We’ll have lighter music in the hall for those that want something a little lighter in fare,” Fournier added.

Among the other activities, kids may have fun with inflatable playscapes and a rock-climbing wall. For the adults, a parish raffle will offer a $5,000 top prize, he said.

Fournier said this year will mark a milestone for the event.

“I believe that it’s 25 years for us,” he said. “There’s a small and very dedicated Slovak community in metro Detroit that keeps it going.”

St. Malachy Roman Catholic Church, 14115 14 Mile Road in Sterling Heights, will hold its 36th annual Summerfest Aug. 14-16. Admission is free. Learn more about scheduled events by visiting www.stmalachychurch.org or by calling (586) 264-1220.

Ss. Cyril & Methodius Slovak Catholic Church, 41233 Ryan Road in Sterling Heights, will host its 25th annual Slovak Festival from 2-11 p.m. Aug. 29 and noon-9 p.m. Aug. 30. Parking and admission are free. Find out more by visiting www.slovakfestival.com or by calling (586) 726-6911.

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