OLV calling on local talent [UPDATED]Published 10:58am Thursday, August 23, 2012 Updated 10:58am Thursday, August 23, 2012
For many years, Our Lady of Victory church has held an annual fall festival, but this year, OLV is going to try something new. Singers, musicians, poets, magicians, artists, actors and anyone with an interesting skill is welcome to take a few minutes to show off at the first ever OLV talent show.
The event will take place on Sunday, Sept. 16 at the OLV Victory Hall and gymnasium. The talent show will be go along with the Coffee House Pie and Ice Cream Social.
Homemade pie, hand dipped ice cream and coffee will be available in Victory Hall from 1 to 3 p.m. Many will chose to move to the gym at 2 p.m. to watch or participate in the talent show. Wrapping up the event will be a cash and quilt raffle at 3:30 p.m.
The idea to make a change to the fall event came from Fr. Greg Paffel.
“When I was in seminary, we did a coffee house with talent shows,” he said. “It was always fun to see what other people would do just for the fun of it. There was a whole slew of wonderful talents, and I thought, why not bring this to a parish?”
The Coffee House event will double as a 50-year reunion for the eighth grade class of 1962. This will be the first reunion for the class, who will be joined by their teacher, Sister Adela Gross (Formerly Sister Mary Peter).
“We had about 31 in the class, and some still live around Fergus, but we have no idea who will be coming,” said 1962 eighth grade OLV graduate Tom Hintgen.
The Coffee House event will be a good time for the reunion because even if there isn’t a big turnout, there will still be plenty of people around to see and catch up with, Hintgen said.
September is a good time for a church to get together because many people spend summers on the lake, and others go south for the winter, said Paffel.
“This will be a great opportunity to enjoy each others’ company and not just in the pews,” he said.
Although he hasn’t decided exactly what he will do, Paffel said he will participate in the talent show.
“I think we need to give this a good shot, and see how many people respond,” he said. “If they like it, we’ll do it again.”