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2018-07-11 / Local News

St. Mary Swormville to host annual picnic

by ANNA DEROSA
Amherst Associate Editor

At St. Mary’s Church, a picnic that started as a small potluck has evolved into a larger scale event that draws quite a crowd each summer.

St. Mary’s picnic weekend is taking place Friday, July 20, through Sunday, July 22, on the church grounds, at 6919 Transit Road, East Amherst.

According to the church, parishioners have gathered on a summer afternoon to share food and fellowship since 1858.

“It’s a wonderful community celebration, not only for parishioners but the entire community. Everyone is welcome for the chowder, which has been a wonderful tradition,” said Karen Karaszewski, spokeswoman for the picnic.

On July 20, the Chowder Chase 5K Run/3K Walk will kick off St. Mary Swormville picnic weekend. The race begins at 7 p.m. and maintains the same course as in prior years through the neighborhoods around St. Mary’s.

Individuals can register online at www.register-this.com.

New this year are cash awards for the first overall male and female runners, and first masters male and female runners.

Registration includes a newly designed Chowder Chase Dri-FIT shirt for the first 300 registered, unlimited Coors Light beer, pizza and subs, and a chowder voucher.

“It’s a family-friendly race, and many parents run or walk the course with their children through the beautiful neighborhoods of East Amherst,” said Lynda Carver, race director.

There will be a beer and wine social on Friday night under the Wild Horse Wine and Spirits beer tent. Party of Nine will entertain from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m., and attendees can enjoy craft beers, wine and food from local trucks, including J&L BBQ, Mineo & Sapio Street Eats and Sassi Cakes.

Sponsors of this year’s Chowder Chase include Kubiak Financial, Bank on Buffalo, Calvin’s Furniture, Joe Cecconi Chrysler Complex, Elements Massage, Felber’s Building Supply Inc., Gabe’s Collision, Gallagher Printing, Heathwood Assisted Living, The Little Gym, Marygold Manor, Kelkenberg Homes, Switala’s Construction, Wild Horse Wine and Spirits and Universal Woodworks.

Picnic festivities will begin at 11 a.m. Sunday, July 22. Eat-in or take-home chowder sales will be available. This year, there will also be a larger offering of inflatables for children as well as pony rides, “I Got It” and other games.

A $15 day pass or $40 family day pass for inflatables is available.

There will also be “Trinkets and Treasures,” where attendees will be able to cool off and do a little shopping. Karaszewski said there are a variety of items, such as games, books, children’s items, household items, Christmas items and sporting goods.

“The picnic has become a homecoming for many people, and we are happy to welcome current and former parishioners,” said the Rev. Robert Yetter. “We are blessed to continue this 161-year tradition of coming together as a parish community, and I would like to extend my thanks to all the volunteers who make it a success.”

Krolick’s chicken dinners will be served in the air-conditioned gym, and hamburgers, hot dogs, French fries, ice cream and funnel cakes will be available on the grounds, along with games for all ages. The Wild Horse Beer and Wine tent opens at noon and features live music throughout the day. Admission is free.

For a complete schedule and more information, visit St. Mary’s website at www.stmaryswormville.org.

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