The Fall Festival at St. Mary Our Lady of Ransom Catholic Church had a unassuming birth.
Chairperson Barbara Mathis recalls its humble beginnings on Highmarket Street 26 years ago when resourceful Mamie Delzell, the town crier of Radio Station WGTN, set some used golf clubs in front of the rectory in hopes of raising money to help with church expenses. It was the third year of Georgetown’s Wooden Boat Show and a visiting golfer bought them.
With the help of parishioners like Delzell and supporters like the visiting golfer, the annual event has come to offer live music, a silent auction, homemade baked goods, a plant sale, low-country purlieu, an indoor yard sale and more. Chairperson Mathis is teaming up with Annamarie and Eddie Ferris, Christine Walker and others to open the church doors to the community, to offer items at affordable prices and , to serve the Lord.
This festival is 9 a.m- 4 p.m. at St. Mary Parish Hall at the corner of Broad and Highmarket.
“Father Wilson will bless the Fall Festival and the volunteers at 9:00 a.m. to start,” said Mathis, no stranger to the event over the years. She tells of a school librarian who was thrilled to take home boxes of used books from the festival for her underfunded library in another town. She also remembers a year the church festival had to be postponed until the week after the Wooden Boat Show when a bride-to-be wanted to get married at the church on the Boat Show Saturday. Then there was a year when a golf cart was featured as the jewel of the silent action and the year when the Spanish cultural dances began.
While the golf cart has long since been claimed, the dances continue at noon along with children’s games, face-painting, and other items up for bid. The f estival at St. Mary Parish Hall, is a five-minute walk from Front Street.