Winterfest to be Jan 30-31

Claudia Loucks
St. Malachy's Church members Tom Dauksas, left, and Bill?Boone prepare homemade spaghetti sauce for a dinner to be held in conjunction with the church’s annual Winterfest.

Winter means Winterfest festivities at St. Malachy’s Church in Geneseo. Many hands make light work of the tasks necessary to make the two-day event a success at St. Malachy’s Church in Geneseo.

This year’s Winterfest will be Jan. 30-31 with all activities at the church, 595 East Ogden Ave.

The 2010 Winterfest, in its 15th year, is open to the public and on Jan. 30 will feature a craft show, country café, lunch, country store, craft vendors, silent auction, and children’s activities.  Local vendors, as well as many from surrounding areas will have crafts for sale.

The spaghetti dinner, with raffle drawings, is Jan. 31. 

Activities will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Jan. 30 and the spaghetti dinner on Jan. 31 will be served from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. with raffle drawings at 6 p.m.  Tickets for the spaghetti dinner are available from church members and at the church office.  Carry-out meals will be available.

Coffee and homemade cinnamon rolls will be served from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Jan. 30 in the Country Café, and a luncheon menu, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. will feature homemade soups, in addition to a variety of sandwiches and homemade pies. Jams, jellies, homemade breads and other baked goods will be offered for sale and door prizes will be awarded throughout

the day.

Coffee and rolls also will be available after masses on Jan. 31.

This year’s raffle items include: a John Deere pedal tractor with trailer, an American Girl doll, a handmade quilt made by members of the church, a handcrafted cradle and a $100 (Heaven Sent) scrip which is a gift certificate to be used at participating retailers.

A number of items will be available for purchase at a silent auction. Bids will be accepted until 3 p.m. on Jan. 30.  For a complete listing of silent auction items, visit

Winterfest committee member Jeff McAvoy said, “In the years since the Winterfest began, the event has grown from a small church bake sale to a two-day community event.  It is an activity where everyone can help in some way, by donating items, by helping with food preparation, by working in the various areas on the days of Winterfest, and just by attending.

“Those of us involved with Winterfest don’t consider it just a fund-raiser, but rather a time of fellowship with family and friends working together with Christ in supporting His church.”

He said the Winterfest is one of the major fund-raisers for St. Malachy’s

Profits from this year’s event will be added to the School Endowment Fund, to the facility expansion fund as well as other activities of the church.