The summer church festival season moves to St. Peter Catholic Church, 2224 30th Ave., this weekend (Aug. 2-4).
The festival hours are 4 to 10 p.m. Friday, 3 to 11 p.m. Saturday and 3 to 9 p.m. Sunday.
The festivities start with a fish fry outside on the church grounds from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday. (A few non-fish offerings, including hamburgers, are also sold Friday night.)
The popular dessert booth, featuring strawberry shortcake and other items, will be open all three days.
Along with the fish fry, the festival features diverse food offerings, including: Kugelis (a Lithuanian potato dish, sold Saturday and Sunday), DeRango’s pizza, Vignieri’s Italian Beef and hamburgers from Kenosha Beef. Food for sale also includes bratwurst, Lithuanian sausage, hot dogs, French fries, cheese curds, corn-on-the-cob, pretzels and ice cream.
Inside the church lobby, a bake sale sells homemade goods Saturday and Sunday.
In addition to all the different food, festival organizers say the event “is a local celebration of faith and togetherness.”
The faith part of the equation includes an outdoor Mass at 1:30 p.m. Sunday.
Everyone is welcome to attend the Mass on the church’s expansive grounds.
Organizers of the outdoor Mass celebration have planned “over 80 benches, 500 chairs and lots of shade” to accommodate a crowd.
The festival’s outdoor stage will be busy all weekend. Audience members are welcome to bring lawn chairs; there are also benches provided.
On Friday, Tim Castle’s Country Legends Tribute will perform from 6:30 to 10 p.m.
Outdoor music on Saturday includes Chuckaroo and the Fabulous Memories from 3 to 6:30 p.m. and the popular Doo Wop Daddies, performing ’50s and ’60s “oldies” from 7:15 to 10:45 p.m. (The dance floor is usually full while the Doo Wop Daddies perform. Expect an enthusiastic crowd.)
The music on Sunday features The Eddie Butts Band, performing from 5 to 8:30 p.m. The Milwaukee-based group plays throughout the Midwest, delivering what the band calls “an exciting blend of R&B, pop, jazz and more. Eddie is well known as a premier vocalist, and when you combine his smoky baritone with the vocal talents of this polished and professional band, it is easy to see why the Eddie Butts Band is considered a must-see favorite.”
Raffles and games
All weekend there will be games and inflatables and children’s games.
The Grand Prize Raffle’s prizes include $7,000 cash, a Wolf Islander moped, a Trek Verve hybrid bicycle and cash prizes of $250 and $100. Tickets cost $2 each.
A silent auction with 200-plus baskets features a variety of items, including sports items, collectibles and gift certificates to local restaurants. This year’s gift baskets will feature a Lake Michigan fishing charter, Milwaukee Brewers game tickets, a Samsung BlueRay 3D Home Entertainment System, family portrait certificates, a Polaroid Camera drone, a golf package, a Shark Robot vacuum, a Wisconsin Dells Wilderness Resort package and a Truly Me American Boy with All-Star Hockey accessories. Also for sale are handmade crafts and religious items.