St. Phillip's Episcopal to host strawberry festival May 18

April 29, 2013
Trays of fresh local strawberries line tables at the 2012 Strawberry Festival hosted by St. Phillip's Episcopal Church. SOURCE SUBMITTED

St. Phillip's Episcopal Church, 600 S. Central Ave. in Laurel, will host its Seventh Annual Strawberry Festival from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, May 18.

There will be strawberries for sale by the quart and by the gallon. Crafters and vendors will also be there.

Breakfast is served from 8 to 10 a.m. with scrapple and sausage sandwiches. Lunch, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., includes croissant chicken salad sandwiches, chicken salad platters, hot dogs, oyster fritters and cream of crab soup, along with strawberry lemonade, homemade strawberry ice cream, hand-dipped chocolate-covered strawberries, strawberry desserts, funnel cakes  and of course the well-known bake table.

Live music will be performed by the handbell choir at Centenary United Methodist Church, and an organ concert at St. Philip's by St. Philip's organist, Wesley Mitchell.  There is a Spring Concert Sunday, May 19, at Old Christ Church, Laurel, with the Southern Delaware Choral Society and soloists.

New this year is a walking tour of historic Laurel.  This is a sidewalk tour, with no access to private homes.  Pick up a walking tour brochure at St. Philip's or at most of the other Strawberry Festival venues.  At Centenary, Kendal Jones will present "The History of Centenary." At Christ UM Church, there will be an exhibit of the works of the late Dr. Arnold Williams depicting scenes of Laurel.  Cook House and the Laurel Heritage Museum (train station) will be open.  The Laurel Public Library has regular Saturday hours.

The Laurel Historical Society will have a booth at St. Philip's with copies of its three cemetery transcription books for sale along with other publications.  New this year will be handmade pottery from the old Broad Creek Pottery Shop that flourished in the 1970s on Spruce Street.  These items have been in storage for more than 30 years and are being made available to the public through the generosity of the shop owners.  All proceeds from sales will be used to conserve and restore the society collection of photographs and artifacts.   Priced to sell, this is an amazing array of artistic, handcrafted wares from the only documented pottery shop in Delaware in the 20th century.  All items are inscribed with the creators’ names, Broad Creek Pottery and the date.

All workers at the Strawberry Festival are volunteer, and all proceeds are used to assist charities and those in need in the town of Laurel. For further information call 302-875-3644.

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