DALTON — Food, games, music and classic cars marked the 49th annual Our Lady of the Abingtons Fall Festival held on church grounds Sunday, Sept. 11.
Members of The Quietmen and brothers Jamie, Danny and Paddy Ratchford, who all grew up in Dalton, entertained the crowd during the event.
“We love it,” said Jamie Ratchford, who used to cut the church lawn when he was a teen. “It’s good to see people we don’t see all the time.”
The event was also like a reunion for newcomer priest Rev. Arbogaste Santoun. About 50 friends from his former parish, Most Precious Blood Church in Hazleton, came all the way to Dalton to see him.
Anella Beltrami and her family, including sons Peter and John, and John’s wife Brenda, sat with the priest, whom they call “Fr. Arbo,” to catch up during the fall festival.
“Fr. Arbo has the charisma to pull people toward him,” said Anella Beltrami.
This is the second time the family has come to Our Lady of the Abingtons to see Santoun, but it was the first time they attended the festival.
“It’s beautiful,” Peter Beltrami said about the festival. He brought his ‘65 Cadillac Eldorado to display at the car cruise.
Santoun was installed at both Our Lady of the Abingtons in Dalton and St. Patrick’s Church in Nicholson in July.
“I’m so happy that he’s here with my parish,” said church member Becky Mozeleski, who volunteered to help run the silent auction and book sale inside the church. “I hope that he’s here for a long time. He’s funny and he loves everyone.”
Church member Tom Sandy is the event’s chairperson. This is his second time running the event.
“It’s a great day to have this party,” he said. “Seeing all these people enjoy themselves is worth all the effort.”