ROCK LAKE—The grounds around Saint Juliana Catholic Church, found on Route 247 (Creamton Drive), will be alive with activity this Saturday, August 19, for the 150th annual Rock Lake Picnic.
Ranging all afternoon and into the night, the day will be full of excitement including a huge flea market, bingo, Big Six, children's games raffles and a bake sale.
The picnic centers around a family-style ham and turkey dinner served between 11:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. with take-out meals available from the picnic's start to 3 p.m.
Tickets for the dinner are available at a cost of $11 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under.
In evening, the gathering will feature a 6:30 p.m. mass, followed later by rounds of square dancing by “Just Us.” Music for the event is being donated courtesy of Edward Howell and his wife.
Being that this is the picnic's 150th anniversary, there will also be special commemorative coins available for purchase at a cost of $10. Supply is limited.
According to event coordinator Rose Ignatovich, the picnic draws quite the assembly each year with over 600 dinner tickets being sold on average.
“A lot of people come back every year,” said Ignatovich. She added that the picnic is frequented by families who meet up each year in mini-reunion fashion.
She stated that she and the parish are grateful for the families and summer visitors who attend the picnic and keep it going year to year.
Additionally, Ignatovich said she is grateful to the volunteers who help bring the event to life.
“This picnic can't go on without the generosity of the parishioners and everybody who donates to our cause,” she said.
Picnic proceeds benefit the Saint Katherine Drexel Parish. They supply a large portion of the funds needed for church and cemetery operations and maintenance.
Ignatovich invites all able and interested to attend the century and a half celebration. Open all day, it's a great place to meet up and hang out with friends and family for a relaxing day out, she said.