Blessed Mary Angela Parish plans two fun-filled events

For several years, the Northern Chautauqua community has looked forward to a delicious chicken barbecue, home-made baked goods sale and a chance to win money and prizes on the first Sunday of June.

This year, thanks in large part to a spirit of dedication and cooperation among hard-working parishioners, Blessed Mary Angela Parish will attempt to carry on this longstanding tradition with a Weidner’s chicken barbecue slated for June 3 from noon to 5 p.m.

The dinner consists of a half chicken complete with sides prepared in the kitchen of the parish social center. Sides include mashed potatoes with gravy, green beans, roll, butter, ice cream, coffee and iced tea. For takeouts, a convenient drive thru service will be offered.

A Chinese auction will be held along with a money raffle. Parishioner Tom Guenther has crafted a wooden yard angel as part of a special raffle featuring premium prizes.

Rain or shine, the dinner, bake sale, Chinese auction and raffles all take place in the comfort of the air-conditioned social center located at 324 Townsend St., Dunkirk.

Pre-sale tickets for the chicken barbecue may be purchased for $10 before and after weekend Masses at St. Hyacinth and St. Hedwig’s churches or at the following satellite locations: Matt’s News, Big Rick’s, 4th Ward Deli and Tommy’s Barber Shop in Fredonia. Cost at the door is $12.

On Sunday Aug. 12, Blessed Mary Angela Parish will bring back an event that has long been missing from the community: live polka music featuring a nationally-known band.

Lenny Gomulka and the Chicago Push will have everybody’s feet tapping under the “big top” tent during an outdoor concert scheduled from 3 to 7 p.m. In order to provide free admission, the parish is still accepting donations and sponsorships for this highly popular band.

Dubbed a Polka Fest, a Chiavetta’s chicken barbecue will be held from noon to 5 p.m. A Polish sausage and sauerkraut plate also will be available. On the premises will be a beer and wine tent. In addition, the kids will be entertained at their very own Kids World and bounce house. Basket raffles will be held along with a split money raffle.

Blessed Mary Angela Parish and Fr. Jan Trela, pastor, would like to invite the entire community to enjoy the festivities and join in the fun.