This year marked the celebration of our 138th annual Summer Festival (we can hardly believe it either)! We estimate around 800 residents, families, friends and community members came out to enjoy the day. (Read more for photos)
With over a century of summer festivals in the books, we have the usual traditional festival staples – including some delicious food and delightful activities – down to a science. However, we also added a few activities to the celebration this year.
In addition to 1) the perfectly warm weather, 2) the outstanding music from the Pittsburgh Doo Wop Big Band and Steven Vance, and 3) the traditional worship service, we went “full throttle” and hosted a classic car show! Nearly 30 cars, ranging from Ford Model T’s to Corvettes, were on display for the afternoon.
The traditional worship service began with a mass choir of Concordia staff and family members/residents/board members singing “How Great Thou Art,” which set the tone for an inspirational service – highlighted by a stirring sermon from our guest preacher, Concordia Board Member and Pastor at St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Millvale, Rev. Dr. Dan Hahn Jr.
As always, the kids had a blast at the mini-fishing derby and the planned activities, including a bounce castle, crafts, games, face painting, caricature artist and more. And, as usual, we received a TON of compliments on the food!
Concordia President & CEO Keith Frndak closed the event by thanking our volunteers, community, staff and board members for their continued support, and asking for prayers as the organization grows to meet the needs of residents, patients and families into the future.
Although the festival is over, there is ALWAYS something happening at Concordia. To keep up to date, visit the Events & News section of our website. Enjoy photos from the day (click the thumbnails to enlarge) and feel free to leave a comment about your favorite festival memories below!
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