That’s probably what I will say, unless I can come up with something more original. I am being given the honor of standing on stage and drawing the winning tickets for the Bloomington Heritage Days raffle next weekend.
You need not be present to win, but wouldn’t it be more fun if you were when you did? Sure, it’s a lovely thought that you might be able to win $2000 while you are at home sleeping in your bed, but you’d miss out on a lot of hoots and hugs and handshakes – and maybe even somebody pouring Gatorade over your head.
It will be fun. And it’s a great honor that, of all of the notable attractions and popular sites to visit in Bloomington, the parish grounds of Nativity of Mary have been chosen again as the site for this all-city, Bloomington Heritage Days festival on September 16. So we welcome all of our neighbors (Bloomington population 86,000-plus!) and if they are strangers we pray that they will be strangers no more.
We still are looking for volunteers to help with among other things raffle ticket sales, bingo tent, pull tabs, children’s games and concessions sales. You can sign up to help at the parish office or electronically on our parish website.
Also, please be advised, if you are planning to come to the 4:00 pm Mass on Saturday, September 16, that parking will be limited to the north lot only. Last year there were still parking spaces available as Mass started but, if you want to be safe, come early, or better yet park at Kennedy High School or Normandale College. Buses will run from 9:30am through midnight on the 16th. Each location will have handicapped accessible transportation throughout the day. The pick-up locations at each site will be clearly marked with signage, and the buses will run continually throughout the day.
The parade begins at 10:30 on Saturday morning and will conclude just before our parish grounds. Throughout the day there will be live music and entertainment, a great variety of food, contests, pony rides, a car show, a petting zoo, a bungee trampoline and inflatables, demonstrations and activities sponsored by dozens of Bloomington civic organizations and businesses, and a lot more.
It is indeed the moment I have been waiting for. Thank you, Nativity of Mary, for being such gracious and cheerful hosts.