This Sunday evening, August 11, I will be at Centennial Lakes Park feeding the ducks. That has become my new favorite summer pastime. The park has free Wi-Fi so I often take my iPad, sit on the stoop by the pond, catch up on internet news and blogs, and toss a few kernels of corn to the ducks.
You all are welcome to join me. There will be special family fun that evening as August 11 is Lighthouse Night at the park. The Edina Model Yacht Club will be sailing their vessels on a pond that, beginning at 8:00, will be lit by floating torches. Live music begins at 6:30 and culminates with the John Philip Sousa Memorial Band Concert at 8:30. I heard that last year there were 25-cent ice-cream cones for sale at the park pavilion. If not, I might walk over to Cherry Berry for a yogurt, Jamba Juice for a smoothie, or Pinstripes for a glass of wine – depending on how the mood strikes.
Bring the children – they will enjoy seeing some friends they haven’t seen since school let out. It might be a good place for you departing college students to get together too and have some fun before you head off to college. Rent a paddle boat on the pond. Play some mini-golf. Most of all it’s good just to be like lighthouses ourselves and to shine some Nativity cheer throughout the community.
Then on Thursday, August 15, we celebrate here at Nativity a holy day – the Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary with Masses at 8:00 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. This is also the last official day among us for Deacon Joseph Kirembwe. Deacon Joseph has been with us for ten weeks this summer but now will return to the seminary for his final year of formation before being ordained a priest next summer for the Diocese of Kampala in Uganda. So we will have a little farewell reception for him after the morning Mass on Thursday. God’s best blessings to Deacon Joseph!
Then comes the most anticipated of our summer events. Our parish festival, Nativity Fest 2013, takes place right here at Nativity of Mary on August 16-17. Plan on spending a good portion of your weekend here at the parish with your favorite people. Check out the car show, children’s games and activities, book sale, bake sale, marketplace, bingo, a variety of food trucks, a fried chicken dinner, music, dancing, talent show, raffle drawing, pull tabs, beer tent, and entertaining moments beyond anything we could have planned. The hype for Nativity Fest 2013 is building and you will not be disappointed.
So, even though the middle of August is upon us already, the best of summer is yet to come. I pray that it can be a time for us to celebrate Nativity of Mary, strengthen our friendships, share the joy of God’s blessings with our neighbors, and simply to soak up as many blessings as we can. Thanks, Nativity. You’re the best.