Last night and tonight our neighbor, St. Mary Catholic Church, is hosting its annual Homecoming Festival. It’s got the vibe of county fair, community get-together, neighborhood talent show, and church potluck dinner, all rolled into one. It’s got live music, small carnival rides, games of chance, and lots of food. This year, the Festival is extra-special, because St. Mary is celebrating its 150th year, having been founded the same year that the Civil War ended.
Last night I was reading in our backyard as the sounds of the Festival announcements — some of them made by kids — drifted over the sultry air to reach me a half-block away. It was a warm, friendly sound from a church that is a good neighbor.