My sweet daughter, Jodi, was asked to sing with her good friend, Nolan Jodes (aka Boy Jody) at Monday’s Facer European Festival. So, of course, the bearded guy and I had to go and support our girl.
In case you aren’t familiar with Facer Street it is a neighbourhood in St.Catharines known for being home to many european ethnic communities. See their website at http://facereuropeanfestival.com As a kid I lived near this community and did attend Prince of Wales Public School (located on Facer St) for a year. Polish, Ukrainian, Italian and other communities share the neighbourhood and so the festival fare includes pierogis, cabbage rolls and wonderful breads and baked goods. The air was filled with the aroma of these delicacies as well as the sounds of polkas, accordions, folk songs and fun. And, of course the “Jodes” rocked it on the St.Joseph’s Baker Stage. (listen below or go to iTunes and Spotify to hear Nolan Jodes EP “A.”)
Blessings and greetings were brought by multiple faith leaders, past and present Beauty Queens and politicians, including or own Mayor Walter Sendzik, MP Chris Bittle and MPP Jim Bradley.
The weather cooperated for the early part of the day and even though the rain came it didn’t dampen the spirits. Looking forward to next year’s festival!