Each year in the beginning of October, the Saint Bridget Catholic Church in Richmond, Virginia, hosts the Bluegrass & Blue Crab Festival to benefit the Saint Francis Home. Residents and visitors are encouraged to come out and enjoy a day of live music and entertainment, children's activities and more to raise money for the cause. This event is family friendly, so adults and children alike are welcome.
About Saint Francis Home
Saint Francis Home is an assisted living community for senior citizens of limited means. Saint Francis Home believes that seniors should receive a high quality of care that centers on respect and dignity regardless of their financial status. Senior residents receive room, daily meals and the option of daily activities at rates at least 40 percent below the average cost of living. Saint Francis Home is a nonprofit organization, and actually loses about $250,000 annually. This is why events such as the Bluegrass & Blue Crab Festival are important to the home.
The main focus of fare at the event is the blue crab. In Virginia, the blue crab is a delicacy because of the restriction limits that the government has imposed on harvesting the shellfish in recent years in order to expand the population of the shellfish. At the Bluegrass & Blue Crab Festival, blue crabs are steamed on site by those who work on the Chesapeake Bay. Additional edible options, such as pulled pork, are provided by O'Toole's Pub. Both beer and wine are available.
Live bluegrass music is the focal point of entertainment at the Bluegrass & Blue Crab Festival, and guests are not expected to sit still while the music is playing. As music fills the air, guests are invited to wander through the crowds at the Civil War Museum, mingling and taking part in various activities set up for the event. The day's activities include a silent auction for adults with such items as artwork and vacations up for grab. A kids' tent features entertainment for the younger set in the form of meet and greets with the reigning Miss Virginia, John the Juggler and Rossie the Clown.
Tickets to the Bluegrass and Blue Crab Festival will vary each year, but children under the age of 12 always get in for free. You can reserve your tickets by calling Saint Francis Home and mail your payment to BlueGrass & BlueCrab Festival. People who are not able to make the event, but still want to support Saint Francis Home can make a donation by visiting the Saint Francis Home website.
- St. Bridget Church; Fifth Aannual Blue Grass & Blue Crabs Festival
- Saint Francis Home
- The Washington Post; Va. Extends Blue Crab Harvest Restrictions; Bridget Schulte; May 27, 2009
- Mike Pyle; Saint Frances Home; Richmond, Virginia
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