Summer Means Picnics At These Clinton County Churches

In the summertime, everyone heads to the churches in Clinton County – and not just for the service. It’s picnic time! All ages, all generations love the festivities, quilts, and of course the home-cooked food. Here are some to watch for in the weeks ahead.

Saturday, July 25, 2015
St. Mary’s Catholic Church
218 West Kentucky Street, Trenton
Mass, 4:15 p.m.
Dinner, 3:00 p.m. – 7:00p.m.
Activities, 6:00 p.m. – Midnight
Dine-in tickets, $10/Adults; $5/children 6-12; Carryouts, $10/each

Not only chicken, but roast pork will be on the menu at St. Mary’s, along with all the rest of the homemade goodies, from sides and salads through delicious dessert. But food is only part of the fun. Look for kids’ games, a cake wheel, basket stand, and of course quilt bingo. Duane Grapperhaus will be providing live music. For those wanting even more to enjoy, you can catch a craft and vendor fair the same afternoon at the corner of Adams and Kentucky.

picnic-7 St. Francis

Photo courtesy of St. Francis Catholic Church

Saturday, August 1, 2015
3:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
St. Francis Catholic Church
251 S. Clinton, Aviston

You can feast on fried chicken or roast beef dinners, and even enjoy them with a festive margarita! Then head over to play some quilt bingo for a chance to win one of the hand-pieced and sewn beauties. Baskets are big at St. Francis too, and this year there’ll be more than 250 unique ones. These and other great prizes will be offered during three raffles. Plus there will be old time music, rides for the little ones and a DOODIT stand where you can test your skill.

chicken dinner-St. George's

Photo courtesy of St. George’s Catholic Church

Friday-Saturday, August 7-8, 2015
St. George’s Catholic Church
200 North 3rd Street, New Baden

This annual picnic is always the second weekend of August and an event everyone looks forward to. Friday’s lineup includes a menu with fish plates and sandwiches, music and fun activities. Saturday is the big day where you can enjoy a special chicken dinner, quilt bingo, raffles, games, drinks and snacks. Love pie? This is the place to come for a delicious homemade selection.

Saturday, August 8, 2015
St. Rose Church
18010 St. Rose Road, St. Rose
Dinner: Dine in, 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.; Carry outs, 3:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Ages 5 and under, free if dining in.
Craft fair, 3:30p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Quilt Bingo starting at 6:30 p.m.

While an All-You-Can-Eat chicken and roast beef dinner in the air-conditioned hall is the centerpiece of this annual picnic, plan to come early and stay awhile. There’s something for everyone including kids crafts, games, rides, raffles, quilt bingo, and a craft fair. Relax in the wine garden and enjoy live music from afternoon into evening, ending with George Portz Bluegrass at 8:00 p.m.

No wonder everyone lives for the weekends here in Clinton County!

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