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St. Mary’s Albanian Festival Postponed to June 3, 4 & 5, 2022
The Co-Chairs of the Albanian Festival and St. Mary’s Parish Council unanimously agreed to move The Albanian Festival to June 3, 4 & 5, 2022. This decision wasn’t made lightly. There were several factors that went into this decision. First and foremost was the health and safety of our volunteers and thousands of guests. Simple things are now big things. How could we safely bring dozens of our seniors to the Church Hall and make pastries? What considerations will the health department place on how to cook and serve the food? How many people will they allow us to have? What seating considerations will need to be made? What food serving enhancements will we need to make for the food line and snack shack? How can the kids practice dance routines? Will the health department allow signing and dancing? There are no great answers or solutions.
The second major consideration was knowing that many of our business partners are dealing with difficult economic situations. Asking them for their help, once again, wouldn’t be fair to them. It really needs to be the opposite, as a Community, we will need to continue to try and support them as best we can during the next 6-12 months.
We also felt having 3 ethnic festivals (Albanian, Greek & Syrian/Lebanese) in 2021 didn’t make sense. We all are asking for the help of many of the same donors and volunteers. We will all be competing to attract many of the same audiences which would diminish the fun and excitement these festivals bring to the City.
Since we aren’t going to have the Festival until 2022, we decided to place our energy into preserving our history and heritage. In conjunction with the Worcester Historical Museum, we will be having virtual events for all ages as well as small, in person events too. Hopefully, as things get back to “normal”, we can expand upon the types of events we can have throughout 2021.
The Festival is a major source of revenue which has allowed us to preserve our faith and identity here in America. As this revenue will be lost, we will be needing individuals that are in a good financial position to enhance their financial stewardship. Please continue to be generous even when it hurts a bit. In 2022 we will continue to put on the oldest and largest Albanian Festival in America!
Fr. Mark Doku and the Parish Council
Festival Co- Chairs Gregory Steffon, Franklin Zdruli, Klevis Naqe, Helios Mako