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‘St. David’s Day’ a great idea

An event planned for Saturday, Oct. 20, offers an opportunity to help the community while enjoying food and activities with the unique flavor of the British Isles.

The St. David of Wales Anglican/Episcopal Church and The Abbey Inn Restaurant & Pub have teamed up to play host to “St. David’s Day” at the restaurant, 101 W. Hickory St.

A portion of the proceeds from the daylong event will go to the parish. Funds will be used to support local programs such as Our Daily Bread and the church’s diocese programs in Africa.

Participants will be offered traditional foods from Wales, England and Ireland. Tommy Caruthers, senior warden with the parish and part of the event committee, said the staff at the Abbey Inn has designed a special menu for the event. Beverages from the countries represented also will be available.

Organizers said they wanted to promote the culture of the British Isles and create an event that could become an annual community fundraiser.

“There is a church board that called the vestry and they put their heads together to do a community event, not just for ourselves but for others,” said the Rev. H.W. Herrmann, rector of St. David of Wales. “And we wanted to be a part of something that could also be fun.”

Three seating options will be available — lunch starting at 11:30 a.m. and dinners at 5 and 7 p.m.

Lunch will feature music from the Texas Woman’s University Flute Choir under the direction of Pam Youngblood, chairwoman of the university’s music and drama department.

“She will have flutes, strings and other Celtic-style music,” Herrmann told us.

The evening dinners will showcase live music by the Boxcar Bandits, a Denton Americana/roots band.

The Denton parish has about 400 members, many with roots in England and Wales, and they have gotten into the spirit of the event, creating a Web page for online ticket sales as well as creating posters and advertising.

To purchase tickets, visit—david, or call 940-387-2622 or 940-566-5483.

“It will be a good and fun way to feed ourselves and to help other people in the process,” Herrmann said.

We agree, and we congratulate organizers for coming up with the idea and putting the fundraiser together.

This project and others like it are true reflections of the community spirit that helps make Denton such a great place to live, work and visit.