Festival of Nations September 20 at Notre Dame

September 19, 2014

Seventh Annual Fall Festival of Nations

Notre Dame Church located at 212 Mt. Bethel Road in Greeneville will host its annual “Fall Festival of Nations” on Saturday, September 20th, 2014. The Festival is open to the general public. Beginning at 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. excitement will fill the air with a variety of activities and an evening outdoor concert at 6:30 p.m. will conclude the day. All the entertainment is FREE. Food and games require tickets that are available for only .50c each at the event (some choices may require more than one ticket).

Fr. Dan Whitman, Pastor of Notre Dame, stated “This festival gathering is another way of strengthening our community and also helping us to know each other better through this celebration of different cultures and people that live in our area.”

For you bargain hunters, a large, “Good old American” Yard Sale will take place beginning at 8 a.m. so just follow the signs as you first enter the property. There are numerous and varied items: furniture, jewelry, linens, etc. to choose from, so an early arrival will give you a better chance at “the pick of the crop”. Cash & carry only please.

Opening ceremonies will begin just before 10:00 a.m. with Father Dan Whitman leading an opening prayer, followed by the presentation of colors by the American Legion, assisted by Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, the Pledge of Allegiance and the National Anthem. Live entertainment will be featured throughout the day include a Richard Spain – Country Music at 10:00 a.m., Tia Chi Demonstration at 10:40 a.m., Austin Baze at 11:00 a.m., Greeneville Police Department K-9 Dog Grim and Officer Shell Demonstration at 11:45 a.m., The Willi – Contemporary Christian Music at 12:00 noon, Don Burger – Dulcermer Player at 1:00 p.m., JB and The Wild Honey at 1:45 p.m., Stoney Creek Cloggers at 2:30 p.m., and Spanish Music at 3:00 p.m.

You can sample foods from around the world, including: USA, Mexico, Italy, Ireland, Philippines, Honduras, Colombia, Germany, Lithuania, Poland, Vietnam, France, China, Greece and Ecuador. Taste foods like Bruchetta from Italy, Spaetzle from Germany, Perogis from Poland and more. International food booths will be in the parish hall and open from 11 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. You will be given a plate, fork and napkin upon entering the building so you may load up on samples and enjoy them there, in the parish hall, or anywhere on the grounds as you watch the exciting entertainment. Hamburgers and Hotdogs will be served at the U.S.A. tent outdoors and Tamales and Tacos will be served at the Mexico tent outdoors as well. Soft drinks will be available both inside and outside.

New this year to the festival is a Snow Village Display and back by popular demand is the Model Train Display for the train enthusiasts in the area, filled with vintage models trains from years past. Joining us will be the George L. Carter Railroad Museum from ETSU traveling display. The Greeneville Newcomers Quilters will have many of their quilts on display inside one of the classrooms for your viewing pleasure. Other displays will be on site from the American Red Cross, Greeneville / Greene County Emergency Rescue Squad, Greeneville Police Department, Greeneville Fire Department, Greene County Sheriff Department, the Humane Society, the Hope Center, Greene County Health Department, Agriculture Extension Service of Greene County Big Spring Master Gardeners Association, Davy Crockett Beekeepers Association, blood pressure testing by Tacoma Hospital, YMCA, Honor Flight of Northeast Tennessee, Department of Veteran Affairs, first aide demonstration by Jim Sitton, and Appalachian Journey Farm with live alpacas.

Game booths will include games and contests for both adults and children with many prizes to take home. Have your face painted, try your hand at the Putting Green or the Dart Toss, a favorite in Great Britain. Inflatables by Funville will be available for youth and only a $10 armband gives them unlimited access to fun all day long!

Fall flowers will be available just in time to decorate for the harvest season at the Plant Sale / Framers Market. Take home ornamental kale, ornamental cabbage, pansies and mums just in time to plant. Homemade items are available to purchase at the Bake Sale such as breads, cakes, pies, and other favorite desserts. A Silent Auction of International Items, collected from several countries, available to bid on all day. Rosary from Rome, handmade pin cushion from Alaska, dolls from Spain, Japan and Mexico and more will be awarded to the highest bidder by the conclusion of the afternoon at 4:00 p.m. These activities will be cash and carry only please.

Don’t forget to purchase your raffle tickets for a chance to win an iPad, actually 3 iPads will be given away. One each hour at 1:00 p.m., 2:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. You do not have to be present to win. Tickets are $2 each for adults only to purchase and raffle is in compliance with the State of Tennessee gaming regulations.

Following the Festival, there will be a FREE evening outdoor concert featuring “Lonesome Pine”, a local Bluegrass Band, from 6:30 – 8 pm. A BBQ Pork Dinner, with cole slaw, baked beans, dessert and beverage for only $10 adults and children 10 and under for $5, is available for enjoyment during the concert. Tickets must be purchased in advance by calling the parish office at (423) 639-9381. Hamburgers and hotdogs off the grill will be available for purchase during the evening concert.

All proceeds from the Fall Festival of Nations will benefit Notre Dame Church, allowing us to continue our works of charity in the community. More detailed information can be obtained by calling the event co-chairs, DJ Dalton (423) 639-1096 or Jack Place at (423) 638-1951.


8:00 a.m. Yard Sale opens in the youth center
9:40 a.m. Opening Prayer by Fr. Dan Whitman
Presentation of the Flag by the American Legion
Pledge of Allegiance & National Anthem
10:00 a.m. Ticket Booth opens
Bake Sale opens
Plant Sale / Farmers Market opens
Game Booths / Inflatables open
Informational Displays open
International Silent Auction opens
Snow Village / Model Train Room opens
Quilt Display opens
“Richard Spain” country music on stage 1
10:40 a.m. “Tia Chi Demonstration” at stage 2
11:00 a.m. International Food Booths open
“Austin Baze” on stage 1
11:45 a.m. “K-9 Dog Demonstration” at stage 2
12:00 p.m. “The Willi” on stage 1
1:00 p.m. First Drawing for an iPad
“Don Burger” dulcimer player on stage 2
1:30 p.m. Indoor International Food Booths close
1:45 p.m. “J.B. & the Wild Honey” on stage 1
2:00 p.m. Second Drawing for an iPad
2:30 p.m. “Stoney Creek Cloggers” at stage 2
3:00 p.m. Third Drawing for an iPad
“Spanish Band” on stage 1
4:00 p.m. Silent Auction Items to be picked up & event closes until next year, however...
6:00 p.m. BBQ Pork Dinners served (Must order in advance by Sept. 17 call 639-9381)
6:30 p.m. “Lonesome Pine” a local bluegrass band, in concert on stage 1