Perfect summer weather graced the grounds of St. John Medical Center last weekend as the hospital hosted its 21st Festival of the Arts.
Thousands of guests visited the Fair over the three days of the event, enjoying a wine tasting party to kick things off Friday night. Two days of arts and crafts followed, and Sunday Mass under a tent attracted hundreds as this signature summer event was once again a hit.
“This year’s Festival was one of our best,” said SJMC Marketing Director Patrick J. Garmone. “The weather was perfect, the crowds came in a steady stream all weekend and we had a wide selection of quality artists and craftsmen for people to browse, all thanks to our many volunteers and the work of Festival Chairs Ardis Radak and Camille Anter.”
The Friday Sponsor’s Party was a popular place with memorable gourmet plates prepared by SJMC Executive Chef John Ellis on opening night
The VIP area for Friday’s opening night party was filled with dignitaries like Sr. Judith Ann Karam, Robert Smith of Spero Smith and many healthcare leaders from the northeast Ohio community.
Great music was part of the 21st St. John Medical Center Festival of the Arts. Irresistable Latin beats were part of the opening night festivities as music by Miguel Cintron delivered a lively backbeat outside the private party in the Sponsor’s Refreshment Tent. On Saturday, Caliber delivered red-hot country tunes that could be heard across the festival grounds. Cats on Holiday capped the entertainment on Sunday with their popular mix of country, cajun and blues tunes as Dennis Devito and crew proved as popular as ever.
21st Festival of the Arts: One of the Best!
This was a special year for St. John Medical Center’s Festival of the Arts held last weekend on the hospital’s spacious and welcoming Westlake grounds.
Not only was this the 21st staging of the popular show, it was one of the best – drawing lively crowds all three days of the show.
“It was 22 years ago that we made the decision to host an arts and crafts show on the west side, and it has blossomed into a annual tradition eagerly awaited by thousands each year,” noted SJMC President and CEO William A. Young.
Young was quick to acknowledge the hard work that goes into the show, starting with event organizers Ardis Radak and Camille Anter. “As many of you know, an event of this magnitude and scope takes careful planning and execution,” said Young. Thanks go out to committee members Doug Bolen, Sr. Kendra Bottoms, Michael Duncan, John Ellis, Paul Forthofer, Patrick Garmone, Jack Hall, Pamela Hoch, Sally January, Michael Johnson, James Kamholz, Mary Kiczek, Julie Keifer, Bruce Konieczny, Cheryl O’Malley and Christine Richings.
Mass, Health Screenings Paint Festival Picture
St. John Medical Center’s Festival of the Arts brings community together with free health screenings and a public Mass as part of the overall fair picture. Hundreds of guests took part in the health screenings that included blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar and balance testing among other offerings, thanks to SJMC Community Outreach.
On Sunday morning, the public was invited to celebrate Mass as Fr. Phillip Racco of St. Bernadette Church officiated. Fr. Racco reminded everyone in his homily that of all the works of art in the world, there is none more valuable than you, a person for whom God’s Son Jesus Christ gave the priceless gift of salvation.