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St. Mary's White Elephant Sale/Festival Events Begin June 28
St. Mary's White Elephant Sale/Festival Events Begin June 28

SPRING LAKE, Mich., June 7, 2013―Gently used electronics, books, movies, toys, furniture, clothing, linens, housewares, hardware, Christmas and holiday items will all be accepted at St. Mary’s School between June 12 and 25, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., in preparation for the well-attended annual “White Elephant Sale.”

The White Elephant Sale, which is open to the general public, will be held June 28 and 29, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day at Saint Mary’s School, 421 East Exchange Street, Spring Lake.  Local Spring Lake residents Brian Fedewa and Jim Twa are serving as co-chairpersons for this year’s White Elephant Sale, as well as the popular St. Mary’s Festival.  The Festival is one of the school’s largest fundraisers of the year, with funds raised used to offset the cost of tuition.

Anyone from the region is encouraged to drop off gently-used items for the White Elephant Sale, which will then be sold to the general public.  Drop off items beginning June 12, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily through the beginning of the sale.

The annual White Elephant Sale has attracted numerous people each year due to the breadth and depth of unique items dropped off for the event.  In past years, this has included everything from an oversized saltwater fish tank—to a complete underwater diving collection of wet suit, flippers, mask and gloves—to rare, Polish hand-painted porcelain collectables.

The entire Saint Mary’s Elementary and Junior High School buildings will set the stage for this year’s event, which will feature the following items:  electronics, books, movies, clothing, linens, bedding, furniture, children’s toys, games, housewares, kitchen appliances, dinner serveware, china, hardware, sporting goods and Christmas items.

Another big event, coming fast on the heels of the White Elephant Sale is St. Mary’s big fundraiser of the year―the annual Festival.  The Festival will be held Saturday, July 13, from 12:00 noon to 9:30 p.m.  Highlights include an Old Timers Polka and Variety Band, from 1-3:30 p.m. and live music by singer Brian Fedewa, offering songwriter favorites from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m.  Fedewa will be playing singer songwriter favorites by James Taylor, Paul Simon, Johnny cash, and more.   There is no cover charge for any of the live music.   He will perform for 1 hour. 

Headliner for the event is Dutch Henry, providing Americana music from 6:30-9:30 p.m.  There is no cost and no cover charge to hear the band.   Games for the whole family and bingo will be available and food will provided throughout the day from 12 noon to 7 p.m.  The dinner, which begins at 12 noon, will include a choice of turkey, salmon or pork at a cost of $9 per person.  Concessions also will be available, including hot dogs, popcorn and pop at $1 for each item.  Adults can enjoy the beer tent, where wine also will be offered.

Raffle tickets are available to parishioners in packets with their names on them in the church gathering space.  The general public may obtain tickets by contacting the school office at 616/842-1282.  Cost of tickets is $2 each, or 3 tickets for $5.  The prize drawing will be held at 7:30 p.m.

St. Mary’s School is accredited  by the Michigan Association of Non-Public Schools (MANS).  For further information, contact the Festival co-chairmen:  Brian Fedewa:  616/842-1852 or on email at:  brianfedewa@yahoo.com Or Jim Twa:  616/638-1257 or via e-mail:  jimjtwa@gmail.com.


Dutch Henry is an American (Alt/Country/Pop) band that was formed in "The Great Lake State" in 2001. The band consists of members Greg Miller, Todd Long, John Merchant and Ryan Goldner. The group took its name from a Jimmy Stewart film titled "Winchester 73" featuring Dutch Henry as the villian. Dutch Henry has released 2 albums "1973" and "All That Space". The band has also received airplay on College Radio and Satellite Radio. Local stations WGRD, WMUS and WYCE have embraced the band's music as well. The Outdoor Channel used the song "On A Dime" from the album "1973" as the theme song to the hit show "Gettin' Close with Lee and Tiffany". Most recently Hewlett Packard Computers licensed the whole album "All That Space" to be used on the new Touch Smart Computers. The band has shared the stage with many National acts (Goo Goo Dolls, Lifehouse, Colbie Calliet, The BoDeans, The Los Lonely Boys and more). Dutch Henry is currently demoing songs for their next release to be recorded in Nashville, TN with producers Scotty Huff (guitarist for Keith Urban, Jake Owen, Rachel Proctor), and Eric Amble expressing interest in the project.    For further information contact the band at:     http://www.dutchhenrymusic.com/fr_home.cfm


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