(Turtle At Large)
There is a proverb, “It takes a village to raise a child.” When it comes to Turtle Derby’s no truer words were spoken. Mary Ann Morgan, the keeper of all that is turtle, said, “It takes hundreds of hours and lots of hands to prepare, host, and clean up such a large event. And we could never pull it off if it were not for the dedicated group of volunteers that comes together at St. Joseph’s on a daily basis. The closer it comes to ‘Turtle Time’ they are a powerhouse!” From setting up to tearing down, the stream of volunteers that works along side the Little Sisters and Mary Ann are an amazing force.
As with any large event the preparation starts long before race day. For months now, the volunteer sewers and crocheters have been hard at work, creating the handcrafted items that will fill the shelves of the Craft Shoppe. Just next door to the sewers are ceramic painters. Whether you are looking for a lovely turtle flower pot to decorate the patio or a statue of the Blessed Mother, you will find them at the Turtle Derby.
As the countdown begins here at St. Joseph’s — whether you are looking for crafts, music, food, raffles, a silent auction and of course turtles — be sure to mark your calendar for April 28. The fun starts at 12 noon and goes until 6 p.m. Bring your appetite, your family and friends and have a great time at the Little Sisters of the Poor, 21st Annual Turtle Derby and Chicken Dinner!
There is still time to sponsor a race and name a turtle!