Church reinstates ‘kermes’

Our Lady Star of the Sea

Youngsters participate in a kermes held by Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church on Saturday. (Staff photo by Craig Alaniz)

Special to the PRESS

A once longstanding community tradition returned to the Laguna Madre area this weekend as Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church held its first South Texas-style bazaar on Saturday, August 11.

The event was dormant for nearly a decade due to the wishes of previous church leadership, according to a church spokesperson. The event chairman, Pat Marchan, and the rest of the parish insisted on reviving the Bazaar for the sake of the church and community. “A lot of people were upset that this festival was no longer happening annually,” said Marchan. “The parish and I decided it was time for a change, and we first began organizing in May.”

Known throughout the Spanish-speaking community as a kermes, now that the event was back on its feet a swarm of locals contributed by volunteering with the festivities with an estimate of 300 helpers, Marchan said.

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