Fall festival at Our Lady of the Abingtons a chance to meet friends, old and new


By Ben Freda - For Abington Journal



Tom Sandy, left,, who coordinated the 49th annual Our Lady of the Abingtons Fall Festival, smiles with recently installed Fr. Arbogaste Santoun at the event Sept. 11.


Ben Freda | For Abington Journal

The Quietmen, a local band of three brothers who are originally from Scranton but grew up in Dalton, sing for the crowd under the pavilion during the 49th annual Our Lady of the Abingtons Fall Festival held Sept. 11. From left are Danny Ratchford on guitar, Jamie Ratchford on guitar, and Paddy Ratchford on keyboards.


Ben Freda | For Abington Journal

A 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat is parked for display during the 49th annual Our Lady of the Abingtons Fall Festival held Sept. 11.


Ben Freda | For Abington Journal

DALTON — Food, games, music and classic cars marked the 49th annual Our Lady of the Abingtons Fall Festival held on church grounds Sunday, Sept. 11.

Members of The Quietmen and brothers Jamie, Danny and Paddy Ratchford, who all grew up in Dalton, entertained the crowd during the event.

“We love it,” said Jamie Ratchford, who used to cut the church lawn when he was a teen. “It’s good to see people we don’t see all the time.”

The event was also like a reunion for newcomer priest Rev. Arbogaste Santoun. About 50 friends from his former parish, Most Precious Blood Church in Hazleton, came all the way to Dalton to see him.

Anella Beltrami and her family, including sons Peter and John, and John’s wife Brenda, sat with the priest, whom they call “Fr. Arbo,” to catch up during the fall festival.

“Fr. Arbo has the charisma to pull people toward him,” said Anella Beltrami.

This is the second time the family has come to Our Lady of the Abingtons to see Santoun, but it was the first time they attended the festival.

“It’s beautiful,” Peter Beltrami said about the festival. He brought his ‘65 Cadillac Eldorado to display at the car cruise.

Santoun was installed at both Our Lady of the Abingtons in Dalton and St. Patrick’s Church in Nicholson in July.

“I’m so happy that he’s here with my parish,” said church member Becky Mozeleski, who volunteered to help run the silent auction and book sale inside the church. “I hope that he’s here for a long time. He’s funny and he loves everyone.”

Church member Tom Sandy is the event’s chairperson. This is his second time running the event.

“It’s a great day to have this party,” he said. “Seeing all these people enjoy themselves is worth all the effort.”

Tom Sandy, left,, who coordinated the 49th annual Our Lady of the Abingtons Fall Festival, smiles with recently installed Fr. Arbogaste Santoun at the event Sept. 11.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/web1_20160911_144853_Night-2-1.jpgTom Sandy, left,, who coordinated the 49th annual Our Lady of the Abingtons Fall Festival, smiles with recently installed Fr. Arbogaste Santoun at the event Sept. 11. Ben Freda | For Abington Journal

The Quietmen, a local band of three brothers who are originally from Scranton but grew up in Dalton, sing for the crowd under the pavilion during the 49th annual Our Lady of the Abingtons Fall Festival held Sept. 11. From left are Danny Ratchford on guitar, Jamie Ratchford on guitar, and Paddy Ratchford on keyboards.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/web1_20160911_143122-2-1.jpgThe Quietmen, a local band of three brothers who are originally from Scranton but grew up in Dalton, sing for the crowd under the pavilion during the 49th annual Our Lady of the Abingtons Fall Festival held Sept. 11. From left are Danny Ratchford on guitar, Jamie Ratchford on guitar, and Paddy Ratchford on keyboards. Ben Freda | For Abington Journal

A 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat is parked for display during the 49th annual Our Lady of the Abingtons Fall Festival held Sept. 11.
http://theabingtonjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/web1_20160911_125219-1.jpgA 2015 Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat is parked for display during the 49th annual Our Lady of the Abingtons Fall Festival held Sept. 11. Ben Freda | For Abington Journal

By Ben Freda

For Abington Journal

Reach the Abington Journal newsroom at 570-587-1148 or by email at news@theabingtonjournal.com.

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