1999-08-21 / Columnists

Chatting With Chapey

by Dr. Geraldine M. Chapey

St. Rose of Lima Summer Festival ran from August 11 through August 15. It had a variety of activities for the young and the young at heart.

I enjoyed volunteering on Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday evening and working with Mike Keller, Betty Keller, Christine Keller and Anne Kirby. I look forward each year to working with them at the ticket booth (as well as on various other activities during the year). The Keller's and Anne Kirby are very active and involved. They enjoy being helpful in the community and working for the betterment of our neighborhood.

The rides were of great interest. The Ferris Wheel, the Scat and the Red Baron had everyone’s attention. One big advantage of helping at the ticket booth was the opportunity to see the happy, excited eyes of the children as they peered over the ticket counter. Their eyes were wide open in anticipation of getting an opportunity to go on the rides. I wish that I had a camera and could have the opportunity to photograph each child. It would be a marvelous collectors item.

The food was excellent. Each evening there were specialty items prepared at the festival. Wednesday and Thursday featured Spanish cuisine. Friday was Polish night. Saturday was Italian night and Sunday again featured Spanish items. These dinners were very popular.

There were plenty of prizes at the game booths. Some of the stuffed animals were very appealing. One of the best parts of the festival is the opportunity for families to have fun together. Parental behavior and attitudes are important in the personality development of the child. Family outings such as the festival
build up a feeling of self worth and self-confidence in the child. This gives the child a big advantage in helping him to relate to his family, and his friends. Parents also influence the personality development of their children by being role models. General attitudes and specific responses are learned by imitation. Children need parental models with whom to identify themselves. By doing this they well learn to copy many of the personality traits of their parents and will be more likely to adopt their moral and cultural standards as well as their mannerisms and typical ways of adjusting to problems.

Everyone who attended the festival enjoyed it. However, next year is the beginning of the new millennium and a new summer happening at St. Rose. Fr. Peter Gillen, the dynamic, enthusiastic pastor at St. Rose has announced that next summer St. Rose will be expanding its July 4 celebration. Tickets will go on sale in January, 2000. Watch for the announcement of this new undertaking. It sounds great.


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