St. Alban’s annual Dinner on the Grounds includes pop-up art show

Published 9:00 pm Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Once again, St. Alban’s Episcopal Church is inviting everyone to the country for its annual Dinner on the Grounds.

The smell of barbeque will be in the air Sunday for the more than century-old tradition.

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The first dinner on the grounds was held in 1859, the Rev. Billie Abraham said, following the consecration of the church.

The origin of the event was discovered in the Journal of William Mercer Green.

“He was the first bishop of Mississippi, who served the diocese from 1850 to 1887,” Abraham said, and added that the journal stated the Bishop was delighted to find a large and energized congregation assembled in Bovina for the consecration, and then he mentioned the meal on the grounds.

This year, church members and cousins Carey Price and Chris Price will be smoking Boston butt roasts for the pulled pork plate lunch meal with baked beans, coleslaw, a roll, a brownie and ice tea also being served.

The Dinner on the Grounds will include live music by Ralph Miller, a country market that will feature homemade baked goods, jellies, relishes, frozen casseroles, soups, and the latest Episcopal Church Women’s cookbook.

Becky Drake will also be signing her books, “Lift High the Cross” and “Owl Roost Plantation.”

New this year during the event, Abraham said, will be a “pop-up art show” that will feature art from the Attic Gallery.

“We are taking art from our place and bringing things that we feel that would work in the setting of St. Alban’s, like cows, pigs, landscapes and farms,” Attic Gallery owner Lesley Silver said, “But it is going to have a twist since it comes from the Attic Gallery.”

Silver said one of the goals of the pop up art show was to expose people to different genres and mediums of art.

“We will have some Kennith Humphreys out there and some pieces by Earl Simmons. We are going to make it a visual place where people engage with the art,” Silver said.

Prior to the Dinner on the Grounds, Holy Eucharist will be held in the church at 8:30 and 11 a.m., Abraham said,

The annual Dinner on the Grounds is a fundraiser for the church and all proceeds will go towards victims of Hurricane Harvey in Houston, Texas.

The event is free, but tickets for the meal are $12 and are available at the church, 5930 Warriors Trail.

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