St. Mary’s offers ‘Taste of Redwall’

The “Redwall” series of children’s fantasy novels by Brian Jacques serves as inspiration for “A Taste of Redwall,” a St. Mary’s Catholic Church fundraiser on Sunday, May 4.
Apr 27, 2014

The event takes place at the church Activity Center, 406 E. Savidge St. in Spring Lake, from 3-5 p.m. All proceeds will benefit the St. Martin de Porres Orphanage Center in Tanzania, Africa.,

“Redwall” is the name of a medieval monastery referenced throughout the book series, which made its debut in 1986. An animated television series followed in 1999. Since then, 22 “Redwall” novels and two picture books have been published for kids. 

“The ‘Redwall’ series is so beautifully written and, in the books, the author describes amazing feasts from the abbey’s kitchen, which is what we want to replicate with desserts being served at this fundraiser,” event chairwoman Christine Ansorge said.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for ages 12 years and younger.

“We are fortunate to have four local bakeries donating ‘Redwall’-inspired desserts, including cranberry almond scones from The Village Baker, plus a gluten-free item from Sugar Bowl, and surprise desserts from Happy Endings and New Creations Café,” Ansorge said.

Guests who attend will enjoy tastings of all desserts and vote on the one that is most authentically “Redwall”-inspired, plus the one that tastes the best overall. Face-painting of “Redwall” animals, an expert’s trivia quiz and a costumed cooking demonstration will have Friar Hugo himself teaching Redwall’s dibbuns how to make honey-baked apples, the highlight of the event.         

“All money we raise at this event will be of great help for St. Martin’s budget, because it will allow the nuns who run the orphanage to purchase a professional, well-made grain silo,” Ansorge said.

St. Mary’s Church has been supporting St. Martin de Porres Orphanage for several years. By 2012, the church raised $66,000 to build a wall around the orphanage in order to keep wild animals out, away from children and the vegetable garden.

“We’ve made such quick progress with the wall, gardening and laundry facilities for St. Martin’s Orphanage, but we realize there are still more projects that need our help,” Ansorge said. “Children there can do nothing to help themselves, so we want to continue to create a safe, healthy place where they can grow up reaching the next stage of development.”

St. Martin de Porres Orphanage in Tanzania serves newborns through children age 7.

Tickets can be purchased at St. Mary’s Church. For more information, call the church office at 616-842-1702.


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