Casino Night makes its debut
By Chris Fish
PALM BAY -- Space Coast residents are encouraged to spice up their ordinary dishes next month at the Our Lady of Grace Catholic Parish's 13th Annual Heritage Festival.
The event will begin with a kick-off breakfast on Sunday, Jan. 27 in the parish hall from 9 a.m. to noon. After the breakfast, festivities will take place between Feb. 1-3.
The festival will include a casino night, bake sale, book sale, as well as the "Taste of Grace," a food-tasting that organizers said showcases the many ethnicities of the church.
Tracy Flavell, member of the Our Lady of Grace Catholic Parish, said the festival will also include rides for children and fun for the whole community.
"We are hoping for great weather and for more people to come out," she said. "We are such an ethnic area, that (the festival) took off. It is a lot of fun, and there will be a diversity of food."
Organizers said this year's festival will be the first to feature Casino Night. Festival goers can experience Casino Night in the parish hall on Friday, Feb. 1, from 6:30-10 p.m.
Casino Night participants must be 18 years or older and pay $25 for $500 in "play" poker chips. Organizers said that, since there will be no cash prizes for the chips, prizes at the end of play will be auctioned for the chips.
The "Taste of Grace" portion of the festival will take place on Feb. 3 from noon to 2:30 p.m. Organizers said the event will include Caribbean, European, South American and tasting tables for other foods in the parish hall. Tickets for samples are $1 and $2.
Festival hours are Feb. 1 from 5-10 p.m., Feb 2. from noon-10 p.m. and Feb. 3 from noon-8 p.m.
Our Lady of Grace Catholic Parish is located at 300 Malabar Road S.E. in Palm Bay.
For more information about the event or the church, call Our Lady of Grace at (321) 725-3066.