A Native American pow-wow at St. Joseph the Carpenter Episcopal Church will be the main attraction at the church’s annual Pig Roast.
“We’re bringing something new and different to the community,” said Pig Roast co-chair Marilynn Spence, “something they are going to thoroughly enjoy.”
Representatives of five or six Native American tribes in traditional costumes will compete in dancing, drumming and storytelling at the pow-wow, said Marilynn Spence, Pig Roast co-chair. Some of the contests will be judged, she said. Also, spectators will have the opportunity to learn Native American dance.
Vendors will sell Native American craft items. “All the vendors have children’s items also,” Spence said.
The pow-wow and Pig Roast will be held Oct. 23 and 24 on the church grounds on Hardin Lane – the first time the Pig Roast has taken up two days. The popular Fabulous Friday Lunch, which provides box lunches to businesses around town, is set for Oct. 23th and 24th.
For well over a decade, members of St. Joseph’s congregation have smoked vast quantities of barbecued pork that provide the mainstay of the Pig Roast lunches. Last year, 900 pounds of pork were sold and 100 pounds were donated to Smoky Mountain Area Rescue Ministry for distribution to the needy. “This year we’re looking to do the same,” with the addition of 200 to 300 pounds in special orders of smoked shoulders, said event co-chair Coby Harper.
The Fabulous Friday box lunches, including pork barbecue , coleslaw, chips and a cookie, will be available for employees of local businesses to have delivered or to be picked up from Mountain Hope Good Shepherd Clinic on Prince Street. Orders are taken in advance.
That same day and the next, Saturday, Oct. 24, a full pork meal will be served from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. under the big tent on the church grounds at the Pig Roast. The menu includes a ¼ -pound helping of barbecue, coleslaw, beans, chips and a drink.
There is no admission charge to the Pig Roast, but a fee will be charged to enter the pow-wow, Spence said. Those funds will defray the expenses of the Native American participants.
Funds raised by the Pig Roast itself and Fabulous Friday Lunch “benefit a number of good local causes,” Harper said. Last year, the church donated a portion of the proceeds to five local charities.
Information on tickets, pricing and placing orders for Fabulous Friday Lunch and for smoked shoulders will be published at a later date. Pig Roast tickets will be available from St. Joseph’s members or at the gate.