Harry Potter Day Success!

This past Saturday, October 21, 240 lucky people attended a feast in the Great Hall at Saint Paul’s for Harry Potter Day in Chestnut Hill!  The event was crafted by Michael Latini, a parishioner and founder of Monkey Boys’ Studio, after he saw the possibility of recreating a Hogwarts-inspired feast.  Joe Irwin, of Lightjourney Communications and Coordinator of the Center for Contemporary Mysticism, designed an attractive website and graphics for Facebook and other social media advertising.  Karen Richter and Evan and Kat Hansen developed the menu, which included hot shepherd’s pie, pumpkin pasties, fresh salad and, of course, butter beer (non-alcoholic) for diners attired as characters from J. K. Rowling’s famous series. The aesthetics team of Tabitha Oman and Christine Fitzpatrick put the finishing touches on the whole event including the burlap-wrapped cutlery, the chocolate snitches, loads of candles, and decorated restrooms.  An improvisational troupe, entertained guests with a skit, then mingled with the delighted audience.  Saint Paul’s youth and adults, organized by Shana Stites and Cheyenne DeMulder, served as volunteer servers, cooks, kitchen elves and hosts to make two seatings, at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. possible.  As you can see from the pictures, plates were cleaned and smiles were everywhere.  Most of the net proceeds will go to Saint Paul’s Outreach budget to support the homeless and needy in the greater Philadelphia area.