continued “Charlie had a bumper group and suggested we do something,” Hirtle recalled. “It’s turned out to be a great success.
“The first two years we had two full days of activities,” he added, “but we decided to consolidate things into one day and get the community more involved. Now it’s one of the best days of the year in Crown Point.”
The First Congregational Church of Crown Point traces its history to 1804. Proceeds from the strawberry festival will be used to support its historic buildings as well as provide funds for outreach programs in the community as well as fuel, food and heating assistance.
“We have helped to organize and participated in a Thanksgiving dinner for those in the community who would not have adequate food to mark the holiday,” Hirtle said. “We also run and staff Second Blessings thrift shop here in Crown Point. This outreach is provided on a donation basis only. Items in our shop are given, even without a donation to those in need.”