MCCs annual Strawberry Festival is coming to the church green this June

Michelle Cardentey volunteers in the kitchen during Monroe Congregational Church's Strawberry Festival two years ago.

MONROE, CT — Monroe Congregational Church’s 52nd annual Strawberry Festival will be held on the church green and grounds, at 34 Church St., on Father’s Day Weekend, June 15 and 16.

Organizers welcome the public to join them for an old-fashioned, New England church festival with modern twists and something for the whole family.

Fair goers can sample homemade strawberry-flavored items, including jams, pies, smoothies and shortcakes; walk the green and visit over 100 juried crafters of handmade items.

The event features live entertainment and a food tent with ample seating. Tire the kids out with a bounce house, children’s games and face painting among many activities.

On Saturday, June 15, the country band Gunsmoke will perform from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The band has recorded seven albums during its 29 years together.

At 1:30 p.m., the Stratford Community Concert Band will play jazz and swing music with its 35 piece ensemble.

On Sunday, June 16, the award-winning Silver Steel Band will play from 1 to 3 p.m. Listen to Caribbean favorites, as well as Soca and Calypso styled music from Trinidad and Tobago. The Bridgeport-based band is directed by Jim Royle of Jim Royle Drum Studios and has been together for close to 13 years.

Silver Steel delights audiences with infectious rhythms resulting in spontaneous dancing, uncontrollable joy, and perpetual smiles wherever they play.

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