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Rector’s BBQ Saturday in Trinity Park — Episcopal church restarts old fundraiser

The barbecue is risen.

Brookhaven’s Episcopal Church of the Redeemer will restart a lost tradition Saturday morning in Trinity Park when it hosts the Rector’s Barbecue, an old-school, mini-festival fundraiser last used at the turn of the century to pay for the church’s renovation project. This year, the lunchtime event will feature music, food, refreshments and children’s activities to raise money for the park and a new playground — and someone will win $5,000 on a ticket drawdown.

“We wanted to do something fun for the community and our church family so everyone could have a sense of fellowship,” said event organizer Shannon Clark.

The Rector’s Barbecue begins in Trinity Park on Monticello Street at 11 a.m. and lasts until 2 p.m. Admission is free. Pulled pork barbecue plates prepared by Magnolia Blues are being sold for $10 each, and refreshments and desserts are also available for purchase. There will be children’s activities, including games and face painting.

Shaw Furlow will open the musical performances and will be followed by The Rainer Brothers, featuring the Bridge brothers. During the performances, 200 pre-sold tickets will be slowly drawn down toward the top prizes — the final ticket drawn will be worth $5,000, the second-to-last is $1,000 and the third-to-last is $500.

Draw-down tickets are $100 each. A few are still available and may be purchased at Magnolia Blues or by calling Clark at 601-757-3544.

Clark said the church hopes to raise about $10,000 from Saturday’s event, with the money earmarked for the upkeep of Trinity Park and the purchase of new playground equipment for the church’s youth. The playground might also be opened during public events, like Music and Art in Trinity Park.

The weather forecast calls for a hot but pleasant day in downtown Brookhaven, with mostly-sunny skies and highs in the low 90s. Clark said a few tents would be set up to provide shade for people to eat, and she encouraged visitors to bring folding chairs.