APPLETON — The Winery at Marjim Manor will host a St. Joseph’s Table from 1 – 4 p.m. Sunday (March 19).

St. Joseph next to the pond at Marjim Manor. (Photo courtesy of Marjim Manor)

According to the tradition of St. Joseph’s Day, there was a famine in Italy. As such, local residents prayed to their patron saint, St. Joseph. The hardship was ended with rain for the crops and to celebrate, a feast was prepared and enjoyed by all.

Now, March 19th is recognized as St. Joseph’s Day with an altar with a statute of St. Joseph, lilies, candles and special foods. Dark yellow, brown and green are colors associated with St. Joseph’s Day; however 
in the United States red is often used. That is to contrast St. Joseph’s Day with St. Patrick’s Day.

Traditionally, the meal is meatless. Pastas, bread, bean dishes, and almond cookies are among the traditional foods. St. Joseph was a carpenter, so to represent sawdust, bread crumbs are often used in the 

Marjim Manor was the summer home for the Sisters of St. Joseph, so it’s a fitting location for a traditional St. Joseph’s table.

All are welcome to join in the meal, but those grateful for their blessings are invited to bring donations of food or money for the Peanut Butter and Jelly Drive.

For more information, call 716-778-7001.

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