Saint Joan of Arc

 

Old Saint Joseph's country Dinner with horse show and tournament.

 

Saint Joan's Knights have nothing to do with this Wednesday affair, but it has been going on since 1867, so it deserves mentioning.  Our brother knights from Regina Coeli Council in Talbot County help in this all day affair cooking and serving food for the home cooked dinner. 

 

Always, on the 1st Wednesday in August (because this is traditionally when farmers had a slack time from harvesting crops), the day starts around 9:00am with a horse and pony show competition.  Kids and adults alike compete against each other with their animals in games like jumps, ribbon racing, musical blocks, pole bending and barrel racing.

 

At 11:30am the lunch tent opens behind the church with the best fried chicken, slaw, rolls, fresh tomatoes, pickle relish and country ham you have ever tasted.  While you are back at the food tent take a tour of the church and cemetery.  It's the oldest Mission Church on the Eastern Shore founded in 1765 by 'circuit riding Priest' Father Joseph Mosley. He is buried under the steps to the choir loft.   

 

Former member of our Council Austin Joseph Durney, was the recipient of the Medal of Honor from the Spanish American War.  He is buried in the graveyard behind the church just through the gate (20 feet) on the left side. 

 

Medal of Honor winner, Austin Joseph Durney is buried in the cemetery, behind the church.

 

After lunch at 1:15 pm the Jousting Tournament starts and ends with the crowning of the "Queen's of Love and Beauty", the drawing for the raffle and the auction for the leftover country ham (if there is any left) and the cake.        

 

Saint Joseph's Mission Church is located about 1/2 way between Queen Anne and Wye Mills, MD, 1 mile south off Rt. #404 on Church Lane.