Cathy Messier attended Holloway Memorial Chapel’s annual Strawberry Festival for the first time last summer. 

It’s a decision she doesn’t regret.

“It was fun because I was new to the community and the people there were most welcoming,” she said.

The evening was filled with laughter, kind faces and juicy strawberries to feast on.

“I felt happy to be there and I made a lot of new friends,” she said with a laugh. 

Members of the 125-year-old small, white clapboard in Crystal Beach on Point Abino Road are preparing for this year’s 60th annual Strawberry Festival, planned for Wednesday, June 26 and everyone is invited. 

“You don’t have to be a member of the church. Everyone is welcome,” Messier said. 

The festival will be held at the Buffalo Yacht Club, at 1007 Point Abino Rd. from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and includes strawberries, ice cream, a silent auction and raffle. 

Messier said proceeds from the festival will be used to help pay for upkeep of the church and to cover the cost of bringing in guest speakers.

Tickets to the event can be purchased in advance for $8 or $10 at the door. Children three and under are free. 

For more information on services and special events at the church, visit, or for tickets to the Strawberry Festival, call 905-894-2840.

by Sarah Ferguson

Sarah Ferguson is a reporter and photographer covering the communities of south Niagara for Niagara This Week in addition to contributing to Niagara Life Magazine. She's a lifelong Niagara resident and a graduate of Niagara College's Journalism-Print program. Find her on Twitter @@s_ferguson25. 

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Crystal Beach church prepares for Strawberry Festival
Holloway Memorial Chapel's 60th annual festival set for June 26

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