Update: The Strawberry Festival has been postponed to Wednesday, July 4, from noon-4 p.m.
Built three years after the end of the Civil War, Christ Church of Lucketts is preparing for its 150th anniversary and 31st annual Strawberry Festival.
On the Fourth of July from noon-4 p.m., the Episcopal church will hold its family reunion-like festival. This year’s theme is “What Can I Learn, What Can I Do,” which will encourage kids to learn something new. Although strawberry shortcake and ice cream are the staples of the celebration, there will also be much more food and snacks available. For the kids, there will be a moon bounce, face painting, balloon animals, a small petting corral and other activities.
Built in 1868 with board and batten, Christ Church is one of the last remaining wooden churches from the late 19th century. The church was in continuous use for the first 88 years, until 1956 when its rector retired and the congregation was unable to hold services because of the structure’s poor condition. Thirty years later, the church was restored and in 1988 regular services resumed as a mission of St. James’ Episcopal Church in Leesburg.
“The ambiance of this beautiful structure speaks of history that can only be imagined,” said Pattie Palmer, a member of the church.
To finance the restoration, the congregation began holding its Strawberry Festival. Now three decades in, the festival and church are thriving once again. Since 1998, Christ Church has seen eight different vicars.
For more information on the festival, call 703-771-2196 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.