Lobster Fest to benefit local charities

The Knights of Columbus of the Parish of St. Ann know a good thing when they see it, so this weekend they are hosting their second annual Lobster Fest on Saturday, Sept. 21.

Although the later of the event’s two seating times, at 5 p.m., is sold out, tickets were still available mid-week for the 2 p.m. seating, according to Past Grand Knight George Meringolo.

The lobsters are caught by the Townsend family of Dagsboro and are steamed by a hardy squad of volunteers.

“We steam them all right here,” Meringolo said. “They’re live and they’re local. They’re still hopping around when we get them,” he said.

The lobster extravaganza will be held in Delaney Hall, part of the St. Ann Catholic Church complex on Route 26 in Bethany Beach. Take-out meals will also be available, according to Meringolo.

Included in each meal are a 1.25-pound lobster, clams, corn-on-the-cob, potato salad, dessert, beer, soft drinks and water. A children’s menu is also available that includes hot dogs.

“Everybody loved it,” Meringolo said of the inaugural lobster fest last year, when the parish organization raised $2,700 each for Chimes Inc. and for Autism Delaware, two organizations that serve those with autism and other challenges.

The Knights of Columbus at St. Ann is a fairly new chapter, Meringolo said, having been formed only three years ago. Starting with 60 or so founding members, the group now numbers around 100, he said. Around half of the membership will be volunteering at the Lobster Fest, as cooks, greeters, servers, bartenders and clean-up crew, he said.

In addition to the Lobster Fest, the Knights of Columbus also hold a Tootsie Roll fundraiser, through which the chapter has raised more than $5,000 for Special Olympics, according to Meringolo. The chapter also leads spiritual programs for the church, collects food for those experiencing homelessness and “goodies” for members of the armed services.

Meringolo said the chapter’s mission is simply to serve the community any way it can.

“We try to have no money in the bank at the end of the year,” he said.

Tickets for the Lobster Fest cost $27.50 per person or $10 for children 12 or younger.

For more information on the Lobster Fest, call George Meringolo at (302) 272-1534 or Rick Morin at (302) 537-1968.