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Why do you visit the feast?

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Comment by Deb Deschamps on July 4, 2012 at 10:34am
I have been going to the feast my whole life. My grandparents would take me when i was young to meet with family and their friends. Now as an adult i still enjoy sprnding time at the feast. I love the authentic food, the maderia wine, and most of all seeing old friends.
Comment by PETE KUZAK on July 4, 2012 at 8:30am

For years, I have been joining with my family on a quiet Sunday afternoon- after the parade and enjoying a tasty carne d'espeto sandwich with a cup of Madeira wine. It reminds me of my childhood and has become the thing to do every summer. I have the Feast in my blood, even though I'm only part Portuguese. I can't wait another month!

Comment by Jesse Baptista on July 3, 2012 at 6:04pm

Three generations of  the  Baptista Family have had the honor of serving as Festerios  on the Feast committee.. First was my Uncle Manuel Ferreira who served in 1928 and then my father Manuel Baptista in 1929. All five of my brothers, namely Manuel ( Mel ) , John, Charles, Francisco,and Joe  along with myself have  been festerios and severed on the Feast Committee  numerous times. All of our sons and there are quite a few of them  have also served as festerios and most of their sons have served as well.  For years the Baptista 's have been in charge of the Dining Room and  needless to say  there are lots of Baptista's there to be found .As you enter the serving area of the Dining Room a picture of my mother and father , Manuel and Rosa Baptista watch over us as we serve the many patrons who come to the feast to enjoy the Portuguese Cuisine, music and of course the Madeira Wine ! With the good Lords Blessing's we hope to continue on with this great family tradition and pay honor to our Madeiran Heritage !! Long Live The Feast Of The Blessed Sacrament ! 

Comment by liliana rocha on June 28, 2012 at 7:43pm

I been coming to this feast since  I was a little girl. Its become a tradition for me and my family to come to this feast. One person that made it so much fun was my uncle Joe ( bless his soul). My uncle, Joseph Castro was a big part of the feast...he was a member of the feast and was well known through out New Bedford for many many years.His picture hangs in the museum which I am so proud!!! He adored being around the music, friends, family and especially the Madeira wine. My Uncle Joe was born in Madeira and resided here many many years ago. Sadly to say Uncle Joe passed few years back and it left a hole in my heart..he was loved by not only family but by so many friends not only in New Bedford but also where we he lived in Ct. We miss Uncle Joe at the feast, his smile, his unbelievable sense of humor, dancing and singing with him and his loving heart. So today we continue to go to the feast in his honer and raise our Madeira wine glasses and say bless you Uncle Joe we will never forget you!!!!!

Comment by Heather Ann Roy-Greenwood on June 28, 2012 at 2:42am

I go to the Feast for the music and the food. I'm not too crazy about the drunks though.

Comment by Jeffrey Andrade on June 19, 2012 at 9:26am

I had gone to the feast for years when I was a kid; both my father (Virgil de Sousa Andrade) and his father (Joao de Sousa Andrade) were members. It had been years since I had gone. After my father died in 2006, I decided I wanted to go again... and it was great! The food... the music... I had such a great time, reliving my memories as a kid, that I've been going every year since.

I have been doing my family tree and have been struck how close we are all related. Many family friends I knew growing up are distant cousins in one way or another. This is mostly due to the island being uninhabited prior to 1419 so most everybody descends from one of those initial immigrant families. I encourage everyone to do their family tree; it is a wonderful experience.

If you have any interest, there are a group of us online that do Madeira genealogy and would be glad to hook you up. If your family is from Sao Roque / Santo Antonio / Arco da Calheta (my Mom's family) or Sao Vicente / Ponta Delgada / Seixal (my Dad's). I would love to help you as I have already done a lot of research in those parishes: we are likely cousins, closer than you might think!

Comment by Eric O'Neil on June 11, 2012 at 4:11pm

Hi The reason I joined is First i enjoyed it last year, it was the first time I have been to something like that. The main reason though is I am trying to find out who is responsbile for the music set up. I am in a band called Friday's Child and I want to find out how to arange (if possible)  a slot to play at the feast. If someone could point me in the right direction that would be great. We are a professional band that plays rock and roll and believe me you wont be dissapointed.....;

Comment by Lucille Rose on April 10, 2012 at 11:05am

I've been going to the Feast since I was a little girl. I would go with my parents, sister & brother. We would then meet my Uncles & Aunts and my Grandparents. It was so much fun going on the rides and the food was outstanding. A lot of my family passed away years ago but every year I was there with my Husband and kids. I lived in Conn. for 13 years and every Feast week-end I was here to celebrate. Even now I still go, along with my children,grandchildren and great grand children.I would never miss this Feast because it is a time of celebration and time to meet up with old friens and family.The Portuguese food is the best in the world and that is why I go to the Feast every year.

Comment by Aja DeSousa on April 8, 2012 at 7:24pm

I have been going to the feast since I was a baby. My family was very big into the feast growing up my grandfather was the late Antonio Fernandes Jr. and my great grandfather was the late Antonio Fernandes Sr. They both had a very big role in the feast during there time. So I continue to go and take my family to honor them as well as teach my children the history of the feast and what it means.

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