The courtyards of St. Andrew Avellino Church in Flushing were packed with almost 300 celebrants recently as the parish resumed its centennial observance with a welcome back barbecue dinner.
Besides the food, there was music, face painting, games, a free ice cream truck, a clown and lots of fun.
It all followed the 5 p.m. Mass, which was said by the pastor, the Rev. Joseph Holcomb, who also offered a special grace to open the festivities.
The parish, which was established in 1914, is the only one in the country named in honor of St. Andrew Avellino. It will continue its centennial events until next June.