After 40 years, a grand finale for St. Rocco's

Aug 09, 2018 472

BY: Heather McCarron

In the office tucked into a corner of the barn on the grounds of the old St. Mary's School convent -- headquarters for Franklin's Feast of St. Rocco for the past 40 years -- it seems like nothing has changed. Portraits of six popes preside over all that occurs there.

There is a faded cover of a St. Rocco's program from 2006 on the fridge, along with an old black and white photo of St. Rocco's volunteers prepping food back in the early years, and a cutout of a gondoliere guiding his gondola along a mint-green wall. An old, browning photo of St. Mary's Church hangs over the desk. There is the usual coming and going -- volunteers looking for a roll of yellow barrier tape, a screwdriver, some bottles of water. And there is the usual teasing among the Feast's co-chairmen: Peter Brunelli, Mickey DeGrazia, Tom Olsen and Frank Fiorillo.

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