Well, I haven’t been in this space for a while.

One reason for the absence was expected, and the other most assuredly, was not.

VictorFest is St. Victor Parish’s annual food, music, carnival, reunion extravaganza. Since a carnival was added in 2012, no easy task as the city was leery of granting permits for it, VictorFest has grown to become the second largest event in Calumet City (Freedom’s Eve celebration is the largest). And VictorFest is the largest multi-day event in town.

Anyway, I’m in the middle of its preparation and execution.

 I took to using the term “coordinator” for my role. Without a lot of detail, “coordinating” takes up much time and psychic energy.

The fest was the weekend of July 14-17. And as it has, for every year since 2012, grown larger and more popular. Fifty-some financial and/or in kind sponsors, just as many, if not more, parishioner donors of pop, water, napkins, plastic ware, cash, etc., more than a hundred volunteers and thousands of attendees came together to make for a grand weekend for St. Victor and Calumet City. 

With our Police Department, the Calumet Memorial Park District, the Public Works Department, Thornton Township and with necessary permits granted by the mayor and City Council, VictorFest was again a large, enjoyable and safe time for thousands.

Thanks to any of you reading who fit into one of the above categories.

But, you say, that was almost two weeks ago ... why no column til now?

One reason is cleanup. Without help from SWAP (Sheriff’s Work Assistance Program) on take-down day, things dragged on.

The “SWAP” team was available to us for setup, but a reduction in the program meant we could only get the help of folks working off fines or time for minor offenses only once whereas we were able to get them twice in the past.

The other big reason is that my left shoulder fell victim to the fest. Where, when, or how anything happened is unknown to me. But for sure, something in the area of the rotator cuff is making life fairly miserable. Keyboarding this is not without some pain.

I’ll find out what the MRI showed tomorrow.

Thanks for reading.

The opinions are solely those of the writer. Grenchik is a longtime Calumet City resident and retired instructor at Bishop Noll Institute in Hammond.