Strawberries and Sympathy

Tuesday, May 16, 1871

It is the season of strawberry festivals that raise money for charity.  They begin this evening with festivals hosted by the women of several churches.  Tomorrow is the turn of the ladies of Trinity Episcopal Church, who will host their festival at Pennoyer & Company’s new carriage warehouse on the corner of Wabash Avenue and Congress Street.  They hope to use the proceeds to fund a mission.  The same evening another fete takes place at Martine’s North Side Hall on Ohio Street.  Its goal is to build a parsonage for the Church of the Ascension.  On Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday of this week, the Ladies Christian Union receives guests at its strawberry dinners in Metropolitan Hall, on the northwest corner of Randolph and LaSalle streets.