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PHOTOS: Grace Episcopal’s fourth annual Pork Fest at Merrill Park in East Concord

  • Kerrie Picone kisses her son Zachary, 5, after he ran up to the table where their family was enjoying the food from the cook out at Pork Fest on Sunday afternoon, August 20, 2013. Picone's family all live in the neighborhood and have been to the annual gathering before. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Kerrie Picone kisses her son Zachary, 5, after he ran up to the table where their family was enjoying the food from the cook out at Pork Fest on Sunday afternoon, August 20, 2013. Picone's family all live in the neighborhood and have been to the annual gathering before.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • Justine Paul, choir director and organist at Grace Episcopal Church, relaxes while listening to music after eating her meal. <br/><br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Justine Paul, choir director and organist at Grace Episcopal Church, relaxes while listening to music after eating her meal.


    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • Tiffany Dodd, center, and Randy Makee, right, help serve up the pork donated and cooked by Quality Cash to people in line during Pork Fest at Merrill Park in Concord on Sunday afternoon, August 18, 2013. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Tiffany Dodd, center, and Randy Makee, right, help serve up the pork donated and cooked by Quality Cash to people in line during Pork Fest at Merrill Park in Concord on Sunday afternoon, August 18, 2013.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • Pork donated and prepared by Quality Cash Market in East Concord gets sliced up to be served at the fourth annual Pork Fest at Merrill Park on Sunday afternoon, August 20, 2013. The event was hosted by Grace Episcopal Church in East Concord, whose church is located right across the street from the park and many years ago rented a room above Quality Cash to hold services. "Its a continuation of years and years of support," said Tiffany Dodd, a volunteer helping to serve food. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

    Pork donated and prepared by Quality Cash Market in East Concord gets sliced up to be served at the fourth annual Pork Fest at Merrill Park on Sunday afternoon, August 20, 2013. The event was hosted by Grace Episcopal Church in East Concord, whose church is located right across the street from the park and many years ago rented a room above Quality Cash to hold services. "Its a continuation of years and years of support," said Tiffany Dodd, a volunteer helping to serve food.

    (ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

  • Kerrie Picone kisses her son Zachary, 5, after he ran up to the table where their family was enjoying the food from the cook out at Pork Fest on Sunday afternoon, August 20, 2013. Picone's family all live in the neighborhood and have been to the annual gathering before. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • Justine Paul, choir director and organist at Grace Episcopal Church, relaxes while listening to music after eating her meal. <br/><br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • Tiffany Dodd, center, and Randy Makee, right, help serve up the pork donated and cooked by Quality Cash to people in line during Pork Fest at Merrill Park in Concord on Sunday afternoon, August 18, 2013. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)
  • Pork donated and prepared by Quality Cash Market in East Concord gets sliced up to be served at the fourth annual Pork Fest at Merrill Park on Sunday afternoon, August 20, 2013. The event was hosted by Grace Episcopal Church in East Concord, whose church is located right across the street from the park and many years ago rented a room above Quality Cash to hold services. "Its a continuation of years and years of support," said Tiffany Dodd, a volunteer helping to serve food. <br/><br/>(ANDREA MORALES / Monitor staff)

With the help of donations from local restaurants such as Quality Cash and the Windmill, Grace Episcopal’s fourth annual Pork Fest served up more than 300 meals Sunday afternoon in Merrill Park in Concord. The neighborhood gathering crowded neatly onto the basketball courts at the park, inviting people to listen to music and try their hand at raffle prizes while eating at long, family-style tables. In addition to emphasizing community, the event’s purpose was to raise funds for the church’s Take-a-Tote program – an outreach initiative where volunteers donate, organize, pack and deliver bags of food every weekend for children who are on free or reduced lunch at the new Mill Brook School.

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