By Tom Momberg
St. Anastasia Roman Catholic Church in Douglaston hosted its centennial celebration last weekend with a mass led by Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of Brooklyn followed by a full-fledged festival in the church parking lot.
Several churchgoers and their families celebrated 100 years by dressing in circa 1900s fashions as they took time to reflect on what got their community to the point where it is today.
“The cold weather put a little damper outside, but the services were uplifting and encouraging — hearing everything the earlier generation had started for us,” events organizer Susan Cerezo said.
The festival was a hit as well. Despite low temperatures, at least 100 people came out for music, food and conversation. An antique car show, face painting, clowns and jugglers drew families from throughout the neighborhood.