HauntFest on Main

St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center, Downtown El Cajon Business Partners and

the City of El Cajon Present the 2nd Annual HauntFest on Main

20,000 are expected to the annual Halloween festival

EL CAJON, Calif. – (September 16, 2013) – On Friday, October 25, Downtown El Cajon will welcome back HauntFest on Main, an exciting family-friendly event featuring live music, a Terror Truck, costume contests, carnival rides, a car show, trick or treating, a Kidz Zone, a beer and wine garden, craft stations, gallery walk and a juried art show. The event, hosted by St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center, Downtown El Cajon Business Partners and the City of El Cajon, will take place on Main Street from 5-10 p.m.

This year will feature new entertainment on multiple stages including Rockola, Paul Cannon, Fuzzy Rankins, Jason Weber and Back to the Garden. The “Buried Alive” Terror Truck is a new addition designed to submerge guests into an unforgettable experience, assaulting senses, fears and phobias. This attraction is meant for guests 12 years of age and up, however younger guests can experience a less spooky version of the Terror Truck with lights on from 5 to 6 p.m.

Bountiful Art: A Juried Art Show will return this year to kick off its exhibition at HauntFest displayed at Sophie’s Gallery through November 29. Guests will be able to view local artists’ original work and celebrate the community. Amy Galpin, Associate Curator for Art of the Americans at the San Diego Museum of Art will judge submissions. More than $3,000 in cash prizes will be awarded. To submit a work of art, call 619.593.2205 or email sophiesgallery@stmsc.org.

A more traditional carnival experience will be offered on Rea Avenue to feature bumper cars, swings, a flying elephant ride and carnival games. In addition, free activities including showings of Scooby-Doo, Munsters and Addams Family episodes on a 26-foot projector screen, animal zombie show, themed balloon characters & face painting with award-winning artist from Cruzzing Balloons, dance performances and more will be available in the Kidz Zone.

HauntFest goers are also encouraged to wear their best costume, as a children and adults costume contest will take place at the Prescott Promenade Stage, with up to $350 in prizes.

The event is free to attend with tickets for the wine, beer and food tasting in a secured, fenced-in Beer & Wine Garden for $10.  Proceeds from this year’s Beer & Wine Garden will benefit the programs offered to more than 400 adults with developmental disabilities at St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center. Tickets can be purchased the day of the event from 4:30 – 9:30 pm at the Centennial Plaza (corner of Rea Avenue & Sulzfeld Way)!

For more information, visit www.HauntFest.org.

Sponsors include the City of El Cajon, Downtown El Cajon Business Partners, St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center, Viejas Casino & Resort, Waste Management, KPRi, CityBeat and Taylor Guitars.

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Peg Fraenzl wth dear friend and Auxiliary member Fran Axelson, at the Auxiliary’s June, 2009 Installation Luncheon. Peg’s 90th birthday was also celebrated at that time.

“You left us beautiful memories…

Your love is still our guide.”

 ‘Broken Chain’ Prayer by Ron Tranmer featured on Memorial Prayer Cards

Margaret (Peggy) Fraenzl  was just 94 years young when she left us on June 17, 2013 for a higher and heavenly purpose. She was born on May 15, 1919 and died peacefully with loving family members present.

Long-time friends and family members gathered at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in Lakeside, CA on June 25th for her beautiful funeral mass, preceded by the saying of The Rosary by Rev. Ron Buchmiller.  Peg was beloved by so many, including her St. Madeleine Sophie’s Auxiliary ‘sisters’ who shared so many life experiences together. Many memories were brought to mind among Auxiliary members who joyfully shared stories during the special luncheon hosted by the Fraenzl family.

Peggy was a role-model to many in the community, wearing many hats over the years… from loving wife and devoted mother to active volunteer and philanthropist. She is respected and recognized for her influential role in the history of both the St. Madeleine Sophie’s Auxiliary and St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center.

The mention of Peg’s name immediately prompts her role as the Auxiliary’s First President among many other aspects of service. She also played a direct role in the 1966 start-up of the Center,  interacting as a parent with the Religious of the Society of the Sacred Heart in El Cajon, and specifically, Sr. Mary Mardel, RSCJ as Executive Director. Peg’s daughter, Margaret (Meg) Fraenzl was then – and remains —  among the original students at St. Madeleine’s.

The following is among Peg’s fond memories of the St. Madeleine’s beginnings in 1966. It is an exact excerpt from an interview done by Auxiliary member and long-time friend of Peg’s, Fran Axelson.

“At that time, there were 8 students accepted for the school. I went to the Sister and asked for an Auxiliary…and she agreed.  Then, my sister-in-law, Miriam Reed and I drew up a set of suggested by-laws and presented them to the members. The members, in turn, made changes to the by-laws and voted on the changes. We contacted other people to join the Auxiliary at that time. Dr. Betty Zak Lauerman (2nd Vice-President of the Auxiliary) was very active in all the activities.

Sr. Sally Rude, RSCJ then took over from Sr. Mardel (then Mother Mardel) until Sr. Maxine Kraemer, RSCJ assumed the responsibilities in 1968. Sr. Kraemer had earned her degree in Special Education and was very involved in fundraising and with the Auxiliary.”    Peg Fraenzl

Peg Fraenzl  is survived by her daughters, Margaret (Meg) Fraenzl, Lakeside, CA;  Anne Keonig, Santa Ynez, CA;  and Kay Noble, Happy Valley, OR and sons, Gerry and wife, Terry Fraenzl, Alpine, CA and John and wife, Debbie, Woodland, WA.  Peg’s loving husband, Lester is deceased as well as their daughter, Claire Fraenzl and son, Owen Fraenzl.

As the funeral mass ended, those present watched the family depart the church to the hymn, “Make Me A Channel Of Your Peace”.  One could not help but note that Peggy lived her life much like how this simple and beautiful hymn is written, said to be inspired by St. Francis: “So much to be consoled as to console…to be understood as to understand…to be loved as to love with all my soul.”

On behalf of everyone in the SMS Auxiliary, Rest in Peace, Peg. You will be greatly missed and always remembered with the greatest of love.

Shared by Sharon Esche-Irving