By Beth David, Editor
Members of Our Lady of Angels Catholic Association have been busy behind the scenes cutting cacoila, sprucing up the feast grounds, and otherwise getting ready for the “Biggest Little Feast” this weekend, the 89th annual.
This year the base of the big statue of Our Lady of Angels got replaced with a brand new, aluminum-frame base that uses different poles for a new experience for the members who carry the statue in the procession.
The statue weighs about 700 pounds. The old base weighed 176 pounds, the new one weighs 266 pounds, a 90 pound increase. The new poles, made from Douglas Fir, are 14 feet long and weigh in at a combined 75 pounds. The old system used four poles, with two people carrying in the front and two in the back holding each pole. Two other people also carried by standing in the middle and holding up the statue, for a total of six people carrying.
The new system has two poles that go all the way through the base, front to back. The extra long poles allow for two people each in front and in back for a total of eight people carrying, with no one in the middle.
Three teams of eight will take turns walking the statue up and down Main Street during the procession on Monday.
The old base was the original and was 89 years old.
Chris Costa was in charge of the carpentry part of the base, with help from other members to paint it and get it ready.
The statue was also restored and repainted, a process that took four months.
Fairhaven Lumber donated a crane and operator to hoist up the statue and lower it into the new frame on Monday afternoon, 8/26/19.
The OLOA feast is this weekend (click here for more info). The feast grounds have been sprayed for mosquitoes. According to the OLOA Facebook page, the county is spraying twice, the association will spray the grounds, and insect repellant with DEET will be available.
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