In 1895, a group of Quakers known as “Friends” moved into the wooded area of land located near the confluence of Chigger Creek and Clear Creek. The “Friends” purchased over 1500 acres they believed to be the Promised Land. On this acreage they located their homes and barns. They raised Strawberries, Figs and Satsuma Oranges. This area was later known as “Friendswood”. The “Friends” being a very patriotic group of people, held parades each 4th of July. To celebrate, the men would stay up all night barbequing pigs and calves for the entire population. This custom has evolved to what we know today as “The Gathering”.
The 2017 Gathering, held July 3rd, recognized, as it has for decades the Friendswood City Employees, Volunteers, Mayor, City Council, Senior Center, EMS, Firefighters, Police Officers, Boards, Commissions, Drainage District, and their families. It’s a fun event where all gather together for fellowship & a delicious BBQ dinner with all the fixings. The dinner is paid for through donations from local businesses to the non-profit Gathering.
The event is hosted by Mary Queen Catholic Church which offers comfortable, mosquito free, air- conditioned seating with clean restrooms. This year we had balloons that the children really enjoyed playing with inside and asked to take home. Serving on the event committee is Benny Baker & Pauletta Jeter. Father James H. Kuczynski, M.S., Pastor of Mary Queen, offered a beautiful prayer before the meal. Pauletta thanked Police, Firefighters & EMS for their dedicated service to our community. We had 300 people in attendance and look forward to next year.