Plymouth’s Holy Ghost Society funds scholarships for graduates of Plymouth’s two high schools, for graduates of Silver Lake Regional high school and does other charitable work as needed. It receives its funding from an annual event, the Holy Ghost Festa, that, for more than 100 years, has brought current and former North Plymouth residents together.
On Sunday, it begun with a procession to St. Mary Catholic Church, a mass and a parade up the long hill of Cherry Street to the Holy Ghost Field. There, participants eat traditional Portuguese food, renew old bonds, make new friends and bid on auction items donated by families who have participated for years.
After the auction, the music begins. Johnny Souza has headlined for 25 years. The trumpeter, vocalist and composer has played the top jazz venues of Boston, New York and beyond. But, the third Sunday in July he plays North Plymouth’s Holy Ghost Festa.
It’s an all-volunteer, non-profit venture run by the same people for decades. This year, the younger Leon Lopes and the much younger Joe Varao, Jr. conducted the auction, signaling the ascension of younger generations.