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Greek culture to be celebrated for three days September 29, 2006

Posted by grhomeboy in Greek Diaspora Festivals.

Festival in Hayward will take place October 6-8

For 362 days a year, the Resurrection Greek Orthodox Church pursues its religious and cultural traditions in Castro Valley. Come early October, however, all things Greek shift west to Hayward for the annual three-day Greek festival.

A Celebration of Greece, minus the balmy breezes and white-washed stone buildings, but with food, music and more, will fill Centennial Hall from October 6 to 8.

The event’s slogan, “Imagine the Place, Experience the Taste” says it all.

Greek food will be featured for lunch, dinner, snacks, pastries, coffee and beverages. A live orchestra and a variety of dance companies will perform Greek music and dances. The Sons of Ulysses will perform table dances October 7-8.

Other highlights include Greek costumes from islands and villages, cooking demonstrations and lessons, sales of imported Greek handicrafts, Greek dance lessons, cultural and religious displays, tours of a replica Orthodox chapel, chats with visiting priests from a California Greek Orthodox monastery, and Greek Internet information.

Centennial Hall is at 22292 Foothill Blvd. Festival hours are 5 p.m. to midnight Oct. 6, 11 a.m. to midnight Oct. 7, and noon to 8 p.m. Oct. 8. Free parking. Admission is $5 per person, with children under 12 admitted free. A free admission coupon can be downloaded from the church’s Web site, http://www.cvresurrection.org. For information, call (510) 581-8950.

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