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Greek Festival in Mansfield May 19, 2007

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Do not be surprised if you see a long line of people stretching along West Third Street which started on Friday.

They will have a number of reasons to wait to get into Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church. It’s the opening of the annual Greek Festival, three days of Greek food, music and culture put together by the church’s congregation and volunteers.

The Annual Greek Festival, Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, 265 W. Third St., Mansfield. 5 to 11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $1. Food and drink prices vary.

Greek Festival in Lecanto begun yesterday May 19, 2007

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A three-day feast and festival of Greek food, dancing and fun at St. Michael the Archangel Greek Orthodox Church in Lecanto.

This is in addition to the annual fall Greek Festival. The fall festival draws more than 5,000 people. That means 3,000 sandwiches, 40 legs of lamb, trays and trays of casseroles and combination dinners, hundreds and hundreds of cases of pastries.

All the food is prepared by members of the parish and volunteers, all is authentically Greek. Typical fare includes spanakopita (spinach pie), souvlaki, pastitsio, Greek bread, pastries, baklava and kataifi, which is the honey-soaked delicacies that look like mounds of shredded wheat.

In addition to the food, Odyssey, a crowd-favorite band from south Florida, will be back playing Greek music so festivalgoers can dance off some of the calories consumed.

As with the fall festival, vendors will be on site with Greek wares and souvenirs for sale. Proceeds from the festival will benefit the church’s building fund. Currently, the parish is still in the permitting process, but they hope to begin construction on the $1.5-million sanctuary soon.

The new building will be the place of worship for more than 200 households. Members are predominantly of Greek heritage but also include Albanians, Serbians, Russians, Romanians, Ukrainians and American converts. The church draws worshippers from Citrus, Marion, Sumter, Hernando and Lake counties.

Festival times are 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $1 donation per person. Free parking is available at the church, at 4705 W. Gulf-to-Lake Highway, Lecanto. For information, call the church at 527-0766 or 563-1486.

Spring Greek Festival. St. Michael the Archangel Greek Orthodox Church, 4705 W. Gulf-to-Lake Highway, Lecanto. 

A Big Fat Greek Celebration in Pennsylvania May 19, 2007

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Who’s ready for a big fat Greek Celebration? The 35th annual Greek Festival in Wormleysburg kicked off Friday morning.

It’s got all the gyros, souvlakia, and baklava you can eat! And this year they brought back a favorite, the lamb shenk, for 12 bucks. The Greek Festival goes all weekend long, rain or shine! It’s located at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Wormleysburg.

For your entertainment, the Olympic Flame Dancers will be there all day Saturday and Sunday.

Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church’s 2007 Greek Festival, May 18, 19, and 20, 2007. 1000 Yverdon Drive, Camp Hill, Pennsylvania.

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St. Athanasios Greek Festival in Paramus May 19, 2007

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Welcome to St. Athanasios Greek Festival!

In Ancient Greece, “Festival” had the meaning of “yiorti”, a celebration in which Greeks would gather to celebrate either a feast day of the Gods or a remarkable event for their town or state-nation. Whether festivals occurred in the different suburban areas of Athens or on a remote Greek island, the Greeks gathered to socialize, celebrate and enjoy themselves not at home, but in their favorite cafes, restaurants or tavernas where their festival was held.

Family and friends would be seen during the festival enjoying the variety of food, wines, coffee and desserts. Food and entertainment is a very significant element of Greek culture. The ancient Greeks discovered “gastronomy”, the art of elite eating.

Every year, Paramus becomes part Greek and the St. Athanasios Festival becomes North Jersey’s core for epicurean pleasure. We offer an authentic variety of Greek wines, food, and desserts prepared by our own parishioners, who inherited the high standard of cooking from four generations of past parishioners of St. Athanasios Parish. Whatever your dining pleasure may be, we hope you will agree that the Ancient Greeks made cooking an art, but the modern Greeks perfected it. Greeks are obsessive about good food and the desire to share it with you.

This year, for 4 days we will be proudly celebrating our 33rd anniversary of providing a real “Greek” cultural experience. We invite you to Feast with us at our “family table”, celebrating our Greek culture, traditions, history and faith. The delightful atmosphere of the St. Athanasios Festival is filled by the unique sounds of “bouzouki” music and the sight of our talented dance groups entertaining you with their traditional award winning performances that will take you back in time.

You don’t have to travel thousands of miles to experience Greek culture. It will be offered to you right here in Paramus. Take the time to enjoy the unique cuisine, visit the shops, enjoy the music, join in the dancing and explore the religious and cultural exhibits. We promise that we will offer you and your family the opportunity to experience the Greek spirit here in Paramus at our festival.

Welcome and thank you to all our friends, especially the new ones! “It’s all Greek to us”…..and the festival will be Greek to you as well! Opa!

Frederick Greek Festival May 19, 2007

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If you’re looking for something a little out of the ordinary to do this weekend, why not head over to Frederick, MD, for a Greek Festival.

The festival is being held at Saint Peter and Paul Greek Orthodox Church on 7th Street in Frederick.  The festival started Thursday and goes through Sunday.

There’s plenty of Greek food like gyros, souvlaki and pastries even “Acropolis Crunch” ice cream from Ben & Jerry’s. There will also be Greek cooking lessons and dance lessons this weekend.

“It’s important to help people understand different cultures.  As you know, the Greek culture means a lot to a lot of people here, and we’re just trying to help everybody understand more,” said organizer Nick Damoulakis with St. Peter & Paul Church.

Admission is free, and the festival starts at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday and goes until 8 p.m.

Greek community of Armenia commemorated victims of Pontic Greek Genocide May 19, 2007

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February 19, 1994 the Greek Parliament proclaimed May 19 the Remembrance Day of Pontic Greek Genocide perpetrated by Turks in 1916-1923.

The Greek community of Armenia and representatives of Armenian NGOs laid wreaths to the memorial to the Armenian Genocide victims. Some thousand people took part in the event.

353.000 Greeks were systematically exterminated in Asia Minor. The survivors left for Greece and Russia. Greeks from Armenia and Nagorno Karabakh fought during in the national liberation war in Artsakh.

The PanArmenian Net reports that presently, some 6000 Greeks live in Armenia and some 300 in Artsakh. They mostly reside in Aleverdy Canyon, Lori plateau, Yerevan, Noyemberyan and Gyumri.

St. Philip Greek Food Festival May 19, 2007

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Everyone who visits St. Philip Greek Orthodox Church in Nashua today or Saturday will be Greek, at least for a little while.

It’s time again for the church’s annual mid-May celebration of all things Greek, from traditional lamb shish kebab, stuffed grape leaves and sweet, nutty baklava to lively Greek music and old-country dancing.

Whether you call it the Greek Food Fest or the Hellenic Festival, you can enjoy the food and fun today and Saturday from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. in and around the church at 500 W. Hollis St.

Admission is free. There will be demonstrations by Nashua Fire Rescue during the event. Parking is in the church lot and at nearby Stellos Stadium, from which a shuttle bus will run back and forth.

For the non-lamb eaters, plenty of barbecued chicken is also offered in the buffet line. Each dinner includes a Greek salad and roll. Most items are available a la carte, and takeout containers are available for those on the go.

A few terms that may come in handy as you wait in line and peruse the menu: Spanakopita, or simply “pita,” is spinach pie. Dolmathes are stuffed grape leaves. Fasolakia is a dish of green beans in tomato sauce. Arni souvlakia is Greek lamb (marinated) on skewers. Pilafi is Greek style rice. Kourambiedes are shortbread cookies.

At the St. Philip Greek Food Festival at St. Philip Greek Orthodox Church, 500 W. Hollis St., 11 a.m.-9 p.m. today. Exit 5W, F.E. Everett Turnpike. Free parking, shuttle from Stellos Stadium to the church.

More information: www.stphilipnh.org or call 889-4000.