Steubenville has busy week ahead

Today will mark the second and final day of Ohio Valley Frontier Days 2013 at Historic Fort Steuben.

From 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. today, area residents can step back in time to the days when Steubenville was on the American frontier, toward the end of the 1700s.

There will be soldiers, surveyors, settlers and American Indians offering living history, music crafts, food, games and more. The history of the surveying and settlement of the Northwest Territory, made possible in part because of the protection offered by the soldiers at Fort Steuben to the surveyors for the federal government, will be detailed.

But with the winding down of the historic festival comes time to get ready for a busy week.

The Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church will be holding its popular Grecian Food Festival Tuesday through Saturday.

The annual event, put together with pride and professionalism by the church community, offers not only the taste of fantastic homemade Greek entrees, gyros and pastries but also the rich heritage of the Greek people. From music and dancing to the sights, sounds and smells, the festival is a popular annual attraction and a sign of the arrival of summer for many in the region.

And, amid the celebration of Greek heritage comes the annual Dean Martin Festival.

The Spot Bar will host the event, which will begin Thursday evening with a karaoke party and will continue with the annual music and entertainment tribute to Steubenville’s native son Friday and Saturday. In addition to the impersonators of Martin and his Rat Pack pals Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr., there is the Dean Martin Hometown Celebration day on Saturday, including sightseeing, a tour of the Dean Martin Room at the Jefferson County Historical Museum and food and entertainment on South Third Street, as well as the Vegas-style Rat Pack on-stage retrospective, replete with a big band, at Steubenville High School Saturday afternoon.

It’s a busy and fun week that brings the community spirit to life, from its earliest days through its immigrant era to the heyday of its most famous product of that era.

Visitors will be in the city, and local residents have a chance to shine, be welcoming and turn out for the events.