Greek festival an annual celebration

Members of All Saints Greek Orthodox Church have shared their faith, heritage and traditions with the rest of the Weirton community, as well as residents throughout the Tri-State Area, through their annual festival.

Now in its 31st year, the festival runs from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, providing an opportunity to sample authentic Greek hospitality, music, dance and, of course, the food.

Hundreds of volunteers work countless hours to plan and organize the festival, which draws thousands of people to the church, located at 3528 West St., each year.

While the food, from grape leaves and spanakopita to roasted lamb and moussaka to baklava and koulourakia, is the main draw for many visitors, we can’t forget the cultural aspects of the festival, including the nightly performances by the Greek Company Orchestra and the Aegean Dancers, who will share traditional music and dance from the Greek islands.

Visitors also will have an opportunity to tour the church, which was built in 1947 through the contributions of its members. The interior, which is decorated in the Byzantine tradition, also houses several icons, some of which date back to 1918.

Steeped in Greek tradition, the festival has become a can’t-miss event for the region, with Tri-State Area residents looking forward to its arrival each year.

We thank the parishioners from All Saints Greek Orthodox Church for all of their hard work in putting the festival together, and encourage everyone to stop by.

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