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Opa! Be Greek For a Day!

By: Kimberly Dow


Frederick , MD (May 14-17, 2009)–  Area residents can don their dancing shoes and sample wonderful Greek culture at the 17th Annual Frederick Greek Festival, Thursday, May 14  through Sunday, May 17. The festival will be held at the Greek Orthodox Church of Saints Peter & Paul, located on 920 West 7th Street. The four-day Festival will feature delicious Greek meals and desserts, continuous music and dancing, captivating church tours,  and exciting exhibition folk dancing — a great cultural experience for the entire family. More than 10,000 people are expected to attend, festival organizers said.

 


Some of the favorite festival menu items will include Gyro (lamb on pita sandwich), spanakopita (spinach and feta cheese inside layers of filo pastry) and dolmades (stuffed grape leaves). There will also be traditional homemade Greek pastries such as baklava (layers of walnuts and filo pastry soaked in honey), kourambiedes (butter cookies covered with powdered sugar) and galaktobouriko (filo pastry filled with custard).

Visitors can also enjoy music from a Greek band so they can dance the traditional kalamatiano, tsamiko, zeimbekiko and other Greek dances. In addition, several folk dance groups will perform throughout the weekend in their colorful, hand-made costumes.

Also, tours of the church will be given throughout the weekend, followed by questions and answers with Father Anastasios Kousoulas.

As is tradition, ouzo and metaxa will be provided for all over 21, and Greek beer and wine will be available at the taverna. Other festival highlights will include the sale of byzantine religious items, tapestry, books, local handmade jewelry and gift boutiques, and displays of beautiful Orthodox icons from around the world.


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Opa! Be Greek For a Day!

By: Kimberly Dow
   
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