Greek Fest, Black Swamp festivals bring art, cultureWritten by Christine Senack | | firstname.lastname@example.org
The Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church opened its doors to the community to share Greek culture and traditions during the 38th annual Greek Fest. The three-day festival included traditional food, authentic Greek dancing, cathedral tours, cooking demonstrations and Greek dancing lessons.
“It is our privilege to share our Orthodox faith, Greek culture, entertainment, food, pastry, and most importantly, our hospitality,” said the Rev. Aristotle Damaskos, pastor of Holy Trinity.
New this year to the Greek Fest was the launch of its parish cookbook, “Olives, Feta, Phyllo & More.” The cookbook sold well during the festival and will be available for purchase throughout the year. To promote the book, cooking demonstrations were held offering inside tips on preparing grape leaves, stuffed peppers and custard rolls.
Preparations for the festival begin weeks ahead of time with dancers attending extra practices and with bakers and cooks preparing the food served at the festival. All of the food at the Greek Fest is homemade from the chicken oregano to the pastries. By late Sunday afternoon, all of the 25,000 pastries were sold, and most other favorite dishes were sold out as well.
While it is too soon to estimate event proceeds, Damaskos said, “I do know that this was one of the best festivals in years, and I can say that with certainty because the crowds were larger; the weather was fantastic, and we ran out of virtually everything.” Beyond a fundraiser, Damaskos is always moved by the spirit and camaraderie of the Greek. “It is a lot of hard work. But our labor, it does something even greater: it produces fellowship amongst everyone involved, host and guest. Proceeds will support the ministries and programs of the parish and the work of the Archdiocese,” he said.
Black Swamp Arts Festival
The City of Bowling Green closed its downtown streets to automotive traffic and opened them to pedestrians, artists and musicians during the Black Swamp Arts Festival. More than 100 juried artists lined up along Main Street, while musicians and music fans gathered at the main stage between Wooster and Clough streets. Food vendors lined the alleys near the festival area.
The Black Swamp Art Festival expected more than 60,000 visitors during the three-day free event. The festival also included the Wood County Invitational Art show with 40 artists and a demonstration area that included ceramic and glassblowing demonstrations.
The event was free; sponsors such as the Ohio Arts Council and Huntington Bank help make the event possible.
“Huntington is proud of our long-standing partnership with the festival through our sponsorship, volunteers and members on the committee,” said Shannon Loar-Tenney, marketing manager. “The festival serves as a vehicle to showcase artists from across the country, local and national music acts. Through our support, the BSAF can continue to serve its mission of connecting art and community in Northwest Ohio.”
- Sept 18: Bagnificent! Silent and live auction event featuring all types of bags, as well as jewelry and chocolate. Event includes grazing and a jazz trio. Tickets are $35 for adults, $15 for teens. Call (419) 241-3235 for information.
- Sept 20: Pack the Parks. Join the Andersons at Pearson and Wildwood metroparks for a day of family fun. Picnic lunches are free with a ticket, available at the Andersons, or $1 on the day of the event. Call (419) 407-9727.
Christine Senack is a Toledo-based consultant helping people, businesses and nonprofit groups work smarter together for the greater good. She may be contacted at email@example.com.