2011-10-19 / Features

St. Nicholas Holds Annual Greek Festival

BY CATHERINE TSOUNIS


The students of the William Spyropoulos School performed traditional Greek folk dances during the 40th annual festival of the Greek Orthodox Shrine Church of St. Nicholas of Flushing. The students of the William Spyropoulos School performed traditional Greek folk dances during the 40th annual festival of the Greek Orthodox Shrine Church of St. Nicholas of Flushing. The 40th annual festival at the Greek Orthodox Shrine Church of St. Nicholas was held from October 6 through 9 on the church grounds in Flushing.

The festival featured traditional Greek foods like souvlaki, gyro and loukoumades as well as the popular kafenio. Admission was free and visitors were able to partake in games, a flea market and church tours. Attendees also enjoyed a Cypriot corner that featured halloumi and other delights.

Festival Chairperson Soterios Georgiou and Parish Council President Larry Hotzoglou were present as was the clergy staff including Rev. Protopresbyter Paul C. Palesty; Rev. Presbyter Theofanis Papantonis, Rev. Presbyter Joakim Valasiadis and Very Rev. Emeritus Economos Anastasios Diacovasilis.


Parish Council President Larry Hotzoglou, Assemblymember David Weprin and Rev. Paul Palesty at the festival. Parish Council President Larry Hotzoglou, Assemblymember David Weprin and Rev. Paul Palesty at the festival. The students of the church’s William Spyropoulos School performed traditional Greek folk dances and a fabulous raffle drawing was held on the last day of the festival.

“Our school, based on academic test scores, has been called the finest parochial school in Queens,” Palesty said.

Also participating in the event were Athena Kromidas, principal of the William Spyropoulos School, George Kanellopoulos, principal of the Arete and Stephen Cherpelis Greek Afternoon School and the Greek Afternoon School children performed several dances.

Prominent political leaders who attended the festival included City Comptroller John Liu, Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos, state Senators Michael Gianaris, James S. Alesi and Tony Avella, Assemblymembers Aravella Simotas, Edward Braunstein and David Weprin, Councilmembers Daniel Halloran and Mark Weprin, Candidate for NYC Judge Kate Christoforatos.


Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos (third from l.) with (L. to r.); Nikos Lataniotis, Angela Maragos, Koula Kitsos, Jimmy Hatzis, Angelo Maragos and Mr. Kitsos (front row) at St. Nicholas Festival. Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos (third from l.) with (L. to r.); Nikos Lataniotis, Angela Maragos, Koula Kitsos, Jimmy Hatzis, Angelo Maragos and Mr. Kitsos (front row) at St. Nicholas Festival. “This is a unique entertainment opportunity for the community to join and enjoy themselves,” Weprin said.

Minore Entertainment provided the festive music. The Korais Panchiaki Society under Evangelia Klidas and Christopher and Theodore Fillos, Aleka Tsinias, Alexandra Roumbos and members of the Evrytania To

Tsounis Karpenisi Society worked behind the scenes and also helped cook Greek cuisine.

For more than thirty years, the church,

Catherine 196-10 Northern Blvd., in Flushing, has been the shrine church that houses tiny fragments

Photos of bones from the skull of St. Nicholas that were brought to New York from his tomb in Bari Italy. The annual festival began in 1971 and served as a model for other churches to follow in honoring their patron saints. For more information on the Greek Orthodox Shrine Church of St. Nicholas in Flushing, visit www.stnicholasflushing.org.

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