2016-10-12 / Features

St. Nicholas Church Festival Celebrates 45th Annual Fest

BY CATHERINE TSOUNIS

Assemblyman David Weprin with Rev. Protopresbyter Paul Palesty. Assemblyman David Weprin with Rev. Protopresbyter Paul Palesty. New Yorkers enjoyed the outdoor and indoor Greek Festival of St. Nicholas Church of Flushing. The Festival was held from October 6-9 during the Columbus Day weekend. Admission was free. Attractions included traditional Greek foods like souvlaki, gyro, pastries and loukoumades, a flea market, games, church tours, vendors with Greek and popular disco music. Thousands of people attended, making it one of the most popular New York City festivals. A fabulous raffle of a new Mercedes Benz was offered.

Sotirios Georgiou was Festival Chair with Co-Chair Larry Hatzoglou.

Elected officials attended, including Assemblyman David Weprin. The clergy and leaders present included Rev. Protopresbyter Paul Palesty; Rev. Presbyter Aristidis Garinis and Rev. Presbyter Joakim Valasiades.

The congregation of the Greek Orthodox Shrine Church of St. Nicholas in 1971 was the first community organization to sponsor an ethnic festival in the New York metropolitan area. In 45 years, the St. Nicholas Church Greek Festival has grown to become a highlight of the fall season. Vendors sold handmade crafts and gift items for the holiday season, and an inspiring religious booth was on display by vendors Irene Tsiaris and Babis Sampelidis.


Greek Afternoon School with clergy at the Loukoumades booth. Greek Afternoon School with clergy at the Loukoumades booth. “My energy is reflected in my icon painting on rocks,” said Tsiaris. “We form from spontaneous experiences and encounters with our environment.”

Her oil paintings on slabs of different rock textures were incredibly beautiful. For more information, email info@glasscreationsbyirene.com.

Everyone searching for a great lunch or dinner shared the Mediterranean diet Columbus Day weekend.

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