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An authentic experience: Traditional favorites served up at annual Greek fest

"The young people in the church are very interested in sharing the tradition," said the Rev. Apostolos Panos.

The church is almost 100 years old, and its roots can be seen in all who attend. Several of the more than 160 families who belong to the parish have been attending St. George's their whole lives.

Panos and Delorey said they are in awe at the fact their small ethnic parish has withstood time. However, they both agreed that the church has more than withstood time, it has grown and become a vibrant and active community where tradition reigns.

The building that houses the services is more than 70 years old. The church was rebuilt in 1937 after its first one burned down. The history can be seen in the ornate iconography and mosaic trim surrounding the stained glass windows.

The iconography displayed throughout the church tells a story from the Bible according to Panos.

Panos will give guided tours of the church throughout the festival.

The Hellenic Center, which was built in 1960, will be open throughout the festival for the purchase of traditional Greek foods.

Festival hours are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 5 and 6, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 7. Admission to the event is free.""

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