Greece is the word at festival

"It was like coming home again," she said.

She still sees families at church who attended when she was a kid. And she's always felt fully comfortable at St. George's despite her different ethnic background.

"I feel like I'm adopted Greek," she said.

In fact, even though Delorey doesn't speak or understand Greek, she is director of the church choir, which sings in Greek. She learns her parts phonetically.

When it comes to the festival, Delorey doesn't have the expertise other church members have when it comes to making Greek dishes and desserts. So she helps in other ways, serving as the festival's publicity and advertising co-chair. And she does lend a hand in the kitchen " one year, when some women from the church were making the spinach pie known as spanakopita, Delorey stood over the stove, melting the butter the women spread on each layer of the pie.

"I'd bring the butter and forth and they'd spread it on the filo," Delorey said.

The next year, Delorey added another task when the women taught her how to make the layers of the pie.

Delorey is grateful to be included in such traditions, because she sees a lot of people falling away from their cultures.

"Maintaining ethnic roots is very important," she said. "I think it's very important to maintain those ties."

Euripidou said St. George's prides itself on having such a strong ethnic aspect to the festival. In addition to offering people a good time and good food, the festival is truly an educational opportunity, he said.

To that end, people who attend the festival can take guided tours of the church, which will spotlight its architecture and painted religious images known as Byzantine iconography.

There will be a band from Syracuse performing live Greek music, and parishioners will show off traditional Greek dances.

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