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Weekend events feature a taste of many cultures

Are you ready to feast, look at fine art and learn about the region's history?

There is a bounty of events happening on Saturday, Sept. 11, so residents will have many options on how to choose their day.

Events include Saint George Greek Festival, Little Italy Streetfest, Stockade Villager's Art Show and Mabee Farm History Fair. The Greek festival is the longest event of the weekend, because it spans from Friday, Sept. 10, to Sunday, Sept. 12, while all the other events are only one day.

The Greek Festival takes place at the Hellenic Center, in Schenectady, which across from the Schenectady County Library. Besides food, the event features live music, folk dancing, arts and crafts, raffles and activities for children. There will also be guided tours of the church.

Everything at the festival is hand made by the community, said Evan Euripidou, chair of the Greek Festival. "It is countless hours and weeks of work."

Early planning for the event take place in May and food is prepared a month in advance and frozen to accommodate patrons

"I think the biggest factor for everybody is pride," said Euripidou. "It is a phenomenal opportunity for us to showcase our culture and religion and share that with the community. I don't think there is a single Greek at the event that isn't proud of their culture. It gives us great joy to see the thousands of people that come through the door and tell us how much they love this event."

While some people might have their favorite food choices at the event, Euripidou said people should try something new, because they might be surprised.

"I think the one dish that most people tend to be a little more nervous about is the lamb shanks offered inside," he said. "I've had people try that dish that said they hate lamb and can never eat and then love the dish and say it is unlike anything they have ever had."

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