After more than 90 years of calling Washington, D.C. home, The Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church of Washington, D.C. is hosting their 52nd Greek Festival in Silver Spring, Md. at the St. Andrew Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral on 15100 New Hampshire Avenue on Sat., Oct. 12, 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Sun., Oct. 13 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., rain or shine. Free admission and free parking is available. For more information, visit www.schgocdc.org.
The Ladies’ Society of Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, the Philoptochos, has been using Greek recipes passed down from generation to generation and producing a menu of Greek favorites like, Gyros, Greek sausage, Shish Kabobs, Spanakopita (spinach pies), Tyropita (cheese pies), Greek yogurt, Loukamades (honey-dipped donut holes) and other Greek pastries.
Credit cards are accepted for food or marketplace items. Costs of a la carte and dinner entrees range from $6.50 to $15.In addition to Greek food, the festival features authentic Greek frappes, beers, wines, live Greek music, a Greek Marketplace featuring Greek olive oils and olives, as well as a moon bounce, clown and face painting.
Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church is building a new church at 701 Norwood in Silver Spring, to be completed end of 2014. Their church services are being held temporarily at the St. Andrew Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral on New Hampshire Avenue.
“We are excited to debut the festival for the first time in Silver Spring, within minutes of our new parish site,” said Matt Tiches, parish council president of Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church of Washington, D.C. “The church is continuing to grow with more parishioners and younger families, who live in the surrounding D.C.-suburbs…when it was time to move, we knew it made sense to locate closer to our parishioner base,” said Tiches.
About Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church of Washington, D.C.:
Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church of Washington, D.C. office is located at 701-A Norwood Road, Silver Spring, Md. The first three-day festival began in 1960. The festival had originated as a small one-day bazaar in the late 1940s, which later developed into the largest Greek festival featured today in Washington, DC. The 95-year old church was started by a small group of Greek immigrants in 1918 at 6th and C streets, SW, in Washington, D.C., headed up by Father Menides and Father Metaxopoulos with a small congregation of 100. The 16th and Upshur location was acquired in 1953 to fulfill the growing numbers of parishioners currently at more than 1400 members. The church moved into the Silver Spring, Md. area in 2012, with building construction to be completed in late 2014. For information about the Sts. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church of Washington, D.C, please call the parish office at 240-389-1366 or visit the web site at www.schgocdc.org or like us on Facebook.