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Greece Comes to You!

June 18, 2014
The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

The parishioners of St. John the Divine Greek Orthodox Church are hosting their 14th Annual Grecian Food Festival from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Wednesday, July 30, through Saturday, Aug. 2.

Since 2000, the community of St. John the Divine has hosted a multi-day Grecian Food Festival. Each year, the committee tries to provide something new for their faithful patrons and this year is no exception.

In addition to live authentic Greek music provided by an Ohio Valley favorite, "The Greek Company" on Friday and Saturday nights and the performances of the Agape dancers, there will be entertainment provided by local talent on Thursday night. Festival goers will find more entertainment for the whole family this year as Centre Market will be sponsoring an Art Show on Friday and Saturday. There will also be free parking available at the OVMC garage.

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Grecian Food Festival
July 30-Aug. 2

It is all about the food! In addition to outdoor casual dining, over 8 full dinner entrees are available in the Hellenic Center Hall. The choices are Grecian chicken, sausage, lamb, twice marinated pork ka-bobs or fish. Also available is an ala-carte menu and a wide selection of homemade Greek pastries. Flavorful food items only authentic to the Greek culture are being offered.

Last year, the church celebrated its 100th anniversary as the first Greek Orthodox Church in West Virginia, established in 1913.

Back by popular demand "Greek Town" exhibit showcases all of the business owned and operated by Greek Americans who migrated to Wheeling. Imported Greek gifts and jewelry with a selection of beautiful imported gold and silver jewelry will also allow guests to bring home a piece of Greece. St. John the Divine offers Greek Language School for adults and children and the course includes the study of the culture and the faith. Interested individuals may sign up at the Greek Language School table located in the Hellenic Center Hall.

After many years, a dream was realized and the church sanctuary was renovated and completed in 2009. It represents the Byzantine architecture unique to the Orthodox Faith. The sanctuary will be open during festival hours and you are encouraged to take a self-guided tour, relax in a church pew, listen to the beautiful Byzantine chants and study the Icons or visit the Orthodox Book Store.

A portion of the proceeds this year will benefit the Esophageal Cancer Foundation.

Go online and browse for more information. Click on the contact tab and complete the information form and you will be included on our mailing list.

Once submitted, you will receive a coupon good for a free Greek pastry.

Call in or fax your order to 304-232-4976.

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