Celebrate food, culture at Greek Festival

This year’s Greek Festival will offer the usual food, dancing and games visitors have enjoyed through the years, as well as a unique opportunity to watch the painting of the traditional icons in the church. 

The festival is from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, 3585 N. 12th St. Parking is available in the vacant lot across 12th Street from the church or south at Unity Church.

“The festival is an opportunity for the church to share with the Grand Junction community its culture including traditional Greek food, baked goods, dancing, gifts and games,” a news release said.

Iconographer Tom Clark has traveled from Athens, Greece, to Grand Junction to create the works of art on the church ceiling and walls. Church tours will also take place allowing those who attend to see the Clark’s work, learn about the faith and the community that attends St. Nicholas.

The first Greek immigrants brought Orthodox Christianity to the area in the early 1900s. Groups settled in the Craig and Meeker area as well as Grand Junction and Paonia. Many worked in the coal mines near Price, Utah, migrating later to western Colorado, making their living on sheep ranches and other businesses, the release said.

“Their Greek Orthodox faith was the thread that ran through their lives, tying them together socially and economically, through a tight-knit network.”

Those currently attending St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox church come from a mixture of ethnic backgrounds: Greek, Armenian, Ukrainian, Russian and more that share “the rich Orthodox tradition and culture.”

A portion of the proceeds from the festival will go to Strive and Grand Valley Catholic Outreach.

Call 242-9590 for information.


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