Assumption’s popular GreekFest makes its return August 16-19
with four full days of fun and Greek food and culture. The festival will kick
off on Thursday, August 16 at 11 a.m. and run through Sunday, August 19 until 8
p.m. “Return of the tried and true
traditions as well as exciting new offerings will make this Festival even more
outstanding than last year’s,” says Assumption GreekFest Cochairperson Tom
Thomas. “We’ll have all the traditional
Greek food including salad, leg of lamb, spinach pie, chicken kebob, souvlaki
and of course, “flaming cheese” saganaki and much more,” says Thomas.
Hours are Thursday: 11 a.m. - 11 p.m. (Grand Opening 6:30 p.m.); Friday: 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.; Saturday: 11 a.m. - 12 midnight; Sunday: 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.
In addition to the Greek food, Festivalgoers will enjoy an abundance
of delicious Greek pastries, entertainment, Greek dancing, shopping with
vendors from all over the country, and a taverna. Performances from the popular Hellenic
Society For the Performing Arts Dancers are scheduled. Dancers of all ages will perform in colorful
costumes representing regions of Greece. Opening ceremonies will begin on Thursday at
6:30 p.m. with the youth from Grosse Pointe South High School’s Choir singing
the National Anthem in Greek and English.
GreekFest 2012 includes a “Children’s Tent” with plenty of
great rides, activities and games.
Friday, August 17 is “Free Family Day” from 11a.m. – 4 pm, with no
admission charge for the entire family (including parents, grandparents, aunts
and uncles!) Regular admission is $2 and
children under 12 years of age are no charge.
Free parking and shuttle service provided. Purchase a $5 raffle ticket for several
prizes including an opportunity to win 1st prize –2012 Cadillac CTS
-2-year pre-paid lease from Jim Riehl Friendly Auto Group.
And if you’re in a hurry, call ahead to the GreekFest Express
Station for drivethru/carryout service at 586-246-0803 between 11 a.m – 6 p.m
during Festival days. Tours of
Assumption Church will be given daily, or visit the cultural exhibit prepared
in collaboration with the DIA in the Hellenic Room and view the work of
internationally known iconographer and Vlasis Tsotsonis. Assumption Greek Orthodox Church is located at
21800 Marter Rd. For more information, call 586-779-6111 ext. 3
or visit www.assumptionfestival.com.
Proceeds from the Festival will benefit programs for the Assumption
Greek Orthodox Church and Cultural Center, and the Assumption Nursery