Greek Traditions Live on at Biddeford's Greek Festival

The National Herald Archive

While it seems Greek-Americans are concentrated in cities such as Boston, New York, and Chicago, they are plentiful in smaller places, such as Biddeford, Maine where the annual Greek Festival brought them together again in the unique way Greeks bond.

Biddeford Journal-Tribune columnist Zaffie Hadiaris wrote of the joy the festival brought the community and others who attended, that, “We saw fun, good cheer, pleasure and fullness of life as folks arrived. I glanced around and observed all the activities. My eyes drank in the life and goodness of spirit that came through the door. Families with children of all ages, seniors, the aging, teenagers and friends – we value the warmth of personality and wellspring of joy that you brought to our event.”

Reflecting on the ancient tradition of Greek hospitality, she wrote how delighted friends and relatives were to gather again in a special spot, some from other states who hadn't seen each other in many years, bringing the tears.

“These qualities bring to mind a clear comprehensive vision of the religious and secular life of the Greek Americans,” she added. They didn't run out of baklava.