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The Annual Archangel Michael Community Festival in Campbell, Ohio

CAMPBELL, OH – Crowds of people, Greeks and non-Greeks alike, visit the annual community festival at Archangel Michael Greek Orthodox Church in Campbell, Ohio, which takes place over the three-day period from Friday, March 1-Sunday, March 3.

Presiding priest of the community Fr. Steve Denas told The National Herald that not only the parish but also the wider community in general look forward to the festival every year to taste delicious food and sweets, to have fun and enjoy themselves together.

He said: “It is a promotion of Greek hospitality, kindness, culture, religion and cuisine that at the same time provides financial and moral support. Visitors enjoy traditional food, sweets and drinks on the premises of our church, have fun with live Greek music, with programs from the dance troupes, children have fun with a variety of games, while there is a market with cultural and religious products.

The youth dance groups stole the show during the festival. Photo: Courtesy of Archangel Michael parish

Fr. Denas added that “at the same time, there is an exhibition of icons and religious objects from the nuns of the monastery, Nativity of the Virgin, in Pennsylvania, the first monastery built by Elder Ephraim in America.”

The person in charge of the festival, Nikos Kalouris, thanked through TNH, the dozens of volunteers who worked countless hours for the success of the festival, the sponsors for the donations, and the guests for their contribution.

He said that “preparations start several months before, with each team taking on one area, food, entertainment, etc.”

Kalouris added that “our festival has been held every year since the founding of the church in 1955. For the last 30 years or so, it has been held twice a year, spring and fall.

Thousands of people visit it every day from the wider region to enjoy traditional Greek food, have fun, admire the dance programs of the children’s, youth and adult sections, and so much more.”

“All proceeds will be given, as always, for the operational needs of the church, youth programs, the Greek and Sunday schools,” Kalouris said.

Philoptochos Society President Irene Kalouris said that all the food and sweets at the festival are prepared by about 30 members, who work endless hours to make and cook everything.

“We make pastitsio, stuffed cabbage leaves, souvlakia, cheese pies, spinach pies, paximadia, rice pudding, tsourekia, and more, all made from fresh ingredients, nothing prepackaged,” she said.

The head of the kitchen and the oldest member, Eleni Kardoulias, noted that she learned all the secrets of cooking and the traditional recipes of Kalymnos from the previous generations and now in turn teaches them to the younger ones.


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