(Charleston, North Carolina, United States) – The Charleston Greek Festival will proceed on schedule, thanks to a favorable weather forecast over the weekend. This Greek festival is held twice a year, but last year’s festivals were both plagued with bad weather. Despite the terrible weather, last year’s May Greek festival went on as scheduled. However, a series of terrible storms caused the October festival to be postponed. At the time, North Carolina experienced historical flooding, and the organizers had to postpone it to another weekend. This year, however, is another story. According to Weather.com, the weather is supposed to be sunny and in the 70’s for the duration of the festival. This festival has been going on since 1910, and the May festival is always held on Mother’s Day weekend at the Charleston Greek Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity on Race Street.
This festival gives the parishioners a chance to share the Greek culture with the community. The May festival always focuses on Greek culture, authentic folk dance, live Greek music, Greek wine, and an extensive Greek food menu. Their food specialties include lamb, dolmades, gyros, and baklava. For those who are interested in learning more about the church itself, there will also be guided tours spread throughout the weekend.
Although the festival has been going on since 1910, the original church that was on the site is no longer there. The current church, the Greek Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity, was built in 1953 and it replaced the original church. The festival has been going on since before the early church was built. The first festival was in 1910, and the church was built in 1911. The current church was designed by Harold Tatum in a traditional Byzantine style. The icons that are located throughout the church were made in Athens, Greece by Photios Kontoglou. The dome was designed by the Guastavino Company, which is based in Woburn, Massachusetts. Many consider this to be a fine, North American example of Byzantine Architecture. The festival is taking place on Friday and Saturday, May 6 and 7, from 11 AM to 10 PM and Sunday, May 8, from 12 PM – 6 PM. There is a $5 general admission and $3 for students and seniors. Children under 13 years old are free, and mothers are free on Mother’s Day, which is on May 8.