(Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, United States) – Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania is celebrating its centennial anniversary, The Cathedral recently announced plans for a Centennial Celebration to be held October 28 – 30, 2016. The Centennial Celebration includes a Taverna Night, Centennial Ball and Banquet to be held at Blue Grille House and an Archieratical Divine Liturgy followed by brunch.
St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral also referred to as St. Nicholas, was founded in 1916 on the south side of Bethlehem in a church purchased for $12,500 from the Episcopal Church. A great number of the founders were from Asia Minor where St. Nicholas preached and it is believed this lead them to name the Church after their homeland Saint. Although remodeled in 1953, the parish realized a new Church was needed. A parcel of land was purchased on West Union Boulevard. Father Timothy Negropontis and members of the parish broke ground for the present edifice in 1960 and the mortgage was burned in 1971.
The St. Nicholas Centennial Celebration begins on Friday, October 28 with Taverna Night featuring Basile the Greek Comedian to be held in Cambanes Hall at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral located at 1607 West Union Boulevard, Bethlehem, PA 18018. Doors open at 7:00 pm with appetizers and dessert at 8:00 pm. The event is BYOB. Tickets are $50 per person. Tickets must be purchased in advance. Tickets will not be available at the door.
Saturday, October 29 the Centennial Ball and Banquet will be held at Blue Grille House. Blue Grille House is located at 4431 Easton Avenue, Bethlehem, PA 18020. The Centennial Ball and Banquet will be reminiscent of old and feature the music of Apollo Orchestra. Doors open at 6:00 pm and include a filet mignon dinner with wine and dancing. Tickets are $80 per person and include a cocktail, dinner and wine. Tickets will not be available at the door. The evening will also include the presence of both Archbishop Demetrios of America and our Metropolitan Savas of Pittsburgh.
The Centennial Celebration will conclude on Sunday, October 30 with an Archieratical Divine Liturgy followed by brunch. The liturgy will be held at 9:00 am followed by a complimentary brunch. The liturgy and brunch will be held at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral located at 1607 West Union Boulevard, Bethlehem, PA 18018 and will include the presence of both Archbishop Demetrios of America and Metropolitan Savas of Pittsburgh. The liturgy and brunch is free and open to the public.
In addition to the special events a Centennial Commemorative Album will be printed to include a brief history of St. Nicholas as well as photos from past and present day. Sponsorships are available and can include pictures of parents and/or grandparents and as well as messages. Sponsorships are due by September 24, 2016.
All tickets must be purchased in advance for all of the events and will not be available at the door. St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral is located 1607 West Union Boulevard, Bethlehem, PA 18018. To purchase tickets, contact Manuel Economede and also for more information about the Centennial Celebration