Opa! at the 2017 Big Greek Festival in Randolph

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By Jeff Sovelove

The theme of this weekend’s Big Greek Festival at Saint Andrew’s Greek Orthodox Church in Randolph was Opa!, a Greek expression of joy, and it certainly seemed appropriate.

Junior dancers at the Big Greek Festival at St. Andrew's in Randolph, June 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Junior dancers at the Big Greek Festival at St. Andrew’s in Randolph, June 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove

An appreciative crowd enjoyed authentic Greek food, games for the kids, and traditional folk dances on a gorgeous day.

There were favorite foods like Gyros, Souvlaki, Greek salad, Greek Fries and Toropites.

For anyone with a sweet tooth there were delicious pastries including Baklava, Kouramniethes and Loukoumathes.

Slideshow photos by Jeff Sovelove:

A young dancer at the Big Greek Festival at St. Andrew's in Randolph, June 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Junior dancers at the Big Greek Festival at St. Andrew's in Randolph, June 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Vasileke Kelly of Randolph dishes out cookies at the Big Greek Festival at St. Andrew's in Randolph, June 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Rides for kids at the Big Greek Festival at St. Andrew's in Randolph, June 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Traditional Greek dance garb at the Big Greek Festival at St. Andrew's in Randolph, June 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Dancers at the Big Greek Festival at St. Andrew's in Randolph, June 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Dancing at the Big Greek Festival at St. Andrew's in Randolph, June 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Slicing the slowly roasted lamb Big Greek Festival at St. Andrew's in Randolph, June 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Items for sale at the Agora (market), Big Greek Festival at St. Andrew's in Randolph, June 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Items for sale at the Agora (market), Big Greek Festival at St. Andrew's in Randolph, June 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Kiddie fun at the Big Greek Festival at St. Andrew's in Randolph, June 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Young dancers at the Big Greek Festival at St. Andrew's in Randolph, June 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Dance stars at the Big Greek Festival at St. Andrew's in Randolph, June 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
The Rev. John Theodosian gave a tour at the Big Greek Festival at St. Andrew's in Randolph, June 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Church windows at the Big Greek Festival at St. Andrew's in Randolph, June 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Church details at the Big Greek Festival at St. Andrew's in Randolph, June 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Iconography at the Big Greek Festival at St. Andrew's in Randolph, June 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
The Big Greek Festival at St. Andrew's in Randolph, June 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Dancers at the Big Greek Festival at St. Andrew's in Randolph, June 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
Junior dancers at the Big Greek Festival at St. Andrew's in Randolph, June 2017. Photo by Jeff Sovelove
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The Rev. John Theodosian took festival goers on a tour of the church, explaining the meaning of the physical features of the church and its icons.

He said the icons are an important part of the church’s traditions and date from the early days of the church when most of the population was illiterate, so stories needed to be told with pictures rather in writing so that everyone could partake.

Later, the Junior Saint Andrew’s dancers, dressed in traditional dress, treated the large crowd to an enthusiastic display of folk dances.

Opa! indeed.

 

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