One of my favorite things about the month of October is the Cumming Greek Festival at Saints Raphael, Nicholas & Irene Greek Orthodox Church.
I remember going to the big Greek festival in Atlanta when I was in college, and even though it was fantastic, I promise the one here is definitely worth attending. Parking is free, admission is $1 (free to children 12 and younger) and there is pretty much no traffic to get there.
This year the church decided to add another day for the festival, so you can go Friday as well as Saturday or Sunday.
My friend David Roberts was chairman the past two years. While this year he has passed that torch, he is still involved with preparations.
David said last year more than 5,000 people came to the festival, and this year they hope to top that record. David said because Friday is a student holiday, they are hoping turnout will be tremendous.
If you’ve never attended a Greek festival, invite some friends and pack up the kids and head over there.
First of all, it is just a blast. There are people dancing, playing music, singing and just having a great time.
Perhaps best of all, the homemade authentic Greek food is plentiful. You can sample the food while watching authentic Greek dancing by adults and children from Greek churches in Atlanta as well as the one right here at home. We go every year and the festival just keeps getting better and better.
There is also a Greek village where you can go shopping. My favorite finds last year included some fantastic Greek olive oil, as well as olive oil-based bath products. My jewelry-addicted friends love all of the jewelry selections, and there are plenty of accessories for the “fashionistas” out there.
There are also some beautiful ceramics and other artifacts. One of my favorite finds a few years ago was a simple silver cross from the little store inside the church. This is a great place to do early Christmas shopping for unique gifts for friends and family.
Besides music, dancing, food and shopping (did I mention there are plenty of Greek wines you can try), there are activities for small children also. Trust me, there’s much to keep everybody young and old thoroughly entertained.
If you are unfamiliar with the Greek Orthodox religion, take time to go on a tour of the charming church. There is so much history here and it is fascinating to learn about how it came to be.
The people I know from this church are deeply religious and passionate about their faith. There is something contagious about that.
In addition, the Greeks I’m friends with definitely know how to throw a party. The atmosphere at the festival is fun and energetic; this is a party you don’t want to miss.
For hours and directions, go online at www.cumminggreekfestival.com.
Adlen Robinson is author of “Home Matters: The Guide to Organizing Your Life and Home.” E-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.