Annual festival serves up food, bonding

Authentic Greek food and music, community, good weather, a bounce house — what more can you want at a church festival?

The 13th annual Greek Festival at was held Saturday at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 1433 13th Ave., but it was a special festival, said Gus Nichols as he manned the grill.

“It’s the church’s 100th anniversary. Each year we have a festival and today it’s successful so far. It’s to raise money for the church,” he said. “Everybody is having a good time.”

About 100 or more people lined up Saturday for lunch outside of the church, located at the corner of 13th and 15th streets.

“We love the music. All the people are friendly. The food is excellent. The whole atmosphere is great,” said Bill Bravin, who stopped by the festival with his wife. “It’s great to see Greek atmosphere in Altoona.”

The menu included freshly grilled specialties such as lamb and chicken kabobs and gyros as well as other foods and Greek pastries. A Greek band played and there were Greek dance performances in traditional costume.

Tours of the church were also given.

Inside, the small church serves 38 active parishioners weekly and more occasionally from Johnstown, Lewistown and Dubois, said Richard Parizek.

The church contains laudable artwork driving one’s attention to the altar. However, water damage from the old roof is visible on the ceiling. Parizek said the church is in the process of repairing it.

“Fundraising like this is quite critical to us,” he said.

Mirror Staff Writer Russ O’Reilly is at 946-7435.