Greek music and folk dances are not the only attractions that will draw folks to St. Barbara Church’s Greek Festival this weekend, June 6-7.
It’s also the food that will feature what is billed as “an irresistible twist on a traditional dessert”: Baklava ice cream sundaes.
The menu will include gyro (seasoned lamb and beef), grilled chicken pita wraps, pork souvlaki, spanakopita (spinach and feta cheese filling in paper-thin phyllo dough) and pastitsio (layered pasta, ground beef and cheese) topped with creamy bechamel sauce.
Festival-goers can observe the traditional slow cooking of whole lamb on a spit (souvla). A limited numbers of dinners will be served as each lamb comes off the spit.
Traditional desserts will include baklava (spiced nuts layered in phyllo with honey syrup), galactoboureko (custard-filled phyllo with honey syrup), kourambiedes (shortbread cookies dusted with powdered sugar) and loukoumades (fried dough balls with honey syrup, cinnamon and walnuts).
Greek coffee and iced coffee frappe will be served at the Kafenion. The Taverna will serve Greek wine and beer.
New to the festival this year is a wine tasting tent to sample a variety of Greek wines.
On the music scene, the bouzouki band “Opa!” will perform live each afternoon and evening. All are welcome to join in community dancing at any time.
Greek cultural exhibits, video travelogues and tours of the Byzantine-style domed church that has become a landmark in Durham will be offered both days. A demonstration of traditional Byzantine iconography will be featured on Saturday.
Always a hit with festival-goers is the Bakaliko grocery for such items as olives, feta cheese, olive oil and sweet tsoureki bread.
The indoor Marketplace will offer gifts, handmade jewelry, artwork, crafts, Ukrainian and Greek imports, olivewood carvings by Holy Land artisans, religious items and watercolor scenes of Greece.
The award-winning St. Barbara community cookbook “The Grecian Plate” will be available.
Festival hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. each day. St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church, serving the Triangle area, is located in Durham at 8306 N.C. 751, a half mile south of Interstate 40, Exit 274 near The Streets at Southpoint.
Admission is free. All proceeds will benefit the church’s building fund and the Durham Rescue Mission.
Rumi and Hafiz
Carl Ernst, professor in the Department of Religious Studies at UNC, will speak at the Sheraton Chapel Hill, 1 Europa Drive, at 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 12.
His topic is “Sufism in the Modern World: Do Rumi and Hafiz Still Speak to Us Today?” The cost of the lecture is $10 per person.
Ernst is the Kenan Professor of Middle East and Muslim Civilization and the author of “Islamophobia in America: The Anatomy of Intolerance,” “How to Read the Quran” and “Rebuilding Islamic Studies from Orientalism to Cosmopolitanism.”
The lecture is sponsored by the C.G. Jung Society of the Triangle.
Duke Chapel Sunday morning worship will feature a lineup of local preachers this summer at 11 a.m. in Baldwin Auditorium on Duke’s East Campus.
“The Community Voices Series is meant to be a reflection of Christian ecumenism and fellowship,” said Chapel Dean Luke Powery. “It is as much about what these community leaders will preach as how we will listen and respond as a congregation.”
Here is the schedule:
▪ June 7: The Rev.Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove, author and associate minister at St. John's Baptist Church.
▪ June 14: The Rev. Meghan Benson, Duke Divinity School chaplain and outgoing director of worship at the chapel.
▪ June 21: The Rev. Jennifer Copeland, executive director of the N.C. Council of Churches and outgoing director of Duke Wesley Fellowship.
▪ June 28: The Rev. Susan Dunlap, chaplain at Urban Ministries of Durham and adjunct professor at Duke Dvinity.
▪ July 5: The Rev. Herbert Reynolds Davis Sr., pastor at Nehemiah Christian Center Church of God in Christ and a member of Durham CAN Clergy Caucus.
▪ July 12: Powery
▪ July 19: The Rev. Carol Gregg, pastor to the Congregation at Duke Chapel.
▪ July 26: Christy Lohr Sapp, associate dean for Religious Life at Duke.
▪ Aug. 2: Powery.
▪ Aug. 9: The Rev. Spencer Bradford, pastor at Durham Mennonite Church and executive director of Durham Congregations in Action.
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