Greek music and folk dance performances are not the only attractions at St. Barbara Church’s Greek Festival on Saturday and Sunday, June 6-7.
There’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.
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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), 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 is located at 8306 N.C. 751, a half mile south of I-40, Exit 274 near Southpoint mall.
Admission is free. All proceeds will benefit the church’s building fund and the Durham Rescue Mission.
The Durham Community Luncheon Roundtable will gather at noon Thursday at Shepherd’s House United Methodist Church, 107 N. Driver St. Enter the fellowship hall through the back door near the playground.
The topic for discussion is current North Carolina gun-related legislation. Beth Messersmith of MomsRising and Beck Ceartas of North Carolinians Against Gun Violence will present current bills, including the following:
▪ Preventing doctors from engaging in firearm injury prevention
▪ Eliminating background checks on private gun sales, allowing people who have been convicted of stalking over three years ago to get a concealed carry permit
▪ Reducing the penalty for carrying a concealed weapon on private property from a misdemeanor to an infraction
▪ Making it harder to post gun-free signs at private businesses
Lunch is provided by CORE Catering. All welcome. No RSVP needed.
J. Warren Smith, associate professor of historical theology at Duke Divinity School, has written a theological reflection on the Lord’s Prayer for laity, according to a news release from Duke Divinity School.
In “The Lord’s Prayer: Confessing the New Covenant” released in April by Cascade Books, Smith draws on the study of the early Christian writers to interpret the Lord's Prayer primarily as a confession of faith in the New Covenant that Christ makes during baptism when one becomes a child of God.
Smith argues that prayer is for the sake of those praying and not for God’s sake, since God knows every word of their prayers even before the prayers are made, according to the release. “Thus it is through the confession of who God is during prayer that people’s thoughts become conformed to the image of their heavenly Father, and they become open to the Holy Spirit who enables them to live more faithfully into their baptismal covenant," he explains.
Smith, a minister in the North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church, teaches church history with a focus on early Christianity.
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