Greek festival, Dean Martin events make for busy time locally

When I stopped by the 2013 Holy Trinity Greek Festival on Wednesday, day No. 2 of its five-day run this year, I did so to bring home some gyros for dinner and snap some photos for today’s community page.

Not only did I get out of cooking dinner for another day, I got to see some familiar faces and meet some new people along the way, too, and hear an interesting story as well.

That included former Steubenville resident Marti Wukelic, who lives in Maui, Hawaii, and maybe gets the I-traveled-the-greatest-distance to be a part of the annual event that unfolds inside Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church at 300 S. Fourth St., Steubenville, and out.

Wukelic was at the festival, home for a visit with relatives, and Laura Henkle-Sauer of Columbus was visiting, too – in this case her friend Wukelic whom she hadn’t seen in 30 years.

The two had lost touch with each other, having both lived in Columbus and Colorado, but then they reconnected thanks to Facebook and got the chance to visit some more at a place where there’s no need to go away hungry – the Greek festival.

Remember, the festival is on today from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and continues outside only on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. The nightly entertainment includes Greek dancers at 6 p.m. and the Greek Company Orchestra at 8 p.m.

In addition to the entertainment, there is Greek food and pastries galore, guided church tours, an outdoor taverna and carryout service.

And don’t forget about all the Dean Martin events going on this weekend as the Dean Martin Tribute at the Spot Bar on Fourth Street will continue today and Saturday.

The Spot Bar entertainment will open at 8 p.m. today, featuring Rich Treglia performing Dean Martin songs.

He will be followed at 8:30 p.m. by Russ Loniello performing as Dean Martin and at 9:15 p.m. with Buster Maxwell and Suzanne Laughlin as Sonny & Cher.

The evening will continue with a Dean Martin karaoke contest at 9:45 p.m. and then, at 10:45 p.m., Dave Salera will portray Frank Sinatra while Bob Morelli appears as Dean Martin.

A portion of the proceeds from the Dean Martin Festival will go to music scholarships in the area schools.

Also tonight from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., a family-friendly Martin-related show will be presented at Froehlich’s Classic Corner at Fifth and Washington streets. David and Joey Granati and about 14 students from their Those Who are About to Rock Academy in Ambridge, Pa., as well as Morelli, will perform in the 6 p.m. show. Tickets are $10, available at the door, and proceeds will benefit the Grand Theater Restoration Project.

The Dean Martin Hometown Celebration Day is set for Saturday and will include sightseeing, recollecting, praying, learning, shopping, eating and entertainment at various sites throughout the city.

Tours of the Dean Martin Room at the Jefferson County Historical Museum on Franklin Avenue will be offered from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Starting at 11 a.m. Saturday, the Hometown Celebration street fair will take place at the Historic Fort Steuben Park featuring food and craft vendors and the Kurt James Fun and Games.

Activities continue Saturday with the Rat Pack concert featuring a 13-piece orchestra, Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr. entertainers as well as Louis Prima and Keeley Smith impersonators. That event is set to start at 2 p.m. at Steubenville High School.

There is a $10 admission donation that will benefit the performing arts programs at local high schools.