Greek Festival Committee thankful for support

To the Editor,

On behalf of All Saints Greek Orthodox Church, we wish to extend our sincerest and most heartfelt thanks to the entire Weirton and surrounding communities for their patronage at our 30th Annual Weirton Greek festival.

This was a very special year for All Saints as we celebrated 100 years as a church here in the city, 70 years at our current West Street location and 30 years as a Weirton tradition of offering authentic Greek food, pastries, ethnic dance and heritage.

The success of this three-day festival allows All Saints to continue its many charitable ministries, invest in the downtown neighborhood of which we are proud residents, and to showcase our Byzantine-style historic Orthodox Church.

Through four generations with roots beginning in the early 1900’s with the mass of Greek immigrants that left Greece to find jobs in local steel mills, All Saints has striven to preserve its culture, customs, traditions and Orthodox Faith. We are very happy and pleased that the city has shown such wonderful support and appreciation for our Greek Festival as we enter our second millennium.

We extend special thanks to the City of Weirton for quickly repairing the water main break behind the church on the eve of our festival, to the Chamber of Commerce, our Advertisers and Sponsors, our downtown neighborhood businesses who graciously allowed our patrons to park in their lots, to our local TV stations and The Weirton Daily Times for their terrific coverage.

Most of all we want to thank the citizens of Weirton and surrounding communities for your patronage. The Greeks have a word “Philoxenia” which means “enter a stranger, leave as a friend.” We are so fortunate to have so many “friends” like you. With sincere thanks and gratitude and on behalf of the entire Festival Committee, Parish Council and parishioners.

Nick Tranto

Festival Chairman