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Traditions continue in an uncertain time

Weirton’s All Saints Greek Orthodox Church is trying to offer a little bit of community normalcy this week with its 33rd annual Greek Food Fest.

There will be some changes, of course, but we’re glad to see one of our area’s favorite events taking place in some form this year. The usual three-day event has been condensed into only one day, and there won’t be groups of people hanging out under the tents or in the church’s fellowship hall to enjoy the variety of Greek food and sweets or to watch the traditional Greek dancing and listen to music.

Instead, food orders were made ahead of time to be picked up Friday at a booth constructed earlier this year in the church’s parking lot at 3528 West St. in Weirton.

Despite the differences, necessitated by COVID-19 restrictions, the Greek Festival will continue its decades-long traditions of community, volunteerism and friendship.

The food, whether it be fish, lamb or chicken dinners, super gyros, baklava, grape leaves or spanakopita, has been made by members of the church.

Proceeds help to fund the church’s operations, but also are used to help those in the community, supporting several local organizations over the years, including the Community Bread Basket, Salvation Army, Table of Hope, Family Connections and the Weirton Christian Center.

We are grateful for the work done each year by All Saints Greek Orthodox Church to put together this festival, and especially this year when there have been so many uncertainties.

This church and its members are a true cornerstone of the Weirton community, and we are thankful for all they do.

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