Originally created 10/07/01

Festival has food, dancing



Shannan Pate thought her daughters Cameron, 14, and Ashlyn, 11, would enjoy the ethnic food and fun at Saturday's Greek Festival. She also said it was important for the girls to know about Greek history.

"People typically think about Greek festivals as separate from the ancient history part of it," said Ms. Pate, of North Augusta.

Skip Moser of Waleska, Ga., has brought his wares to the fest for seven years. Displaying battle uniforms like those worn in the film Gladiator, Mr. Moser said, "It's my job to educate and inform people who come here about ancient culture."

Historical aspects aside, it was all about scintillating aromas, effervescent melodies and dance in the parking lot of the Greek Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity on Telfair Street.

Mary Keller, the publicity chairwoman, said she expects the crowd would match last year's attendance of 20,000 patrons.

Foods are important, she said.

"We only have about 100 members in our church, but everybody loves our foods and our atmosphere," she said.

Chris Robertson, an Army officer at Fort Gordon, said he and his wife, Kathryn, brought their four young children for enjoyment.

"It is about the great foods like gyros, souvlakis ... but without history, we wouldn't be here," said Mr. Robertson.

Reach Timothy Cox at (706) 823-3217 or tim.cox@augustachronicle.com.

The 11th annual Greek Festival continues from noon to 6 p.m. today. The Chicago Olympian Greek Dance Troupe is scheduled for three performances. The festival is at Greek Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity, 953 Telfair St.