“PASSING THE TORCH”
After 34 years of ODYSSEY: A Greek Festival, the torch is being passed to our younger generations! Well trained by parents and grandparents, they are emerging to take us into the 4th decade of celebrating Greek culture. This year ODYSSEY: A Greek Festival turns 35. Our first festival was held at Lighthouse Point Park in 1981. We had no idea that we would grow into one of the largest Greek Festivals in CT. Nor did we realize that 35 years later, the children and grandchildren of those first volunteers would continue the legacy. Now held on the Saint Barbara Greek Orthodox Church property at 480 Racebrook Road in Orange, it has become a Labor Day weekend destination for entire families of CT and beyond.
ODYSSEY 2015 includes:
- Classic Greek cuisine – appetizers (meze), Greek pastries (glyka), lamb on the spit (souvla), moussaka, gyro, spanakopita (spinach pie) and pastitisio (Greek style lasagna)
- “Gourmet Meze Grille” – gourmet appetizers, including saganaki (flaming cheese), loukaniko sausage, grilled shrimp, lamb chops, avgolemono soup, dips and pitas, and more; also featuring live music by “Grecian Nights.”
- Live Greek cooking demonstrations – learn to prepare some classic Greek foods
- Greek marketplace – Gourmet Greek grocery, t-shirts, jewelry, arts & crafts, bookstore
- Treasures ’n Junque – Odyssey’s giant tag sale
- Presentations on Greek culture and religion, along with tours of Saint Barbara Church
- Greek dance performances –Traditional Greek folk dances performed by the ODYSSEY Dancers
- Greek dance lessons – taught by the ODYSSEY Dancers (5:30 pm, Sat and Sun)
- Nightly dancing to ODYSSEY’s live Greek band, “The Hellenic Company”
- Kids’ area – Rides, games, and magic shows.
- Raffle – Have a chance at winning the grand prize of $10,000 cash, or 9 additional prizes!
- Senior Citizens Day: Fri. 9/4, from 12 – 3 pm – 20% senior citizen discount on meals.
For 34 years ODYSSEY has delighted the senses with a feast of Greek cuisine, the thrill of Greek dance, the sounds of the bouzouki, and the ethnic flavor of the Agora (Marketplace). Stop by Saint Barbara’s ODYSSEY for Connecticut’s greatest “Greek Party,” a rain-or-shine Labor Day tradition!
HOURS: 12 noon to 10 PM on Fri., Sat., Sun. 9/4, 9/5, 9/6; 12 noon to 8 PM on Mon. 9/7
FREE ADMISSION and FREE PARKING (on-site and next door at Holy Infant Church). RAIN OR SHINE