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27th annual Greek Glendi set for Feb. 10-13

MANATEE -- The annual Greek Glendi, a festival that yearly has attracted more than 18,000, is set for Feb. 10-13.

This year will mark the festival’s 27th year, featuring food, music and dancing, not to mention all manner of fun beneath big tents at St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church, 7671 N. Lockwood Ridge Road.

New this year will be a special appearance by the Greek Company Orchestra, hailing from western Pennsylvania and eastern Ohio. It will provide traditional Greek music.

The local Hellenic Folk Dancers Troupe will also entertain, showing off traditional dance and costumes.

Also new this year is the Children’s Adventure Zone, featuring a rock climbing wall, power jump, bounce house and virtual gaming experience.

The food includes classic Greek dishes such as souvlaki, spanakopita, lamb shanks, moussaka, gyros and variety of coffees, wines and pastries.

“Our volunteers work hard to present our culture and to give back to the community,” said Rita Giannopulos, Glendi chairwoman.

“The festival grows more each year, and this should be our largest crowd ever.”

A marketplace will showcase craft vendors, jewelry and gifts.

Highlighting the event are tours of the church decorated with mosaics by world-famous mosaic iconographers, Sirio Tonelli, fresco artist Leonidas Diamantopoulos and George Filippakis.

Sara Kennedy, Herald reporter, can be reached at (941) 745-7031.

IF YOU GO

What: Greek Glendi

Where: St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church, 7671 N. Lockwood Ridge Road

When: Feb. 10-13.

The festival’s grand opening is slated for 11 a.m. Thursday. Hours are 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Thursday; 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Friday and Saturday; and 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday.

Admission: $4; those younger than 12 are admitted free, and parking is free.

Information: (941) 355-2616.

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