Don’t Miss The Taste Of Greece This Weekend – One Day Only

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Feb 252019

The Saint Barbara Parish, 480 Racebrook Road, Orange, will host its annual one-day “Taste of Greece” Festival on Saturday, March 2 from 11 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. in the community’s Ballroom.

The event features its wonderfully prepared Greek cuisine and Pastries.

Eat-in or take food with you to enjoy at home.

The parish’s Book & Icon Store and a Greek Market will also be open throughout the day.

Free Admission.  Free on-site Parking.

Lions Invite All To lts Fourth Annual Comedy Night — Three Acts On The Bill

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Oct 102018

The Orange Lions invite the public to “Come Laugh With Us”, its 4th annual comedy night at St. Barbara’s Greek Orthodox Church’s social hall, 480 Racebrook Road on Saturday, October 13. Doors will open at 7 p.m. to cabaret-style seating where patrons can BYOB and snacks. Setups will be provided, as well as desserts and coffee at the end of the show. A raffle drawing will be held with several baskets on display and awarded to those who choose to participate.

The entertainment for the evening will start at 8 p.m. and feature three stand-up comedians. The announcer and headliner is Craig “Fig” Figuereido, whose credits include appearances on HBO, MTV and Showtime channels, among others. Also appearing is Nikki Carr, from Last Comic Standing, and the Ellen Show. Rounding up the night’s billing is Aldo Marachlian, who has appeared in Comedy After Dark-Comedy Central and at the Apollo.

This is the fourth annual Orange Lions comedy show, for which the net proceeds will be donated to Orange Lions Charities. These include the Community Grants program, which benefits local organizations such as the Volunteer Fire Dept., the library, girls scouts, etc., the Lions Clubs International Foundation, and other blindness prevention programs.

Tickets are $30 each if purchased in advance, or $35 at the door, and are available from any Orange Lion, or by calling Lion Ken Lenz at (203) 795-3906. As is true of most stand-up comedy this is an adult-theme show intended for mature audiences only.

So please “come laugh with us” for a great cause, and have a good time. This popular event is growing each year and may sell out. Get your tickets soon.

And The Winners Are: Odyssey Greek Festival Raffle Results

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Sep 052018

The St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church Odyssey Festival took place over the Labor Day weekend.

Aside from the fabulous food, delightful dancing, and the great sense of community, the one thing that excited festival goers most was the thought of winning one of the ten amazing raffle prizes.

The huge spinning barrel was filled with slips of paper representing the participant’s dreams.

On Monday evening, several volunteer children lined up for a turn at picking a winning ticket.

The delightful Rev. Peter J. Orfanakos gave each child directions on the proper way to grab a ticket (just one). Watching those interactions was worth hanging around for.

The anxious crowd held its collective breath as the first number for the $10,000 first place prize was announced — #01936, Ken Cappetta of Branford

… and breathe

Second prize a 55″ Samsung Television – #08270, Theodora Dogani of Wallingford

For the third prize, all of the teenagers gathered around the table, hoping to hear their name called as the winner of the X Box One – #15212, John Fulton of Ansonia

… and the teens all walked away.

Fourth prize, a Netgear 3-Camera Security System – #16833, Joan Lawlor of Ansonia

Fifth prize, a Kitchen Aid Mixer – #15686, Gregory Hrampanis of East Haven

Sixth prize, a Samsung Tab A – #09750, Jenny Dadoulis of Norwalk

Seventh prize, a Keurig Coffee Maker – #07070, Michele Moore of New Haven

Eighth prize, a Shark Lift-Away Vacuum – #08451, Sylvia Antonellis of Orange  (look! someone from Orange DID win!)

Ninth prize, a Fitbit Activity Tracker – #16782, Sal Grillo of West Haven

and finally tenth prize, a HP Wireless Printer/Copy/Scan/Fax – #16418, Cynthia Hempel of Milford

Congratulations to all the winners and a big THANK YOU to everyone else who participated in the raffle, your support means a lot to us!

We will see you next year at the 39th Annual Odyssey Festival!