Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Saco saw between 6,000 and 7,000 visitors at its annual festival the weekend of July 7-9. It’s an everybody’s welcome sort of event, with a bounce house, games and face painting for the little ones. And, of course, the focus is on (mostly) traditional Greek food prepared and served by volunteers. The festival includes Greek music and dancing and tours of the church building, the sanctuary of which is covered in icons written in Greece and shipped to Maine.
St. Demetrios' Youth Group Dancers demonstrated traditional Greek dance seven times over the weekend.
Fresh loukoumades out of the deep fryer.
Nicole Ledoux, Meghan Brown and Nicole Buchanan, all of Saco.
Anamaria Musteata and Mary Rumiesz, both of Saco.
A couple of gyros under the taverna tent.
Volunteers Chris Sagris and Sofia Ifantides, both of Biddeford.
It takes a lot of volunteers to serve the estimated 6,000 to 7,000 people who visited the festival July 7-9.
Greek coffee is made to order and served in tiny mugs for just $1.50.
Younger dancers Julia, Ella, Anna and Nicoletta.
Church member Paul MacDowell of Portland with festival co-chair Tom Carr of Saco.
Father Basil in the church sanctuary, which is covered in icons written in Greece and shipped over.
Meghan Awugah of Biddeford with Candice Eng of Saco with her daughter Tessa and son Michael.
Tessa Eng shows off her henna hands.
Georgia Caras of Saco and journalist Laffie Hadiaris.
Some of the religious items for sale in the church narthex.
Phoebe Tice, Athanasios Gikas, Constantine Gikas and Zach Willow.
Dori Brooks of Wells and Carol Cabana of Lyman enjoying spanakopita dinners.
Paxemathia, a Greek version of biscotti with sugar and cinnamon.
Amanda Hannan and Eamon Grant of Peak's Island.
Elianna and Stavroula Maniatakos of Benton.