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SOMERVILLE, MA – Hundreds Greek and non-Greek Americans visitors flocked to the historic Dormition of the Mother of God parish of Somerville, MA for its annual Greek Festival.
Long lines formed to buy the bestselling gyros, which was the featured attraction.
Parish Council president Evangelos Kechris thanked TNH for covering the citywide cultural event and said that “the massive numbers of visitors forming long lines waiting to buy gyros is phenomenal this year. We attract huge crowds every year, but this year the numbers are at least double.’’ He also said that “everybody says that we serve the best gyro” and he explained that “we have brought the machines from Greece. The cooking is done well but there is also the cutting, with an special electric knife used by former Parish Council President Costas Tomadakis.”
Kechris said “not only the gyros, but all our food is fresh and made with the most authentic elements cooked in a traditional homestyle way.” He emphasized that “more than 100 volunteers work continuously and diligently in order to best serve and accommodate our visitors.” Kechris himself was running around, constantly coordinating the entire operation of the festival, including the parking lot.
Kechris told TNH that “this is the major fundraising event that we organized for the financial support of our parish. We all try to work hard; we are all volunteers as a large family. We all pay for our meals and we are trying to support our church because like all the other parishes we, too, have huge financial needs.”
According to Kechris, the parish depends on the festival income “by 20%.” Kechris also said that “as you see we have many Greek-American visitors, but over the last few years we have made a great effort in appeling to our fellow Americans of all ethnic backgrounds. We also have many students from the nearby universities like Harvard, MIT, and Tufts.”
With the cooperation of his board and the presiding priest Fr. Constantine Manetas, Kechris managed to rejuvenate the parish, which had been withering the last decade or so due to the unfit clerical appointments. The parish consists by 230 to 250 families. Kechris said “over the last few years we have experienced progress. I think it is attributed to our priest, Fr. Constantine Manetas, who works constantly. The central person of the Church is the priest. We also have a parish council that works very hard for the financial advancement of the parish and also we have excellent parishioners who support the parish in every possible way.”

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