HIstory of Opa! Fest (1993 - 2019)
St. Nicholas Troy Opa! fest is the longest consecutive running Greek Festival in the Detroit Metropolitan area.
In 1993, a few parishioners who worked for many years on the Ethnic River Festival said,” we need to start the Greek Festival again”. Sitting in the lobby of our new home in Troy, Happy Methodakis, Mary Ball, Fran Eldis, Fr. Nicholas Harbatis, Ann Feles, Steve Lionas, Gorge Parks, and Karen Cosmos, gathered thinking not how do achieve this goal but what should we call it. After tossing around many ideas, they decided on “St. Nicholas Opa! Fest”.
That was our beginning and with only tents and refrigerator trailers. With help from parishioners who owned restaurants, the many ladies baking our pastries, to the workers grilling over the hot grills in the sun and cutting salads the dream had been achieved.
Since those early days, we have progressed with our kitchen and facilities to help make planning easier, in order to offer our Greek Treats and hospitality.
Opa! Fest has been a major fundraiser for our community focusing on our mission of promoting Hellenism, Orthodox education, philanthropy, civic responsibilities, and family values.
Opa! Fest also supports local organization such as Focus Detroit, Gleaners, Red Cross Blanket Drive, Judson Center, Children’s Hospital of Detroit, Ann Arbor Mott Children’s Hospital and Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Center and Work It Out to name a few.
With this said, we are indebted to all the people, organizations for their unconditional physical, and financial support to fulfill our mission. And to our greater community, to all our patrons and friends THANK YOU for your unconditional and continued support of St. Nicholas Opa! Fest.
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