by Judy Rose, associate editor
The Rev. George
Hnatko, Pastor of Nanty Glo's Holy Ascension Ukranian Orthodox church has been
the organizer of the Annual Festival for 36 years. The festival is held on the
Eastern Orthodox Society property located on Rt. 422 west of Strongstown.This
year's festival was held Sunday, September 8, and drew several crafts people and
hundreds of participants.
cross-section of those enjoying the picniclike event.
worship service, the Orthodox divine liturgy, getting underway at 4 p.m., on the
open air auction was held and an outdoor flea market was available for the browser
looking for that "special something." |
the craftspeople was Joanne Staroschak, above. One of her icon eggs is shown at
right. A Ukranian artist schooled in Psanky (the art of painting and using dyes
and wax to apply religious designs to eggs), had beautiful items for sale, exquisite
pieces of ethnic folk art. A native of the Ukraine now living in McKees Rocks,
she has been teaching the art she learned from her grandmother for more than 50
years. She has taught the craft at Carnegie-Mellon University, University of Pittsburgh,
Duquesne University, and countless schools and churches. She applies her intricate
and stunning designs to chicken, goose, ostrich, and wooden eggs. Each design
has a different Christian meaning.
display were llamas, goats, piglets, puppies, a miniature horse and donkey, and
white silky chickens. Games, contests, (in the form of goatmilking and greased
pig catching), and music were available for the enjoyment of all.
of all types was available: baked goods, burgers, hot sausage, hot dogs and kraut,
barbeque, and a family from Syria (left) was selling Syrian food in the form of
meat pies, fresh figs, mint-dressed potato salad, and pastries.|
was provided by a band called "The Magic Touch"...they played polkas, rock, and
Antique/vintage cars were on display for car enthusiasts.