Photos by Judy Rose, associate editor
Orthodox Festival 2002

An Orthodox festival.
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.


Below, a cross-section of those enjoying the picniclike event.

Below, worship service, the Orthodox divine liturgy, getting underway at 4 p.m., on the lake bank.
An open air auction was held and an outdoor flea market was available for the browser looking for that "special something."

Among 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.


On 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.

Food 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.
Music was provided by a band called "The Magic Touch"...they played polkas, rock, and ballads.
Antique/vintage cars were on display for car enthusiasts.

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