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Annual Greek Festival Returns To Ocean Township June 23

OCEAN TOWNSHIP: Everyone is wishing for three days of warm sunshine to enjoy the festivities at the Jersey Shore Greek Festival at the St. George Greek Orthodox Church on West Park Avenue over the weekend of June 23 through 25.

It promises to be a celebration of customs, religion and cultural which comes to us in the forms of the history of the Greek art, music, literature and family.

All visitors are invited to reenter the exhibits and styles existing from those early days, more than history books may have recorded, said the event's Co-Chair Theo Koufidakis. She added the Greek term "philotimo", in English our "love of honor" as she extension to her greetings to all who can visit past and present traditions.

St. George, was once in Asbury for the beginnings of its 88-year history at Jersey's shore. "We moved to Ocean Township in 2012. We brought the members, and icons, statues, and even the paintings now in the chapel."

Profits from the event also support charities in the area: Last year they were Camp Oakhurst, Right Your Life, Covenant House, Kick Cancer Overboard, Central Jersey Blood Center, Family Promise of Monmouth County and the Ocean Township Community Hope Fund.

Food and beverages from every variety was beyond popular. Greek treats such as loukaoumades (some readers may relate the Italian treat of zeppole. There is also baklava, souvlaki kabobs and many more palate pleasers. There will be games of chance, kid's fun games and rides.

And music and dances in colorful dress, visual treats ensconced in exciting sound from tradition. For more information, www.jerseyshoregreekfestival.com.

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