By Donald Jay Howton


50th Annual Birmingham Greek Festival October 5

For half a century, the Greek community has graciously welcomed the public to the annual Greek Festival. Opa!

The event is a golden opportunity to enjoy Greek cuisine, submerge yourself in the Greek culture and learn about the Orthodox Christian faith.

The Festival is always a fun, delicious and memorable event.

The 50th Annual Greek Festival will be held October 5-7 at historic Holy Trinity-Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Birmingham. The Cathedral, the fourth oldest Greek Orthodox parish in the Southeast, is located at 307 19th. Street, South in Birmingham.

Teddy Hontzas and Jimmy Cosmas are co-chairmen of the 50th Annual Greek Festival.

The Reverend Father Gregory Edwards, Ph.D. is the dean of the Greek Orthodox Cathedral. The Reverend Father Paul Costopoulos is also a dean of the Cathedral.

The admission is free to the three-day event that starts each day at 10:30 a.m. and ends at 9:30 p.m.

This grand cultural event will feature delicious homemade Greek cuisine, desserts, music and Greek dancing.

In celebration of the golden anniversary, 50th Anniversary T-shirts will be on sale along with the Festival’s very own Birmingham Greek Fest Hand-Crafted beer.

The 2023 Raffle prizes equal $18,000 in prizes and cash.

If you have never seen the beautiful Byzantine interior of Holy Trinity-Holy Cross Cathedral there will be self-guided tours and parish members will be on site to answer questions.

A portion of the Festival proceeds will benefit Children’s of Alabama, Ronald McDonald House Charities and FIREHOUSE Ministries.

For more information visit their website or call 205-716-3080.


Antiques at the Gardens

For a grand weekend, the 17th Annual Antiques at the Gardens starts on September 28 and ends October 1 at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens.

The exciting event is hosted by The Friends of the Birmingham Botanical Gardens.

The fall event is presented by O’Neal Industries and includes design sponsor de Gournay and textile sponsor Cowtan & Tout.

Interior designers, floral designers, architects, landscape architects and product designers will hold court from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday.

There will be 16 guest speakers and 22 dealers at the annual event.

Among the guest speakers are Stan Dixon, Martin Brudnizki, Michael Diaz-Griffith, Mitchell Owens, Celerie Kemble, Paloma Contreras, Steele Marcoux, Anna Brockway, Aldous Bertram, Peter Durham, Sybil Sylvester, Keith Robinson, Richard Keith Langham and Bill Brockschmidt.

Book signings will be held following the lectures and talks.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the mission of the Friends of the Birmingham Botanical Gardens.