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Easton Church Whips Up a Festival

EASTON, Conn. -- The Ladies Auxiliary was busy making stuffed cabbage Monday for St. Dimitrie's festival. So far, they’ve put together 2,000 stuffed cabbages, and there are more to come.

The Ladies Auxiliary, along with the seniors, the parish council and parishioners, has been preparing food for the festival since late April. The celebration takes place Friday, July 8, through Sunday, July 10.

"Everybody pitches in," said Marianna Roibu, who was helping on Monday.

Audrey Fatsy, president of the Ladies Auxiliary, likes the fish and stuffed cabbage best. Also available will be chicken, shish kabobs, three kinds of sweet bread, spinach pitas, hot dogs and hamburgers.

The food is mostly European, plus Mediterranean dishes such as baklava, which is philo with nuts, sugar syrup and butter. Everything is homemade. Mititei, a Romanian sausage, is one of the festival specialties.

In addition to food, there will be ethnic dancing and a DJ at night. There will also be a Cake Walk with a raffle for 10 donated cakes. The Take-a-Chance table is another raffle for brand-new items. Back again this year will be a Project From the Heart table where people can donate to help send care packages to soldiers. They can also sign a flag to be sent to either Iraq or Afghanistan.

The event is both indoors and outdoors and will be held rain or shine. There is free admission and parking. The hours are Friday from 5 to 10 p.m., Saturday from noon to 10 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

This is the third annual festival at Easton’s St. Dimitrie Romanian Orthodox Church, located at 504 Sport Hill Road. The priests are the Revs. Cornel Todeasa and George Coca. The two chairs of the festival are Patricia Cook Johnson and Ovidiu Ocrain.

What's your favorite part of St. Dimitrie's festival? Leave your comments below.

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