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St. Elias Mediterranean Festival
Members of the congregation of Austin's St. Elias Orthodox Church have been busy for months preparing for this weekend's 76th annual Mediterranean Festival. Women of the church have spent weekends cooking and freezing authentic Mediterranean dishes that will be served to the appreciative crowds. In addition to traditional foods and fascinating crafts, ethnic music and folk dancing are always an integral part of the festival's attractions. On recent Sunday evenings, longtime festival steering committee member Bill Attal has been teaching folk dance steps to members of the congregation so they can join in the fun. Chronicle photographer John Anderson dropped by the church hall recently to shoot some video footage of the dance action. The renown Pennsylvania-based Greek group Stavros & Maria will be performing and Bill Attal assures us that the urge to get out on the dance floor will be irresistible. The folks at St. Elias invite Austinites out to enjoy the festival this weekend. They will be selling great food and drinks, very entertaining musical performances, and plenty of good exercise on the dance floor! The festival will close an entire block of 11th Street between Trinity and Red River and the cover charge is $5 at the gate. Food and drinks will be for sale. Friday & Saturday, Oct. 10 & 11 from 6pm until 12mid. [video-1]