St. Nicholas Festival!





Meet St. Nicholas, whose gift giving started a legend that spread around the world.
The fourth annual St. Nicholas Festival is Saturday, December 14, 2019 from 11:00-4:00 PM.

ACTIVITIES INCLUDE:
- Greek and Russian Food
- Story time with St. Nicholas (12 and 2 PM)
- FREE kids' Christmas crafts
- FREE Bouncy house and face painting
- Dessert Auction! (ends at 2 PM!)
- Coffee and cocoa around the fire pit
- Craft Bazaar in the St. Nicholas marketplace
- Church tours with Byzantine Iconography
- Vespers prayers (4-4:45 PM)
- Canned Food Drive for the Little Free Pantry
- FREE admittance, suggested donation of 1 Canned Good

PRE-ORDER INTERNATIONAL FOOD ONLINE:

INTERNATIONAL MENU:
  • Greek dinner $8: baklava, spanakopita, Nick’s salad
  • Russian Dinner $8: 2 piroshki with sour cream, and beet salad
  • Middle Eastern Hummus $4: hummus and pita
  • St. Nicholas Sampler $12: piroshki and sour cream, hummus and pita, spanakopita, baklava, and Nick’s Greek salad
FOOD FAQS
​• The GREEK spanakopita and baklava are both made from phyllo dough provided by the owners of Grecian Family Restaurant in Lexington! Spanakopita is made with spinach and feta, and baklava is a sweet, non-dairy dessert. Don’t miss Nick’s Greek salad, tossed fresh by Nick himself with oil and spices.

• Our RUSSIAN piroshki are made with beef and dill from Elaine’s grandma's recipe, served with sour cream. Masha's yummy beet salad with potato, beets, and cilantro, is a delight to the eyes!

• Freshly-made JORDANIAN hummus is better than anything you can buy in stores. If you haven't had it made from scratch, you have to try Emily's!




Find answers to some FAQs below. 
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1. Why do you have an International Menu?
The Orthodox Church is a global church, organized into national jurisdictions, such as the Greek Orthodox Church or the Russian Orthodox Church. St. Nicholas is part of the ancient church of Antioch, where "they were first called Christians." (Acts 11:26) Because the U.S. is still a relatively young country, we do not yet have an American jurisdiction; and so you'll find Greek, Russian, Antiochian and other Orthodox churches begun by immigrants and missionaries. St. Nicholas is the only Orthodox Church between Memphis and Nashville, so our parish is made of Orthodox families of many nationalities and heritages. This is a common in the U.S. as we work toward building an American Orthodox Church. In the meantime, it creates a diverse community built around a common, ancient Christian faith. And it means a lot of great food! Our International Menu reflects various heritages present in our parish.

2. How much does it cost?
Admission is FREE, however, there is a suggested donation of 1 CANNED GOOD per person. The food drive will support our Little Free Pantry. Admission gives you access to story time with St. Nicholas, church tours, the fire pit, bouncy house, and free kids' crafts and activities. Inside you can shop in the St. Nicholas Marketplace or order from our International Menu. 

3. What is the Little Free Pantry?
The Little Free Pantry (LFP) is a little pantry located in our parking lot across from the mailbox. The LFP is intended to address food insecurity and develop community among our neighbors. We stock it with non-perishable food and toiletry items for anyone with a need, as well as after school snacks and fun treats for our neighborhood kids. While the parish at St. Nicholas maintains the LFP, anyone is welcome to stock or take items from the pantry; take what you need; give what you can. In the spirit of both St. Brigid's hospitality and St. Nicholas’ secret generosity, we invite you to participate with us in this effort.

4. My kids love Santa Claus. Will learning about St. Nicholas confuse them?
At our festival, we respect all the varied ways that people celebrate, and we don't want to ruin anyone's fun! Our St. Nicholas is a friendly, gift-giving storyteller, who will emphasize the kindness and generosity of the historical St. Nicholas. He'll tell stories about the origin of Christmas stockings, as well boats, famines, and miracles! He probably won't mention the North Pole or reindeer, but you can trust him to be discreet when speaking to children.