As the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church of Dallas approaches the 100th anniversary of its founding way back in 1915, this weekend they’re partying like they’re only 99. Come join the festivities as the 58th annual Greek Food Festival of Dallas begins at 4 p.m. on Friday, September 26, lasting until 11 p.m. and picking up again on Saturday and Sunday at 11 a.m. Saturday’s activities last until 11 p.m. and on Sunday, things wind down by 6 p.m.
The event is being held on the grounds of Holy Trinity at 13555 Hillcrest Road in North Dallas, where the impressive Byzantine-style church will be open limited hours for tours during the Greek Food Festival. Ticket sales for this annual event benefit many of the programs and ministries at Holy Trinity, with general admission to the festival at only $6.00 for adults and kids 12 and under are admitted free.
To get the party started, tickets are being offered at half price between 5 and 7 p.m. on Friday. Food tickets are sold in one dollar increments and prices range from one to twelve dollars for a savory variety of Greek culinary fare, from baklava to flaky spanakopita, tasty feta bites, lamb drenched in tzatziki sauce, and so much more. Yum!
The Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church has only been at its North Dallas location since 1992. In its earlier years, Holy Trinity is listed in Weischel’s Map and Guide of Dallas in the index to churches where it is noted that Holy Trinity’s location is at the intersection of Sanger Avenue and Riggs in South Dallas. On present day maps, that intersection is long gone, replaced by the freeway lanes of Interstate 35.
By the early 1950s, the church had moved to a new location at 4005 Swiss Avenue. The building incorporated elements of Byzantine architecture in its arches, roof line, and entry. The Dallas Theological Seminary, adjacent to the church at the time, acquired the property in 1993 for its campus expansion.
As Holy Trinity approaches its centennial in 2015, the parish’s Archive Committee is conducting a survey among its membership in an effort to compile a congregational history which will take the form of a commemorative album. The survey is available on Holy Trinity’s website and individuals holding keys to Holy Trinity’s history are urged to contact Mary Sharpley. The committee is not only interested in preserving parish history but also that of the Greek community in Dallas, and hopes that individuals will consider donating such items as photographs, documents, letters, scrapbooks, and more to the Holy Trinity Permanent Archives.
The Greek community in Dallas began organizing in the early 1890s with the formation of the Hermes Society. The growth of the Greek community in Dallas was spurred further in the 1920s with the influx of Orthodox Greek and Russian immigrants from Southeastern Europe.
Holy Trinity also hosts the Hellenic Culture Center. For more on Greek-American heritage in Dallas, contact the Hellenic Cultural Society of Dallas through Holy Trinity’s website. The Hellenic Culture Center, as well as Holy Trinity’s bookstore, will be open during the Festival.