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Student Field Trips


Thank you for your interest in bringing your students to experience this year's Greek Fest!

During our structured field trip program, your students will:

  • Experience centuries-old entertainment in the form of our Shadow Play, called Karagiozis kai Hadjiavatis (Karagöz and Hacivat in Turkish). Adapted from the Ottoman Empire to the Greek language and culture during the 19th century, the characters assumed stereotypically Greek personalities. The period setting remained the late years of the Ottoman Empire in Greece. Greek Independence from the Ottomans was achieved in 1832.
  • Learn more about Orthodox Christianity. Our church tours give an overview of Byzantine architecture, iconography, and music. Students learn about the history of our local community, begun by immigrants over a century ago, and how Hellenism informed the early spread of Christianity.
  • Have the opportunity to buy mementos of their field trip.
  • Enjoy a delicious Greek lunch and treats.
  • Learn a few Greek Dance steps from our local Greek dancers while enjoying live music from a traditional Bouzouki band.

Reservations

Field Trip spots are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis, so please reserve your spot today by calling our Church Office at 251.438.9888. You will receive your reservation confirmation, as well as additional information, via email.

  • Thursday, October 19th from 8:45 am to 11:45 am
  • Friday, October 20th from 8:45 am to 11:45 am

The deadline for reserving your spot is Wednesday, October 12th.

Cost

The tour, shadow play, and live entertainment are free, and the entrance fee is waived for field trip students. The only cost associated with the field trip is lunch: $6 for a student plate, and $8 for an adult plate. This includes one drink. Students and chaperones may also buy additional drinks, soft-serve ice cream, pastries and other goodies-- we recommend bringing spending money!

Philoxenia (φιλοξενία) is one of the most important virtues in Greek culture. It's translated by HELPS Word-studies as "warmth (friendliness) shown to strangers; the readiness to share hospitality (generosity)." We look forward to the opportunity to share this warmth as we welcome you into our community again this year!