Now that Harvey is a thing of the past, Houston is attempting to rebuild. While the record wind speeds barely topped 130 mph, less than Irma’s astonishing 185 mph, Harvey powered through Texas at a Category 4 storm. Setting the record for the continental United States, Harvey put down a total 51.88 inches of rain, over double of what was expected of the storm initially. Over 300,000 people lost power, forcing 440,000 people to apply for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Through all of this, the environmental loss and the loss of friends and family, Texas has managed to come back faster than anyone thought they could.
Stories of employees of the local J&D Entertainment Co. being seen dressed up as Disney princesses and characters circulated the news. In an attempt to create a happier environment in shelters in the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, J&D Entertainment Co. definitely left their mark. Volunteers across the state showed their support, even those who lost too much to the storm as well.
Things will soon be back to normal, but until then, folks are looking for a little something extra to brighten up their weekends. To get away from the wetness and disarray of Harvey’s past path, find a little bit of Greece in your backyard with the Original Greek Festival. Starting October 5th and lasting through the weekend to October 8th, the Original Greek Festival is back again for their 51st anniversary.
After making a name for itself in 1966, the festival has continued to wow Houstonians each year with authentic food, dance, and entertainment. The festival will be taking place at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 3511 Yoakum Blvd, Houston, and flowing into Tranquility Park to make room for all the fun the festival has to offer.
Tickets for children under the age of 12 are free, and adult admission is only $5. A portion of the proceeds from the event will go to organizations such as Children’s Assessment Center, S.E.A.R.C.H., Houston Area Women’s Center, Covenant House, Texas Emergency Aid Coalition (EAC), and the Star of Hope Mission. Doors open on October 5th at 5:00 p.m., and close at 10:00 p.m. for the night. Friday times are 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., and again at 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., Saturday runs from 11:00 a.m. through 10:00 p.m., and Sunday closes off the weekend with a 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. schedule.
For a full list of food, ranging from Dinner and A La Carte to Souvlaki, click here. To find out more information about tours of the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Cathedral, youth and adult dance programs, crafts and gift ideas, or live music, click here. If you would like to volunteer for the event by participating in the committee or joining a dance group, click here.
Tickets for the event are available in the parish office at 3511 Yoakum Blvd., Houston, TX 77006.