Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Bizarre Bazaars

Fall in Washington is church bazaar and festival season. I went to four church bazaars last year. I learned of them when I passed each of the churches while riding the bus and saw their signs announcing the festivals. I enjoy these bazaars because they allow me to explore two different interests of mine at once: exotic food and the diversity of the church. The format for these events seems to be the same at each church; there is cafeteria food service, vendors selling jewelry and icons, and tours of the church nave. I’ve spent a little time researching bazaars in the area this fall and these are the ones I’m going to try to make it to:

St. Mark Coptic Orthodox Church Come-In-Unity Festival
(featuring hot priest on priest basketball action)
11911 Braddock Road
Fairfax, VA 22030
Sat., Sept. 16

Saints Constantine & Helen Church Greek Festival
4115 Sixteenth Street NW, Washington, DC, (202) 829-2910
Fri., Sept. 15, 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Sat. Sept. 16, Noon to 10:00 p.m
Sun., Sept. 17, Noon to 8:00 p.m.

St. Andrew Ukrainian Orthodox Cathedral of Washington DC
15100 New Hampshire Ave.
Silver Spring MD 20905
Sat. and Sun. Sept. 16-17

Our Lady of Lebanon Maronite Church Annual Parish Bazaar
7164 Alaska Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20012
Sept. 23

Bazaar of the Russian Orthodox Cathedral of St. John the Baptist
4001 17th St. NW, Washington, D.C.
(the corner of 17th and Shepherd Streets, NW)
Sat., September 30, 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sun., October 1, noon – 6:00 pm