The 2nd Annual
7-8 October 2006

After months of planning, meetings, etc., our Romanian Festival is now past. And what can we say? Our parishioners and many hundreds of guests all seemed to say what you hope to hear. “We had a really great time.” “Everything was so nice.” “It’s wonderful what St George is doing for the Romanians.” “This was really something. Congratulations!” “We’re not Romanian. We just happened to find out about your Festival from that note in the Free Press. But we’re sure glad we did. We had a fantastic time.” “If it’s alright, I’d like to come back on a Sunday morning too.” “We hope you’re going to do this again next year. We’ll be back.” “I love how you did everything; how everything looks. It’s all so organized; the music; and the programs(!) they’re great.” “The food was so good!” 

So what else can we say? Well, one important thing that we should all say is “Thank You” to everyone – the Chairpersons, Committees and weekend workers – who worked so hard to give our parish and community a truly “festive” weekend of good Romanian food and music, fun, and a generous offering of Cathedral hospitality. As it should be, it was an all-parish endeavor. Our doors were opened to the community, and by God’s grace and our prayers, someone may return for the real treasure we offer here, the truth and joy of the Orthodox Faith. 

Thank You, Bishop IRINEU for blessing the event with your presence, your compliments of our parish and your words of encouragement. Thank you all.

Father Laurence

Bishop IRINEU, Fr/Psa Lazar & Dn/Dsa Pop
Even the youngest wore their costume proudly
Part of the Casa Romaneasca display

The Banat region is always represented
Young ladies of the Cathedral in costume
During the Sunday Liturgy

Hundreds danced "Hora Unirii" together
Volunteers worked hard in the name of the parish
Soloist Ionut Dolanescu thrilled the crowds

Watching and learning about her heritage
Signature t-shirts were very popular gifts
Entire families took part in the festival

Some of the dancers in special costumes
Thousands of mititei and carnati were grilled
Ladies making dough for placinte (doughnuts)

Volunteers in the children's area
Even the little ones helped out with big smiles
Banatul Ensemble of Kitchener ON

Banatul (parents) Ensemble of Kitchener
With special guest Ionut Dolanescu
Many visitors attended Divine Liturgy on Sunday

Parishioners eagerly await food in the tent
Soloist Nicoleta Petrin offered beautiful music
Games, crafts and playground for children

The festival is truly a "family" affair
A traditional hand-made gate welcomed guests
The ladies of Rapsodia Ensemble, Windsor

Bishop IRINEU visits the Casa Romaneasca
Ansamblul Rapsodia of Windsor ON
Preoteasa Lazar with two first-time visitors

Part of the highlighted "Sezetoare" performance
Romanian & American flags waved proudly
Sezetoare performers thrilled the audience

Preoteasa Eleonora Lazar with young ladies
Large numbers of young people enjoyed both days
Frying hundreds of fresh placinte cu branza
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