Alaska Life

Photos: Alaska Greek Festival

Eat, drink and Greek. Hundreds of people attended the 29th annual Alaska Greek Festival, a three-day event originally started as a fundraiser, to “build a proper Byzantine Orthodox-style church,” said Father Vasili Hillhouse.

“We also are doing this because the community of Anchorage loves it and supports it so well. It’s a beautiful gathering of various ethnic groups having a wonderful time celebrating Greek culture, eating Greek food and learning a little bit about the Orthodox faith,”

“We’re so grateful to the Anchorage community for supporting us for thirty years,” he said. “This new church building (finished in 2014), we don’t think of it as ours. We hope it enriches the community of Anchorage and it beautifies our city and is a sign of peace and love for everybody, not just us.”

Bill Roth

Bill Roth is a staff photojournalist at the Anchorage Daily News.