by Betsy Natter
The Philadelphia area is rich with cultural heritage and Montgomery County is no exception. As a way of sharing their ethnic heritage, culture, food and artistry with their communities, three local organizations are inviting the local community to join in their annual festival celebrations. Stop by one or more to learn about what makes Montgomery County culturally rich.
Ukrainian American Sport Center – Ukrainian Folk Festival
1 Lower State Rd., North Wales, PA 19454
Experience the dazzling sights and powerful sounds of Ukrainian artists as they celebrate 25 years of Ukrainian independence on Sunday, Aug. 28, from 12 to 8 pm. at the Ukrainian American Sport Center near Horsham. A full afternoon of entertainment is planned including musicians, singers and dance troupes. The festival theme is “UNITED UKRAINE – UNITED WITH US” in honor of the unity and friendship between Ukraine and the United States. Admission for the event is $15, students are $10 and children under 15 are free. More information can be found at the group’s website at http://www.tryzub.org/ukrainian-festival-2016.php.
Vereinigung Erzgebirge – Bucks-Mont Oktoberfest
130 Davisville Rd., Warminster, PA 18974
Celebrate Oktoberfest a little early this year on Saturday, September 10, from 11 am to 10 pm by visiting the Vereinigung Erzgebirge, a social and sports club in Warminster. Founded by German immigrants in 1931, the club has been hosting the annual celebration for 79 years. The day begins with an official keg tapping ceremony and plenty of food and beer will be available. Fun for the kids includes a moon bounce, face painting, soccer games and crafts. Musical performances by Willi Aust, The Philadelphia German Brass Band and other groups will take place throughout the day. Admission is $5.00 per person in advance or $7.00 at the door. Visit the website at http://veclub.org/oktoberfest for more info.
St Sophia Greek Orthodox Church – Grecian Festival 2016
900 S. Trooper Rd., Jeffersonville, PA 19403
Join St. Sophia Church as they sponsor four days of Greek music, food and culture at their annual Grecian Festival to be held Sept. 8-11th. An indoor restaurant will be open from Thursday through Sunday evening while an outdoor tent featuring grilled items will be serving food Friday through Sunday evening. The festival begins at 11 am each day and at noon on Sunday. Carnival rides are available with special pricing on Thursday night and Sunday afternoon. Musical entertainment and authentic Greek dance will run throughout the event. For more information check the church website at http://www.saintsophiachurch.org.