NORWICH, Conn. (WTNH)-- A massive snowstorm caused the roof of a Norwich church to collapse. And now, that collapse is bringing one community together.
This is an event folks not only at the church but throughout the whole community look forward to each year. The one thing you need to bring is your appetite.
Whether you have a sweet tooth or a just a big appetite chances are this annual Greek Festival will satisfy your needs. From the street side gyros to a smorgasbord of Greek dishes, even veggie meals.
"Not like the joke, oh it's lamb, it's vegetarian. No we actually provide vegetarian meals. We have stuffed grape leaves that are vegetarian, we have the Greek salads," said Maria Valkanos, Parish President.
Maria Valkano's mother came from Pennsylvania to help parishioners prepare.
"I mean these women are dedicated, they're rolling their little fingers to the bone okay," said Valkanos.
A labor of love to help with much needed repairs at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church
"Closed the sanctuary down for a couple of weeks," said Father Paul.
Father Paul was preaching when part of the roof collapsed under heavy wet snow.
"It was a loud noise, a loud crack when that went off. We were right in the middle of the liturgy, yeah, and as I said before, I don't think I ever did a liturgy that fast," said Paul.
Insurance paid for part of the roof repairs and didn't cover any interior work.
They've taken that money as far they could and that's with taking out two loans. So to finish the rest of the floor, they're going to need more money.
They're hoping to see 3,000 people enjoy the Greek food and traditions through Sunday.
"Everybody sees their friends here. So how you been, how you doing," said Valkanos.
News 8's Tina Detelj couldn't leave without some of these deserts. Yes, they even sell a variety pack.
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