Greek Culture and Community
Columbia’s Greek Festival
Our annual Greek Festival is a gift from the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church community to the greater Columbia community and surrounding towns. Boasting the third greatest attendance of all Columbia events, our Festival offers newcomers to our church a chance to immerse themselves in Greek culture and an opportunity to learn or practice Greek cooking, dance, cultural and organizational skills in an atmosphere of camaraderie and good will.
Our Festival is held the Thursday through Sunday of the third week of September and preparation goes on almost year round. As a newcomer, the Festival offers you many opportunities for your time and talents as well as the chance to get to know your fellow parishioners in a congenial atmosphere. The proceeds from the Festival provide significant donations to worthy charities and pay the mortgages on our church buildings and grounds. Enjoy the music, atmosphere, food and drink. Browse the PLAKA (vendor court) and shop. Learn about Greece.
You may contact our director or a member of our Chairpersons listed below any time to find out how you can be involved. Yiasou!
Mary Rickman, Director - 803.361.2905 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Niki Stewart, Chairperson - 803.260.5719 / email@example.com
Steve Bitzas, Chairperson - 803.622.3177 / firstname.lastname@example.org
Anita Rickman, Chairperson - email@example.com
Young at Heart
The Young at Heart is a social group of seniors (age 55 and up) at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral. Our meetings are held on Saturday afternoons in the church coffee hour room. We have a flexible schedule so we won’t interfere with football games and other events around town. Each luncheon has an activity planned. In the past we have played bingo, watched movies, played board games, had team trivia contests and will have singing and dancing added to our schedule. All parishioners are invited to attend. Please contact our committee members below for further information through our church office at 803.252.6758.
Judy Damon - Andi Pigeon - Steve Bitzas - Genie Bitzas - Kathy Samellas - Angela Render
AHEPA is a men’s fraternal organization. AHEPA is not a church organization but does support the teachings and doctrines of the Church. The local chapter is based in Columbia and is open to men throughout the Columbia metropolitan area. The mission of the AHEPA Family is to promote Hellenism, Education, Philanthropy, Civic Responsibility, and Family and Individual Excellence. An important component of AHEPA's mission is to create an awareness of the principles of Hellenism to society. These principles include a commitment to humanity, freedom, and democracy. The preservation and promotion of these ideals is where AHEPA has, and always will be, deeply committed. For more information on our local chapter speak to any Ahepan during coffee hour or contact:
Nick P. Leventis, Chapter President
AHEPA Chapter 284,
Daughters of Penelope
The Daughters of Penelope is a cultural Hellenic organization dedicated to civic, educational, charitable and social activities. It is the sister organization to AHEPA. This international organization is deeply tied to Hellenic values, and while this chapter is based at Holy Trinity, one does not have to be a member of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church to become a member.
For more information on our local chapter contact Connie Beleos at 803.736.2956 or Genie Bitzas at 803. 622.3177.
The Adornment Of Our Beautiful Sanctuary
Daniel the Stylite of Constantinople; Luke the New Stylite of Chalcedon; Holy Martyrs Ascepsia and Aethal; Holy Martyrs Miracus and Barsabas; Leontios the Righteous of Monemvasia; The Glorious King Nikephoros Phokas