Albanian Festival, Worcester, MA

St. Mary’s Assumption Albanian Orthodox Church of Worcester, MA is having their Festival XVI, June 5, 6, & 7, 2015. We went yesterday and had a great time.

There’s lots of food, dancing, and music. We got a tour of the church, and did some shopping at the vendors area. There are also some carnival rides and games. The organizers and volunteers have done a great job in planning and running the event and they’re having a near perfect stretch of weather for it.  (Yay for awesome festivals!)

Today’s the last day, Sunday, June 7th: 12:00pm – 8:00pm. $2 admission / children under 12 are free.

Note: There’s free parking at Assumption College with a free shuttle to the festival. It’s a lot easier than trying to park on-street.

Interior, from the entrance looking toward toward the altar, of St. Mary's Assumption Albanian Orthodox Church, Worcester, MA.

During a tour of the church, I learned that all the icons in the church was painted by a single artist, who was paid for his work by individual donations by the parishioners. The project took 10 years to complete. I also learned that the church, although not in its original location, is celebrating it’s 100th year in Worcester.

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