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Church festival will offer window to Egyptian culture

The Saint Mary Coptic Orthodox Church on Frederick Road in Cooksville is having an Egyptian Festival on Saturday, Oct. 6, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 7, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

There will be lots of Mediterranean-style food, including gyros, chicken, lamb or kofta kebabs, shawarma, stuffed grave leaves and delicious baklava. According to Diaa Mikhail, one of the festival coordinators, their baklava is the best you will ever taste.

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Coptic icons and Egyptian souvenirs of papyrus, jewelry, inlaid jewelry boxes and the long decorated dresses called galabeyas will be available for sale. Live Egyptian music and a Mediterranean market will be featured. Children will be entertained by face painting and moon bounces.

This is the second Egyptian Festival to be held at the church’s new home on Frederick Road, at the former Woodmont Academy. Christianity was established in Egypt almost 2,000 years ago by Saint Mark, the author of the Gospel which bears his name. Today Christianity is the second biggest religion in Egypt. While much of Egypt's Christian history is unknown to the western world, Egypt has made large contributions to world Christianity.

Guided tours of the church will be available. You can tour the recently opened chapel that will be used for services in English. Over 60 icons of various saints line the walls. Many of the saints are the same as in the Catholic Church.

In case of rain, there is plenty of room inside the buildings to move everything indoors, so the festival will be held rain or shine. Proceeds from the Egyptian Festival will be used for the new church building.

If you have questions, send an email to webmaster@saintmarycoptic.org. If you have goods you would like to sell and want to rent a table, please contact the church before Sunday, Sept. 30.

This is a great opportunity to learn about the Saint Mary Coptic Orthodox Church while you enjoy a short visit to Egypt.

The Glenelg High School Booster Club’s Golf Tournament at Cattail Creek Country Club will be Monday, Oct. 15. About 100 golfers are expected to attend. Breakfast, lunch, raffles and prizes are included in this day of golf at the beautiful Cattail Creek Country Club.

Go to the Booster website, glenelgboosters.com for more information and to sign up to play or sponsor the event. Proceeds will provide funding for both academic and athletic programs at Glenelg.

If you have questions contact Lindy Glassman, Terry Jubb or Sandra Masterman at GHSBoostersGolf@gmail.com

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