Did you know that Brooklyn has a saint? Just one. St. Raphael Hawaweeny. He was neither Catholic, nor of European descent; Hawaweeny was born in Beirut in 1860 to Syrian parents fleeing the Christian massacre in Damascus. He helped build the Eastern Orthodox Church in the United States at the turn of the 20th century, and is now known as St. Raphael of Brooklyn.
Saint Nicholas Ranch and Retreat Center is a scenic destination set in the Sierra Nevada foothills. It operates year-round, hosting group events such as conferences, retreats, camps, and family gatherings in a quiet and peaceful setting.
If every picture tells a story, each of these photo posters is a complete storybook. Images from a single Greek Orthodox Folk Dance & Choral Festival (FDF) event were collected and posted on their own boards, which are stored by the Preovolos family. Many familiar faces in these individual photos, including people who are still involved with FDF. Besides being a Who’s Who of FDF for that year, the posters show what it was like off-stage at FDF. You can’t help but feel some of the excitement of those who were there.
With each interview, the documentary team was discovering enthusiasm for collecting and preserving not just the oral stories of FDF but photos and videos, medals, costumes – all things FDF. Peter Preovolos, one of the founders of FDF and sponsor of the documentary, started thinking about building an electronic museum to house the collections and stories.
Prepare to be amazed the first time you visit the annual Greek Orthodox Folk Dance & Choral Competition (FDF).