7th Annual Ya’ssoo Greek Festival

. April 29, 2013.

If someone says “Ya’ssoo!” at the Greek Festival, don’t say, “Gezundheit.” Say “Ya’ssoo!” back. It’s a traditional Greek greeting meaning “your health,” and you’ll likely hear it a lot during the three day Ya’ssoo Festival at the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church. Enjoy a wide selection of traditional Greek fare including traditional Greek pastries, all homemade, and, new this year, Greek ice cream. A Kid’s Corner with crafts will be available for the first time, and visitors are welcome to take tours of the St. Nicholas church building. Meanwhile, be prepared to join in the colorful folk dancing performances, featuring student performers ages 6-18, who’ve been known to pull spectators into their performances. A marketplace (agora), raffles for cash and other prizes, live music, and, for grownups, a taverna featuring retsina (Greek wine), ouzo, and strong Greek coffee add to the fun. There’s a shuttle and free parking at Knox Presbyterian Church (2065 S. Wagner) 1/2 mile from St. Nicholas. May 31-June 2. Friday, 2pm-12am; Saturday, 11am-12am; Sunday, 12-6pm. $3 after Friday, 4pm & Saturday, 1pm / Free Sunday / Free, children 12 and under. Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church , 3109 Scio Church Rd. 734-332-8200. www.annarborgreekfestival.org—NB