Sunday, September 29th, 2019, St. Basil the Great Russian Orthodox Church opened its doors for its first parish festival. After months of preparation, the parish served a hearty homemade meal of pelmeni, plov, salad, bread, shish kebabs and desserts, along with homebrewed kvas, as one of the many cooling refreshments served. The cooking area outside was constantly delivering freshly grilled shashlyk (kebabs) and plov (pilaf) cooked by parishioners, while plates upon plates of food were served. Festival goers were entertained with nonstop performances, dances, and songs all afternoon while they feasted under canopies enjoying a warm Sunday afternoon. Traditional Russion dances were performed and traditional Russian songs were sung by parishioners, both by adults and children. Entertainment also included live flute, piano, and cello music. The festival also had a children's craft table which had a constant flow of both children and adults. All could try creating beautifully adorned kokoshniks. Children were in and out of the sandbox, on and off of the swing set, and running around playing all sorts of lawn games. Inside, the churc opened its doors and welcomed all to view our temple. Visitors were given exclusive tours led by St. Basil’s clergy and many other parishioners willing to explain and teach about the beauty of the temple and the Orthodox faith. Many of the visitors were eager to learn about and see an Orthodox church for the first time. A wide selection of Orthodox books, icons, and other religious items were available for purchase on behalf of ArchangelsBooks.com. Estimated festival attendees were between 400 to 500 people which exceeded the original estimation, but encourages St. Basil’s to prepare for a bigger festival in the years to come.