The Holy Institution of Panagia Soumela, in West Milford, NJ celebrates its 7th year with a Greek Festival and religious services, beginning Friday night, August 16, 2013 and running through the weekend.


Church services recognizing the Feast of the Dormition or Falling asleep of the Theotokos commemorating the death, resurrection, and glorification of Christ's mother take place as part of the three day event.


Traditional Greek music and dancing from the Black Sea will occur on the grounds each day in addition to offerings of ethnic flavored food from the Greek community and vendors selling jewelry, incense and other novelties.



The Holy Institution of Panagia Soumela is the home of the Black Sea community of North America and they are known as "Pontian". The facility/complex was established to commemorate and reflect on it's original homeland monastery of Panagia Soumela in Trabzon, Turkey and provide a location for Pontian culture and Greek Orthodox faith to continue for its people.


Many who attend come from Philadelphia, New York, Boston and Connecticut. But they also come from as far away as Canada. Dedicated volunteers from the Pontian community work together every year to maintain this facility.

Location: 253 Marshall Hill Rd  West Milford, NJ 07480 (718) 728-3500

Date: August 16th - August 18th