Volunteers make 5th annual Lebanese Fest flourish

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Perhaps Anthony Joseph Solomon, who was Rhode Island’s State Treasurer in the 1980s, best described the 5th Annual St. George Maronite Church’s Annual Taste of Lebanese Food held last weekend in Cranston.

“We’re getting bigger and bigger each year,” offered Solomon while sitting with his nephew – Warwick’s acting Mayor Joseph J. Solomon – and other members of the Roman Catholic Parish late Saturday afternoon. “Many people also say the food is always great.”

Few people, if any, would dispute either theory, especially since people waited in line to enjoy freshly grilled chicken and beef kabobs as well as many Lebanese sandwiches, salads and sweets that were prepared by what Tony Simon call “a group of proud parishioners who work tireless to ensure the success of our annual festival.”

Whether it was an assembly line making Lebanese sandwiches or others making the large offering of pastry and other caloric creations, a sea of volunteers worked long hours last Friday through Saturday – and with an always special smile – going all out to make sure each and every guest was satisfied.

Even Rev. Edward Nedder, the popular pastor at St. George Maronite that’s located at 1493 Cranston Street, went from dozens of tables that were set up under a collection of huge canopy tents liked the food.

In most cases, Nedder just received a thumbs up – and smile – and words like “super” and “it’s great” when he asked about the food.

“The parishioners of St. George’s Church are grateful for another successful festival,” Nedder offered. “Every year the community looks forward to this special event. We are thankful to the thousands of people who came to support our church.”

Likewise, Nedder said: “We’re especially thankful to all the volunteers who worked tirelessly this past weekend and the weeks leading up to make our fifth annual Lebanese festival another one to remember.”

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