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Annual Cookie and Pastry Sales at Dormition of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church in Southampton Are a Labor of Love

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The Formation of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church in Southampton has been making traditional homemade Greek pastries and cookies for decades. The sale of the pastries helps fund both local and national charitable efforts. CAILIN RILEY

The Formation of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church in Southampton has been making traditional homemade Greek pastries and cookies for decades. The sale of the pastries helps fund both local and national charitable efforts. CAILIN RILEY

The Formation of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church in Southampton has been making traditional homemade Greek pastries and cookies for decades. The sale of the pastries helps fund both local and national charitable efforts. CAILIN RILEY

The Formation of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church in Southampton has been making traditional homemade Greek pastries and cookies for decades. The sale of the pastries helps fund both local and national charitable efforts. CAILIN RILEY

From left, parishioners Isabel Shoukas, Xanthi Karloutsos, and Maria Hatgistavrou are part of a group of mostly women who devote a significant amount of their time to making the pastries and cookies in the church's industrial kitchen. CAILIN RILEY

From left, parishioners Isabel Shoukas, Xanthi Karloutsos, and Maria Hatgistavrou are part of a group of mostly women who devote a significant amount of their time to making the pastries and cookies in the church's industrial kitchen. CAILIN RILEY

From left, parishioners Isabel Shoukas, Xanthi Karloutsos, and Maria Hatgistavrou are part of a group of mostly women who devote a significant amount of their time to making the pastries and cookies in the church's industrial kitchen. CAILIN RILEY

From left, parishioners Isabel Shoukas, Xanthi Karloutsos, and Maria Hatgistavrou are part of a group of mostly women who devote a significant amount of their time to making the pastries and cookies in the church's industrial kitchen. CAILIN RILEY

Freshly made

Freshly made "Finikia," which are honey-dipped nut cookies. CAILIN RILEY

Freshly made

Freshly made "Finikia," which are honey-dipped nut cookies. CAILIN RILEY

Freshly baked

Freshly baked "Koulourakia," which are butter tea cookies. CAILIN RILEY

Freshly baked

Freshly baked "Koulourakia," which are butter tea cookies. CAILIN RILEY

A tray of freshly made baklava, made with walnuts and phyllo pastry. CAILIN RILEY

A tray of freshly made baklava, made with walnuts and phyllo pastry. CAILIN RILEY

A tray of

A tray of "Kourambiethes," which are powdered sugar cookies. CAILIN RILEY

Freshly baked

Freshly baked "Koulourakia," which are butter tea cookies. CAILIN RILEY

Freshly made

Freshly made "Finikia," which are honey-dipped nut cookies. CAILIN RILEY

Xanthi Karloutsos holds a piece of baklava. CAILIN RILEY

Xanthi Karloutsos holds a piece of baklava. CAILIN RILEY

Xanthi Karloutsos holds a piece of baklava. CAILIN RILEY

Xanthi Karloutsos holds a piece of baklava. CAILIN RILEY

The baklava is one of several pastries and cookies that are part of the church's baking operation. CAILIN RILEY

The baklava is one of several pastries and cookies that are part of the church's baking operation. CAILIN RILEY

Creating the pastries is described as a labor of love by the women in the church. CAILIN RILEY

Creating the pastries is described as a labor of love by the women in the church. CAILIN RILEY

authorCailin Riley on Nov 17, 2022
Walking through the doors of the spacious gathering room at the Dormition of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church in Southampton on a sunny fall afternoon, the aroma is immediately... more

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