Enjoy Greek Dancing & Food at the Grand Rapids Greek Festival

  • August 23, 2014 · 7:00 PM
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Let's all gather for an enjoyable evening where we get to sample a variety of delicious Greek food and enjoy live Greek music and dancing on Saturday, August 23rd.

I want to extend a thank you to Jim, the event organizer of the West Michigan Adventures with Jim for advising me of this festival event.

Schedule times:

7:00 pm--Group meets and check out the assorted Greek food options that will be available.

7:15 pm--Traditional Greek dance demonstrations (5-17 y/o).

8:15 pm--Traditional Greek dance demonstrations (18+)

8:30 pm--Dance lessons and open dancing for all!

The official event ends at 10:00 pm and members are welcome to stay for the whole event. I, however, will probably only stay till about 9:30ish.

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ADMISSION COST:

Admission cost $2 per adult plus cost of food

Kids 12 and under are free!

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FOOD:

"The smell of lemon, oregano, and garlic fill the air as fresh meats are grilled over open flames and the sight of the pastry table proves to be more than anyone’s willpower could bear!  Tremendous focus has been put into obtaining fresh, local, ingredients wherever possible, from the eggplant in the Moussaka, to the tomatoes that go on your Gyros and in your salad!  Food items are available as complete meals or a la carte.  Prices range from $5 for most a la carte items to $14 for most complete meals."

For a list of menu options go to: http://www.grgreekfest.com/#!eat/cfvg

Parking Information:

"First, limited numbers of handicapped spots will be provided within steps of our main admission.  Beyond that, we have reserved nearly 1,000 parking spaces within the immediate vicinity of the event. 

At two of these lots (Lots A & D), you will be greeted by members of the Yassou! volunteer staff who will shuttle you to the event in one of our air conditioned passenger vans! Or, if you prefer public transportation, Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church is conveniently located within steps of a Grand Rapids "Rapid" bus stop!  Bus Route 14 to be exact. "

Link to Event Parking map (look at the legend at the bottom of the map for restrictions and to see which lot's allow shuttle service (Lots A & D): http://media.wix.com/ugd/63b53f_34debc6f0aa24dceb57a4f12a1a7ab81.pdf

Below is link to see the list of wine and other alcoholic beverages will be available (While it goes with out saying, as an event organizer, I must state to please drink responsibly and if you plan to partake to make appropriate Designated driving arrangements. I must advise that I will not be providing Designated driving services nor will be responsible for members who are drinking--it will be up to each member to exhibit care and responsibility in their choice of alcoholic consumption, but ask that care is taken in this regard. Please note that the event's website mentions the bus route that is available, if you prefer to not drive and would rather take public transportation): http://www.grgreekfest.com/#!taverna/cy17

To view the events calendar go to: http://www.grgreekfest.com/#!schedule/c1pp2

To view additional parking and public transportation options, check out: http://www.grgreekfest.com/#!location/c24vq

You can check out the festival's Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/YassouFest

As stated from the event's website:

"Greek dancing is a very old tradition, being referred to by ancient authors such as Plato, Aristotle, Plutarch and Lucian.  There are different styles and interpretations from all of the islands and surrounding mainland areas.  Traditional Greek dancing has a primarily social function. It brings the community together at key points of the year, such as Easter, the grape harvest or patronal festivals; and at key points in the lives of individuals and families, such as weddings. We invite you to come see Holy Trinity’s very own youth dancers as they don traditional Grecian dress and perform some of these spectacular dances for you!  Then, when the time is right, join hands with members of the dancing circle and join in!  Beginners are always welcome.  Opa!"

This event sounds like so much fun and a fun dance alternative for our group. I look forward to seeing you all there!!!!

Diane O.

Organizer

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  • James R.

    Great !

    August 23

    • Diane O.

      Glad you had fun, sorry I didn't see you at the event.

      August 24

  • Diane O.

    Sorry was I wasn't able to find everyone there...although I was able to find a few of you...or you found me....since. there were so many people there. I hope everyone had as much fun as I did. It was a wonderful festival. I am for sure going again next year!

    August 24

  • Diane O.

    Meet me by the blue and white food tent inside the fenced area will wait there till 7:30 then you will have to text me[masked]

    August 23

  • Ginger

    We're really changing it up this year and have a big meeting this Tuesday. I'll let you know more after that. If anyone is interested, I do have $10 food vouchers that include a free admission ($2 savings)...

    1 · July 18

    • Diane O.

      Updated information: kids 12 and under are free. :)

      July 19

    • Diane O.

      Ginger how can we connect with you to purchase the $10 food vouchers?

      August 17

  • Cheryl

    FYI- the After 5 meet up group will be at this event too!

    1 · July 27

  • Ginger

    I'll be there, but look for me in the restaurant booth, where I am co-chair. I may be able to sneak away to give you a Greek dancing lesson....

    2 · July 18

    • Diane O.

      Very cool Ginger...we'd all love that! :)

      July 18

    • Diane O.

      Is there only one restaurant booth or will there be several & if there will be several food booths, what is the name on the one you will be in?

      July 18

  • Jim

    Thank You for the shout out Diane, glad I could share something fun I thought you would like to know about with you. I might be able to get there for that ... we'll see.

    1 · July 18

    • Diane O.

      Thank you for the great suggestion Jim. Hope you can make it!

      July 18

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