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Opa! 2019 Greek festival held

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After weeks of gloomy, rainy weather, it’s time to celebrate spring. The sun is shining, and Arlington’s annual Greek festival,  a major annual fund-raiser for St. Athanasius the Great Church and fun for young and old alike, is here.

Come and enjoy Greek culture – delicious food, live music and merchandise for sale – at 4 Appleton St.:

  • Thursday, May 30, 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Friday, May 31, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 1, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Sunday, June 2, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Here is “A Greek Cultural Odyssey...The Ultimate Greek Experience”:

From the interior of the tent come mesmerizing rhythms and inviting aromas leading you to a welcoming Greek world. The hearty fragrances of Gyro, succulent Lamb from the oven, as well as chicken and beef Souvlaki from the grill, and savory Spanakopita, Tiropita, Pastitsio, and Moussaka, are irresistible! Pastry delicacies like  Baklava, Diples, Galaktobouriko, Kourambiedes, Koulourakia, Melomakarouna, Rice Pudding, and delectable Loukoumades (fried dough with light syrup and walnuts), etc. are the perfect culmination to a delicious meal.

Enjoy lunch and dinner at The Plaka of ancient Athens. Order take-out for home. Have a frappe at the Cafenio (café). View colorful and exotic wares at The Agora: jewelry, handicrafts, knick-knacks, discs, tapes, books, icons, and much more! Church tours with brief information sessions will be made available. The Busy Bee Jumpers and the Kids Corner provide carnival fun for the young.

Visitors of all ages are welcome to dance or simply listen to the entrancing music.

The Sons & Daughters of Alexander the Great will perform vigorous yet graceful folk dances (Fri. & Sat., 8:30 pm). There is dj music as well as live band:

Thursday: Apollo Sound, dj, 5-9 pm;

Friday: Salonica Sound, dj, 11 am -6 pm; Mousikes Notes Band, 6 -10 pm;

Saturday, Kefi Sounds, 11 am – 6 pm; New Music Program for the Young,  for ages 3 to 6 yrs.; "Miss Ronni," 1 -2 pm and;

Sunday, with "Mr. Vasili," noon - 1pm; children encouraged to participate; Salonica Boys, dj,  1 – 8 pm.; Enosis Band, 6 – 10 pm.

Raffle Drawings Sunday night.

Bring your friends and family. “Kalosoriste oli!” (Welcome all!)

Handicap accessible. Free admission.

For More information: call 781-646-0705; see

The Select Board approved the event May 6. 

This news announcement, by YourArlington freelance writer Susan Gilbert, was published Wednesday, May 8, 2019. Stella Kazantzas of the Greek Church provided details.

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