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  • A Day At The Greek Festival - Food Pictures!!!

    Each year, the local Greek Orthdox Church hosts a big "Greek Festival" the final week of July, at Oak Park in Santa Barbara.

    My wife Kathleen, who is an ER nurse, has been friends with folks in the local church hierarchy and has staffed the first aid tent for them for many years.

    This weekend, I spent part of the time with her there and brought the old camera along for a few pertinent shots...Saturday came up overcast and cooler but still muggy...



    The festival's poster and apron sold this year,,,




    Eye openers...



    And is it ever really too early...



    And before the festival started, our new pup, Angel, now three months old...had to have a look at the jewelry, uh, and then the camera guy...


    Food pictures to come...
    God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

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    Before things got busy, they gave both Kathleen and me a delicious "gyro" sandwich...



    And boy was there lots of food...and everybody could be Greek for the weekend!!!




    And now for the really good stuff!!! BAKLAVA...



    KATAIFI...


    YAORTAPITA - a delicious yogurt cake



    HEY MACARENA - I MEAN MELOMACARONA


    And there were lots of other pastries besides...but my computer's fat content is already going up. Coming up...a pleasant surprise for yours truly.
    Last edited by Radiobarry; 07-30-2006, 11:58 PM.
    God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

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      yay fat content...that all looks so delish

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        As you might expect, the festival has lots of music and dancing. This band was playing a lively rendition of whatever Greek song it is that goes to the tune of "Never On Sunday" (pardon my ignorance here - they actually sing the English verse as part of the song)...and if you can, pay close attention to the grey-haired man who's sitting at the very far left of the picture, partially obscured by the tablecloth, playing the mandolin.



        I was enjoying the band, when the lead singer made all the introductions.

        She said...and on mandolin, Chris Hillman.

        To most of you, that name wouldn't mean a whole lot.

        But I did a double take.

        When I worked at KHAY Country Radio (Ventura, CA) in the late 80's, we played some really good tunes by a group called the Desert Rose Band. This band was headed by a guy that once had been a founding member of a group called "The Byrds"...a classic 60's group which had landmark hits like "Mr. Tambourine Man" and "Turn Turn Turn". His name...you guessed it...Chris Hillman, one and the same.

        I chatted with him many times when he came in to talk with the jocks at KHAY (I was the news and sports guy).
        I loved the Byrds, and also feel that the Desert Rose Band was highly underrated (you can find some of their stuff on I-Tunes now).

        Well, I went up to one of his bandmates and asked if that was one and the same, and before he could answer Chris came up and greeted me, and said he'd heard me working in LA. We hadn't seen each other in 15 years or more. What an unexpected thrill.



        He still lives in the area...and apparently his wife is Greek.

        Just had to share the story and pics...enjoy.

        --Barry
        God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

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          Originally posted by Hilsbro_Mclemington_III
          yay fat content...that all looks so delish
          And believe me, it tasted even better than it looks here!

          --Barry
          God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

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            Wish I could see the photos... I'm sure it was just about as good as the food I had at the Egyptian Festival that the Egyptian Coptic Christian Church has every year.

            Mmm... Now I want some greek foods.
            -Tim

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              I hope that more of my MC friends can enjoy this little trip report, it does have FOOD pics after all...
              God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

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                Radiobarry - Thanks for the pics! I'm going to get some Greek takeaway for lunch now!

                And I loved the Byrds "Turn Turn Turn" It was used as the song for my highschool graduation.
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                  Ooooooo Baklava!!!!! I absolutely love Greek Food!!!! I could really go for some souvlaki about now....Not much greek influence in Idaho Falls.
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                    Barry that looked like alot of fun.. I LOVE GREEK FOOD.. wish I would have known about it, we might have made it to santa barbra.. oh well

                    looks like you had a blast

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                      Here Barry, the song
                      Never on A Sunday
                      Don Costa & His Orchestra
                      1960



                      Oh, you can kiss me on a Monday, a Monday,
                      A Monday is very very good
                      Or you can kiss me on a Tuesday, a Tuesday,
                      A Tuesday, in fact I wish you would
                      Or you can kiss me on a Wednesday, a Thursday,
                      A Friday and Saturday is best
                      But never ever on a Sunday, a Sunday,
                      A Sunday, cause that's my day of rest

                      Most anyday you can be my guest
                      Anyday you say but my day of rest
                      Just name the day that you like the best
                      Only stay away on my day of rest

                      Oh, you can kiss me on a cool day, a hot day,
                      A wet day, which ever one you choose
                      Or try to kiss me on a grey day, a May day,
                      A pay day, and see if I refuse
                      And if you make it on a bleak day, a freak day,
                      Or a week day, well you can be my guest
                      But never ever on a Sunday, a Sunday,
                      The one day, I need a little rest

                      Oh, you can kiss me on a Monday, a Monday,
                      A Monday is very very good
                      Or you can kiss me on a Tuesday, a Tuesday,
                      A Tuesday, in fact I wish you would
                      Or you can kiss me on a Wednesday, a Thursday,
                      A Friday and Saturday is best
                      But never ever on a Sunday, a Sunday,
                      A Sunday, cause that's my day of rest

                      Most anyday you can be my guest
                      Anyday you say but my day of rest
                      Just name the day that you like the best
                      Only stay away on my day of rest

                      Oh, you can kiss me on a cool day, a hot day,
                      A wet day, which ever one you choose
                      Or try to kiss me on a grey day, a May day,
                      A pay day, and see if I refuse
                      And if you make it on a bleak day, a freak day,
                      Or a week day, well you can be my guest
                      But never ever on a Sunday, a Sunday,
                      The one day, I need a little rest!

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                        Yum! Looks liek so much fun....

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                          Great trip report and amazing pictures! I spent the entire weekend in Santa Barbara and didn't know about this. I just love greek food.

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                            Thanks, Karla - I know the song really well!!! I just hadn't heard it sung in Greek before.

                            --Barry
                            God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

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                              ok, I loved this trip report, and the food pics!! I love greek food, and mom makes awsome baklava and is making Mei Mei a big pan to go home with
                              Thank yo Barry for this nice refreshing trip report, I truly enjoyed it

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