Saturday, May 27, 2017

Festival

My heritage is calling me again at the annual Greek Festival, which me and my son attended today.  It always starts off with wonderful Greek food, which I think is one of the main reasons my son goes with me each year.  ; )  The festival music is playing in the background, as we look at all the booths with their unique items to buy, some of them handmade with love.  Walking into the church, we gaze and appreciate the art work that is very different from the paintings and art that I've ever seen.   A hand carved alter was sent here all the way from Greece.  We look at the assortment of desserts, which some of the recipes go back for hundreds of years.  There are so many to choose from.  Greek pastries can be rich, so we get a few different kinds and take bites from each.  What could be better than baklava?.....the baklava cheesecake.   Oh, it's something else.  Another year marveling at the good people around me and their traditions.  A feeling of love and hope comes over me, knowing I belong to them, as my Greek roots make us one. 








 






this video is kind of long,
so you can watch the beginning of it,
and don't forget to see the end
where they break the plates.  : )
 
 
 
~Sheri

33 comments:

The Joy of Home with Martha Ellen said...

How fun to go to the Greek Festival, Sheri. It must mean so much to you because of your heritage! The dancing and art and the food all look wonderful! There is a Greek Festival in Richmond that our son never misses. I should go with him some year. I'm glad you and your son enjoyed yourselves! ♥

Dewena said...

I want to learn to do that--dance like the Greeks do, not break plates! I loved the video!

I didn't realize you were of Greek heritage, Sheri, or had forgotten it if you've written here about it before. I love your photographs and am so glad you had this beautiful event to attend with your son. Nashville has a Greek festival and I really must try to go now that I have two Greek friends, you and Poppy. I'm going to keep an eye out for the one here.

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

What a great post - i have been to a Greek Festival and they are terrific. WOW the food is unbelievable. When i used to travel to Chicago, I cold hardly wait to go and have Greek Food. So much fun in their restaurants.

Thanks so much for sharing Sheri, now I wish I had some of their desserts. LOL

Enjoy your long weekend.

Hugs,
Mary

DUTA said...

Greek food and greek music are unrivalled. I love the sirtaki dance (shown in the video) and of course the melody - both from the famous movie "ZORBA" with Anthony Quinn and Lila Kedrova.
The smashing of plates is known as a greek custom at certain occasions; weddings, festivals, celebrations. It creates a certain climax, an atmosphere of expectation.

Terra Hangen said...

I adore Greek food and pretty much everything Greek. We had Greek food from a local restaurant for dinner today, yum. Taramasalata is delicious. I am sure I would enjoy your festival, all those pastries, music, dancing, breaking of the plates.

TARYTERRE said...

Our heritage defines us. How lovely you get to celebrate yours in this way.

handmade by amalia said...

Greeks have a proud history and an important culture. But, putting these small matters aside, they have the best food!
Amalia
xo

Merlesworld said...

That food looks so yummy.
Merle.........

Things and Thoughts said...

Wish I could join you Sheri!For those who live abroad, everything takes a deeper signification.
Thanks for sharing, so glad for this post!
olympia

Karen said...

This is fascinating. The food looks wonderful. My college choir once sang at a Greek festival in Atlanta - in Greek!

Patricia said...

Ah Sheri, what a lovely Greek festival (and I always thought you were Spanish!!) I love a Greek salad or a baklava, the food is excellent. And I love the religious art, so gorgeous. What a fun post.

Regine Karpel said...

Love.

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

That was SO COOL!!!!!!!!!

My aunt took up Greek dancing way back in the 70s and she taught us some moves. I always admired her tall stature elegantly moving...this is a moving video and post as I am reminded how important it is to belong, and our roots can never be cut out from under us. So lovely, Sheri.

Red Rose Alley said...

Patricia, I am part Spanish on my mother's side. : )

Jeanie said...

We used to have a terrific Greek festival here and oh, the food! It was amazing! Now they do their fundraising with several lunch things that are good but I miss the dancing! This sounds fabulous and I love every photo. The details are remarkable and so much color. It sounds like a great time!

Stephanie said...

Oh, what great fun, my sweet friend! I thoroughly enjoyed the photos and the music...thank you for sharing your beautiful heritage with us.

Love and hugs to you!

Marcia Pilar said...

Oh I always wish I could go with you. Glad you enjoyed it with your son.
LOVE the new header, so fresh ...a very coastal feel to it. Love!
Lovely weekend to you, my friend.
xo

Mildred said...

Very enjoyable photos. I would love to visit the Greek Festival and try the food and see the pretty hand-made items. Enjoy the long weekend.

It's me said...

Freek......my favorite food ....lovely week love Ria x ❤️

nieneke nia said...

Γεια σου ( geia sou ) Sherry !! what a great post
verry beautiful pictures ...a lot of love from Greece

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Sheri, how special to attend this beautiful festival celebrating your heritage. Looks like a great time enjoyed by all. Your photos are wonderful. I love Greek food too. The handmade items must be awesome to see. Enjoy the weekend and a very Happy Memorial Day. Love to you dear friend xo

Rose said...

The food shots are making me hungry...if Roger were normal and we were there, he would be wanting to go to the festival!

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

Dearest Sheri,
I would so enjoy taking in this Greek Festival with you. You could share so much information on the traditions, recipes and enlighten me on the History too. This food looks amazing and I am happy to hear that your son joined in too. Sounds like a marvelous time.
Now I am going to watch the video before I go to sleep!
Love,
Jemma

Attic Clutter said...

Hi Sheri..:)
oh my what a fun Greek festival
the food looks soooo good :)
hugs,Patty

Carola Bartz said...

A few years ago we went to a Greek festival in Monterey and loved the food. Unfortunately there are not many Greek restaurants where we live - and we miss it. Having lived in Germany for 40 years I was so used to get Greek food whenever I wanted, and now we have to look for it. That festival was a wonderful and delicious surprise.

Holly said...

Thanks for sharing the beauty of your culture. I always wanted to get a belly dancing hip scarf, maybe I should get one and learn some moves off of YouTube. Sorry I responded late to returning to your blog, the photo contest is for Via Magazine and info can be found at AAA.com/viacontest. Submissions end on on June 1st so time is of the essence. Have a great week.

Mercy F said...

I like attending festivals too because of food. I love Greek food, it's almost similar to Lebanese dishes which my hubby's background is. I remember I read last year you attended this kind of festival too, can't believe it's been a year already. Thanks for sharing Sheri!

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Carla from The River said...

A special tradition for you and your son.
I just love, love your photos. Great captures of the festival.
Carla

Red Rose Alley said...

Well written! I feel like I was there. And baclava cheesecake?? Yum!

~Jess

Angélica D said...

Que lindo preservar las tradiciones,, adore esas fotos de ese entretenido festival,,,

Susan said...

Oh Sheri...What total fun! Loved the music video and dancing. Were you out there? I hope so! Hugs. Susan

Lowcarb team member said...

What a lovely post.
Looks like fun.

All the best Jan

Walking the Bean said...

How lovely! All of those treats are mouth-watering. Glad you got to go!
PS I am Greek as well :)

~Chris