I doubt that I have a single drop of Greek blood coursing through my veins. For better or worse, I suppose I have more in common with Mrs. Miller, Toula’s future mother-in-law in the surprise hit film My Big Fat Greek Wedding than I do with Toula’s own mother and aunts. Greek women live life large—not just in the movies! I had a few friends with Greek heritage in high school, and I remember admiring their strong family ties, their vibrant community and church. Not to mention, their sleek dark hair, gorgeous skin and eyes. Big’s first best friend in nursery school was Constantine, and shortly after his younger brother was born, the family flew to Greece for George’s baptism. When I saw the amazing pictures, I admit I was a little jealous.
Happily, this weekend, even I can be Greek at Saint George’s annual Greek Festival. Tours of the beautiful downtown church are offered throughout the weekend.Greek music and dancing entertain the crowds late into the evening, but really, we all know the reason everyone wants to be Greek—the food! The gyros, the kabobs, the spanikopita, the dolmades, even the salad are so tasty!And, if you are stuffed when you leave—too much dining and not enough dancing perhaps—then you can always pick up a box of pastries to enjoy the next morning with piping hot coffee! It’s grand to be Greek for a day!
Next week is Greenville’s annual Scottish Games and Highland Festival at Furman University, but somehow the thoughts of haggis are not as appealing as baklava. Although, there will be shortbread . . .
What national heritages are celebrated in your community?