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My Big Fat Greek Orthodox Middle Eastern Night

Posted on 2007.01.20 at 21:25
Current Location: 63114
Current Music: Bellylicious

Middle Eastern Night was tonight at the Assumption Greek Orthodox Church in Town & Country, Missouri. galinda822, my wife & two kids packed up Carla's Urban Assault Vehicle, and followed our neighbors from Bethlehem to the event. 330 tickets were sold, and it was going to be a full house. We arrived early to secure a good parking spot and joined them for Vespers. That was quite an unexpected delight. Traditional Orthodox 'monks' chanting Psalms. The walls & ceiling of the cathedral were painted with original Byzantine iconograms and Father Joseph (who we met later) was tossing around his golden censor, smoking the entire area with frankincense.

From this venue, we joined the main party in which we had a reserved table - and the festivities began. Well, my festivities began with a double scotch on the rocks (they had Johnny Walker Red), an Ouzo for the wife, and a G&T for Carla. The food came, and then kept coming while Arabian dancers in traditional attire danced around the tables before going up on stage and entertaining us for the duration of the meal. Many of the deserts I was already familiar with as our neighbors have made them for us in the past.

When the dancing and dinner were concluded, they blasted some mid-eastern techno at us, and a mosh pit formed. EVERYONE was out there dancing, including Carla who'd worked up a thirst, so she grabbed a beer, Mythos from Greece. I had a sip, then snatched my own bottle. It was a little over-carbonated, but had a taste reminiscent of Sapparo.

Then it started snowing.

And we left.


galinda822 at 2007-01-21 07:41 (UTC) (Link)
I loved it that the only thing Father Joseph said to me was "I like your nails!"
ehowton at 2007-01-21 15:58 (UTC) (Link)
What can I say? The man had impeccable taste!
galinda822 at 2007-01-21 17:12 (UTC) (Link)
I still want one of those incense burners he used. I'll have to find a church supply store.
Tomas Gallucci
schpydurx at 2007-01-22 01:15 (UTC) (Link)
Keep the goodtimes rolling.
ehowton at 2007-01-22 15:00 (UTC) (Link)
Thank you for your kind words.
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