“Over forty years ago an inspired group of young Greek Orthodox men and women, their love for dance, the vision and leadership of their Youth Director and the support of their Bishop gave rise to the Greek Orthodox Youth Folk Dance Festival of the Fourth Archdiocese.”
This year, we celebrate the 40th anniversary of FDF. Marilyn Kromydas Yeatts, a director, founder, and member of the original St. Spyridon Aegean Dancers, has provided an updated history of how FDF was founded and what the first festival was like. Marilyn wrote this “new” history as part of the 40th festival, which starts today in Anaheim, CA.
The 44th Annual St. Spyridon Greek Festival in North Park starts this Friday, June 5 and runs through Sunday. Some of us wait all year just for the traditional Greek pastries, freshly baked for the Festival. The aroma of seasoned meat being roasted or grilled is irresistible, too. And the spanakopita is the real deal, not the frozen kind from TJ’s.
Spring and summer are the seasons to eat, drink, and dance your way through Greek festivals across the United States. Typically church-sponsored, the celebrations feature musicians playing traditional Greek instruments, stands with Greek coffee, beer and wine, an agora (marketplace) with Greek specialties, children’s entertainment and the opportunity to learn Greek dancing.