Upper Darby, PA – With open arms, big smiles and in traditional fashion, the season’s first Greek festival kicked off with an overabundance of kefi. Parishioners stood by at the entrance and greeted anyone and everyone as they entered the big tent behind the church.
Sweet pastries sented the big top affair while the live sounds of Atlantis of Philadelphia added the atmosphere that makes this festival a special place to be. “They really got it going on here at St. D’s”, said one guest. “Whenever I want to feel Greek, this is the place I come to”, said another. Those thoughts were echoed throughout the evening by many guests in this very diverse community that St. Demetrios is centered around.
Inside the main hall a la cart and traditional Greek meals were were served cafeteria style to those that wanted a quieter environment. Vendors sold everything from religious items to the latest satellite technology linking them to Greece.
Back outside tables stayed filled throughout the four day affair, as they ate tradition outdoor cooking from souvlakia to lamb chops. The gyro line ran through the tent during dinner time, while the dancing by St. Demetrios dance groups and other churches brought on a great sense of pride.
Throughout Saturday evening, folks got up and danced to the music of Atlantis. There was no stopping them and the kefi they evoked. In all perfect first Greek festival weekend to kick off the season.