Chicago Fun With a Greek Touch
Greek Fest season in Chicago is a great time of the year for fun seekers who want to get a taste of Greek food and culture.
Every weekend throughout the summer, Greek churches around Chicagoland host their own festivals inviting people to “go Greek” and enjoy great food, drinks, live music, dancing and fun for the kids.
Sharing meals around a table is a huge part of the Greek lifestyle and Greek Fests are no exception. Every year, thousands gather at their favorite festivals to indulge in all their favorite dishes including souvlaki, gyros, pastichio, chicken, dolmades, Greek salad and more (menus may vary).
Guests also like to mingle around the bar for beer, wine, soft drinks and friendly socializing. And of course, what would Greek Fest be without dessert stations featuring sweet treats like Baklava, Kourambiedes, Greek Frappe and of course everyone's favorite, Loukoumades!
Greek Fests are made possible by the hundreds of faithful volunteers who donate their time and energy to provide a good experience for all who visit. Thanks to their efforts, guests can enjoy everything Greek Fests have to offer - and a chance to make some great summertime memories!
What people usually remember the most about Greek Fests is the warm hospitality and something the Greeks call “filotimo.” Mike Sakelaris, chairman of the St. Nectarios Greek Fest in Palatine says, “Filotimo is a Greek term describing love and honor, and it’s our goal as a staff to serve every guest with that kind of spirit. We hope every person who visits any Greek Fest around Chicagoland will enjoy themselves and feel right at home.”
So take the time this summer to slow down and smell the souvlaki! Enjoy Greek Fests with family and friends all summer long...and make sure to leave room for the loukoumades...OPA!
What’s the secret of a long, happy marriage? How can couples keep the passion and romance alive for the long haul?
The Mediterranean Love Plan shares the seven secrets of passion from some of the most romantic countries in the world: France, Italy, Greece, Spain and Israel while helping couples enjoy everything their marriage was designed to be.
Authors Stephen and Misty Arterburn provide plenty of research, fascinating stories and personal examples that will help motivate couples to achieve a “grande amour” (great love) in their marriage.
Among the concepts addressed are “triggers to ecstatic experiences” that include the enjoyment of good food, laughter, art, music, nature and rhythmic movement. As couples learn to actively incorporate these and other “triggers” mentioned in the book, intimate soul-satisfying connection can be enjoyed at deeper levels.
The Mediterranean Love Plan also encourages couples to be aware of the fragility of the marital bond. In the real world, even the strongest marriages can unfortunately go off the rails, sometimes rather quickly. Other couples find themselves settling into comfortable routines that end up resembling business relationships where mundane projects just "need to get done."
In today’s fast paced culture, achieving and sustaining the “fairy-tale” can seem impossible. Can two flawed people learn to keep the marriage flame burning hot in the face of work schedules, mortgage payments and everything associated with raising a well balanced family?
Stephen and Misty Arterburn would whole-heartedly answer, yes! If both parties are proactive about making desire a top priority in their relationship, each can certainly experience the fairy-tale marriage that so easily eludes many couples.
As one of the world’s leading musical composers, for Yanni, it’s always been about the passion. His name has become synonymous with beautifully prepared orchestral music tinged with jazz, classical, and rock influences. His live performances are legendary and feature an impressive array of world class musicians and vocalists. Fans have even declared that Yanni’s music goes well beyond entertainment, effecting them at a deep spiritual level.
Yanni began playing the piano at age six in his hometown of Kalamata, Greece. His parents took notice of his enthusiasm for the keyboards and encouraged him to develop his own style at his own pace. Yanni would actually teach himself “musical shorthand,” bypassing at a young age conventional musical rotation methods. Even today, Yanni continues to utilize his own personal technique.
Before music became Yanni’s primary vision, he won a 50-meter swimming competition at age 14 and considered becoming an Olympic swimmer. He would move to the United States a few years later, settling in Minneapolis where he attended the University of Minnesota as a psychology major.
As Yanni pursued his studies, he would earn money as a dishwasher eventually earning a B.A degree in Psychology. After graduating, Yanni decided to commit the next year of his life exclusively to music. It was during this time that Yanni was his happiest and decided to devote the rest of his life to his childhood passion.
In 1976, Yanni joined the Minneapolis based rock group Chameleon while also working with choreographer Loyce Houlton on creating music for dance works that would be produced by the Minnesota Dance Theater. After 4 years of touring with Chameleon, he moved to California to pursue his gaining interest of composing movie soundtracks.
Yanni would release several albums in the 80’s touring with such well known musicians as John Tesh and drummer Charlie Adams. One tour included an amazing performance with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra that was described by a local music critic as “exhilirating, moving and inspiring.” The review acknowledged Yanni as a bona fide superstar and helped Yanni gain national recognition.
A few years later, Yanni released “Dare to Dream,” his first grammy nominated album that included “Aria,” a song that was featured prominently in a British Airways commercial. His next album, “In My Time,” followed one year later and was also nominated for a grammy.
But Yanni’s landmark achievement occured in 1993 when he performed live at the 2,ooo year old Herodes Atticus Theater at the Acropolis of Athens. So ambitious in scale, it was a concert event his own record company advised against and predicted would fail. So without any financial backing, Yanni would risk $2 million of his own money to make “Live At The Acropolis” a reality. The concert featured Yanni’s core band and the 60-piece Royal Philharmonic Orchestra arranged and conducted by the renowned Shahrdad Rohani. The resulting video would become the second best selling music concert video of all time (after Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”).
Yanni has often said that psychology is actually the catalyst of all his songwriting. The music he creates is a reflection of his soul and a direct result of life experiences, relationships and interactions with other cultures. They are present in almost every creative thought he has and they continue to inspire and entertain everyone who attends a Yanni show.