(Tarpon Springs, Florida, United States) – Tarpon Springs, a city in Florida, presents an event called, “A Night at the Greek,” which will take place on Saturday, May 14, 2016 from 6 PM to 11 PM on the Sponge Docks on Dodecanese Boulevard between Hope Street and Athens Street. Tarpon Springs is the home of many people who are of Greek origin, particularly from islands such as Kalymnos who made their living diving for sponges. The waters in Greece are depleted of these sponges, so many of the people came to Florida in search of a way to continue their trade. Tarpon Springs has the highest percentage of Greeks per capita of any city in Florida. This festival, which takes place every year, is a way for the Greek population in the area to share their culture. Tarpon Springs also has sister relations with places in Greece including Kalymnos, Halki, and Simi.
Night in the Islands is a completely free event that features Greek music and dancing. In addition to watching the Levendia Dance Troupe perform, participants will also be able to take free Greek lessons from 6 PM to 7 PM. Ellada, a Greek band based out of Florida, will provide all the music. The band is comprised of Leonidas Zafiris, who plays the bouzouki, Elias Poulos on vocals, and Dino Theofilos, the keyboard player. This is the place to be if you want to enjoy Greek music and dancing, but that’s not all you can do! There will also be plenty of opportunities for sampling Greek food at participating restaurants in the area.These include Costas, Hellas, Mama’s, and Mykonos. You might want to call these restaurants in advance to secure a table. Night at the Islands usually draws a substantial crowd of people from all over the area who are looking to experience all aspects of the Greek culture.
This event is scheduled to run more than once this year. It will also take place roughly once a month through the summer months including on June 11, July 9, August 6, and September 10. It is schedule to run from 6 PM to 11 PM on those nights, as well.Night in the Islands is supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.