There is always something happening in Tarpon Springs on a Saturday night. Saturday, March 9, the Greek community invited everyone over to the Kalymnian House, at 42 West Morgan Street, for a great and inexpensive evening of entertainment. Kalymnian violinist Michalis Kappas was joined by laouto player Panayotis League for a night of music and dance from Kalymnos and other Dodecanese islands.
Admission was only $5 per person for a night of Greek music and dancing under the stars. Perhaps dancing under the live oak trees would be a better description of the venue. The paved patio of the Kalymnian House is shaded by an umbrella of live oak branches draped in Spanish moss. Strings of twinkling lights hung from white wood fences give the party the look and feel of a backyard bash with the family. The food added to the feel of a get together with family and friends. A traditional Greek dinner of souvlaki, rice, and salad could be purchased for $10. Less adventurous diners could opt for that great American standby, hotdogs and potato chips, for $2.
The Dodecanese Music Night was just the sort of event that gives Tarpon Springs its well deserved reputation for welcoming visitors of all ages. Before the party ended, children and seniors were joining in the traditional Greek dances and sharing the music and laughter of the night.