Greek Festival Draws Crowds to Oak Park
By Robert Bernstein
After the non-stop action on three stages of the French Festival, the Greek Festival seemed rather sleepy.
Here are all of my videos and photos from the 2018 Santa Barbara Greek Festival.
However, the Greek dance team of Dimitri Arabatzi and Ozzy Medellin from "The Greek" restaurant in Ventura certainly woke things up for a bit!
Dimitri did some high-energy acrobatics including this hand stand.
And some high kicks scary close to audience volunteers!
At times he seemed to defy gravity!
It was hard to find a place to sit. The French Festival had a big shade canopy, with many rows of chairs. None of that at the Greek Festival. People cooked in the few seats around the edge. But, for awhile, Dimitri Arabatzi and Ozzy Medellin held everyone's attention!
A few people took refuge up on the shaded hill behind the stage
Then Dimitri and Ozzy did some creative moves with full wine glasses!
Here are some videos of their action!
Dimitri and Ozzy warming up the crowd:
Dimitri doing the Wine Glass Dance
Dimitri and Ozzy doing some high energy acrobatics
Ozzy's turn at the Wine Glass Dance
Here are two short videos of their performances
Of course, many people were there for the food. Including this array of Greek pastries
The Greek Festival is still worth a visit. But many of us remember the early days of the Greek Festival in the 1980s. Remember the belly dancing? The many different food vendors? And, most especially: Remember George Alexiades performing his amazing table dance?
Any chance of bringing back some of that special energy to next year's Greek Festival?