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The Greeks Come Out at Night

Were you at To Glenti at The Spot last Friday?  It seemed like everyone else was.  The trend of well-attended Greek events continued last weekend with To Glentiís first major offering since June.  The surprising thing about this Greek Night was the mix of people that were there.  Imagine starting with the standard Greek Night lineup of under-25 Greeks from the Virginia and Maryland suburbs, adding many people from YAL DC Weekend and GW Kosmos Club, throwing in almost the entire crowd that was at Alekos the weekend before, and finally as an extra special bonus unloading a party-bus from Tidewater, and you begin to understand the size of this Greek Night.  (No, seriously folks, there was an actual party bus that came up from the Hampton/Virginia Beach area Ė like a Greek ferry to Ios, only without so much of the motion sickness and without all the Australians.)

Passengers of the Tidewater Party Bus

What explains both the size and the diverse demographics of this Greek Night?  Some of it may have been explained by the entertainment, two DJs, NYís DJ Savas and DCís own DJ Liakos, and the Mylos All-Star Band, an actual live band from New York City.  Live bands are unusual to see at most Greek Nights, especially bands from out-of-town, justifying the $15 dollar cover which you also donít expect at most Greek Nights.  The Mylos All-Star Band was worth the money, adding a nostalgic feel to this Greek Night.  It reminded us of how it used to be in DC back in the day, when clubs like The Astor made us feel like we were in a major Greek metropolis.  Maybe it was the setting of this Greek Night that lead to the huge turnout?  The Spot is certainly the largest venue in which a Greek Night has been held in DC, although it did come as a surprise to some when the bouncers pointed everyone toward the basement of the club.  One thing is for certain, for the non-YAL crowd, a lot of this turnout was due to this being the first major Greek Night to hit inside DC since June.  (The Greek Night at Ooh La La wasnít really marketed toward the usual Greek Night crowd, and not that many people have heard of, or been to, Sfinakia Nights at Alekos yet.)

It really doesnít matter why there were a larger quantity and greater mix of people at The Spot last Friday.  The Spot is just an example of whatís been happening in the DC Greek community over the last couple of months.  All of a sudden, the Greeks in DC are getting a lot more active.  Whatever apathy that existed in the DC Greek community last year has faded.  Greeks are coming back to Greek Nights, to Greek Dances, even to smaller Greek events in the area.  Some of the old-timers in the community, who may have stopped going to events are now back.  More and more people from outside of the DC Metro area are starting to see DC as an outlet for their need to have a good time with other Greeks.  Even those who are new to the area are finding other Greeks to hang out with and are showing up to events as well.

With November fast approaching thereíll be more opportunities to meet and hang out with more Greeks in the DC area.  So if you havenít had a chance to make it to the events of the past couple of months, donít let that stop youÖ chances are that the people you see at the next Greek event will welcome you back with the classic philoxenia that makes our culture great.                    

 

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