June 13, 2005
We’ve been fortunate that we’ve had so much going on in DC and other destinations the past few weeks if only because it’s hopefully primed everyone out there for A Greekin’ Sweet House Party this Saturday. Many of you have seen and clicked through the banner ad about the event, but there are still a lot of questions out there, which we’ll try to answer here.
A Greekin’ Sweet House Party has been an idea that’s been in the works for a few years now actually, but this is the first time the perfect storm of factors have come together to make it all possible. We needed to find a house large enough, empty enough, and relatively close to DC to make this possible. Enter our hostesses Elaine and Kalliope, who have found themselves in a situation to be renting essentially a fraternity house on ¾ of an acre in the Ballston area of Arlington about four miles from DC. With their lease ending later this summer, there is no better time for them to have a huge indoor/outdoor Greek house party on a Saturday night in June. So they’ve provided the house and we’ve promised everything else including the guest list, food, entertainment, etc., and that this will hopefully be different than your typical Greek event in DC. This is simply our way to thank the Greek-American community in DC and beyond for putting up with us for the last four years and for supporting those out there who have put on events in this town.
As diverse as our viewership on DCGreeks.com is, we’re hoping that this party will include a mix of people that you normally wouldn’t find all in one place. We expect a good crowd from the DC area, Baltimore and beyond, including your Greek Night crowd, your YAL crowd and hopefully a few Greeks you’d never see at either. Imagine Greek Night meets Greek Festival meets Third Thursday meets a good old-fashioned American house party (except with better food). Greek-Americans rarely have house parties so we have no idea what to expect. (Oh and if this description just completely confused you as to the dress code, rest assured, we’re just as baffled. Your best guess is as good as ours.)
So who’s exactly paying for this party? As you can see there’s no cover charge. (When’s the last time you went to a house party with a cover?) We will be providing the essentials to every house party – a keg or two, a couple of cases of wine, some soda and water. The rest will hopefully be donated. We’ve secured at least two gyro cones and dozens (maybe hundreds) of hot dogs and sausages along with something to but them on (bread) from local Greek restaurants and a Greek-owned bakery in the DC/Baltimore area. (Look for advertising from these sponsors on the site in the next few days.) We’re going to try to cook everything outside to add to the Greek Festival quality of the event. We’ve had guests offering to bring everything from baklava to brownies to booze and we’ll thankfully accept any and all donations. If you are a Greek restaurant owner or food distributor and would like to make a donation to this party in exchange for advertising on DCGreeks.com, please send an email to [email protected]. We’ll be picking up food this week and cook it where necessary so no need to get any more involved than that.
The entertainment for the evening will be DJ by committee. We’re lining up DJs to spin for as long as they want during the night. The house features one dance floor inside and we’re working on setting up another dance area outside, weather and noise permitting. If there are any DJs out there, professional, semi-professional, or strictly amateur that would like to donate some of their time and music to the cause, please send an email to [email protected]. Again we’re willing to give advertising for any DJs that help us out.
Otherwise, this is a party for everyone out there in DCGreeks.com land. We’re starting it at 5:00 and will be going into the early hours of the morning as long as people still want to party. Come for an hour or two or stay for the whole night. Feel free to bring something or just bring yourself. RSVP if you want or don’t. (We’re crazy to think that Greeks will actually RSVP for something. Sure, it’ll help us figure out how much food/drinks we need but like any good Greek event you’ve got to be prepared for anywhere from 40 to 400 people.) If there’s something you want to see at this party, shoot us an email and we will see what we can do. Look for updates as the week goes on as we secure more donations or new things are added to the mix.