A Greekin' Sweet House Party Wrap-Up
June 27, 2005
Ten hours and forty pounds of gyro later, our first, hopefully annual DCGreeks.com House Party came to an end. As with everything we put our name on here at DCGreeks.com we had optimistic expectations that probably surpassed those of the 120 or so people who attended. Days of preparation by our hostesses had Elaine & Kalliope’s looking nothing like the absolute pit they had moved into months earlier. (Their words, not ours.) We fired up the gyro machine at 5:00 and our first guests showed up at Greek time around 6:30. The first gyro cone was done at 7:30, the second at 9:30, providing more than enough food for the crowd that we had that night. We’d like to thank all our early guests who brought chips and cookies to go along with all the meat, bread, tzatziki, beer and wine that we supplied.
We found that many people were confused about this party. Many felt that since it started at 5:00, it wouldn’t last into the night. The skeptics definitely missed out as the party started to peak after 11:00. Late guests reported they could hear the music from three blocks away. A visit by Arlington’s finest at midnight confirmed that we had thrown a decent party. They were rather cool about it though, letting us off with a warning and allowing the party to continue with the windows closed at the house. (Most of the guests didn’t even realize that they had stopped by.) Props also to go out to our hostesses for keeping it together during their visit and even offering the cops a gyro and galaktobouriko to go. The reported fine would have been impressive at $2000 should they have returned. Let’s just say we would have been passing the hat (or other large money holding cavernous vessel) on that one. Still the line dancing continued and even spanned two rooms of the house.
Many thanks goes out to Plato’s Diner in College Park for donating two gyro cones, GoldCrust Baking Company in Alexandria for donating an endless supply of rolls for the gyro, and Two Chefs Family Restaurant in Arlington for donating the tzatziki. Thanks also to St. Katherine’s in Falls Church for letting us borrow the gyro machine that prevented us from spending all day digging and turning a spit. We’d also like to thank Zack’s Hotdogs in Baltimore for donating the best Vienna Beef hotdogs and potato rolls that we’ve ever had. On the entertainment side, we’d like to thank DJ Manolis for letting us borrow a stack of CDs, and the self-styled “DJ Jimmy Kretsis” for spinning them.
If anyone is interested in hosting next year’s DCGreeks.com House Party, preferably in Maryland or DC, please email us at [email protected]. Thanks again to everyone for coming out and hope to see everyone again next year.