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The spectacular Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Greek church.
The spectacular Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Greek church.

Finally, a festival

One of the problems with Milwaukee in the winter is that it isn't summer and all those festivals aren't around every weekend.

Not this coming weekend, however.

"A Taste of Greece" will take place at the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church Saturday and Sunday.

Let me start with the church. I don't know if you've ever seen it but it's an absolutely magnificent structure. I'm not that big on churches, but this work of Frank Lloyd Wright is a lasting testament this spectacular talent. Look at the church and you will see the brotherly ties with the Guggenheim Museum in New York. Wright was entranced by circular form in his last years, and both buildings are examples of that.

Tours of the church will be available at the event this weekend and if you've never seen it, this is an opportunity too good to pass up. The place is breathtaking.

Now, let's talk about food. After all, this is called A Taste of Greece.

I love all kinds of food, but Greek food is right near the top of my list. Lamb, lamb and more lamb. Plus saganaki, Greek chicken, gyros, pastichio, Greek salad and those fantastic Greek pastries.

Maybe I can also get an answer to a question I've long asked: "Is a gyros sandwich really a Greek dish?" I tend to think it's a lot like pizza and Italy. Of course, I could be wrong about this whole thing.

If you go to this thing, you can even see the Hellenic Dancers. I don't know about you, but it doesn't make any difference to me whether it's the Krakow Dancers or the Irish Dancers or the Philippine Dancers, those ethnic dance troops play to a very select audience. But if it's your thing, they will be there. The only one I like is the Ko-Thi dancers.

But I'd say even without an answer to my question, A Taste of Greece promises to be a welcome break from our sudden season of winter.

Talkbacks

MKEabouttown | Feb. 15, 2012 at 6:03 p.m. (report)

Here's an article on the history of the gyro in America, and guess what it has a Milwaukee connection
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/15/dining/15gyro.html?pagewanted=1&sq=gyro%20history&st=nyt&scp=1

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Lakemichigan | Feb. 15, 2012 at 3:57 p.m. (report)

Gyros were available all over Greece in 1971. The only place that sold them in the USA at that time that I ever found (and I searched for them) was in New York. So gyros are truly Greek.

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devidia | Feb. 15, 2012 at 12:09 p.m. (report)

The church is reminiscent of the Golden Rondelle theater in Racine, another F.L. Wright structure, if I'm not mistaken.

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