It was an exotic adventure into the Mediterranean where over 60 ladies from Greenwood, Midway, Rock Creek, Westbridge, Bridesville and Osoyoos gathered for a break from the regular routine of mid-summer activities to enjoy the entertainment and tasty treats of a local Greek marketplace.
The evening started with time to look around at the mini shops where local artisans displayed their treasures for sale.
After everyone had a chance to catch up with their neighbours, they found a seat among the lovely sari-draped chairs in time for a troupe of costume clad, coin jingling dancers to bring around platters of pita bread with hummus and tzatziki dips accompanied by Greek salad on skewers drizzled with olive oil and lemon. Along with these special treats, teas specifically chosen for the occasion were served with each course. Once everyone was happily occupied with their appetizers, the Riverveil Dancers entertained the hushed crowd with two dances.
The first dance using veils is a tribal style dance to Turkish music moving in a circle, with colourful veils swirling in constant graceful movement. The second dance is performed to a modern American song by Sting.
A break in the dancing came in time to serve the main course of flakey homemade spanikopita, dolmades made with hand-picked leaves lovingly rolled by the dancers themselves plus crispy falafel (excellent for dipping).
For the next two dances the troupe was joined by young Mia from Westbridge who dazzled the audience with her instant assimilation into the group, cute shimmy and sweet face. Mia also assisted in the door prize giveaways that took place during and after dessert. The desserts were too numerous to mention, save Donna’s most excellent cream puffs which were so irresistible they did not make it all the way around the room.
All in all the evening was a great success complete with an ankle bling demonstration and shimmy contest.