We Went To The Dover Greek Fest On Saturday, August 31. It was a BLAST. Great People. Lamb Was Divine!

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.



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>> Dover (NH) Greek Fest 2013
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I wasn’t going to miss this. I had been thinking about the lamb shank for a week. I earned that lamb shank! Working like a crazy person is more or less the norm for me. But this last month had been even crazier trying and succeeding in getting out 2 books in print, 230 tightly formatted pages, within the month — in addition to updating the eBook versions. So I was ready for that lamb shank. It was good. Exquisitely and delicately spiced. Very tender. Fell off the bone with the lightest touch of the plastic fork. These Hellenists know how to cook their lamb.

The kids discovered another treat. Baklava Sundaes. Decadance in a plastic bowl for $3. I refrained. I didn’t even have the rice that came with the shank. But the kids had a Baklava Sundae each. Genius.

The Fest was at the Dover Hellenic Center on Longhill Road. First time we had been there or even knew it existed, Large building on a HUGE tract of land. Kind of tucked away. We found Longhill Road by luck. That worked out. We had thought it was closer to town — but as we were driving into Dover, from Rochester, on the ‘back road’, Deanna happened to see the road sign that said ‘Longhill’. From that point on they had good signage for the Fest. Very well done.

Nice bunch of people. Teischan’s piano teacher, Siroun Braun, was there. She is the one, in the red top, in the gallery above — talking to Deanna and Devanee. She is the one who told us about it. The priest (Proistamenos) of the (beautiful) Dover ‘Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church‘, approached me and thanked me for my post on the Fest. Siroun had sent him the link. You can see him in the very first picture, in glasses, serving food.

Altogether we had a GREAT TIME. Missed the live band. But, we will be going next year.


At the fest I got to meet with iconographer D.C. Christopher Gosey, an ex-architect from Texas, who now lives in Manchester and has been painting mesmerizing icons for the last couple of decades. He is the one that painted most of the icons in the breathtaking Dover ‘Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church‘. It really was an honor and pleasure to meet him. He also does a lot of Ethiopian icons. I hope to bring you more of his work in the future. Mr. Gosey take a well deserved bow. Here are some examples of his work, though these pictures really don’t do him the justice he deserves.



2 thoughts on “We Went To The Dover Greek Fest On Saturday, August 31. It was a BLAST. Great People. Lamb Was Divine!

  1. Jnana Hodson

    For me, the dancing’s always the highlight. The skilled regulars (especially the ones wearing aprons, taking breaks in the cooking and cleanup) are very welcoming of the rest of us.
    Sorry you missed that experience. Ellas, which played both evenings, is a great band to keep everyone moving — sometimes, when they’re really fired up, I wonder if they might not be half Klezmer.

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    1. aguruge Post author

      Thank YOU. I love watching Greek dancing. As my pictures show we did get to see a few minutes. As for ‘Ellas’ we were given ‘poor’ intelligence. I called up around 2pm to find out WHEN the live music was. I was told that they were having live music RIGHT THEN and that live music was non-stop all Saturday. The person who gave me this, though a musician, was NOT differentiating between the DJ and the Live Band! By 5pm the kids were restless. I spoke to a couple of the musicians who were driving in around that time. Their best guess was 6:15pm. Kids weren’t in the mood to hang around 75 minutes. So we left and went to a concert in Wolfeboro — which was very good. Next year we will know — and come around 5:30 pm. Thanks. Cheers, Anura

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