Sign up for classes and workshops in traditional music and arts, and enjoy festivals celebrating traditions and culture.
Greek Bouzouki with Leonidas Zafiris and Elias Poulos
SUNDAYS, 2-4 pm, MARCH 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 and APRIL 7, 14 & 21
Adults (2-2:55 pm) Youth (3-4 pm) Originally from Greece,
Originally from Greece, Leonidas Zafiris is an outstanding professional bouzouki musician and teacher who has relocated to the Tarpon Springs area. Prior to working in Toronto for the last several years, Zafiris played bouzouki for many of the top vocalists in Greece for over 25 years. Born in Argos, Greece, Elias Poulos is known as a fine singer, but he is also an accomplished bouzouki musician. His repertoire includes the latest hits from Greece as well as well-known dimotika, rembetika, nisiotika, and songs from throughout Greece. Both Zafiris and Poulos currently perform in the band Ellada.
*There are a few bouzoukis available for young beginners.
Safford House, 23 Parkin Ct. $5 per class.
Laouto Workshops with Leonidas Zafiris
Fridays, March 7, 14, 21, 28, April 4 & 11 Originally from Greece, Leonidas Zafiris is an outstanding professional musician and teacher who recently re-located to the Tarpon Springs area. Prior to working in Toronto for the last several years, Zafiris played bouzouki for many of the top vocalists in Greece for over 25 years. Zafiris currently performs in the band Ellada.
Safford House, 23 Parkin Ct., Tarpon Springs.
Students should bring an instrument.
$5 per class
Gulf Maritime Festival
On Saturday, March 29, from 11 am to 6 pm, Tarpon Arts, City of Tarpon Springs Arts and Cultural Program presents the fifth Gulf Maritime Festival on the Sponge Docks. As one of Florida’s few remaining downtown working waterfronts, the Tarpon Springs docks are one of the best venues to showcase Gulf Coast maritime folklife from Cortez to Cedar Key. Demonstrators explore sponge diving and processing; mullet and shrimp nets; foodways such as mullet smoking and Greek kavourmas; shrimping; grouper, mullet, mackerel, and snapper fishing; boat building and much more. Among the many participants are Florida Folk Heritage Award winners Taso Karistinos (sponge diver/captain) and Mike Berg (duck decoys). The Florida Institute for Saltwater Heritage is bringing examples of several Florida boat types.
In additions to displays and demonstrations, interviews with those involved in maritime activities take place on a stage. There also is music and dance associated with maritime communities: Levendia Dance Troupe will perform and teach Greek dances and Six Volt Rodeo will play country and western swing music.
Saturdays March 15, April 12 & 26, 12-2 pm
Safford House, 23 Parkin Ct., Tarpon Springs
$20, $18 for members and student with ID
Excellent community cooks teach the delicious cuisine of the Greek islands and Cuba, and everyone enjoys a meal together after the class. Join us for food, fun, and fascinating cultural insights at the historic Safford House!
March 15 – Maria Pantelis—Greek psaro plaki (baked fish with vegetables) bread, pastaflora (strawberry pie)
April 12 – Nikki Christu –halkitika makaronia (pasta & fried onions) and side dishes from the island of Halki
April 26 – Marisella Veiga–Cuban tambor de picadillo (shepherd’s pie with plantains), avocado/lettuce salad, and fresh fruit cocktail
Night in the Islands
Saturday nights, 6-11 pm: May 3, June 7, July 12, August 2, September 6, October 4, and November 1.
Sponge Docks, Free admission.
Night in the Islands re-creates the atmosphere of the Greek islands with monthly outdoor dining on the Sponge Docks, performances by outstanding musical groups Ellada and Odyssey, Greek dancing, and other arts. Free dance lessons will be offered from 6-7pm.
The Center for Gulf Coast Folklife offers a variety of programming focusing on traditional culture. Advance registration is highly recommended for cooking classes. Other classes can be paid for at the door. Please call 727-937-1130 or 942-5605 for more information. The CGCF is funded in part with a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts’ Folk & Traditional Arts Program.