Plateia Night /
Βραδιά στη Μπλατεία
One or two hours per week of Greek School is never enough. Add to the task of learning the language the fact that there are games, songs, dances and foods which round-out the Greek experience we would like the kids exposed to, and it seems impossible to make any meaningful progress. So, this year again, starting on October 16th, we will have a Plateia Night ('a night in the village square').
It is open to all students and their parents, and will feature a variety of activities, with the goal of giving the kids a venue to use some of the Greek they are learning. We will do songs, games, cartoons, dances, and may even have some Greek sweets. Ask the children what they have enjoyed the most over the last few years of Greek School, and your answer will likely include some of the extra-curricular things.
It will run one Thursday night a month from 6-7, and is open to all Greek School students.
PN1 - October 15th. What a fun night! We had κουλούρια /twists/, worked on the Wedding of the Crab song and played Μαντιλάκι /the little kerchief/ and a new one, αρμπάριζα /ar BA ri za/, which was very much enjoyed by all! The next Plateia Night will be in November.
PN2 - November 19th. 14 students came. We had one of our favorites, kourambies, and did a dance called spharles. Of course, we played Mandilaki again. The next Plateia Night will be December 17th.
PN3 - December 17th
PN4 - March 17th. A great turnout tonight! We played Mantilaki and reviewed songs and dances for the upcoming March 25th celebration. Sweets included βανίλια and ραβανύ (not the sponge cake type from northern Greece; this is made with semolina in the Peloponnese). We also discussed Georgios Karaiskakis, who led the victory at Arachova, which we will be singing about. The next PN will be May 19th.
PN5 - May 19th. We played a few familiar games and one that was new to most of the kids: Perna Perna E Melissa. We re-played some of the songs we learned this year, ate koulouria and watched a video on the /γκ/ sound. The kids had a great time.