49Th Annual Greek Funstival

Last year’s event at St. Sophia’s Greek Orthodox Church was so much fun, we could not wait to go back this year.St. Sophia The children were just as precious and we recognized some of them. Ta Adelfakiaready to dance2 boysI talked to one of the older boys and he told me that they practice every Sunday. You can tell.happy heartsthe starsthe older boysdancersIt was fun just to watch the dancers, but last year I joined in when everyone was invited to participate.  We met a gentleman named Will Beason and he was getting some last minute instruction before he and his friends joined the fun.

It's all Greek to me.....

It's all Greek to me.....

I never did catch on, but Will looked great! the amateursTom took lots of photos that we sent to some of the dancing stars.good spotWe loved the music, the musiciansand sampled some of the gourmet cuisine. My favorite was the Spanakopita, spinach with feta cheese and Greek herbs baked in layers of filo. We also tried the Dolmades, rolls of beef, rice and herbs wrapped in grape leaves. We picked up a few souvenirs and look forward to next year.

Tom in his Greek fisherman's cap

Tom in his Greek fisherman's cap

jingle jangle all the way For more photos, click HERE St. Sophia is located at 2504 N. St. Mary’s St. at Ashby in San Antonio, Texas. There is free parking and shuttle available. The Funstival is held every October. OPAA!!!!!!!!

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Cows

just cows medThis has been the most fun painting to work on. It is painted with oil and I feel like I finally have the feel of it and I really love it….I thought watercolor would always be my first choice, but for now I am hooked on the richness of oil…….Besides these beautiful bovines, my inspiration comes from Andrew and Jamie Wyeth. My artist friends call me Dandrew and that is a compliment. My models for this painting belong to my neighbors. You can see how fat and sassy they are. They are contented cows, for sure…..Most of my paintings have been reproduced as Giclees by the finest photographic lab in the country and I just posted them all for sale on Etsy.com. This painting will be available in a limited edition (less than fifty) and will be reproduced on archival quality Artist’ stock material. Hand signed by Dana Spring Parish.

Houston Street Fair in San Antonio, Texas

 

There's my crazy, sexy husband!!!!

There is my crazy sexy husband

I found out how to recycle all those used wine corks

Start saving all those corks!!!!

Start saving all those corks!!!!

 

 

wonderful Mariachi band

wonderful Mariachi band

 The Houston Street fair in downtown San Antonio is held on the last Saturday of the month. This month the theme was Christmas. The crowd was not so huge. Lots of cute little kids having fun!

 

Ride 'Em Cowgirl!

Ride 'en cowgirl

 

Soooooo tempting

Soooooo tempting

 

Law enforcement

Law enforcement

     

World famous Photographer

World famous Photographer

Texas Flag

Texas Flag
Hi Santa

Hi Santa

This is a great family place to go on the last Saturday of the month. There were SO many nice people selling jewelry, T-shirts,toys and just about everything you could imagine. The live music ranged from mariachis and country to rock. It was all great. We bought a CD for Peyton and he loves it. They had a ski slope with snow and bungy jumping (no thanks!) santa-and-dana I talked to Santa and told him that I wanted a Longhorn for Christmas. He said “Ho, ho, Ho I just rode here on one this morning!  I am giving Rudolf and the other reindeer a chance to rest up for Christmas!” Sure enough, BINGO the cutest sweetest Longhorn in the world was there!!! Here are some of the pictures of the festivities.

Roper

Roper

 

sounds good

sounds good

 

We bought a CD called Sweet Disaster by Nate Davenport

We bought a CD called Sweet Disaster by Nate Davenport

 

Carrot nose

Carrot nose

This ski slope is available for parties
This ski slope is available for parties
Snow in San Antonio!!!!

Snow in San Antonio!!!!

 I could tell that Bingo remembered me……..Longhorns are so smart! We saw Bingo and his buddy Tator Tot in the Floresville Peanut Festival Parade in October and here they were again! I missed seeing Santa Claus riding into town, that must have been SO cool!!!!  Greg gave me a boost up on Bingo and we talked about some of the gentle cows and steers that he has on his ranch in Bulverde. The ranch is called Saving Grace. I can just see us next year at this time with our little herd of Longhorns to spoil!!!!!

I LOVE this guy!!!!

I LOVE this guy!!!!

 

Happy trails to you until we meet again!

Happy trails to you until we meet again!

We had fun looking at all the arts and crafts. Tom bought me a bracelet for $3.00. Michael McMahon had some beautiful jewelry.A local author and illustrator had some great children’s books for sale. Her name is Mary Borgia. Tales of the Texas mermaid is about a girl that gets her legs stuck in a cowboy boot. The tale is told by Blarney a Texas Longhorn. How could we resist such a great book and the beautiful author was there to sign it for us!

 

Book signing by San Antonio author/illustrator Mary Borgia

Book signing by San Antonio author/illustrator Mary Borgia

Next stop was a tatoo artist. Tom helped me decide which one to get. There were so many great ones to choose from!

airbrush-no-needles

A horse, of-course!!!!

A horse, of-course!!!!

My Big Fat Greek Week-End

These dancers were so beautiful. The little children were all adorable and well behaved. There was not a brat in the whole crowd. We had fun taking pictures of all the great dancing and precious little kids. Later everyone was invited to come up on the stage and give it a try. It looked like so much fun, I had to give it a try. I could hardly keep up with the other dancers. They are in great shape. I am hooked on Greek food, music,jewelry,clothing and the Mythos beer and Greek wine is awesome!!!!