Greek Independence Day Parade Today on the Sponge Docks

Heading to Tarpon Springs today for the city’s annual Greek Independence Day Parade? It might be a good idea to take the time to plan your route. Between noon and 3 p.m., Alt. U.S. 19 will be closed to traffic between Tarpon Avenue and Dixie Highway. From 1 to 3 p.m., Dodecanese Boulevard will be closed to traffic. The parade, which begins at 1 p.m., starts at Lemon Street heading north on Alt. U.S. 19, then turns left (west) onto Dodecanese Avenue to the end of the Sponge Docks. Floats will disperse at the end of the docks on Roosevelt Drive. Southbound Alt. U.S. 19 traffic will be detoured east on Live Oak at the intersection of Dodecanese Boulevard. Northbound Alt. U.S. 19 traffic will be routed east and west on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.…/tarpons-springsgreekindependenceday…/1081508

Kava coming soon to Sawgrass

On a Recent trip to Kona Hawaii, Charlie and I went to a Kava Bar. It was very quiet in town but there was a crowd at the Kava Bar so we had to get some Kava.  We loved it. Since then we have been working on bring Kava to Sawgrass. It is quite a process. While we prepare I’m gonna post some information on Kava and why the affect is so pleasing.  

Kava is an essential and integral part of life in the Pacific Islands often thought of as one of the most precious gifts from the Earth.  Not only is it a pleasant drink that can be a safe alternative to alcohol, but Kava Kava has been prescribed as an effective folk remedy for anxiety, insomnia and back pain. 
Kava Root (the only part of the plant that is used) is largely employed as a celebratory drink much in the same way that alcohol is used in the West. It helps mark momentous occasions such as weddings, public festivals, political powwows and holidays, and it is even used in ceremonies honoring the dead. Kava does not produces or stimulate aggression and it does not give a hangover the next day. 

Kava is a proven relaxant with thousands of years of history and safety in use behind it.



SATURDAY FROM 10:00 am to 5:00 pm The Gulf Maritime Festival on the on the Sponge Docks (Dodecanese blvd between hope and Roosevelt Streets),  Demonstrators will explore sponge diving & sponge processing; making diving helmets, sponging equipment, mullet nets, cast nets, crab traps; mullet smoking, clam farming, boat building, oyster shucking, and much more. 

SATURDAY FROM 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm NIGHT IN THE ISLANDS –  a free event on the Sponge Docks. Enjoy Greek music, dancing, dining and other activities under the stars at the Sponge Docks.  The event will feature live music by Odyssey, free Greek dance instruction, and free lessons in tavli (Greek backgammon) offered by players from the World Tavli Association.

Night in the Islands is offered every month through July 2010.

The free festival will also present arts associated with Gulf maritime communities, such as music, dance, and foodways, as well as interviews with those involved in maritime activities.  National Heritage Fellow Nicholas Toth (diving helmets) will be among the participants from Tarpon Springs.  The Florida Maritime Museum in Cortez will bring examples of several Florida boats they are building in their workshop.