Barba Mitsos Tabaktsis nicknamed “Tzavelas” died last night at the age of 93. He earned his living as a farmer and was also a singer, a comedic poet and an actor. He was the embodiment of the creative resourcefulness of the islanders before the age of radio/televison, when, if you wanted entertainment, you did it yourself.
Mitsos was the soul of the Trata celebrations for many years as Kapetan Tromaras (Captain Terrific) of the trata ship. He acted as a master of cermonies, inventing and leading the songs and extemporaneous recitations so necessary to keeping the ‘kefi” high and the party rolling along.
His role as captain of the Trata brought hundreds of people into the streets to participate in costume or to just watch and join the merriment. He was a difficult act to follow.