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December 20, 2021


BOSTON – Psaltikon presents A Byzantine Christmas, Ten Year Anniversary, with a concert of Byzantine chants and Christmas kalanta from Greece, the islands, and Asia Minor on Saturday, December 18, 7 PM at the Dormition Greek Orthodox Church, 29 Central Street in Somerville, MA, and on Monday, December 20, 8 PM at First Church Cambridge, 15 Garden Street in Cambridge, MA, with a global livestream in partnership with Musae. In-person tickets $25 for General Admission and $10 for Students. More information is available online: psaltikon.org.

DECEMBER 18, 25, 31

ASTORIA – Anemos, 41-15 34th Avenue in Astoria, presents singer Christos Perras with Eva Anastopoulos and Sofia Charalampidou on Saturday, December 18, 25, and Friday, December 31, 10 PM-4 AM. Must be 21 and over to attend. Valet parking available. For reservations, call or text 929-288-5532. More information is available online: https://anemosny.com/events/christos-perras-2/.



BOSTON – Christmas Eve Greek Night Party at Venu, 100 Warrenton Street in Boston, doors open 10:30 PM, must be 21 and over to attend. More information is available by phone, Angelos: 978-728-2862.


SPRINGFIELD, MA – The Cretans Association of Springfield, 35 Carew Street in Springfield, hosts its New Year’s Eve Greek Dance on Friday, December 31, 8 PM, with Greek popular and island music from Greece with the Kostakis Brothers, Eftihis and Nektarios. The event includes a surf and turf dinner, appetizers, dessert, and a champagne toast at midnight. Tickets $75, students 12 and under $40. Reservations required for dinner by December 26. Contact Yiannis Kontekakis 413-204-4877 or email: springfield@minoscrete.com.

MANCHESTER, NH – New Year Dance at St. George Greek Cathedral, 650 Hanover Street in Manchester, Friday, December 31. Doors open 8 PM. Enjoy champagne, dinner, and dancing. Music by the Kosta Taslis Band. Tickets $60 per person, children 16 and under free, are available at the Cathedral office. More information is available by phone: 603-622-9113.

WOBURN, MA – New Year’s Eve Celebration Party at the Crowne Plaza, 15 Middlesex Canal Park in Woburn, Friday, December 31. Cocktail hour: 8-9 PM, Dinner and dancing: 9 PM-1:30 AM. Entertainment by the Salonic Boys. Adults $90 and kids $40 in advance, at the door: adults $120, kids $60. To book your table, call/text Penny: 781-789-8749 or John: 781-643-3500 or email: yiota216@yahoo.com. For hotel accommodations, call 781-935-8760 by December 17 and mention the Greek NYE part to book your room at a discounted rate.



PATERSON, NJ – The Daughters of Penelope (DOP) Chryssida Chapter 438 of Union County and Greek Girls Kitchen present an in-person and virtual Vasilopita event on Sunday, January 9, 2-5 PM, at Kontos Foods, 100 6th Avenue in Paterson, NJ. Join celebrity chefs (and DOP sisters) Sophia Manatakis and Melina Milionis back in their favorite kitchen at Kontos Foods. Seating is limited to 60 seats for the in-person event. Price: $60 in-person at Kontos Foods, $30 Virtual. The event includes baskets and door prizes. For those who cannot make it to the event, please consider taking a chance on the great prizes. New prizes added daily. Link provided via email one day and one hour before the event. Registration required for both options. More information is available via email: dopenelope438@gmail.com. Partial proceeds from fundraisers benefit Daughter of Penelope National Projects, The Daughters of Penelope Chryssida Chapter 438 of Union County Scholarship Fund, and other causes.



BRAINTREE, MA – Greek Comedy Night with Angelo Tsarouchas on Sunday, January 16, 7 PM, for all ages, at St. Catherine Greek Orthodox Church, 119 Common Street in Braintree, with special guests Gus Constantellis and Eleni Vidalis. Tickets $40. For reservations and information, contact Maria: 617-407-8664 or Vaia: 781-843-0047. For online ticket sales: www.greekconcertstatus.com.



ONLINE – The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Public Humanities Initiative (SNFPHI) at Columbia University presents Coal Fired: The Greek Poetry of Climate Change, January 27, 7-8:30 PM Athens time. Can the humanities increase public awareness of and responsiveness to climate change, extreme weather, and the deteriorating conditions of our natural environment? Thraca, a literary magazine based in Thessaly, a region currently faced with drought, unsustainable crops, and record high temperatures, joins SNFPHI to present poetry from around Greece addressing climate change as it manifests in the poets’ daily life and impacts their physical, social, and economic environments. The seminar will be conducted in Greek. Co-organized with Thraca magazine. More information is available online: https://bit.ly/31IWJPJ.


LOS ANGELES – Greek-American Nicholas Royce, Archon Depoutatos, professional dancer, choreographer, and philanthropist, died peacefully on January 16 in Northridge, CA.

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ASTORIA – The Pancyprian Choir of NY held its first meeting of 2022 and shared best wishes for the New Year with their annual cutting of the traditional vasilopita at Dionysos Taverna in Astoria on January 24.


BRONX, NY – In a festive atmosphere, the traditional cutting of the vasilopita was held by the Northern Chios Society of Pelineon Agia Markella in the community hall of Zoodohos Peghe Greek Orthodox Church in the Bronx on January 23.


ATHENS – A major snow storm that had been predicted for days still caught residents in Greece offguard and the New Democracy government scrambling for answers as to why motorists were stuck for hours on major roads.


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