Going on in Greek-American Community


NEW YORK – The third iteration of the Carte Blanche project featuring Maria Antelman with the work ‘The Seer (Deep)’ opened on April 19 and runs through June 4, Monday-Friday 9 AM-2:30 PM, at the Consulate General of Greece in New York, 69 East 79th Street in Manhattan. The project is presented with major support from the Hellenic American Chamber of Commerce.


MAY 12-18

PITTSBURGH, PA – Saint Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 419 S. Dithridge Street in Pittsburgh hosts its annual Greek Festival May 12-18. Enjoy delicious homemade Greek foods and pastries, outdoor patio grill, food certificates available, daily Cathedral tours. Entertainment includes live bouzouki music and Greek dancing every evening. Hours: Sunday, May 12, Noon-8 PM; Monday, May 13, Tuesday, May 14, Wednesday, May 15, and Thursday, May 16, 11 AM-9 PM; Friday, May 17, 11 AM-Midnight; and Saturday, May 18, 1 PM-Midnight. More information is available by phone: 412-682-3866 and online: https://www.stnickspgh.org.


MAY 17-18

NASHUA, NH – St. Philip Greek Orthodox Church, 500 West Hollis Street in Nashua, hosts its annual Greek Festival May 17-18. Enjoy Greek favorites including dolmades, spanakopita, pastitsio, gyros, roasted chicken, and marinated lamb and chicken, slow-cooked over an open fire, and for dessert, delicious Greek pastries and sweets such as loukoumades and baklava. Everything is homemade, using original family recipes. Entertainment includes Greek music and dancing. Shop at the Import Marketplace with a new Periptero Kiosk. More information is available by phone: 603-889-4000 and online: https://www.nashuagreekfestival.com.


MAY 17-19

ANAHEIM, CA – St. John Baptist Greek Orthodox Church, 405 N. Dale Street in Anaheim, hosts Orange County’s Greek Festival May 17-19. Enjoy authentic Greek food, appetizers and homemade pastries, Greek wines, beer, spirits, and coffee, as well as great shopping at the outdoor marketplace, dozens of unique vendors, and daily guided church tours. Entertainment includes live music and traditional Greek dance performances scheduled each day, Zorba’s kids zone with fun rides, carnival games, and special treats. Hours: Friday, May 17, 5-10 PM; Saturday, May 18, Noon-10 PM; and Sunday, May 19, Noon-9 PM. More information is available by phone: 714-827-0181 and online: https://www.stjohnanaheim.org.


MAY 18-19

DURHAM, NC – St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church, 8306 NC Highway 751 in Durham, hosts its annual Greek Festival, May 18-19. Enjoy fabulous Greek food and your favorite Greek desserts in the tented dining area or to-go, church tours, marketplace featuring unique arts and crafts, vendors including Ukrainian crafts, and Attic Treasures Sale with donated treasures for every budget. Fun for the entire family! A portion of the Festival proceeds will benefit relief efforts for Ukraine. The event will be held rain or shine. Hours: Saturday, May 18, 11 AM-9 PM, and Sunday, May 19, 11 AM-7 PM. More information is available by phone: 919-484-1600 and online: https://stbarbarachurchnc.org.



ASTORIA – The Timarete 7th Annual Hellenic Art Festival 2024, organized and presented by the Academy of Hellenic Paideia, takes place May 18-June 9, under the auspices of the Consulate General of Greece. The festival opens with the annual dinner dance, Saturday, May 18, 12 PM, at the Stathakeion Cultural Center, 2251 29th Street in Astoria with traditional Greek dances performed by youth and adult dance troupes, live music with Elena Chris on vocals, and a buffet of Greek delicacies. Academy of Hellenic Paideia’s theatrical workshop ‘Logos & Praxi’ presents ‘ΜΠΑΜ ΚΑΙ ΚΑΤΩ (και καλά ξεμπερδέματα)’, a heartwarming, yet uproariously funny comedy, directed by Theodoros Petropoulos, three performances only, Sunday, May 19, 6 PM; Saturday, June 1, 8 PM; and Sunday, June 2, 6 PM, at the Archdiocesan Hellenic Cultural Center, 27-09 Crescent Street in Astoria. The Drama International Short Film Festival takes place Saturday, June 8, 1st screening 7 PM, 2nd screening 9 PM, at the Greek Cultural Center, 2680 30th Street in Astoria. The festival’s Closing Day features the Acropolis Museum Virtual Tour led by Professor Dimitrios Pandermalis, the late President of the Board of Directors of the Acropolis Museum, Sunday, June 9, 6 PM, at the Stathakeion Cultural Center in Astoria. More information and reservations available by phone: 917-603-4437.


MAY 24

NEW YORK – The concert titled ‘Our Own Greece’ takes place on Friday, May 24 at the Peter Norton Symphony Space, 2537 Broadway at 95th Street in Manhattan, 8:30 PM, and features The Folk Orchestra, accompanied by the enchanting voices of Petros Gaitanos, Babis Tsertos, Lina Orfanos, and the Pancyprian Choir of NY directed by Phyto Stratis. On the grand stage, witness a poetic symphony intertwining the timeless words of luminaries such as Makriyiannis, Solomos, Seferis, and Elytis with the soul-stirring melodies of Tsitsanis, Vamvakaris, Theodorakis, Hatzidakis, Xarhakos, Mikroutsikos, etc. Through the cinematic masterpieces of Koundouros, Angelopoulos, and Voulgaris, immerse yourself in the visual poetry of Greece’s cinematic legacy. Tickets available online: https://shorturl.at/bjLTV.


MAY 24-26

NOVATO, CA – Nativity of Christ Greek Orthodox Church, 1110 Highland Drive in Novato hosts the annual Marin Greek Festival May 24-26. Enjoy traditional Greek foods and pastries, church tours, YiaYia and Me Cooking, Dance and Greek Wedding Demonstrations, as well as speakers discussing Greek history and more. Entertainment includes Greek music with The Kymata Band and Greek folk dancing. Hours: Friday, May 24, 5-9 PM; Saturday, May 25, 11 AM-9 PM; and Sunday, May 26, 11 AM-8 PM. More information is available by phone: 415-883-1998 and online: maringreekfestival.org.


MAY 25

ONLINE – The next ‘Gefyra Conversation with the Author’ takes place on Saturday, May 25, 10 AM PT/1 PM ET, via Zoom, with esteemed and prize-winning Cypriot author Sofronis Sofroniou discussing his book ‘Protoplastoi’. The discussion will be in Greek. To receive a digital copy of the book, kindly made available by the author, and for further information about the Gefyra Conversation with the Author series and the Greek Book Club, please contact Dr. Simos Zenios: [email protected] or Dr. Eirini Kotsovili: [email protected]. This Gefyra Conversation with the Author meeting is part of Gefyra (Bridge), a collaborative program established by the UCLA Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF) Center for the Study of Hellenic Culture and the Simon Fraser University SNF Centre for Hellenic Studies with support from the SNF.


MAY 26

ONLINE – EMBCA’s ‘200th Anniversary Commemoration of the Passing of Lord Byron’ Webinar Panel Discussion takes place on Sunday, May 26, 2 PM EST/9 PM Athens EEST. The discussion will be introduced and moderated by Lou Katsos, EMBCA’s President. The panel is currently in formation. More information is available online: https://embca.com.


MAY 30- JUNE 2

HARTFORD, CT – St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 433 Fairfield Avenue in Hartford, hosts its 50th Annual Greek Festival May 31-June 2. Enjoy Greek food and pastries, vendor booths, Greek music and dancing, Taverna, Kafenion Coffee House, Cathedral tours, and festival dance troupe. Hours: Thursday, May 30, 5-10 PM; Friday, May 31 and Saturday, June 1, 11 AM-11 PM; and Sunday, June 2, 12-5 PM. More information available by phone: 860-956-7586 and online: https://stgeorgecathedral.org.



LOWELL, MA – Transfiguration Greek Orthodox Church, 25 Fr. John Sarantos Way in Lowell, hosts its annual Greek Festival, May 31-June 2. Enjoy Greek food, pastries, beer and wine, live Greek music and dancing, guided church tours, and raffle. Hours: Friday, May 31, 4-9 PM; Saturday, June 1, 11 AM-9 PM; and Sunday, June 2, 12-6 PM. More information available by phone: 978-458-4321 and online: www.transfigurationlowell.org.



NEW YORK – Hellenic American Association for Professionals in Finance (HABA), on the occasion of its 40th Anniversary, honors Constantine Iordanou, Chairman of Vantage Group, as its 2024 Executive of the Year on Wednesday, June 5, reception 6 PM, dinner 7 PM, in New York City. Registration: $200 for HABA Member (2024); $350 for Guest. Table Sponsorships available. For additional information, email: [email protected].



STOCKBRIDGE, MA – ‘Microcosms: A solo Exhibition of Selected Works’ by Peter D. Gerakaris runs June 7-August 4 at the Berkshire Botanical Garden (BBG) Leonhardt Galleries, 5 West Stockbridge Road in Stockbridge, MA. The Opening Reception takes place Saturday, June 8, 5-7 PM. The creator of the ‘Spotted Owl Mosaic’ – a site-specific public installation that resides in the BBG’s outdoor garden – Greek-American artist Peter D. Gerakaris will present an indoor solo exhibition of mixed-media artworks that engage myriad nature-culture motifs through vibrant, pluralistic strands. More information is available online: https://shorturl.at/nQWY5.


BROOKLYN, NY – The A. Fantis School 8th grade graduation ceremony was held on June 15, in a particularly moving atmosphere at Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Brooklyn.

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