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Going On in Greek-American Community

February 18, 2023

BROOKLINE, MA – The exhibition ‘Elena Borstein: Cyclades‘ is on display at the Maliotis Cultural Center, 50 Goddard Avenue in Brookline, through March 15. The exhibition featuring paintings and drawings by Elena Borstein is being sponsored by the Maliotis Cultural Center with collaboration by the Institute of Eastern Mediterranean Studies at Emmanuel College. The exhibition is prepared by Constantin (Costa) Kastoris. To schedule a visit, email: [email protected]. More information is available online: https://maliotis.hchc.edu.


WEST PALM BEACH, FL – St. Catherine Greek Orthodox Church, 110 Southern Boulevard in West Palm Beach, holds its 48th Annual Greek Festival, February 17-19. Enjoy Greek foods, pastries, vendors, Greek jewelry, art, live Greek music band, and Greek folk dancing with the Heart of Greece Dance Group. Kids zone also available. Admission: $5 Donation (Friday, Noon-4 PM, Admission is free). Paid Parking: Festival grounds, $10 for main lot and $5 for grass lot. Free parking with shuttle service. Hours: Friday, February 17, Noon-11 PM; Saturday, February 18, 11 AM-11 PM; and Sunday, February 19, Noon-9 PM. More information is available by phone: 561-833-6387 and online: https://greekfestwpb.com.

WINTER HAVEN, FL – The St. Sophia Greek Orthodox Church Festival, 1030 Bradbury Road in Winter Haven, takes place February 17-19. Enjoy live Greek music and dancing, church tours, delicious Greek foods and pastries, grocery store, boutique, and vendors. Hours: Friday, February 17 and Saturday, February 18, 11 AM-9 PM, and Sunday, February 19, 11 AM-6 PM. Free parking. Admission is $2 and free for children under 12. More information is available by phone: 863-299-4532 and online https://stsophia.fl.goarch.org/about/parish-news/.


PALM DESERT, CA – St. George Greek Orthodox Church of the Desert, 74109 Larrea Street, celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Palm Desert Greek Festival, Saturday, February 18 and Sunday, February 19, 10 AM-8 PM. Enjoy authentic Greek food, appetizers, heavenly pastries, Greek wine, Greek beer, Greek coffee, Souvenir Agora Market with over 20 unique vendors, complimentary Church Tours with Byzantine Art & Mosaic Iconography, Greek Grocery, Book Store, and Greek Novelties. Entertainment includes live Greek music and Greek dancing demonstrations of traditional and folk dances, and Hercules Kids Zone. Admission is $3, and free for kids under 12 and active U.S. military, police, fire, and EMT with ID. Shuttle available from Washington Charter School and Hope Lutheran Church. More information is available by phone: 760-568-9901 and online: https://pdgreekfest.org.


WESTLAND, MI – Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, 36375 Joy Road in Westland, hosts its Greek Fest Saturday, February 18, 12-8 PM, and Sunday, February 19, 12-6 PM. Enjoy traditional food and spirits, live Greek music and dancing, Plaka Market Shopping, church tours and iconography. All activities indoors. Admission is $3. Free valet parking. More information is available by phone: 734-525-6789 and online: https://www.stcons.org.


WHITESTONE, NY – Holy Cross Sunday School hosts their Souvlaki Fundraiser on Sunday, February 19, Meatfare Sunday, in the community’s parking lot, 11-05 150th Street in Whitestone, immediately following the Divine Liturgy. The menu includes chicken or pork souvlaki, tzatziki, spanakopites, tyropites, desserts, coffee, and more. More information is available by phone: 718-767-2955.

ONLINE – On Sunday, February 19, 2 PM EST/ 9 PM Athens EEST, the Eastern Mediterranean Business Culture Alliance (EMBCA) presents the webinar panel discussion ‘American Bipartisan State Legislators of Hellenic Descent and their Effect in the East Mediterranean, and Beyond.’ The panel discussion will be introduced and moderated by Lou Katsos EMBCA’s President. The distinguished panel, in formation, will include State Senator Lou Raptakis (D- RI); State Representative Eleni Kavros (D-CT); State Representative Nicole Klarides (R-CT); State Representative Leon Stavrinakis (D-SC); and State Senator Stephan Pappas (R-WY). More information is available online: https://embca.com/.


ANN ARBOR, MI – The University of Michigan Modern Greek Program and St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church present the lecture ‘Ann Arbor’s First Orthodox Priest: A Story of Refugeehood, Migration, and the Ecumenical Riches of Greek Orthodoxy in America’ by Will Stroebel, University of Michigan Assistant Professor of Modern Greek and Comparative Literature, Monday, February 20, 7 PM, at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, 3109 Scio Church Road in Ann Arbor. Who was the first Orthodox Priest of Ann Arbor, and what can we learn from his life story today? This talk will follow the twists and turns in the life of Fr. Agathangelos, the first Greek Orthodox priest to serve the spiritual needs of Ann Arbor nearly a century ago, and reflect on its broader meanings for Greek Orthodoxy in America. The lecture will be followed by a Q&A session and a reception. More information is available by phone: 734-332-8200 and online: https://bit.ly/3lfEESp.


ONLINE – The National Hellenic Museum (NHM) hosts its Virtual Book Club via Zoom on Thursday, February 23, 7 PM CST, discussing ‘Something Will Happen, You’ll’ See by Christos Ikonomos. Facilitated by NHM’s Resident Scholar Dr. Katherine Kelaidis, each month the NHM Virtual Book Club chooses a book that is either inspired by the Hellenic legacy or by a Greek-American author, and sometimes both. The Book Club is free to join and meets on the third Thursday of each month. Support NHM with your purchase of ‘Something Will Happen, You’ll See’ when you buy your copy through this link, a portion of the proceeds will go to NHM: https://a.co/d/74OPLVp. Register online for the event: https://bit.ly/3Xly0Yi.


CAMPBELL, OH – Archangel Michael Greek Orthodox Church, 401 12th Street in Campbell, hosts its annual Greek Festival February 24-26. Enjoy traditional Greek foods, pastries, cafe, Greek wines, authentic gyros, souvlakia, and lamb. Outdoor and indoor dining available as well as shopping, jewelry, religious items, CDs, and guided tours of newly renovated church. Entertainment includes Greek music and Greek folk dancing groups, live band on Saturday, games for the kids. Credit cards accepted. Hours: Friday, February 24 and Saturday, February 25, Noon-10 PM, and Sunday, February 26 Noon-9 PM. More information is available by phone: 330-755-3596 and online: https://bit.ly/3WAec3e.


BOSTON – Hellenic Professional Women (HPW) hosts its first Brunch of 2023 in Boston, Saturday, February 25,12-3 PM, at Committee 50 Northern Avenue in Boston. Stop by to network, meet someone new or catch up with a friend. Registration is required online: https://bit.ly/3xajkRj.


NEW YORK – Cocktails for a Cause 2023 to benefit the International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC) takes place Sunday, February 26, 2-5 PM, at Ama Raw Bar, 190 Avenue B in Manhattan. Enjoy charcuterie and light hors d’oeuvres and learn about IOCC’s ongoing work in Ukraine and around the world. All proceeds benefit IOCC. Tickets: $20, Free for Seminary/College Students. Cash bar. Register online to attend: https://bit.ly/40bjWDe.


MOONACHIE, NJ – Greek Cypriots of New Jersey present their second event, a simply fun evening with Greek and Cypriot food, open bar, dancing and live entertainment on Friday, March 3, 7:30 PM, at The Graycliff, 122 Moonachie Avenue in Moonachie, NJ, only two miles from Woodridge train station. Casual attire. Free parking. Tickets $100, under 25 years and students $50. For more information, contact Despina Axiotakis via email: [email protected] or by phone 201-981-5764 or Minas Antoniou via email: [email protected] or by phone 551-427-6237.


WASHINGTON, DC – The American Hellenic Institute (AHI) hosts the 49th Anniversary Hellenic Heritage Achievement & National Public Service Awards weekend beginning Friday March 3, 7 PM, with Greek Night & Art Exhibit by Rip Kastaris at The National Press Club, 529 14th Street NW in Washington, DC, includes hors d’oeuvres and cash bar. Tickets: $100 per person. On Saturday, March 4, Breakfast & Policy Briefing 9:30-11 AM at the Capital Hilton, 16th & K Streets, NW, in Washington, DC $50 per person; AHI Awards Dinner 6 PM Reception; 7 PM Dinner & Silent Auction at the Capital Hilton, individual tickets are $400, $200 for Young Professionals. The 2023 honorees are John D. Georges, Georges Enterprises Founder and CEO; philanthropist Jeannie Ranglas; iconographer, artist and teacher Euripides (Rip) Kastaris; and Dr. George D. Yancopoulos, Regeneron Co-founder, President and Chief Scientific Officer. RSVP required. More information is available online: http://www.ahiworld.org/49thdinner.


ONLINE – The UCLA Stavros Niarchos Foundation Center for Hellenic Studies hosts the Book Club: Conversation with the Author: Marialena Semitekolou, Akouarela, on Saturday, March 4, 10 AM Pacific Time/8 PM Greece. To purchase a digital copy of the book, please visit the publisher’s site and read the instructions provided by the publisher carefully. The publisher has also made the book available via Apple Books and Google Play. For more information about the Book Club and the Conversation with the Author series, please contact Dr. Simos Zenios via email: [email protected]. RSVP online for the event: https://bit.ly/3JDgwDI.


ONLINE – The Eastern Mediterranean Business Culture Alliance (EMBCA) presents the panel discussion titled ‘The Legacy of Former King Constantine II of Greece’ on Sunday, March 5, 2 PM ET. More information available online: https://embca.com/


NEW YORK – The Greek Orthodox Folk Dance & Choral Festival Ministry of the Metropolis of San Francisco is dedicated, through Orthodox Christian Fellowship and committed leadership, to promoting, encouraging and perpetuating the Orthodox faith, Greek heritage and culture among individuals, families and communities by expressing it through folk dance, folk art, music and language.

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ATHENS – The remarkable life of the Cretan-born master painter El Greco was presented in the opera performed February 13-20 at the Megaron Mousikis – Athens Concert Hall.

The following words – written by Wall Street Journal columnist Allysia Finley and published by that newspaper on February 11 – had such an effect on me that I felt compelled to share them with you: “When I stepped outside the Journal’s Midtown Manhattan offices shortly after 8 PM Thursday, I entered a crime scene.