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December 24, 2021

DECEMBER 25, 31

ASTORIA – Anemos, 41-15 34th Avenue in Astoria, presents singer Christos Perras with Eva Anastopoulos and Sofia Charalampidou on Saturday, December 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/.

DECEMBER 24

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.

DECEMBER 28

NEW YORK – Philo4Thought hosts their annual Holiday Happy Hour on Tuesday, December 28, 7 PM, at Kellari Taverna, 19 West 44th Street in Manhattan. All are welcome to attend. Please feel free to share with friends! Online preregistration is required. Standard registration is $30. College/graduate students are welcome to attend for 50% off (PassCode HOLIDAZE122121). Proceeds for this event go towards Philo4Thought’s annual student scholarship, free seminars and publications as well as heavily-discounted educational programming, training initiatives, and coaching services. Register online: https://bit.ly/32dWR9A.

DECEMBER 31

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.

NEW YORK – New Year’s Eve at Mykonos Bleu Rooftop, 127 West 28th Street in Manhattan, on Friday, December 31 with 3 Hours Open Bar 9 PM-12 AM at the Greek-island inspired hot spot for those 21 and over with valid ID. For bottle service or questions, text: 347-673-4965. Tickets available on Eventbrite, search: Mykonos Bleu Rooftop.

JANUARY 9

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.

ONLINE – EMBCA presents the 100th Anniversary of the Godfather of Rhythm and Blues: Johnny Otis/Ioannis A. Veliotes Panel Discussion on Sunday, January 9, 2 PM EST/9 PM Athens EEST. The Anniversary Commemoration will celebrate the life, times, and works of an iconic and amazing figure in the musical world, inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994, the Renaissance Man of Rhythm and Blues – Johnny Otis for the 100th anniversary of his birth December 28, 1921, and the 10th anniversary of his passing January 17, 2012. The panel will be moderated by Lou Katsos, EMBCA’s President and AHEPA National Hellenic Cultural Commission Chairman. The distinguished panel – in formation – will include author, historian and activist Herb Boyd, Professor of the Black Studies Program at the City College of New York (CUNY); author/poet Nicholas Alexiou, Professor of Sociology and Director of the Hellenic American Project at Queens College; and Filmmaker Tassos Rigopoulos, Assistant Professor in the Media Arts and Technology Department at the Borough of Manhattan Community College (CUNY). More information is available online: https://embca.com.

JANUARY 15

LONG ISLAND CITY, NY – The most popular carnival event in Greece comes to New York with the 4th Annual Patras Carnival Party (Patrino Karnavali) on Saturday, January 15, 10 PM, at Melrose Penthouse, 3608 33rd Street in Long Island City. During the carnival period, there are events such as carnival balls, masqued balls, and parties at home, in neighborhoods, clubs, cafes, and restaurants. One of the most popular events is the ‘80s Back to Carnival’ party, drawing more than 1,000 attendees. Three of its DJs, Stelios Apostolopoulos, Panagiotis Kolliopoulos, and George Kouverianos, are traveling to New York and invite you to dance your heart out until the next morning. Official Sponsor: LOUX – www.loux.gr. Tickets available on Eventbrite, search: 4th Annual Patras Carnival Party.

JANUARY 16

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.

JANUARY 27

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.

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