Going On in Our Community (Dec. 17 – Jan. 21)

December 18, 2017


BRAINTREE, MA – Cookie Walk at St. Catherine’s Greek Church,119 Common Street in Braintree on Saturday, Dec. 16, 9 AM-1 PM, and Sunday, Dec. 17, 11 AM-1 PM. Homemade holiday cookies and Greek treats sold by the pound. Sponsored by the St. Catherine’s Ladies Philoptochos Society. More information is available by phone: 781-843-0047.


MANHATTAN – The American Hellenic Institute (AHI) invites you to its Christmas Party at Kellari Taverna, 19 West 44th Street in NYC, 6-9 PM on Monday, Dec. 18. Featuring Kellari’s signature passed hors d’oeuvres and buffet style entrees including vegetable moussaka, lamb yiouvetsi, lavraki, salmon keftes, lemon potatoes, spanakorizo, and Greek salad. Desserts include baklava, galaktoboureko, yiaourtopita, and kormos. Complimentary wine, beer & soft drinks. Guests must RSVP to Dean Sirigos at [email protected] by Dec. 16. $60 payable at the door by cash or check to Kellari Taverna. Please note: the AHI monthly networking receptions resume at Avra Estiatorio on Jan. 8.


MANHATTAN –Hellenic Professional Women Inc. (HPW) is hosting a “Cocktails & Connecting NYC” event on Tuesday, Dec. 19, 6-8 PM at Thalassa Restaurant in NYC. Please stop by to network, meet someone new or catch up with a friend. “Small Bites” will be provided by Thalassa Restaurant and there will be a cash bar. Please visit www.hellenicprofessionalwomen.org for details.

DECEMBER 20 and 27

CHICAGO – The two Winter Family Days at theNational Hellenic Museum, 333 South Halsted Streetin Chicago, take place on Wednesdays, Dec. 20 and Dec. 27, 1-4 PM. The winter family fun includes a family craft, Greek dance class, a hands-on cookie making demonstration, and refreshments. The event is designed for parents and children 4-14 years old. Admission is free with Museumadmission, and online registration is required.More information is available online at: www.nationalhellenicmuseum.org.


PEABODY, MA – Christmas Concert at Saint Vasilios Greek Orthodox Church, 5 Paleologos Street in Peabody, on Friday Dec. 22, 6:30 PM featuring the vocals of soprano Anne Grant and the St. Vasilios Youth Choir. Admission is free. More information is available by phone: 978-531-0777.


PAWTUCKET, RI – New Year’s Eve dance at Assumption of the Virgin Mary Greek Orthodox Church, 97 Walcott Street in Pawtucket, on Sunday, Dec. 31, mezedakia at 7 PM, dinner and dancing 8:30 PM-2 AM. Live Greek band, dancing, meze, dinner, dessert, Vasilopita, and champagne toast at midnight. Adults: $50, Ages 11-College: $25, and Ages 10 and under: Free. Contact George Karalis for tickets by phone: 401-616-0008.

HARTFORD, CT – Hellenic Society “Paideia” presents, in association with the Hellenic Student Associations of the Universities of Connecticut and Rhode Island, the New Year’s Eve Glendi at St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 433 Fairfield Avenue in Hartford, on Sunday, Dec. 31, 9:30 PM-2 AM. Enjoy live music, Vasilopita for each table, delicious appetizers and buffet, Greek desserts, champagne toast at midnight, and cash bar. Donation- Adults: $35, Students: $25, Children: $10. More information is available by phone: 860-429-8518 and online: www.paideiausa.org.


CHICAGO –The annual family New Year’s Celebration at the National Hellenic Museum, 333 South Halsted Street in Chicago,will cut the vasilopita cake to bring good luck in the New Year on January 6, 2018 at 1PM. Featuring a lively presentation of traditional Greek folk songs and New Year’s carols by Eftihia Papageorgiou and Petros Dragoumis, the event is not to be missed. Papageorgiou is a vocalist and pianist, lecturer of Music at Wright College, and director of the Odeion School of Music. Dragoumis is a bass and guitar player, author of several books, and music instructor at Odeion.More information is available online at: www.nationalhellenicmuseum.org.


MANHATTAN –HABA, in association with the Hellenic-American Chamber of Commerce, Hellenic Medical Society of New York, Cyprus-U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Hellenic Professional Women Inc. and Hellenic Lawyers Association, invites you to save the date for our Traditional Cutting of the Vasilopita at the Holy Trinity Cathedral Hall on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 6PMin NYC. Details forthcoming at www.haba.org.


The 42nd Annual Greek Orthodox Folk Dance & Choral Festival (FDF) will take place January 11-14, 2018 at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in San Francisco, CA. In recognition of Great Lent, which in 2018 begins during the traditional FDF weekend in mid-February, FDF 2018 will instead take place over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend in mid-January. A special FDF room rate of $195 per night has been secured for our participants.More information is available online at: www.yourfdf.org.


WOBURN, MA – The Vasilopita Dance at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church,70 Montvale Avenue in Woburn, takes place onSaturday, Jan.13, 5-10 PM with the traditional cutting of the Vasilopita, music by Ta Dilina, dinner, dessert, and raffle. Tickets are $20 Adults, $5 Kids under 18 years, no more than $50 per family. Snow day is the next day, Sunday, Jan. 14 after church.More information is available by phone: 781-935-2424 and online at: http://www.annunciationwoburn.com.


HOBE SOUND, FL – St. John Chrysostom Greek Orthodox Church, 10605 SE Federal Hwy (US1) in Hobe Sound, holds its annual Greek Festival Thursday, Jan. 18- Sunday, Jan. 21. Enjoy Greek food and pastries, live music by Menexis of South Florida, and folk dancing performed by St. John’s Dance Group. Admission is free on Thursday and Friday before 4 PM.Admission is $3 for adults, Kids 12 and under: free. Hours: Thursday, Jan. 18, 11 AM – 8 PM; Friday, Jan. 19, and Saturday, Jan. 20, 11 AM – 10 PM; and Sunday, Jan. 21, 11 AM- 6 PM. More information is available by phone: 772-546-8180 and online at:http://www.saintjohn.fl.goarch.org.


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