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Festivals & Dances

Akritai to celebrate 75th anniversary

Upper Darby, PA – The Pontian Akritai community of Philadelphia is hosting one of the biggest dances of the year and it promises to be extra special. Celebrating it’s 75th year as a syllogo, it is North America’s oldest Black Sea organization.

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Greece / Cyprus

Operation Primavera

Journalist Christodoulos Papadimas describes the crucial role his grandfather Major General Vassos Vrachnos – the victor of Pindos – played in the defeat of the Italian invaders by a handful of Greeks during WWII in the treacherous terrain of the Albanian mountains.

Oxi Day Tradition Continues at Evangelismos
Community

Oxi Day Tradition Continues at Evangelismos

Philadelphia, PA – Parishioners of Evangelismos Greek Orthodox church gathered to watch as their Greek school celebrated Oxi Day. The performance featured children from the Greek school classes reciting poems and singing songs about the historic day, October 28th 1940. Blue and white flags waved as beaming faces looked on with pride.

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Community

Oxi Day Signals Revival of Greek at Annunciation

They celebrated Oxi Day at Annunciation Greek Orthodox church yesterday. But in a grander sense, it was a resurrection and a new day for these Greeks. Hosted in the church hall, it was the first time Oxi Day services, including recitals and speeches were given there.

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Sports

Eagles drop a close one to Cardinals

The Eagles returned from the bye week to find themselves in the desert of Arizona for a battle between two 5-1 teams. Both the Eagles and Cardinals have been able to find early season success to put them in position for a playoff run in the second half of the season.

Amphipolis Tomb
History

3D model of the Amphipolis Tomb

A 3d virtual reconstruction model made by Ing. Nikolaos Alexandrou.
In 2012 Greek archaeologists unearthed northeast of Amphipolis at a location called the Kasta Hill, a vast tomb, the biggest burial tomb ever unearthed in Greece. The perimeter is 497 meters long, and is made of limestone covered with marble.

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Community

Klio Kokolis, Jewel of Greek Dancing

Cherry Hill, NJ – Klio Kokolis loves Greek Dancing. How much you ask? Well, for 40 plus years, she has been the Director of Dance for the Hellenic Heritage Dance group of St. Thomas Greek Orthodox church in Cherry Hill.

Peter Bourjos (left) and George Kontos (right). Images courtesy of Keith Allison and Jose Benavides.
Sports

Greeks in Baseball

For those of you who have been watching this season’s MLB post season it’s been quite an exciting October to date. The Fall Classic matchup is now set between fellow Greek Mike Moustakas and his upstart Kansas City Royals going against the San Francisco Giants who will be looking for their 3rd World Series title in 5 years.

Atlantis Of Phila
The Philly Greek-Stake Blog

The Monkeys Are Here

At a recent Greek festival, I was sitting down drinking a Frappe, people watching, enjoying the weather, and listening to the haunting melodies of the bouzouki coming over the loudspeakers. Ahhhh… the sound of the bouzouki. An instrument that makes your emma rise to heart attack levels when it solos.

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Photographic Moments
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Asbury Park, NJ, 2007

The annual “Blessing of the Waters” tradition takes place in mid September along the shores of the Asbury Park boardwalk. Members of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese from throughout the region attend church services that take place at the Paramount Theater and Convention center. Led by Metropolitan Evangelos of New Jersey, a wooden cross is thrown into the sea which is retrieves and returned by a lucky child. The child is blessed with good fortune for the year. Image courtesy of Eleftherios Kostans.