Greek Agora Festival
Festivals & Dances

Greek Agora Festival at St. Thomas Greek Orthodox Church

St. Thomas Greek Orthodox Church in Cherry Hill New Jersey will host it’s 41st annual Agora Greek Festival.
If you’re looking for pastries and perfect night of dancing, then you will want to visit the Greek Taverna night club. It’s the areas largest Greek Festival in South Jersey. From October 9-12, it’s a rain or shine event.

Media Greek School

Hellenic education on the cutting edge, Academy of Aristotle in Media

Media, PA – On a perfect Monday evening, the Hellenic Academy of Aristotle launched classes for the 2014-2015 year. Under the direction of Elias Pantelides, Director of The Academy of Aristotle, students and parents filed in to the church hall, signed checks and watched Pantelides ring the bell-bringing the room to attention.

Lincoln Financial Field, familiarly known as The Linc, home stadium of the NFL's Philadelphia Eagles. Image courtesy of Wally Gobetz.

Monday Night Madness

When your local football team is playing on Monday Night Football the stakes are high. Week two of the NFL season gave Eagle Nation one of the most dramatic victories in recent memory against a quality opponent in the Indianapolis Colts.

Greece / Cyprus

Rhodes Riches: An NGO Model for Greece

In the course of living and writing in Serbia, I had the great fortune to be invited by Rhodes International Culture and Heritage Society (Rhodes RICHES), a non-governmental organization (NGO) based in Rhodes, to the lovely island to present my lecture on Byzantium: Past and Future.

Food & Wine

Greek Salad Turkey Bacon Club on Pita

It seems that everyone loves a Classic Turkey Bacon Club Sandwich. There’s just something about that turkey, bacon and cheese combo stacked inside those three layers of toasted bread with lettuce tomato and mayonnaise. That combination just bursts with flavor as you bite into one of those cute little wedges.

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School’s back! St. Demetrios Greek school opens

Upper Darby, PA – Some 100 students attended the first day of Greek at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox church in Upper Darby, this past Friday. Moms and Dads escorted in their children and were greeted by hugs and kisses from teachers. The k-8 program had several new teachers added to the program, filling some vacancies that were created.

Calliope Yiannos of Holy Trinity in Egg Harbor, NJ raises the cross after recovering from the Atlantic Ocean

Annual Blessing of the Waters

Asbury Park, NJ – This Sunday the 21st of September 2014, it all happens again, the annual blessing of the waters. Thousands of Greek Orthodox members (from NJ, PA, NY, DE) will witness the rustic and historic event along the shores of the Atlantic (seaside town/ Asbury Park).

Festivals & Dances

A Taste of Greece, Fall Festival

Media, PA – St. George Greek Orthodox church is hosting it’s annual fall food festival on October 2, 3, 4, 5, called “A Taste of Greece”. Great Frappes, pastries, Gyros, Spanakopita and a whole lot more at this event. The church dance group will perform in the evening through the weekend long festival.

Image courtesy of Dimitris Papazimouris
The Philly Greek-Stake Blog

The Leftovers

I like leftovers. I’m sure most of you out there agree. But, no, I’m not talking about leftovers like meatloaf, turkey from Thanksgiving dinner, or Mom’s spanakopita from Easter. What I am referring to are those Greek guys.


St. George Cathedral 2nd Golf Classic

Philadelphia, PA – St. George Greek Orthodox Cathedral of Philadelphia will be hosting it’s second annual golf tournament (Torresdale Frankford Country Club). The annual event will provide funds for the restoration of Philadelphia’s Greek-American Orthodox community Cathedral.

Image courtesy of Chuck Stanley

Eagles open Season with a Comeback

It was a frightening afternoon at Lincoln Financial Field in the season opener. Expectations are high for the local football team, probably the highest expectations I’ve seen since a guy named T.O came to town in 2004. Ten years ago the Eagles thumped the NY Giants to open that memorable campaign by the same score as the 2014 version 34-17.

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Festivals & Dances

St. Sophia hosts Fall Festival

Valley Forge, PA – With plenty to do, eat, and see, the place all of us should have been at this weekend, was St. Sophia Greek Orthodox church. The end of summer Grecian Festival was hosted on the grounds of the church. Hellenes and Philhellenes alike were out sharing a meal and reflecting on the summer.

Photographic Moments

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.