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Grecian Festival Program Book 2010
Worcester, MA

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    • ���������������������������������������GRECIAN FESTIVAL ‘10������������������������� ���������������������������������������June ����������� �������������� ������������� ����������������������������������4, 5 & 6���������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������������www.BankAtCommerce.com
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    • WELCOME TO OUR2010 GRECIAN FESTIVALA Welcome from Reverend Dean N. PaleologosEvery two years, for the last 34 years, the Saint SpyridonGreek Orthodox Community opens its doors and welcomeseveryone to our grounds, to enjoy a bit of Hellenism withour family as we celebrate the Grecian Festival. We callthis “philoxenia,” which literally means ‘friendship to allpeople’. For three days we open our hearts and welcomeyou to be part of our Greek experience.The Grecian Festival has been a highlight of Worcesterand Central Massachusetts since 1976. It has grownto become the finest and the largest festival of NewEngland, with attendance exceeding 20,000 people.We recognize and commemorate our forefathers, thoseGreek immigrants who came to the United States andWorcester to create a new life, and in doing so, madelasting contributions to the religious, economic, culturaland political development of Worcester. It’s also a timeto join in the festivities of our Hellenic Heritage.I would like to send my heartfelt appreciation to all those who have helped make the 2010 GrecianFestival possible. This includes our city and state officials, our neighbors, our wonderful sponsors,the media, and those who have offered “in kind” donations. These supportive commitments reflecta partnership with the Saint Spyridon Greek Orthodox Community as generous stewards of theGrecian Festival. Profound gratitude is in order to the chairman Konstantinos “Gus” Giannakis,all the committee chairpeople, our numerous volunteers, our vendors, our participants, amongstothers. A great welcome to all our guests who provide energy and enthusiasm that will makethis festival truly special.I invite you all to experience our Hellenic Culture, Heritage and Faith. Most importantly to beembraced by God’s Love “Agape” and our love to all people - “philoxenia”.Very Truly Yours in Christ,Rev. Dean N. Paleologos 3
    • KALI DIASKEDASIWe are truly grateful towonderful featuresfor themake our Festival unique… through some of the have you join us that 2010 Grecian Festival. Experience a bit of Greece as we take you …In our Main Food Line choose from 15 homemade Greek specialty foods and pastries including Lamb & Chicken Shish-Kebab, Moussaka, Pastichio, Spinach or Cheese Pita, Stuffed Grape Leaves, Baklava, and many more. …For a quick sandwich try the Fast Food Line and order a Gyro, Loukaniko (Greek Sausage), or Pork Souvlaki Wrap. …Relax in the outdoor Kafenio and enjoy a Greek Coffee, Iced Frappe, glass of Wine, Beer, or sip on an Ouzo. Sample one of the Meze, (Greek appetizers) or better yet order the Pikilia Assortment Plate. …Take a stroll through the Agora: An open air marketplace where merchants keep shops to sell their goods… Visit our very own Agora right here in the Auditorium. Purchase Traditional Greek Sweets to eat here or to take home with you from our Bakery Shop. Touch the Treasured Handmade Linens from years ago made with love which can be found in the Linen Shop. Authentic Handmade Greek Jewelry for children and adults can be found at the different jewelry shops throughout the Agora. View Hellenic books with many titles to choose from as well as traditional Greek childrens books in our two Book shops. A “Scents of Greece” can be found at the handmade soap shop specializing in olive oil soaps. Traditional Greek statues, plaques and wall art can be found at Makis Place, a festival favorite. Byzantine icons and many other religious items are displayed in our Religious Shop. Contemporary and eclectic clothing can be found at the boutique shops located throughout the Agora. Do not forget to purchase an authentic Choco Freta Chocolate bar and Amita Juice from our very own Periptero, a Kiosk filled with candies, chips and other treats. The Periptero will also be selling the featured films seen in our Cinema Room. Purchase a raffle ticket and take a chance to win a variety of great items at the Agora raffle. …Movie buffs can catch a film by local artists in our new Cinema Room...we even offer popcorn and soda pop! …Take a chance on the Raffle and drive home in a new BMW 128i coupe. …Join your children for games and treats at the Kids’ Fest. …Learn a few steps from our Dance Troupes...don’t be shy...grab onto someone’s hand dancing and weave through the crowds to our wonderful music. …And most importantly take a Cathedral Tour. It is an experience for the senses and the soul. If you have any questions please see one of our volunteers in the blue Staff t-shirts. KIDS’ FEST AGORA SHOPPING TONNA ART CINEMA GALLERY ROOM 2nd Floor 4
    • FESTIVAL MENUMAIN FOOD LINELamb Shish-Kebab with Rice & String Beans 9.75Chicken Shish-Kebab with Rice & String Beans 8.50Moussaka (eggplant, ground beef, bechamel) 5.50Pastichio (baked macaroni, cheese, meatless) 4.50Spanakopita (spinach pita) 2.75Tiropita (cheese pita) 2.50Keftedes (meatballs in sauce) (3) 3.25String Beans 1.75Greek Salad 2.25Rice Pilaf 1.75Dolmades (stuffed grape leaves, meatless) 2.75SWEETSLoukoumades (honey puffs) (6) 3.00 (12) 5.00Baklava (filo pastry with walnuts and honey) 1.50Kataifi (shredded filo with walnuts) 1.50Kourabiedes (butter cookies with powdered sugar) .50Koulourakia (braided cookies) (12) 5.00Melomakarona (honey cookies with nuts) (4) 3.25 (8) 6.00Galaktobouriko (custard delight) 2.00Strawberry Shortcake 3.00Fruit Cup 3.50FAST FOOD LINEGyro 5.00Pork Souvlaki 4.00Loukaniko (Greek Sausage) 4.00 KAFENIO MENU APPETIZERS Tiropita/Spanakopita 3.25 Dolmades (3) 3.25 Tzatziki (cucumber-yogurt dip made with garlic) 3.00 Saganaki (fried Greek cheese) 5.00 Pikilia Platter (an assortment of appetizers) 15.00 DESSERTS Baklava 2.00 Kataifi 2.00 Milfai 2.50 Galaktobouriko 2.50 COFFEE & REFRESHMENTS Greek Coffee 2.00 Greek Frappe 3.00 American Coffee 1.50 Soft Drinks 2.00 Domestic and Greek Beer 4.00 Ouzo 4.00 Metaxa 4.00 Wine - glass 5.00 Wine - bottle 20.00 5
    • DEDICATIONWhenfithe Grecian Festival inFestival,heFr.knew that Stephanidestwo blessedtomemory, went to the parishatomajority the rst “architect” of the 1976, George he needed of things be successful: buy-in from initiateof the parishioners and someone to lead that group of parishioners. For the inaugural Festival Fr. George selectedEmmanuel and Elpida Milias, as they were respected by the parishioners and community, and because they had anunderstanding of local business and government.Through the 34-year history of the St. Spyridon Grecian Festival there have been 30 chairmen and co-chairs of theFestival. The job of the chairman is time-consuming and difficult, and like all the Festival workers they are volunteerswho must balance their jobs, families, and other church duties. All past Festival chairmen were also members of theparish council and other church committees. All possessed the traits that the position of Festival chairman requires:intelligence, leadership, ability to compromise, and patience.Sadly, in the last decade four of our Festival chairmen have passed away: Arthur Lagadinos, Paul Tsourides,Donald Theoharides, and George Spanakis. They were all men who loved their church, community, families andfriends, and who took an immense pride in representing the Greek Orthodox community to Worcester and CentralMassachusetts. It is with sincere gratitude that we honor the memory of these men and all past and future chairmenfor their stewardship of time, talent, and treasure. We join their families in their sadness for the loss of theseindividuals, but we take solace in the knowledge that their legacy and memories will be eternal.GRECIAN FESTIVAL CHAIRMAN 1976-20101976 Manny Milias & Elpida Milias1978 Paul Tsourides & Chris Dionis1980 Manny Milias & Elpida Milias1982 Manny Milias & Parish Council1984 Arthur Lagadinos1986 Nicholas Bazoukas & Chris Liazos1988 Nicholas Bazoukas & George Spanakis1990 Nicholas Bazoukas & Mary Angelopoulos1992 Manny Milias1994 Serena Shields1996 Serena Shields1998 Steve Maminakis & Nicholas Bazoukas2000 Donald Theoharides, George Kalogeropoulos,& Stelios Karantzoulides2002 Donald Theoharides2004 Donald Theoharides2006 Michael Dionis & Dino Charalambides2008 Michael Dionis & George Maniatis2010 Konstantinos “Gus” Giannakis & Kostas Bloumis Paul Tsourides George Spanakis Donald Theoharides 6
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    • VOLUNTEERS Honorary Chairs Rev. Father Dean Paleologos Rev. Father Gregory Christakos Festival Chairmen Konstantinos “Gus” Giannakis Charlie BloumisAdmissions: Demostenes KaloudelisAlcoholic Beverages: Dimitrios VasiliadisAnnouncer at Opening Ceremony: Nicholas BazoukasAgora: Erin MoudiosArt Gallery: Antoinette Zographos &The Hellenic Arts SocietyBakery Shop: Eleni Giannakis & her Philoptochos TeamBaking & Packing: Philoptochos & Dimitra KimbourisBook Shop: Dr. Matthew Panagiotu & Margaret DimaChurch Tours: Michael ConstantinouCinema Room: Georgia MenidesCultural Room: Katerina SingasD.J.’s: Chris Tsigas & DJ NikoEntertainment: Aris FelisFacilities: Chris Fourkas & Athanasios BloumisFast Food: Sideris Angelou Food Chair: George PanagiotopoulosFinance & Couriers: Chris Fourkas Food Line: Janice & Mike DionisFinance Advisor: George Fotiades Fruit Cup: Aristea Notidis & Maria Tranaka Graphic Design: Sarah Kyriazis & Ekaterini Kakouros Grilling: Sam & Panagiotis Georgiadis Kafenio: Soula Engonidis, Ekaterini Giannakis & Zoe Paleologos Kitchen: Peter Gaba & Chris Lekas Licensing/Permits: Chris Fourkas & Konstantinos “Gus” Giannakis Linen Shop: Penelope Kakouros Loukoumades: Jody Athanasiou & Vicky Helali Poster & Cover Art: Joan Gage Program Book, Public Relations, & Publicity: Christina Andrianopoulos, Sarah Kyriazis & Ekaterini Kakouros Raffle: Angie Douka & Aris Felis Religious Shop: Maria Skritakis Salads: Petros Athanasiou Soda: Dennis Dionis Web Design: Panagiota Gertsios 8
    • ORTHODOXYThe Orthodox Christian FaithOrthodox Christians hold true to a tradition which has been handed down unchanged from the time of theApostles. For over one thousand years from the Day of Pentecost, Orthodoxy was the only Christian tradition.Orthodoxy is practiced the same way today as it was in the Church of the catacombs, the Church of theApostles, the Fathers, and martyrs. While some may find the services, traditions, or practices of Orthodoxy tobe “old fashioned”, or “not in keeping with today’s society in America”, it is this very factor that gives Orthodoxyits inherent strength. Orthodoxy has always held true to those values and principles given to mankind by God,and through his Son our savior JESUS CHRIST, rather than mold and change its beliefs and principles toaccommodate an ever changing society. While it may be practiced in many languages throughout the world,the principles, traditions, and liturgies are the same. In closely watching the Divine Liturgy, visitors can readilysee the origins and elements of our worship service, such as the Nicene Creed, the Epistle, Gospel readingsand the Lord’s Prayer. Orthodoxy is an inheritance: the Bible, the Creed, the decrees of the EcumenicalCouncils, the service books, the worship, and the art have formed the “Tradition” of the Church.History of Saint Spyridon Greek Orthodox CathedralIn 1924 construction began on Orange Street in Worcester for the first Saint Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church.On May 3, 1925 the new church was consecrated. As the community grew, the need for a new church wasrealized. In November 1950, construction began on a new church, on our present site at the corner of Elmand Russell St. On Palm Sunday, April 13, 1952, the doors of the new St. Spyridon Church were officiallyopened. In 1985, Saint Spyridon Greek Orthodox Church was elevated to a Cathedral. Today our Cathedralhas approximately 1,500 families whose Stewardship supports such ministries as The Orthodox Food Pantry,Holy Trinity Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Greek Language Program,Youth Activites, among others.In architecture, Saint Spyridon Cathedral is in the Byzantine style, with one or more domed roofs. The domesand their surmounting crosses remind us that Christ is the head of the Church and are symbolic of heavenabove. The Church was designed in the shape of a crucifix, which reminds us that we are saved by the Crossof Christ. Saint Spyridon Our Cathedral is named after Saint Spyridon, who died in the 4th century. He was born in Cyprus and is honored in both the Eastern and Western Churches. He was compassionate and loving; a humble shepherd, Bishop of Trimythus, confessor of the faith during times of persecution, and an outstanding teacher of Orthodoxy at the First Ecumenical Council of Nicaea in 325. Saint Spyridon is noted for the miracles he performed during his life and is known for his great piety, honesty, and gentleness. When you walk into the Cathedral you will enter the Narthex and see a glass display case with the slippers of Saint Spyridon, given to us by the Bishop of Corfu. The body of Saint Spyridon has remained completely intact. The Holy Relics are found in the church in Kerkyra on the island of Corfu, Greece. Each year, on the day of his commemoration, December 12, the slippers are found completely worn out. The serving priests change the saint’s shoes every year, only to find them worn out again the next year. It is the belief of Orthodox Christians that Saint Spyridon continues walking today performing miracles. 9
    • MUSIC & DANCEAncient Greek MusicThe music of ancient Greece was inseparablefrom poetry and dancing. It was entirelymonodic, there being no harmony as theterm is commonly understood. The earliestmusic is virtually unknown, but in the Homericera a national musical culture existed thatwas looked upon by later generations asa “golden age.” The chief instrument wasthe phorminx, a lyre used to accompanypoet-singers who composed melodies fromnomoi, short traditional phrases that wererepeated. Live Dance Performances Live Music Dance Groups Friday Saint Spyridon Dance Group "Orpheus" 7:00 - 9:00 pm Alexander the Great Dance Group 9:30 - 11:30 pm of Union Hrisohorafiton Saturday "Arion" Friday 7:00 - 9:00 pm 6:00 pm 9:30 - 11:30 pm 9:15 pm Saturday 2:00 pm 5:15 pm DJ Music 9:15 pm DJ Christos Sunday DJ Niko 2:00 pm 5:15 pm Antiquity / Origin of Dance Ancient Greeks believed that dancing was invented by the Gods and therefore they had associated it with their religious and worshipping ceremonies. They believed that the Gods offered this gift to some select mortals only, who in turn taught dancing to their fellow-men. Therefore, a Greek Festival is not complete without Greek Dancing...Enjoy our Greek Dance performances by all dancers as young as 4 years to adults...maybe you’ll learn a few steps..and DON’T BE SHY..grab someone’s hand in the dance line snaking through the crowds...we’ll make you feel like Zorba the Greek! 10
    • CULTUREThe Grecian Festival celebrates our Greek faith and heritagein so many ways. Greek heritage encompasses manyaspects of Hellenism including our art and culture, which Mechanics Hallmany believe is our heart and soul. At this festival we Proudly Celebrateshope we can enhance your festival experience by offering withmany aspects of art and culture for your enjoyment. We Worcester’salso thank our art and culture sponsors for their show of Greek Community!support in the Grecian Festival. This includes, The Worcester �Art Museum, The Museum of Russian Icons, The Hanover Worcester’sTheatre, Mechanics Hall, The Ecotarium, and Worcester premier concert hallLove. Through their generous donations we will be offering and meeting placeexciting items for raffle from each one of these venues at our is uniquely suited to any occasion.“Agora” raffle. ■ Call to inquire about your next event. MECHANICS H ALL 321 Main Street Worcester, Massachusetts 01608 Tel: 508-752-5608 BU I L T 1 8 5 7 Fax: 508-754-8442 NATIONAL REGISTER OF info @ mechanicshall.org HISTORIC PLACES www.mechanicshall.org Cathedral Tours Friday 5:30, 6:00, 7:00, 7:30 pm Saturday 12:30, 1:00, 1:30, 2:00, 2:30, 3:00, 3:30, 4:00, 4:30, 5:00, 6:00, 6:30, 7:00, 7:30 pm Sunday 1:00, 1:30, 2:00, 2:30, 3:00, 3:30, 4:00, 4:30, 5:00, 5:30 pmCathedral ToursOne of the highlights of our festival is the guided tours ofour beautiful Cathedral. This is especially poignant for thosewho have never been inside our Cathedral...During the touryou will leave the excitement and bustle of the festival behindas you step into the inner spiritual sanctum. Allow theflicker of the candles to ignite your soul as the sparkle of thechandeliers reflect the stained glass, opening you up to a fulland mesmerizing experience of faith and spirituality. Light acandle, say a pray for a love one, or just sit quietly and allowthe strains of life leave your body for just a little while. 11
    • TONNA ART GALLERY Art Gallery—in the Tonna Room Discover fifty centuries of art We sorely miss award winning artist and Saint Spyridon community member Alexander Gazonas. Until his passing in 2008 and for 32 years of festivals, Alex was responsible for designing the artwork that became the theme of each respective festival translated into our posters, program book covers, and more. This year following in Alex’s “big” brush strokes, is Joan Gage whose art was selected as our 2010 Festival theme. In our art gallery displayed and for sale offer some of Alex’s artwork, Joan Gage’s water color art as well as an extensive collection of other local artists’ paintings, sculpture, decorative arts, photography, prints, drawings and new media. These items are wonderful additions to adorn the walls in your home or business, or for gifts for that special someone. W ORC E S T E R A RT MU S E UM www.worcesterart.org GRAND DISCOVERY ICONS ACQUIRED FROM PRIVATE EUROPEAN COLLECTIONS NEW EXHIBITION Through July 30, 2010 Grand Discovery features ten exceptional Russian icons from prominent private collectors in Germany and Holland with subjects and content new to the Museum. See significant, extremely rare icon from the Rostov region of Russia titled, Archangel Gabriel, circa 1600 (on right). On view with 150+ icons from the Museum collection. The collection includes more than 400 Russian icons, the largest Tonna Art Gallery collection of its kind in North America, and one of the largest private collections outside Russia. The exhibition is free with Museum admission. Friday Museum Admission 5:00 - 9:00 pm • Adults - $5 • Students - Free • Seniors - Voluntary Donation Saturday • Children under 16 - Free • Tours - Groups - $4 12:00 - 10:00 pm Sunday 203 Union Street I Clinton I Massachusetts 12:00 - 7:00 pm Open Tue - Fri, 11AM - 3PM I Thur ‘til 7PM I Sat, 9AM - 3PM 978 - 598 - 5000 I www.museumofrussianicons.org 12 ��������������������������������� �����������������
    • CINEMA ROOMCinema Room—Upper Classrooms, West WingPremiering at this year’s festival is our Cinema Room.Our Cinema Room offers an eclectic variety of films,shorts and documentaries many produced by local filmmakers and artists. The Cinema Room will allow moviebuffs the opportunity to add a sneak peak at awardwinning and recently released films that cover a widegenre of topics…of course all films are appropriatefor all ages. We even provide popcorn and sodapop! The films are also available for sale at the GreekMulti-media table in the “Agora.” Films include, “StillGreen” by Georgia Menides/Undercover Productions,Artigo/Ajemian’s film “Boyband”—released Friday,June 4, 2010, “The Green House Girls,” 2010 BostonFilm Festival award winning documentary, “The Promiseof Tomorrow; 1940-1960” by Anna Giannotis-GreekHeritage Society of S.CA, among others. Join us in theCinema Room, sit back, unwind and lose yourself in afeatured film for a little while …who knows, maybe youwill meet the film directors or producers…rumor has itsome of the stars maybe there for an autograph…. Cinema Room Films shown every hour, on the hour Friday 7:00 - 10:00 pm PROFFESIONALÊDJÊSERVICE Saturday 2:00 - 10:00 pm Sunday 2:00 - 6:00 pm Worcester Center for the Performing Arts The Hanover Theatre|2 Southbridge Street| Worcester, MA 01608 Tel: (877) 571-SHOW|Fax: (508) 770-0206|e-mail: INFO@THEHANOVERTHEATRE.ORG 13
    • AGORA SHOPPING AT ITS BESTTake a stroll through the Agora: An open air Special Raffles pecialmarketplace where merchants keep shops to sell Visit the Agora to Purchase Ticketstheir goods…Visit our very own Agora right here $1 per ticketin the Auditorium. Purchase Traditional GreekSweets to eat here or to take home with you from Select Raffle Items Donated Byour Bakery Shop. Touch the Treasured Handmade Worcester Art MuseumLinens from years ago made with love which can Museum of Russian Iconsbe found in the Linen Shop. Authentic Handmade The Worcester TornadoesGreek Jewelry for children and adults can be Direct Airlinesfound at the different jewelry shops throughout The Hanover Theatre Fridaythe Agora. View Hellenic books with many titles Koukla Mou Designs 5:00 - 10:00 pmto choose from as well as traditional Greek French Twistchildrens books in our two Book shops. A “Scents The Red & Black Storeof Greece” can be found at the handmade soap Ecotarium Saturdayshop specializing in olive oil soaps. Traditional 12:00 - 10:00 pmGreek statues, plaques and wall art can be found Thank You to...at Makis Place, a festival favorite. Byzantine icons Jennifer Swan Sundayand many other religious items are displayed in Mural Artist and Landscape Painterour Religious Shop. Contemporary and eclectic 978.464.5446 12:00 - 8:00 pmclothing can be found at the boutique shopslocated throughout the Agora. Do not forget topurchase an authentic Choco Freta Chocolatebar and Amita Juice from our very own Periptero,a Kiosk filled with candies, chips and other treats.The Periptero will also be selling the featured filmsseen in our Cinema Room. Purchase a raffle ticketand take a chance to win a variety of great itemsat the Agora raffle. www.KouklaMouDesigns.com Nancy Capstick p. 508-753-7184 f. 508-421-9575 redandblackstore.com (coming soon) redandblackstore@live.com 15 Ellis Drive, Worcester, MA 01609 Our project continues to evolve in support of Albanian women in a new democracy. our efforts focus on development of employment and educational opportunities as well as donations to scholarship funds. The Red and Black Store sells products made �������������� by Albanian women and women from Nepal, Tibet, Indonesia, Canada and the US. We ���������������� have selected beautiful and unique items, all hand-made by women for women. We support businesses that endorse fair trade and environmentally sound practices. At ������������ appealing prices, we are confident that you will discover a treasure for yourself or a wonderful gift for a friend or loved one. Thank you for your support of our project. 14
    • KIDS’ FEST Join Us! Kids of all ages will enjoy our Kids’ Fest in our newly renovated parking lot! Play games, bounce, enjoy treats and meet local mascot Twister! Charron Amusements Games Bounces Fun Foods Childrens Rides Saint Spyridon Nursery School“Where the growth and development of each individual child is nurtured” Now enrolling Preschool program Se pte mber 20 1 0 Come join us… For more information : 508-752-5354 • 102 Russell Street • Worcester,MA 01609 • email: j.ward@spyridoncathedral.org • *Summer program offered 15
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    • DID YOU KNOW... ...The first Saint Spyridon Grecian and recently released films, shorts, and documentaries of an Festival was in 1976. eclectic variety of stories all created by local producers and artists...and we offer popcorn and soda pop too! Most films ...the festival averages will be available to purchase in our Agora. approximately 20,000 guests who pass our entrance in the three days of the festival. ...you may think that the drink of choice in Greece is Ouzo but the most popular drink in Greece is the iced coffee “frappe”....we have over 300 volunteers, that’s 5,100 over the 34 Try one in the Kafenio, you’ll be hooked..better than any latte year history of the Festival. around....that we were the first large scale ethnic Festival in New ...that the paintings and mosaics of our Cathedral rival anything England. you will see in Europe. Take a Cathedral Tour to enlighten your eyes and soul....this Festival was the template for festivals in Worcester and throughout the Northeast. ....that when the dances begin and the snake lines get bigger and bigger...DON’T BE SHY..it’s OK to break into the line...that our tent is over 150 feet long and 90 feet wide. and join someone’s hand and enjoy dancing to our melodic songs, while weaving through the crowds...we’ll teach you...that over 10,000 pieces of pastry was baked for the the steps. Festival, using more than 1,000 lbs of flour, hundreds of pounds of sugar, and 300 dozen eggs. ...that “philoxenia”, hospitality towards visitors has been a fundamental element of Greek society and culture since...over 7,000 skewers of shish ke bab will be grilled. ancient times. We consider it an honor and privilege to have you join us. Thank You!...over 7,000 pieces of spinach and cheese pita was baked, using 300 lbs of filo and 500 lbs of cheese....over 270 lbs of feta cheese, 450 heads of lettuce, and 34 lbs of olives was used in making the salads....42 bricks of yeast and 15 buckets of syrup was used in the making of the loukoumades (fried honey puffs)....40 cases of Green Beans was used in the making of the “Greek Style” green beans....300 lbs of rice was used in the making of the Rice Pilaf....that our parishioners are ethnic Greek, Albanian, Romanian, Russian, Irish, Assyrian, Portuguese, American to name a few....80% of the Saint Spyridon parishioners are self employed....Greek music is as diverse as music in the U.S., everything from folk (demotika), blues (rebetika), to pop (laike). Enjoy the greatest hits of Greek music compiled by DJ Christos Tsigas and the Live music of Orpheus and Arion each night....the Agora was the central market and meeting place of Ancient Greece and still is today. Go inside our auditorium to the Agora and purchase hand made goods, imported foods, jewelry, art, religious icons, and much more....New this festival, the Cinema Room offers award winning 57
    • BATTLE OF MARATHON Areial View of MarathonTwo thousand five hundred years ago on September 11, 490 BC the Persian Armyassembled an estimated 150,000 troops to invade Greece in order to punish Athens fortheir part in the Ionian Revolt, which were rebellions against Persian rule. TheAthenian forces consisted of 10,000 citizen-soldiers, including 1,000 soldiers fromPlataea, and were led by General Miltiades. The two divergent forces met on a smallplain near the village of Marathon, 26 miles north of Athens. The Persian military wasconsidered the greatest fighting force of the era and the Athenians were fightingagainst all odds. Using superior military strategy and weapons the greatly outnumberedAthenians fought and won the Battle of Marathon. Their casualties were recorded at Ticket for the first Olympics192 and 11 Plataeans. Persian casualties totaled 6,400. All 192 Athenians wereburied under what is called the Tymvos (Burial Mound) at Marathon which is stillvisible today. The battle was one of the proudest moments in the history of ancientGreece as it marked the first defeat ever of the Persian army on land. The Persianshad already conquered the Middle East and parts of Asia, and a victory in Marathonwould have cleared a path through every other city-state of Greece and continued onthrough all of Europe. The victory endowed the Greeks with a faith in their destinywhich was to endure for three centuries, during which time western culture was born.Historians agree that a defeat of the Athenians at this battle would have changed thetide of history and the world as we know it today. Everything we take for granted of Olympic Medal 1896 - Frontwhat Western civilization looks like today is as a result of the Athenian victory atMarathon. There are very few things you can think of in the modern world, as far ashow we define ourselves in the West, that would not be fundamentally different. Mostimportantly Democracy, which was still in its infancy in Athens and less than twodecades old. In addition to Democracy the development of Philosophy, Visual andPerforming Arts, Scientific reasoning, and speculative thought would not haveoccurred. The importance of the battle even in ancient times was well known andrevered. The father of modern drama Aeschylus requested that the epitaph over histomb be inscribed with no mention of his status as a poet, only that he was aparticipant at the battle of Marathon. Olympic Medal 1896 - Back 58
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