A 75 feet ancient shipwreck has been found in Black Sea in over 1.6 miles of water, according the Guardian newspaper. The lack of oxygen in such a depth preserved this shipwreck in tact with mast, rudders, and rowing benches. This is the oldest ship found and is believed to be 2400 years old. The documentary team has made a two-hour film that is due to be shown at the British Museum … (Full article)
Thursday, February 22, at 5:30pm, Room 211, Wishcamper Hall, USM Portland
The famous filmmaker, Michael Cacoyiannis (Zorba the Greek, The Trojan Women, Electra) is a proud Cypriot. When Turkey invaded the island during the political upheaval in July of 1974, he rushed to the island to document those his- toric events. The resulting film was “Attila 74: The Rape of Cyprus.”
The Hellenic Society of Maine will show the film at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 22 on the USM Portland campus. Following the 11⁄2 hour film HSoM board member, George Spatoulas, will lead a discussion after a quick break for refreshments.
The surprise invasion occurred after years of wrangling and political maneuvering that involved not only Cyprus but Greece, Turkey, the USA and other countries. The triggering event was the Greek junta’s attempt to depose the Cypriot president, Archbishop Makarios, as part of a plan to reunite the island with Greece.
Once Turkish troops landed on the island, thousands of Greek Cypriots were killed or fled south to displaced persons camps. Supported by only a cameraman and a sound engi- neer, Cacoyiannis traveled across the island in those early traumatic weeks interviewing political leaders as well as countless victims and refugees. Thus this documentary is clearly from the Cypriot point of view.
Both Greeks and Turks — who had been living co- mingled for centuries — lost homes, land, and businesses when the population was separated. Today, more than four decades later, the island remains divided with a Turkish sec- tion in the north and the Greek section in the south, with the line cutting right through the capital of Nicosia. Talks aimed at finding a solution continue to fail right up to this year, stalling on the key issues of governance and reparations.
During President’s Obama visit in Greece here is the full press conference with President Obama and Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras from thepapaspost.com
Currently President Obama is visiting Greece in Athens. Here is his dinner speech.
Leonard Cohen, who just passed way at the age of 82, great singer and poet spend 10 years in Hydra island of Greece. According to greekreporter.com …”A restless spirit, Cohen started as a writer and travelled a lot. In September 1960, he purchased a house on Hydra island, where he found his muse and the sunny solitude he needed to write. In fact he wrote his The Favourite Game (1963) and Beautiful Losers (1966) while living on the island. It was there that he met Marianne Jensen, his partner for most of the 1960s and the inspiration behind debut album cut, “So Long, Marianne”. ” … see more here
Several of the Greek Orthodox parishes hold annual pastry and/or sweet bread sales at this time of the year. Don’t miss your chance to buy these are authentic, hand-made Greek sweets — something you cannot find in other places. A bonus — these sales are important fundraiser for the churches, so you are supporting them with your purchases.
The St. Fotini Ladies Society will be selling pastries and frozen food items at the St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church’s (Saco) Fall “My Big Fat Greek Bazaar” and Luncheon held 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sat. Nov. 19. (The luncheon is served from 11 to 2 p.m.) There will be a large selection of fresh pastries, as well as frozen pans of pastichio, spanakopita, appetizers, and baklava. To be sure to get what you want, pre-orders are recommended. Call Toni Spirounias at 934-2159 or email email@example.com. Orders must be received by Nov. 13 and can be picked up at the parish hall at 186 Bradley St., Saco, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 18, or during the sale on Saturday.
The Ladies Philoptochos Society at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church of Portlandwill take pre-orders for a variety of pastries, plus pans of spanakopita and baklava, AND their annual Vasilopita sweet bread. The Holiday Pastry Sale is in the parish house, 133 Pleasant St., Portland, on December 3rd from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm. The sale will feature individual pastries and bread for sale as well as a craft table, coffee, etc. Please place your advanced orders for Vasilopita by November 25th to Alex at 774-9261 or the church office at 774-0281.
The Holy Trinity Greek Church in Lewiston is holding its annual holiday pastry sale – “Dial-A-Greek Pastry.” Pastries, trays of appetizers and tsourekia ($7 a loaf) can be ordered by phone or email until Wednesday, November 16. Orders can be picked up at the church at 155 Hogan Road, Lewiston, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19, just in time for Thanksgiving. To order call 946-7372, 784-7107, or 729-8155; or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Our help is on its way to Portland’s Sister City — Mytilene, Lesvos, Greece!
The container full of humanitarian medical supplies and equipment was placed aboard a ship in New York on Saturday Oct. 22 and is now on its way to the port of Piraeus in Greece. It is projected to arrive on November 19. It will then be placed on a truck bed, driven onto a large ferry boat, and taken to the island of Lesvos and then to the Mytilene General Hospital.
Approximately 10 volunteers joined staff members of Partners for World Health and loaded the container by hand – box by box – on Friday Oct. 14. It took five hours to fill the 40-foot container with nearly 900 items – the most that has ever been sent in one load, according to staff. In addition to tons of supplies of all kinds, included were four hospital beds, examining tables, chairs, walkers, and IV poles, plus equipment like defibrillators, etc.
This extraordinary project of the Hellenic Society of Maine was made possible by our more than 90 individual donors and businesses, by a group donation from the parishioners of the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church of Portland, and by one person in particular, Jeffery Choney — all who gave the more than $21,000 needed to make this happen.
A special thanks to the members of the band, Skordalia, which performed the kick-off benefit concert; and to the USM School of Music for the venue. Invaluable assistance with customs issues was provided by Consul General of Greece in Boston, Mrs. Iphigenia Kanara. Shipping is being handled by Mike’s Shipping in Revere, Mass.
Once all expenses for this project are settled, any remaining money will be used to send smaller boxes of supplies to the hospital.
Thank you, thank you all!
Hellenic Society of Maine