It’s Greek pastry day(s)!

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 tspirounias@yahoo.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 greekpastry@gmail.com

Lesvos Hospital Aid Update

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

Lesvos Hospital Aid: Shipment of humanitarian medical aid on its way!

A container full of recovered medical supplies and equipment was loaded this past Friday Oct. 13 by a crew of volunteers at the Partners for World Health warehouse on Canco Road, Portland. The 40-foot container left by truck for a shipping depot in Massachusetts, then will go on to New York where it will be loaded on a ship bound for Piraeus, Greece.

 This is the next phase in the HSoM project — Lesvos Hospital Aid — to support the Mytilene General Hospital in Mytilene, Lesvos, Greece – Portland’s Greek Sister City. The hospital is the primary health provider for all of the Greek residents of the island, and for the more than 6,000 refugees and migrants who are stuck in camps on the island waiting for their requests for asylum to be processed. These people are part of the more than 600,000 who have passed through this one island into Europe.

 Our recent fundraising campaign topped its goal of $20,000 which was needed to obtain and ship the supplies. Thanks again to all of those who donated and made this possible.

 

Irwin Novak, PhD

Hellenic Society of Maine Newsletter – Fall 2016

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We have published our Newsletter for Fall 2016 which highlights our latest activities, upcoming movies, Lectures and other updates  about the Hellenic Society of Maine. Please click on the link to download your own copy HSoM Newsletter Fall 2016

Older Versions of our newsletter are available on the “Newsletter” page.

Greek Consul General Coming to Maine!

iphigenie-karnalasMrs. Ifigenia Kanara, Consul General of Greece in Boston, will be coming to the University of Southern Maine in Portland, 133 Wishcamper Hall at 5 p.m.,

Tuesday, October 18, 2016. A reception will follow. Mrs. Kanara will speak about the more than 1 million people, migrants and refugees, that crossed the Mediterranean Sea in 2015, fleeing war and per- secution in Syria and elsewhere. An unprecedented humanitarian crisis was sparked in Europe as transit countries were struggling to cope with the influx.

Greece found itself in the epicentre of this crisis. More than 60,000 people remain stranded across the Greece which in the midst of a severe economic crisis is trying hard to provide for those in need. The crisis has put to the test not only the European Union’s ca-

pacity to respond in a united and coordinated way, but also the western world’s readiness to address the problem collectively and in a way compatible to our common values.