THRU JUNE 6
‘Yiayia Knows Best’ virtual one-woman show by Katharine Jordan runs through June 6. A combination of storytelling and song, Yiayia Knows Best, is told from the perspectives of Yiayia and her granddaughter, Katie. Hear Yiayia’s story of immigration and survival, her hopes and worries, her struggle and success; intertwined with Katie’s perspective on growing up as “a piece of white bread dipped in olive oil” (half Greek). Written and Performed by Katharine Jordan. Directed by Kurt Steiner. Accompanists John Berst and Matthew Pollack. Rating: PG-13 (language). Run Time: 50 minutes. Register for this virtual event on Eventbrite, search: Yiayia Knows Best. The YouTube link will be at the bottom of your confirmation email and will allow you to watch the show anytime until June 6, 11 PM CDT. If you don’t know what day you can attend, you can select tickets for any day and watch the show whenever you want and how many times you like during the run of the show.
ANNAPOLIS, MD – Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, 2747 Riva Road in Annapolis, hosts the Annapolis Greek Festival Friday, June 4 and Saturday June 5, 11 AM-8 PM both days. This year, the event will be a carryout only event, but attendees will able to come in to hear the Greek music and order the delicious Greek food and pastries. Among the foods to enjoy, lamb shanks (limited supply), baklava sundaes, and loukoumades. More information is available by phone: 410-573-2072.
WESTFIELD, NJ – Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 250 Gallows Hill Road in Westflied, hosts their Annual GreekFest, to-go this year, Friday, June 4, 4-9 PM, and Saturday June 5, 11 AM-9 PM. Take-out specialties include pastitsio, souvlaki, gyros, and desserts such as baklava and galaktobouriko. Proceeds from this event will benefit Holy Trinity ministries and its local non-profit partners. Order online at NJGreekFest.com and pick up your order in the parking lot of the church. All orders must be placed online. A 50/50 raffle will also be held. More information is available by phone: 908-233-8533.
WHITESTONE, NY – Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church, 11-05 150th Street in Whitestone, hosts its Greek Festival June 10-13. Enjoy all the festival favorites, souvlaki, pastitsio, moussaka, cheese and spinach pies, Cypriot delicacies, and Greek pastries, as well as the community’s famous loukoumades. Gift shops will also be available. Entertainment includes Greek music. Hours: Thursday, June 10, 6-10 PM, Friday, June 11, 6-11 PM, Saturday, June 12, 3-11 PM, and Sunday June 13, 3-9 PM. More information is available by phone: 718-767-2955 and online: www.holycrossgreekchurch.com.
MANHATTAN – The band Sounds of Cyprus, fronted by vocalist Elena Chris with music direction by Peter Douskalis, will play an evening of traditional music from the island of Cyprus for a unique experience, ushering back the live music scene in New York City on Friday, June 11, 7 PM, at Drom, 85 Avenue A on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. Alex Tasopoulos will be on viola and Erikos Vlesmas on bass. The ensemble will perform classic Cypriot favorites from the traditional repertoire including songs by Hadjimichael, Tokas, Ioannidis, and Violaris to name a few. Tickets: $20 available online: DromNYC.com. Follow on Instagram and Facebook @SoundsOfCyprus.
WEBSTER, MA – Saints Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, 37 Lake Parkway in Webster, hosts Gyro Festival, Saturday, June 12, 11 AM-6 PM. Enjoy the gyro platter, Greek pastries, beer, wine, Kafenio, and baklava sundaes. Raffle table and kids meal available. The Car Show will also be held, $5 donation per car. More information is available by phone: 508-943-8361 and online: www.schwebster.org.
ONLINE – The East Mediterranean Business Culture Alliance (EMBCA) presents the Hellenic Revival Architecture in an Age of Revolution Panel Discussion, Sunday, June 13, 2 PM EDT/ 11 AM PDT/ 9 PM Athens, on YouTube. The panel will be introduced and moderated by Lou Katsos, EMBCA’s President/Founder and former Adjunct Professor of Architecture at the Chanin School of Architecture at Cooper Union. The panelists will include architect, lecturer, and artist John Fotiadis, and Sarandis Zafiropoulos, Emeritus Professor of Architecture and Urban Design at the School of Architecture at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. The discussion will explore what Hellenic revival architecture is, its history and characteristics, and focus through examples on Hellenic revival architecture particularly in Hellas and America when it reached its peak popularity from 1825-1860. The discussion will be available on YouTube, search EMBCA Hellenic Revival Architecture.
TROY, MI – St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church, 760 West Wattles Road in Troy, hosts Opa! Fest 2021 Mini Drive-Thru, Saturday, June 19 and Sunday, June 20, Noon-8 PM. Pre-order delicious Greek food and pastries online beginning June 1 and pick up at the designated time from the convenience of your car. Orders due by June 19. More information is available by phone: 248-362-9575 and online: www.stnicholastroy.org.
ONLINE – The East Mediterranean Business Culture Alliance (EMBCA) presents the 1821 : Revolution and Poetry in Motion Panel Discussion online on Sunday, June 20, 2 PM EDT/ 11 AM PDT/ 9 PM Athens. More information coming soon: https://embca.com/event-all/.
PLAINVILLE, MA – The 26th Annual Golf Classic for St. Gregory the Theologian Greek Church takes place Friday, June 25, Wentworth Hills Country Club, 27 Bow Street in Plainville. Registration 7:30 AM, Tee Times 8:15 AM. The event features Scramble/Bramble format, Closest to Pin(s), Longest Drive, and Raffle. More information is available online: https://www.saintgregorythetheologian.org/events/2021-golf-classic.html.
WOBURN, MA – Beefeaters Night BBQ at Annunciation Greek Church, 70 Montvale Avenue in Woburn, takes place on Friday, June 25, 6:30-10 PM. The 2nd Annual St. Nektarios Annunciation Men’s Club hosts the event at the Woburn Hellenic Community Center. Cold beverages will be available to accompany the dinner. Attendees may also bring their own special beverages to enjoy and share. Pre-pay RSVP by June 20 via PayPal or check. Cigar-friendly pre- and post-dinner. More information is available by phone: 781-935-2424
BOSTON, MA – Greek Heritage Night at Fenway Park, 4 Yawkey Way in Boston, will be held on Monday, June 28, 6:15 PM for the Greek Heritage pre-game ceremony and the ceremonial first pitch. Game begins 7:10 PM with the Kansas City Royals facing the Red Sox. Further details to be announced. More information is available online: https://www.alphaomegacouncil.org/2021-greek-heritage-night/