You often hear people say, “I want a traditional Christmas”. Does the word “traditional” mean anything more than the Christmas you remember from your childhood? This summer, a Greek-American friend told me he hoped to come to Greece for a “Greek Christmas”. But is there a traditional Greek Christmas that he can remember? Has there ever been a “Greek Christmas” at all?
They say that the best way to discover a place is to walk through it. All your senses are in tune with your surroundings; you have the time to observe, and there are no other distractions to affect the experience. Moreover there are many exceptional areas that can only be reached on foot.
O Come All Ye Faithful...
...bring your favourite dish, your kids and your friends and join in the Christmas spirit with a joyous carol singing service to be held at Vicki’s house at Glyfades, near Isterni on Sunday, 21st December from 7pm.
Loucia Samourkas (guitar) and Elsa Mouratidou (voice) put a spell on all those who heard them perform in the Capella on the last night of the Naxos International Guitar Festival in July. By popular request they are coming to Naxos again to give a Christmas concert with songs from around the world
The hot sun on Sunday morning, 16 November could have convinced you that it was still summer. But wafting along the harbour front in Naxos were the evocative smells of woodsmoke and raki, reminding us that winter is really on its way.
More than 600 volunteers from Paros and Antiparos donated blood during this autumn’s blood donation. The Association of Blood Donors of Paros & Antiparos thanks its members for such an impressive turnout.
Jazz saxophonist Charlie Peterson and pianist Paul Austin are both from Los Angeles. Paul is presently living on Paros, where he is writing about the thematic connections between rebetika and blues. Charlie is a welcome visitor, sax in tow.
The Greater Journey is a collaboration between photographer John Pack and poet Peter Abbs. IPAC Music Appreciation Evening with Orfeas John Munsey. Photography exhibition of Naxos through the eyes of children.
Christmas is coming and holiday preparations are brightening grey winter nights, reminding us of what is really important. Christmas is a celebration of love, of giving and sharing, of making our home warm and welcoming to receive friends and family.
If this is to be your first winter staying in the islands, you might not yet have realized just how cold and damp it can get, as this has been one of the sunniest autumns in many years. But if you have been thinking of spending the winter without some sort of heating device, prepare yourself for a shock! A simple traditional fireplace won’t be enough on its own to keep you warm. To make sure that your home is cosy and comfortable until the warmer weather returns, there are many options from which to choose, as you will see below.
The small forest of pine trees around the Ekatontapyliani Church that was planted by the students of the primary schools of Paroikia some 80 years ago, has been in serious danger of dying out. But thanks to Mr Timoleondas Venetsianos, the problem appears to have been solved.
Press releases from MPs Aria Manousou-Binopoulou, Yannis Vroutsis and Panagiotis Rigas, Keta Notiou Agaiou, Commercial Association of Paros & Antiparos, Xenios Zeus Hotel Association, NOP (Paros Nautical Club), the Folkdance Group of Naoussa (XON), the Music Dance Group of Naoussa and the Archipelagos Institute.
In 2008, the Hellenic Recycling Company (EEAA) began the implementation of recycling on the islands, in cooperation with the municipalities in each area. So far the islands where recycling has begun are Paros, Naxos, Santorini, Andros, Kea, Kefallonia and Kythira. Other islands will soon be added.
Revised EU legislation that aims to protect human health and the environment by ensuring waste batteries are properly collected and recycled applies from 26/9/2008. The directive also makes producers responsible for the management of batteries once they become waste. Where you can take old batteries for recycling.
The Hellenic Society for the Protection of the Environment & the Cultural Heritage (Elliniki Etairia) has created a blog at the Paros Community Network of Parosweb for the local committee of the association on Paros.