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2015

Phoenix Greek Pontian Society of Cleveland
2015 International Cleveland Community Day

Pontus is a historical Greek designation for a region on the southern coast of the Black Sea, located in modern-day eastern Black Sea Region of Turkey. Young people from the Phoenix Greek Pontian Society of Cleveland performed at the Cleveland Museum of Art's International Cleveland Community Day in the Atrium of the museum.

Phoenix Greek Pontian Society of Cleveland

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St Demetrius Greek Orthodox Church Dancers at Continental Cup
July 2, 2015

The St Demetrius Greek Orthodox Church Dancers performed at the opening ceremony of the 2015 Continental Cup put on by the Greater Cleveland Sports Commission.

The Continental Cup is now in its 10th year and the 2015 event had 3300 athletes from 11 countries including Tanzania, Kenya, Mongolia, China, Bermuda, China, Colombia, Canada, Brazil, Nepal and Greece.

Parade of Athletes at the opening ceremony of the 2015 Continental Cup in Cleveland Ohio

Young athletes from Greece in the Opening Ceremony

Photos and videos of the dancers

Greek athletes in the Opening Ceremony

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Mad Greek Restaurant in Cleveland Heights
January 13, 2015

The Cleveland Food Adventurers Passport event in January 2015 was at the Mad Greek Restaurant in Cleveland Heights. The adventurers learned about Greek culture and sampled traditional Greek food and drink. One highlight was the bouzouki playing by Kosta Revelas.

Kosta Revelas playing bouzouki

Kosta Revelas playing bouzouki

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Greek Zeibekiko Dance Song on Bouzouki

Kosta Revelas played a tetrachordo (four pairs of strings) bouzouki at the Mad Greek Restaurant in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. He played a Greek Zeibekiko Dance Song with a rhythm pattern of 9/8th.



This was part of the Adventure to Greece as part of the ClevelandPeople.Com Food Adventurers passport club. People who enjoy trying different foods and learning about different cultures participate in the Food Adventurer's group.


Alexander the Great - Top Ten Facts

Lt Colonel (and history buff) Joseph Meissner gave the Top Ten Facts about Alexander the Great at the Mad Greek Restaurant in Cleveland Heights, Ohio. Alexander was King of Macedonia and the young conqueror of the Persian Empire. Did Alexander cut the Gordian Know with his sword? Listen to Joe.




2014

Greek Festival at Sts Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral

The annual Greek Festival at Sts Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral in Cleveland Heights took place from August 21-24,2014. The festival featured live music, folk dancing, Greek food and beverages, Cathedral tours, homemade pastries and even a flea market.

Greek dancers at the annual Greek Festival at Sts Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral

Traditional Greek Dance

Photos and videos from the annual Greek Festival


2012

Greek Community at Opening of Ames Family Atrium
Cleveland Museum of Art
October 28, 2012

The Cleveland Greek community was represented at the grand opening of the Ames Family Atrium in the Cleveland Museum of Art on Sunday October 28, 2012.

Greek table

Greek table


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Kyklonas Hellenic Dancers from St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church
Ohio's Celtic and International Festival
September 3, 2012

The Kyklonas Hellenic Dancers from St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church

Kyklonas Hellenic Dancers




Greek Cultural Garden at One World Day
August 26, 2012
Photos and Video

Greek Cultural Garden

Greek Cultural Garden at One World Day



2011

Kyklonas Hellenic Dancers from St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church
at 2011 Cleveland International Folk Festival

Kyklonas Hellenic Dancer

Kyklonas Hellenic Dancer at Folk Festival


2010

Musician at Greek Fest

Fun at the 2010 Greek Fest

SS Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral August 2010 Festival


Greek teens dancing at Greek Festival

SS Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral August 2008 Festival

SS Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral August 2007 Festival

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Organizations and Resources for Greeks in Cleveland

World War II Memorial at Annunication Greek Orthodox Church in Tremont

Greek Cultural Garden in Cleveland


Columns in the Greek Cultural Garden in Cleveland



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Greek Hositality - Xenia at 2008 SS Constantine & Helen Greek Orthodox Cathedral Festival  (photos by Dan Hanson)

Xenia is the Greek concept of hospitality or generosity and courtesy shown to guests or travelers.

Xenia consists of three basic rules: The respect from host to guest, the respect from guest to host, and the parting gift from host to guest. The host must provide the guest with food, drink and bath. The parting gift is to show the host's honor at receiving the guest.

The Greek god Zeus was also god of the travelers. This created a particular religious obligation to be hospitable to travelers. If you performed poorly as a host, you would incur the wrath of a god.

To this day any visitor to a Greek home will be received with the highest valued tradition of Philoxenia.




Greece achieved independence from the Ottoman Empire in 1829. During the second half of the 19th century and the first half of the 20th century, it gradually added neighboring islands and territories, most with Greek-speaking populations.

In World War II, Greece was first invaded by Italy (1940) and subsequently occupied by Germany (1941-44); fighting endured in a protracted civil war between supporters of the king and Communist rebels. Following the latter's defeat in 1949, Greece joined NATO in 1952.

A military dictatorship, which in 1967 suspended many political liberties and forced the king to flee the country, lasted seven years. The 1974 democratic elections and a referendum created a parliamentary republic and abolished the monarchy.

In 1981, Greece joined the EC (now the EU); it became the 12th member of the European Economic and Monetary Union in 2001.

(facts courtesy of CIA World Fact Book)


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Profiles of Greeks in Cleveland and Northeast Ohio


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Tall Ted turns the turntable with Timeless Tunes

Jim Swingos
First-class Place, Food and Man


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