A visit to The Metropolitan Museum of Art for a view of the Greek and Roman art is a trip worth making. This collection of art includes more than 35,000 works ranging in date from the Neolithic period to the time of the Roman Emperor Constantine’s conversion to Christianity in 312 A.D.. It includes the art of many cultures and is among the most comprehensive in North America. The areas represented are Greece and Italy; much of Asia Minor on the periphery of Greece was settled by Greeks; Cyprus became increasingly Hellenized in the course of its long history; and Greek colonies were established around much of the Mediterranean basin and on the shores of the Black Sea. The department also exhibits the Pre-Greek art of Greece and the Pre-Roman art of Italy. The Metropolitan Museum of Art is located at 1000 5th Avenue, at 82nd Street, Manhattan. For information, call 212-535-7710.
The Foundation for Hellenic Culture sponsors the first solo exhibition by Greek painter-sculptor Vlassis Kaniaris. Curated by Manos Stefanides, art critic and curator of the National Gallery of Greece, “Give the People What They Want,” will be on view Mondays through Fridays, 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., at The Foundation for Hellenic Culture, 7 West 57th Street (between Fifth and Sixth Avenues) and will run through June 23rd. For information, call 212-308-6908. The Foundation for Hellenic Culture is a non-profit organization founded in Athens in 1992 to promote and disseminate Greek culture and language at an international level.
For the best cannoli around you must try LULU’S Bakery at 185-26 Union Turnpike in Flushing. Charlie with his wife Luisa and his sister Josephine will be on KTU 103.5FM on Wednesday, May 28 serving up breakfast to the “Morning Crew” of Goomba Johnny, Baltazar, Speedy and the rest. Oh yes, the cakes and pastries are great and Charlie does a fantastic job creating and designing all types of specialty items. Tell him Archie sent you.
The Annual Picnic of St. Nicholas Church of Flushing will be held on Saturday, May 31st from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Manorhaven Beach Park in Port Washington. If you enjoy a walk on the beach or play tennis, handball, basketball, soccer or volley ball…come out and have fun. For information call 718-357-4200.
BASILE, the hottest comedian around, recently sold out two shows at St. Nicholas Church in Flushing, and is now heading for Long Island. Archangel Michael Church will feature BASILE on May 31st at Towers on the Green (North Shore Towers) in Floral Park, Wheatley High School Auditorium. Show begins at 7 p.m. and the price of $75 includes a complete buffet dinner and show. For information, call Martha at 516-759-1194 or Athena at 516-365-2966. It seems like the Greek churches are making BASILE a main stay for their fundraising efforts.
PSEKA hosts its 14th Annual Cyprus Conference from June 3rd–5th, at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Washington, D.C. This conference has afforded many politically active Greek-Americans from across the country to meet key United States Senators, Members of Congress and high-level Administration officials, who play a major role in formulating U. S. policy affecting Cyprus and Greece. For information, call 718-545-7202.
Three Hierarchs Church hosts their Greek Festival not once but twice over two weekends, on May 30th – June 1st, (first weekend) and again on June 6th – 8th (second weekend). They will feature Greek music, dancing, Greek food and pastries, on church grounds, 1724 Avenue P. in Brooklyn. For information, call 718-339-0280.
Kimisis Tis Theotokou Church of Holmdel, New Jersey will host their Annual Grecian Festival on June 5th – 8th, featuring Greek music, dancing, traditional Greek food, delicious Greek pastries, games and rides for the kiddies. Performing will be the famous “Hellenic Dancers of New Jersey”. All this takes place on the church property, 20 Hillcrest Road. For information, call 732-739-1515.
Till next week when we go “Around Our Town.” Email me at Archie1m@aol.com