The PATRIARCHAL PILGRIMAGE to Cuba is a go. All the approvals have been received and plans are well on their way. This event will take place from January 20th to the 26th. There is also a four day package, from January 23rd to the 26th. Included in the program, depending which one of the plans is selected, is an ecological blessing, a visit to a children’s hospital, a tour of Old Havana, a concert with GEORGE DALARAS, dinner hosted by Metropolitan ATHENAGORAS, Patriarchal Great Vesper Services and the Consecration of the new ST. NICHOLAS CHURCH in Port of Old Havana. Literature has been sent out to the communities for anyone wishing to join this pilgrimage. For information, call: PROTRAVEL at the toll free number 888-857-4871 or 212-832-9936. So, within the next few weeks, yours truly will be revisiting Cuba with my friend LEE GOUNARDES to make the final arrangements for this historic Patriarchal Pilgrimage. It is indeed an honor to have been selected to coordinate this trip.
CAVO Café Lounge has introduced “Celebration Sundays”, every Sunday with live touberleki and belly dancer YASMINE and music by DJ FRISBEE. For reservations and information, call: 718-721-1001. There is no cover charge and there is valet parking.
The new Cardio Vascular Office has opened in Astoria with DR. WILLIAM TENET, DR. CHRIS IAKOVOU and DR. DIMITRI KARIDES, neurologist, at 23-18 31st Street in Astoria.
HAPAC, the Hellenic American Political Action Committee, introduced their new brochure, at their recent Christmas Part held at the Columbus Club in Manhattan. It describes HAPAC, its mission and introduces HYPE, Hellenic Youth in Professional Endeavors, a program directed towards and geared for the Hellenic youth. Anyone wishing to receive this brochure can e-mail HAPACNY@AOL.com and request one, by submitting their mailing address. In addition, HAPAC is gathering a mailing list for those who wish to receive periodic updates on the political happenings of the organization and future events. You may also e-mail HAPAC to be placed on the mailing list.
JENNIFER GARDIKAS of New York University women’s volleyball, with her sister MARTHA GARDIKAS gave it a valiant effort along with their Violet teammates, but fell one game short of the NCAA Women’s Volleyball Division III National Championship. They defeated Emory in five games to advance, but could not hold off Washington University for the national title. For the semi-final and championship games Jennifer had 12 kills, 24 digs and three blocks. Meanwhile, Martha Gardikas had 11 digs in the championship match. Jennifer Gardikas along with teammate Katya Khmelnitskaya were named to the NCAA All-Tournament Team. Congratulations to these fine athletes.
Till next week when we go “Around Our Town.” Email me at Archie1m@aol.com