On Saturday, March 16th, the NHS DC Chapter hosted a complementary screening of members Marianne & Dean Metropoulos’ film, Cliffs of Freedom. Our guest speaker Ambassador Patrick Theros gave a brief background of the War of Greek Independence before the film began. The film received the round of applause and the audience was thrilled by the movie’s caliber, story-line and poignancy! The event finished off with lunch at a nearby restaurant.
On Monday, March 18th, following The White House’s Greek Independence Day celebration, the National Hellenic Society’s Washington, DC Chapter hosted a reception at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel. Co-chairs Mike Manatos & Louis Courembis welcomed attendees to the annual celebration of heritage and culture as well as introduced some of the night’s honored guests to give their remarks. Congressman Chris Pappas (D-NH), Foreign Minister George Koumoutsakos, AHEPA Past Supreme President Carl R. Hollister, New York State Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis, NHS Chairman Drake Behrakis, and NHS Executive Director Art Dimopoulos were among those who spoke during the evening. The event also promoted the “Cliffs of Freedom” film produced and written by NHS Members Dean and Marianne Metropoulos, as well as the National Hellenic Society’s Heritage Greece program.
Washington, DC - On Sunday, December 2nd, NHS Members Ted and Demetra Argeroplos sponsored a meet and greet luncheon at the il Canale restaurant in Georgetown. NHS members, along with Heritage Greece alumni and Pan-Hellenic scholars were present. The purpose of the luncheon was to connect these students with prospective mentors who will be able to provide guidance and advice that will help them in the future. The National Hellenic Society is excited that the first of many events designed for fostering the Mentor/Mentee relationship between our members and our program participants was a success. We look forward to many more events like this as we launch this new phase of our Heritage Greece and Heritage America programs. Thank you Demetra and Ted Argeroplos for sponsoring this event to kick off this exciting new chapter!
And they’re off! Every year, the National Hellenic Society sponsors Greek American college students on a two-week educational and cultural immersion experience at the American College of Greece to discover their heritage and culture through the Heritage Greece Program. This year, we are proud to sponsor 65 participants, joined by 13 peer students from ACG.
Meeting in Washington, DC before heading to Greece tonight, the group visited the Harvard Center for Hellenic Studies, where they heard from several classicist and fellows, and the Greek Embassy where His Excellency Ambassador Lalacos and his diplomatic corps welcomed the participants and provided an overview of Greece’s challenges. They then visited Capitol Hill, where they met with Congressman John Sarbanes, Senator Chris Van Hollen, and the staffs of Congressman Gus Bilirakis, Congressman Charlie Crist, and Congresswoman Dina Titus! This is just the beginning of a life-long commitment to these Greek American ambassadors of Hellenic heritage!
Safe travels and καλό ταξίδι παιδιά!
Following the White House salute in honor of Greek Independence Day, the NHS hosted their second annual after-party reception for members, guests, and VIPs to honor Greece’s 186 years of freedom from the Ottoman Empire. Several Greek American organizations, Greek and Cypriot Embassy representatives, and politicians, as well as Greek artists Kalomoira, Thanos Petrelis, and Vassy, were in attendance. It was a night to remember. Ζήτω Ελλάδα – long live Greece!
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Celebrity chef and author Diane Kochilas is back for a special NHS tour to celebrate her PBS 13-part series, My Greek Table. The series is also co-sponsored by the National Hellenic Society.
Diane was the featured guest at four NHS chapter-hosted events along with NHS Executive Director Art Dimopoulos in Boston, MA at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston hosted by NHS Chairman Drake Behrakis; Philadelphia, PA at Estia Restaurant hosted by Estia’s Stacy Pashalis and NHS member John Vasiliou; New York, NY, hosted by Kellari Taverna; and Washington, DC, hosted by Kellari Taverna DC. Diane talked about her My Greek Table journey, and guests also got to watch clips from the series while sampling wine and cheese!
My Greek Table is now available to watch online at http://www.pbs.org/show/my-greek-table/. Enjoy!
NHS Washington, DC co-hosted the fabulous Col. Rose Mary Sheldon at the International Spy Museum. Sheldon, author of Ambush: Surprise Attack in Ancient Greek Warfare and Espionage in the Ancient World captivated the audience by discussing the art of ancient Greek espionage. Click here for more details.
Click here to view Ancient Espionage: The Greeks and the Great Game
Following the White House salute in honor of Greek Independence Day, the NHS coordinated a reception for members and guests to honor 185 years of freedom from the Ottoman Empire. His Eminence Archbishop Demetrios was in attendance and offered a few words. Several Greek American organizations, Greek and Cypriot Embassy representatives, and politicians were in attendance.
The National Hellenic Society hosted a luncheon at the International Spy Museum in Washington, DC. It was moderated by Mike Manatos, NHS Board member and President of Manatos & Manatos, and featured Ambassador and first Director of National Intelligence, the Honorable John Negroponte, and Ambassador and Executive Director of the US-Qatar Business Council, the Honoable Patrick Theros. The two spoke on present U.S. foreign policy from their vantage points, seasoned by life-long careers as U.S. diplomats. They discussed the challenges, risk, and opportunities facing the West within the context of America’s political transition. Especially given recent news developments, this discussion was very compelling and lively.