The National Hellenic Society (NHS) continues a series of successful events with its annual Heritage Weekend, which took place October 6th - 9th, 2022 at the Waldorf Astoria, Monarch Beach Resort & Club in Dana Point, California.
Attendees describe the event as: “One of a kind. The best Greek event.”
During the 4 day celebrations, guests heard from acclaimed speakers who shared their expertise on democracy and the roots of Hellenism. They also participated in discussions with renowned scientists, doctors, and giants of classical Greece. Among them were keynote speaker Alexandra Papadopoulou, the Ambassador of Greece to the US, Debra Wince-Smith, the President and CEO of the U.S. Council on Competitiveness, Bill Antholis, the Miller Center Director and CEO of Emeritus Managing Director at Brookings, Josh Ober, the Constantine Mitsotakis Professor Classics and Political Science at Stanford University, George Nounesis the Director and Chair of the National Centre for Scientific Research "Demokritos" and Dr. John Camp, the Niarchos Foundation Classics Professor and Randolph Macon College and Emeritus Director of the Agora Excavations. Present were also students who participated at the Heritage Greece Program and reunited in California to reinforce their friendships and connections.
Recreational activities with stunning views of the pacific allowed attendees to take in the sun, sand, and surf. The highlight of the weekend was Saturday’s night dinner, awards presentation, and performance by one of Greece’s top entertainers and his band, Giorgos Tsalikis. Attendees danced to Greek songs to their heart’s content, enjoyed a fun photo booth, and connected through their passion for Hellenism. NHS also celebrated and honored Michael Chiklis, one of Hollywood's most accomplished actors and celebrities, and Dr. John Camp and his wife, Dr. Elizabeth Fisher, renowned archeologists, and classicists who have contributed to the study and understanding of modern archeology.
The National Hellenic Society will continue offering the Greek-American community events that celebrate, perpetuate, and disseminate Hellenic Heritage. For 13 years now, the Heritage Weekend has given every attendee a feeling of “liveliness,” reminding them to have “kefi”.
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