Announcing the Spring 2019 Greek Music Education Program

The Boston Lykeion Ellinidon is thrilled to announce our partnership with the Maliotis Cultural Center on this spring’s Greek Music Education Program. A reflection of our shared mission to advance understanding and appreciation of Greek culture, this year’s program features an all-star lineup of musicians with a wide range of expertise. Our unique approach offers both … Continued

Artemis Gyftopoulos’s Tsoureki Vasilopita Recipe

Thank you to Rena Gyftopoulos for sharing her late mother’s tsoureki vasilopita recipe! According to Rena, Artemis E. Gyftopoulos was the queen of culture. Her much-loved recipe is perfect for making a large batch of breads to share and enjoy! 2 envelopes active dry yeast 6 eggs 2 cups milk ½ lb unsalted butter + … Continued

New Year’s in North Azov: Kalandeshu Shmush

Source: Athena Khadzhynova and Olimpiada Khadzhynova, Sartana, Ukraine Today’s recipe comes to us from the shores of the Azov Sea region in Ukraine, where waves of Greek migrants settled over the centuries, starting in ancient times. The North Azovian Greek community celebrates New Year’s Day, or Kalanda (Каланда), with traditions familiar throughout the broader Hellenic … Continued

Karipidou-Collins Basic Tsoureki Vasilopita

Let’s face it. Some of us are not gifted bakers. I include myself in the ranks of those suffering from baker’s anxiety. And my family’s vasilopita is a tsoureki – a sweet, yeasted bread that can go wrong in about 1,000 different ways. Thankfully, my family is full of more talented culinary artists who have … Continued

Andrea’s Nouna’s Easy Vasilopita

There’s something precious about a recipe passed down from one generation to another. Whether handwritten or, in this case, typewritten, it becomes a tangible symbol of a special relationship. This typewritten recipe for an “Easy Vasilopita” was given to Andrea, chair of our Traditional Attire & Decorative Arts Department, by her Nouna (Godmother), who was first … Continued

Mrs. Theodorou’s Kefalonitiki Kreatopita

In Kefalonia, the vasilopita with a lucky charm (tihero) is often a kreatopita (meat pie) or psaropita (fish pie.) Sandy Theodorou, chair of the BLE Traditional Greek Music Department, recorded this recipe for kreatopita from her mother, a native of Kefalonia. As in other areas of Greece, slices of the pie are dedicated as it … Continued

Coming up: Vasilopita 2019

The BLE invites you to attend our annual Greek New Year’s celebration! Please join us as we cut the traditional New Year’s vasilopita with our friends from the Greek-American Political Club. Sample a variety of home-baked vasilopitas and sing traditional kalanta with us. Courtesy of the GAPC, live music and dancing will follow. Convenient parking … Continued

Holiday greetings from the Boston Lykeion Ellinidon

The Boston Lykeion Ellinidon wishes all of our members, collaborators, neighbors and friends a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! 2018 was the 20th anniversary of our organization – and thanks to your enthusiastic support of our mission, over the past year we: Celebrated Greek New Year’s traditions at Vasilopita and Greek Carnival traditions at Karnavali, with a special … Continued

“Romios” in Greek Songs of Heroic Sacrifice

On November 13th, University of New Hampshire Adjunct Professor Andrew Ntapalis presented his research and findings about a controversial and misunderstood figure in Greek history and literature, the ‘Romios.’ At the event, sponsored by the Boston Lykeion Ellinidon’s Guardianship of the Greek Language Department and held at the Hellenic Cultural Center in Watertown, Massachusetts, Ntapalis urged … Continued

Guardianship of the Greek Language Department hosts first event Nov. 13th

The Boston Lykeion Ellinidon’s Guardianship of the Greek Language Department, chaired by Konstantina Choros, will host its first event on Tuesday, November 13th. “‘Romios’ in Greek Songs of Heroic Sacrifice,” a lecture by Andrew Ntapalis, Adjunct Professor of Modern Greek at the University of New Hampshire, will be held at the Hellenic Cultural Center in Watertown, MA at 6:30 … Continued

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