The City of Tarpon Springs will open a new permanent exhibition at the Heritage Museum, The Greek Community of Tarpon Springs, on Thursday, February 25, from 6 to 9pm. Greek Consul General Antonios Sgouropoulos will say a few words at the opening ceremonies. The General Consul holds degrees in Political Science, Law and Literature from universities in Greek and Great Britain. His previous posts have ranged from Romania to Serbia, the United Nations, and assignments in the NATO and Prime Minister’s Cabinet in Athens. Former Florida Congressman Mike Bilirakis and Tarpon Springs Mayor Beverly Billiris also will attend.
Tarpon Springs maintains a rich and powerful heritage. The Greek Community of Tarpon Springs explores the history and culture of the Greek community, such as domestic traditions, foodways, religion, and celebrations. It also includes a special focus on the sponge industry and other maritime traditions, as well as music and dance.
A series of public programs will enhance the exhibit. Programs are free unless otherwise noted:
• Wednesday, March 3 & Thursday, March 4, 7-9pm & Saturday, March 6, 12-2pm
Greek violin/nisiotika workshop with Michalis Kappas, Cultural Center
• Friday, March 5, 8-10pm
Music of the Dodecanese Islands, Kalymnian House, 26 W. Morgan St., $3
• Sunday, March 6, 12-2pm
Laouto (lute) workshop with Panayiotis League, Cultural Center
• Saturday, March 20, 2-4pm
Sponge Industry Traditions: Divers, Merchants, Boat Builders, Heritage Museum
• Friday, March 26, 8-10pm
Greek Regional and Popular Music, Kalymnian House, 26 W. Morgan St., $3
• Sundays, 2-4pm, April 11 & 18, Cultural Center, & April 25 & May 2, Heritage Museum
Bouzouki workshops with George Soffos