As part of the Glossa Christmas celebrations organised by the Cultural Association, the Business Association and the Glossa schools, everyone is invited to come and have fun at the following events.
Sunday 15th December at 15.30 hours – in the Louki
15.30 The kindergarten, junior school and the high school will each have a Christmas tree to be decorated by their students.
16.00 British Tea, cake and savouries.
16.30 Treasure Hunt for the children.
17.00 Traditional Greek Dancing – Junior School children.
17.30 approx – end and clear up
Monday 16th December at 18.00 hours – in the icon painting room by the top church in Glossa
Children will decorate a Tree of Wishes.
Friday 20th December at 18.00 hours
Children will make biscuits and cookies for Santa Claus
Sunday 22nd December – in the Central Square, Top Church in Glossa
17.30 onwards – mulled wine and nibbles.
18.00 Carols from Brits living on the island.
18.20 onwards – Father Christmas with presents for the kids.
18.30 Traditional Greek Dancing – adults.
19.00 Carols from local children.
Throughout the afternoon there will also be:
“A Nest of Love” where children can donate toys to be given to orphanages in Greece and a bazaar selling items in aid of a high school trip.
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As the season of broken toys and marriages is almost upon us, some retail therapy news from downtown Skopelos. Armoloi crafts store on the paralia of Skopelos town has begun its annual Christmas sale, offering a fifty per cent discount on all items until December 20. The shop is open 11am-2pm and 6-8pm every day, including Sundays, until the end of the sale.
Although this was a purely conceptual survey of shopping opportunities this gladsome Yule (at least one member of the Skopelosnews troika is climbing into a cupboard for the duration, while another is heading for the Netherlands), we thought we would check in with ceramicist Liz McGhee, who has her workshop opposite the Rodi restaurant up in the town. She will be in her workshop most mornings until December 19, but callers are asked to phone first (6940 269636).
Kαλά Χριστούγεννα, shoppers everywhere.
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We have it from reliable sources that the indefatigable Mick Bushby will be arriving here this Thursday with his shiny white van. He still has space in his van on the return journey if anyone needs to transport stuff to Britain or countries en route. As ever you can contact him by phone (home: 00441237423985; mobile: 00447790672750) or by email: mickbushby no-space papaki [that’s Greek for the @ sign] no-space hotmail.co.uk, or, as he is currently on the road, you can leave a message for him at our ‘Contact us’ page above. Our thanks to the National Maritime Museum in London for the image of an unidentified member of the Endurance Expedition to the Antarctic in 1914-17.
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While wandering the scrub land hill in the hills one occasionally comes across a goat pen (μαντρί or στένη) similar to the one above. This one is up on Palouki. Though further on there are covered buildings to protect the herd from the weather, these rustic pens must have a purpose in the daily routine of the goatherd and his charges.
Are they used to collect the animals for milking before settling in for the night in the covered pen up the path?
Though you can still find these enclosures built from other materials, (simple fences of tree branches or piles of cut bushes to create a barrier) the use of pallets to form a corral for many types of livestock is increasing popular.
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This photo was taken yesterday from the perch of ‘Pano Panagia looking northwest towards the mainland. That’s 2,917 meter Olympos, home of the twelve Olympian gods, with fresh snow on top.
We hear that the weather is about to become colder and stormier as is the usual situation here in December. People with Christmas travel plans and planes to catch always keep a close eye on the weather to try to determine the best time to leave the island (or to arrive). Current local weather data here.
An annotated copy of the photo for your information…
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This photo was taken yesterday at about 4pm from the road down to Staphylos. The snow capped mountain basking in sunshine while everything else was dark and cold is Dirfys in Evvia.
With an altitude of 1,742 meters (5715 ft), Dirfys is about 100 meters higher than the highest Pelion and 2.5 times higher then our own Mt. Delphi.
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This sign is fastened to the tree at the northern end of the playground at Skopelos port.
It indicates the minimum size of fresh fish you can purchase from the fishermen and fishmongers. The thinking must be that if you are able to sell undersized they will catch undersized which won’t be good for our fish population and its connected food chain.
In case you have forgotten here is a translation of the fish list.
Forbidden under this size
σαργος white seabreams 23cm
Φαγκρι common seabream 18cm
λιθρινι blackspot seabream 15 cm
σκαθαρι seabream 18cm
μπαρμπουνι mullet 11cm
Γοπα bogue (scientific name Boops boops) 10 cm
περκα perch 18cm
σαβριδι horse mackerel 15cm
σαρδελα sardine 11cm
μουσμουλι axillary seabream 11cm
καμπανας common two banded seabream 18cm
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