Archive for June, 2013

Tonight and tomorrow night at 21:00 the Amateur Theatre Group of Skopelos will present “The Girls Don’t Live Here Anymore”, an adaptation of “The Red Lanterns” by Alekos Galanos at the Orpheus. Directed by Takis Moschos. Admission is free.

“For all those who don’t understand Greek but love the magic of live theater (especially when the actors are all familiar faces), here is a plot summary to help you follow the action. Takis Moskos, who is a renown professional actor, as well as the director, producer and driving force of the Skopelos Amateur Theater, refused to let me reveal how the play resolves, but you’ll probably get the picture, and if you don’t we’ll clue you in after the performances.

“The Girls Don’t Live Here Anymore” is an adaptation based on “Ta Kokkina Fanaria (The Red Lanterns),” a Greek film hit of the 60’s, originally written for the theater. Set in the Piraeus slums, just before the infamous brothels of Troumba are closed down by the Fascist government, the plot follows the individual stories of five prostitutes, their misery, shattered dreams and hopes for a better future.

In the brothel run by Madame Paris (Konstantina Aggeletou), erotic transactions are just routine business. But each girl who offers her services there harbours a personal world which for her is the one pure and meaningful fragment in an otherwise hollow, sordid life.

Anna (Maria Kyriakaki) is in love with a gentle, older sea Captain (Giorgos Drossos) who is about to retire and settle down. When he proposes marriage, just before the departure of his last voyage, she thinks her dreams have come true. Marina (Doukissa Patsi) is dependent on her pimp Nodas (Antonis Balabani), who has bullied and exploited her since she was a young girl, yet she remains madly in love with him. Mary (Irini Karathanasiou) falls in loves with Angelos (Vangelis Drossos), a middle class teenage boy who was brought to the brothel to lose his virginity. When he asks her to marry him, she can’t help but laugh at his innocence, but is deeply touched by his love. Myrsini (Maria Kosma), the youngest, deliberately becomes a prostitute and the Madame’s pet, and learns to be as manipulative and cruel as her mentor. Eleni (Maria Giorgiadou), a sensitive refugee and student from Romania, tries to hide her vulgar profession from her naive boyfriend (Giorgos Tzavaras) while she fends off the obsessive passion of her jealous pimp, Michaelos (Sideris Familiaris). The brothel’s cleaning lady, Katerina (Gogo Papazisi), is lonely and isolated until she befriends a poor street urchin (Magda Patsi).”

The play offers us an insight into the humanity and truth behind the cold face of prostitution. See you at the theater!
(contributed by Isabel Dempsey)

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new DEH name and logo

new DEH name and logo

All of Skopelos – the whole island- is scheduled to be without power from 06:30 – 0900 Sunday 30 June.

Later on Sunday, from 12:00 to 15:00, the areas of Kambos, Kaminia, Yefiraki, Kagkelia, Ring Road, Kastro. Christos. Yiftorema, and Panagia can expect power cuts.


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Ferry boat battles

Looking sleeker than sleek, a new ship has entered the suddenly crowded Volos-Northern Sporades ferry boat fray. The surprise entry is the Hellenic Seaways Artemis. Built in 1997 and reaching 90 meters, the maiden voyage was scheduled for the Volos-Skiathos-Skopelos yesterday at 14:30. By 14:50 Artemis, gleaming under a brand new paint job but practically empty of vehicles and passengers, had left the Volos dock.

An hour later it was dead in the water off of Trikeri.

After about twenty minutes of floating the diesels roared back to life and Artemis was off again – but not quite at 100%.
Arrival in Skiathos was therefore late. Heading out from Skiathos directly to Skopelos the ship suffered another unpleasantness when the engines died again off of Cape Gourouni. Seemingly stopped to enjoy the view of the sun beginning to set over the Pelion, the misfortune offered a new complement of holiday makers fresh from the Skiathos airport plenty of photographic opportunities.
After a half hour the engines became active again and the ship putt-putted its way to Skopelos arriving about one and a half hours late. The ship headed directly back to Volos after unloading in Skopelos, arriving at midnight.

It seems that this ship has been put online to compete with the ANES lines Proteus as it is hard to figure what other purposes it has.

Here is the new Express Skiathos/Artemis schedule until 8 September: click to enlarge and save
Screen shot 2013-06-29 at 6.52.23 AM

Fresh paint but no power

Fresh paint but no power

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In Skopelos harbor a couple of nights ago.


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alter texts

Works by Amy Sinclair at the Vakratsa museum. The Vakratsa museum is situated in Skopelos near the harbour front. Ask for the Ambrosia sweetshop and it lies just 50 metres up the small street behind it. The exhibition runs from Thursday 27 June until Saturday 29 June, 7-10pm. Closing reception on Sunday, 8-10pm.

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(Poster Isabel Dempsey)

The Amateur Theatre Group of Skopelos will perform again this weekend!

The girls don’t live here anymore is based on Red Lanterns/Kokkino Fanari, the film directed by Vasilis Georgiadis and based on a play by Alekos Galanoy. It takes place as the Junta was closing the red light district of Pireus. Mostly it is a story of couples’ relationships as change is forced on their environment. The play is performed in Greek but like last time we are sure that through the excellent performance of the actors the play can be enjoyed by everyone.

Performances on Sunday June 30 and Monday July 1 in Orfeas Cinema at 21.30 hours.

The last performance was the highly successful play “Fausta”, a comedy by Mentis Bostantzoglou (Bost) written in 1962.

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July 27th – August 4th, 2013

Sixty students mainly from Skopelos between the age of 13-17 and nine professional filmmakers from America, China, England, Taiwan and South-Korea will create films about the history of clay on the island of Skopelos.

Ceramics for e-mail

The theme “Clay “was created to give the students some understanding of the usages of clay for utilitarian and decorative purposes. The students will take classes with Professor Kostas Siros to study the old pottery on the island, visit the ceramic workshop of Mr. Nikos Rodios, the Folklore Museum and the archeological site Asklipeiio. As a part of the classes, students will be asked to obtain an oral history from their parents, family or friends who lived during a time when things like clay pitchers for water, canters for wine, and clay pots for olives existed. As an example, at the turn of the century, there is a wonderful photograph (see above) of Skopelos with many water pitchers laid out at the dock for people to purchase and fill up so that they can bring water to their homes. The oral histories will then be told the first day and then the students will take what they have learned and develop it into an idea to create a short film.

Funding was made possible through individual donations through a Kickstarter campaign http://www.kickstarter.com/discover/places/skopelos-skopelos-gr led by The Skopelos Foundation for the Arts http://www.skopartfoundation.org. SIFFY 2013 will also be sponsored by the Municipality of Skopelos, Hellenic Seaways and generous business owners from the island.

As part of SIFFY 2012, three students were invited to Seoul, Korea under the guidance of Professor Eleftheria Papathanasiou to participate in the Dong-Ah Media and the Arts Film Camp from July 21st – July 29th, 2013. A great opportunity !

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Return of the stragglers

The race was really over a few hours ago – the winner rode the mid-day wind to the lead and held on. The other were caught with empty sails for most of the afternoon after the wind died. However, here they are heading for the finish line, a little rest, and we hope a great party. Well done all! Photo from about 19:40.

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From an article in Kathimerini this week we learn the following:

By Stathis Kousounis
The traditional settlement of Fira on the southern Aegean island of Santorini appears to be the most popular tourism destination among Greeks for the June 22-24 bank holiday weekend, according to travel search engine and hotel rate website trivago.gr.

In a list published on Wednesday, the site showed that the resort with the highest occupancy rate is picturesque Fira, at 77 percent. The average hotel rate in Fira stands at 149 euros per night during the three-day weekend.

Naxos ranks second on 76 percent, but its average rate is a much lower 43 euros per night. Hania has 64 percent occupancy, at a rate of 70 euros per night, while Thessaloniki is at 63 percent (77 euros) and Rhodes 57 percent (also with 77 euros). The top 10 also includes five other islands: Poros with a 51 percent occupancy rate, Myconos 47 percent, Corfu 35 percent, Syros 29 percent and Skopelos 22 percent.

Myconos also has the highest average rate per night, at 194 euros.

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It’s the time of year to remind people to eliminate possible mosquito breeding areas, containers filled with stagnant water on your property or in public areas. Mosquitoes don’t ask for a lot to breed, just some blood and a place to lay their eggs. It can take under a week for the eggs to turn into fully fledged flying afflictions.

On the other hand, here are some helpful facts about the human relationship with mosquitoes. We found the article via google translated version of an article in taxydromos.gr taken from the original article in Reader’s Digest.

Here is one version:

Curious reasons that make the skin attracts mosquitoes.
• Blame the females. The truth is that males do not “eat” human blood, instead feed on the nectar of plants. Females however, need blood. The reason is that blood contains a protein, which helps in the development of the eggs. Indeed, after each bite female mosquito can leave anywhere from 100 to 400 eggs.
• It may sound strange but the mosquitoes want their beer … or better your own. Mosquitoes can understand that you have consumed beer, as it changes the chemistry of your skin. This process is an attraction for them.
• Studies have shown that mosquitoes find feet particularly “tasty”. However the hands are their favorites.
• When mosquitoes smell a huge mass of carbon dioxide, ie a group of friends at a party, they will attack. They will prefer those who are standing on the perimeter of the group, rather than those at the center.
• If you have the good fortune to live in a house surrounded by a garden and features a thick and overgrown vegetation, you have the misfortune to be an ideal setting to settle mosquitoes. Indeed, the darker and damper the place, the better for them.
• If your property is kept up, it limits the problem somewhat. Be careful of stagnant waters, because they are the areas where mosquitoes lay their eggs.
• DEET, along with picaridin, is among the stronger repellants. Each type blocks different receptors that allow us to track you down. Mosquitoes don’t enjoy lemon eucalyptus and the compound IR3535, although these are a little weaker than DEET and picaridin.
• Some say that pregnancy is the happiest period in a woman’s life. Mosquitoes are happy for you too and have a strong preference to those pregnant. Two reasons that mosquitoes see pregnant women as a delicacy are that when a woman carries she emits more carbon dioxide and the belly has higher temperature.

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