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It is always interesting to learn about historic and cultural tradtions of a place. Next week for three days near the municipal cafe in the harbor you can see and taste how Skopelitan cheesepies are made, what traganas is and how a traditional woman from Skopelos was dressed. Come and have a look! The evenings start around 20.30 hours.

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New mural

A new mural at the Glossa Culture and Arts Centre dedicated to the lovely creatures on Skopelos island was created this summer by artist Mira Modly, longtime summer resident of Glossa with the assistance of local and international children.

Mira’s paintings of the island are on view until 5 August.

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Kritikos supermarket, halfway on the road to Stafylos, has now several racks with everyday Greek newspapers. For a long time there was only the cigarette kiosk at the end of the harbor that had some but Kritikos supermarket now has many more.

They are situated close to the check out counters.

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The cultural and folklore association will hold a three evening cultural event on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 21.00 hours. All participants of the classes of the association will on Friday perform traditional dances, on Saturday ballet and modern dance and on Sunday the choir will perform and the students that study musical instruments will perform. Everybody is welcome in the amphitheater of the elementary school from 21.00 hours.

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Open house

Jan has an “open house” on Monday from 10 until 12 in the morning. She lives on the Stafylos road, towards the end on the right side if you drive towards Stafylos. Follow the balloons.

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The municipality of Skopelos will organize several cultural events this summer. Therefor it wants to invite all artists living on Skopelos that want to show their artwork to get in contact with the special assistant of the mayor, mrs. Evi Kathinioti. Please write to her until Sunday the 8th of May 2022. Maybe it is a good idea to send some photos of your work with the email. Her email address is: kathinioti@skopelos.gov.gr You can also call her for more information: 24243-50106

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After almost three days with rain we finally saw the sun again today. It’s the week before Greek Orthodox Easter and many people have been very busy with getting their businesses ready for the first “real” visitors this summer. The rain wasn’t helping but there are somedays left before many people will arrive on the island.

The island has been getting visitors fairly early this year already but places to stay and restaurants that were open, were very limited and the weather was not always stable. From this weekend a lot of places will be open and with the warm weather coming everybody will fully enjoy themselves!

I feel that people really want to take advantage of being able to travel with lesser restrictions than during the last two years. They are coming from very far! We met a Colombian family on Glysteri beach last week!

Because we have had so much rain and snow too the island’s vegetation looks fantastic! Everything is soo green and the blooming cherry, almond, plumb and other fruit trees look like a bridal bouquet!

Snow is also good for the olive trees and an olive harvest they say. They are in bloom and are looking good. Let’s not jinx it though!

If you are visiting the island for the first time in the Easter period have a look at the page with the Easter celebration information. It is on the top of the blog (Easter/ 1st of May)

Enjoy Greek Orthodox Easter everybody here on Skopelos and in all the other places that celebrate it in the world.

Kali Anastasie/Καλή Ανάσταση

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Clean Monday

Between a lot rain we found some sunshine on Milia beach. We celebrate today the start of the Sarakosti/Σαρακοστή period before Easter. Sarakosti= 40 days. This Great Lent period starts on Clean Monday and ends on Holy Saturday, after midnight.

And the blog has 4000 and two followers!!

Καλή σαρακοστή, χρόνια πολλά!!

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Charred

With the people of the Ukraine in mind I write this post on charred Thursday in Greece. The meaning of charred during one of the days of the Greek carnival is important and many Greeks celebrate this day but I cannot help thinking also about the current situation in the Ukraine, the attacks on various cities, many people fleeing and the possible loss of lives. Mixed feelings. Life goes on but in other parts of the world wars are being fought.

In the meantime Tassos in his cantina (name of the cantina is: ομορφαίνει δεν παχαίνει/it makes you more beautiful, it does not make you fat) has hundreds of souvlakis on the BBQ and loud music on the speakers.

Tomorrow, the 25th of February, the patron saint of Skopelos, Agios Riginos is celebrated. Government offices will be closed, most shops too. The small church (called Agios Riginos) on the crossroad to Stafylos had various people painting and cleaning the shrine the last couple of days. Now it is ready for tomorrow.

Most people will go to the monastery of Agios Riginos on the road towards Panormos, a little outside of Skopelos town. The whole day people will arrive and light a candle in the church or the shrine next to it.

Χρόνια πολλά!!

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