Northwest and Pacific Notes – February 2018

Dr. George Anadiotis

PORTLAND TALK: Dr. George Anadiotis will speak at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral’s small hall on February 3 at 6 p.m. about The Dekembriana (Δεκεμβριανα’ December Events), the series of clashes in Athens between the Greek left-wing resistance force, and the government and British forces. One of the bloodiest and most polarizing incidents in the history of 20th century Greece, the period of civil atrocities following the Nazis’ departure from occupied Greece was ground zero for the Greek Civil war that followed World War II. Dr. Anadiotis stated, the Dekembriana was the point when Greece could have gone with the Modern World but instead turned to civil war and further devastation. Retired British Greeks have amassed a collection of photographs of the era, some of which Dr. Anadiotis will share. The lecture is being presented under the auspices of Portland’s Hellenic American Cultural Center and Museum (HACCM). Please note the early time of 6 p.m. will allow lecture attendees the added opportunity to attend the Portland performance of Cappella Romana as well at 8 p.m. George Anadiotis was born in Athens of parents from Nafpaktos (Roumeli). He immigrated as a child with the family to Denver, CO. A practicing pediatrician as well as a specialist in Clinical Genetics in Portland, OR, he has been in practice for 24 years.

CAPPELLA ROMANA: The early music ensemble will perform Machaut: Messe de Nostre Dame in three Northwest cities Seattle, WA, on Feb. 2 at 8 p.m. at St. James Cathedral, in Portland, OR, on Feb. 3 at 8 p.m. at St. Mary’s Cathedral, and in Eugene, OR, on Feb. 4 at 3 p.m. at Central Lutheran Church (sponsored by the University of Oregon). International early music star Marcel Peres from Paris will guest direct the earliest known Mass setting by a single composer Guillaume de Machaut (1300 – 1377) with chants for Candelmas. Founder of the Cappella Romana is Portland, Oregon’s own musicologist Dr. Alexander Lingas who also teaches at Oxford University in England.

SHAKESPEARE IN SEATTLE: The rarely performed Timon of Athens by William Shakespeare is being presented by the Seattle Shakespeare Company through February 4 at the Center Theatre in Seattle Center. The basic storyline as described on the company’s website is “The popular and wealthy Timon has hordes of friends, but only when the wine is flowing. When the money runs out, Timon turns to friends for help. One by one they refuse, and the carefree philanthropist turns into a reclusive misanthrope.” While taking place in the early 1600’s there are certainly parallels to today. Contact or 206-733-822 for tickets.

Conductor Dimitri Mitropoulos (1896-1960) in the 1950s.

RARE PERFORMANCE: Famed 20th Century Dimitri Mitropoulos conductor’s symphonic poem “Tafi” was performed by the Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra at Beneroya Hall in Seattle on January 27. It was the West Coast Premiere performance and the second-ever presentation in the United States of “Tafi.” The work, one of the few he wrote for symphony orchestra, is an extraordinarily moving composition of the devout composer’s musical vision of the burial of Christ. Your NW correspondent almost seven decades ago was privileged to see him conduct and to shake his hand—a highlight of my young life that I have treasured ever since.

TACOMA, WA: St. Nicholas Daughters of Penelope will hold its Annual Wine Tasting Event on February 10, from 5 to 7 p.m. to benefit the NW AHEPA Educational Foundation Scholarship Fund. Tickets are $25 each or $45 per couple. St. Nicholas will hold its Ministry Fair on Sunday February 18. Call 253-272-0466 or visit

RAFT ISLAND, WA: The All Saints Camp Annual Fundraiser Dinner was January 27. Camp registration is now open for elementary (grades 3 to 5) and high school (grades 10 to 12) camps July 8 to 14 and advanced camp (grades 8 and 9) from July 15 to 21. More information at

THEOPHANY: Outdoor Water Blessing Services were held by parishes in Beaverton, OR and Spokane and Bellingham, WA. Undoubtedly, better weather was enjoyed by those participating at the service in Honolulu where Metropolitan Gerasimos officiated.

Amidst the snow-covered coastline of the Spokane River in Post Falls, ID, where it is too frigid to dive into the water, the cross was thrown by the three different area Orthodox priests. First was Fr. Stephen Supica from Holy Trinity Church in Spokane, WA, then Fr. Andrew Welzig from Christ the Savior Church in Spokane, and last (pictured here) Fr. Mark Townsend from Saint John the Baptist in Post Falls, ID.. Father Stephen pulled the cross, attached to a string, out of the river after each throw. Then Father Andrew blessed the people with the water gathered from the river. PHOTO BY VIKTORIA TAROUDAKI

Fr. Michael Tervo of St. Sophia Church in Bellingham, WA, stands by the water with the two divers. Note the young girl holding the retrieved cross. COURTESY PHOTO








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