Greek-American Historical Museum of Washington State


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June 2014 was a busy month with a variety of activities in which Greeks and Greek Americans fostered their relationships and made their presence known in the community.  Here are the highlights


Museum board members and volunteers met to continue planning for the exhibit – “A Place at the Table:” Over 100 years of Greek restaurants and the entrepreneurial spirit – which will begin in February of 2015.  A large number of photos, artifacts and video segments have been obtained.  These will be shared with the MOHAI (Museum of History & Industry) they will work with the Greek-American Museum to format the exhibit.  Thanks to the many individuals who have donated or loaned items for this event.

GREEKS AT LUNCH, Olympic Pizza House, Seattle,  June 4, 2014

1unnamedEvery Wednesday during the winter months a group of Greek men from the Seattle area can be found dining at different Greek-owned restaurants in the Seattle area. Here they are (l-r) Steve Sourapas, Chris Manaeris, George Maroutsos, Serco Tokatlian, Demo Gianouris, John Zafiropoulos, Pete Farmasonis, Pete Mykris, Terry Karis, Dean Lentgis, Spiro Savvides, Kostas Vranas, Costa Mavromatis,  Nick Diafos   Photo by John Nicon

GREEK-AMERICAN GOLF CLUB, Bear Mountain Golf Course, Lake Chelan, June 2014

2unnamedThe Greek-American Golf Club has been meeting regularly for over 16 years.  Members can be seen walking together at the Northgate Mall in Seattle or on the Edmonds waterfront everyMonday, Wednesday and Friday and playing at various courses once a week.  This photo was taken at their annual golf retreat at Lake Chelan.   (l-r) Bob Harper, Bob Read, Dan Burnett, Dave Parish, Pete Farmasonis, Jim Voltsis, John Nicon, Steve Mallos and Art Nelson. – Photo by John Nicon

LINCOLN HIGH SCHOOL GREEKS, Nile Country Club, Shoreline, June 14, 2014

3unnamedUntil it closed in 1981, Lincoln High School in Seattle’s Wallingford neighborhood was attended by many Greeks and Greek Americans who lived in the area, the largest concentration of Greeks in Seattle.  Each year an “all class” luncheon is held and, for the second year in a row, a special gathering of Greek alumni posed for a group photo.  (l-r) standing: Pete Chakos, Terry Karis, John Panagiotou, Dean Lentgis, John Nicon, Joann Georges Nicon, Steve Sourapas, Joanne Faber Tanner, Helen Georges, Deena Hamilos Maroutsos, Mary Xenos Maciejewski, Effie Xenos Chreist, John Varlamos, Katerina Kazakos Tziotis, Chris Chriest, James Raptis; Front: Mary Hamilos Damascus, Vicki Malevitsis Cuevas.  Not pictured: Andy Asimakopoulos   Photo by John Nicon


President John Nicon and Joann Nicon spent the morning at the annual meeting of the Pioneer Association and spoke about the Museum.  The event was well-received with many members sharing their stories of relationships with Greek friends, enjoying the PowerPoint presentation and viewing the Museum web site on a large screen.

GREEKS ON THE STREETS – Greenwood Car Show, June 28, 2014

4unnamedFor the second year in a row, a significant Greek presence was seen at the Greenwood Car Show in Seattle, a mile and a half of classic and unusual vehicles and one of the best people-watching events in the state. This year there were 15 Greek-owned vehicles sponsored by the Juan de Fuca chapter of AHEPA parked in front of Pete’s Eggnest where Pete and Voula Sederis graciously served breakfast and provided shade and water for the participants.  (l-r) standing: Stone Poletti,  Dave Poletti, John Fotopoulos, Mark Hene, Nick Diafos, Stefanos Kazakos, John Nicon, Manny Xenos, John Maciejewski, Mary Maciejewski, George Pappas, Louie Valeaoras; Kneeling: Spiro Xenos.  Photo by nearby restaurant owner.