SKopelos

By Sofia, Jul 10 2019 09:01PM

Entertainment on Skopelos is rich all year round. The spiritual ensemble of orthodoxy is such that a shift from one religious event to another carries unique singularities, festivals and traditions, and so we pass the winter, out of season months. For the studious there are the subsidized by the EU courses, such as study of byzantine song and more.


Summer is time when the island is teeming with visitors from all over the world. Our short term residents return to their summer homes, the seasonal tavernas open, the islands isolated beaches and waterfront fill. It is time when extra facilities are needed to entertain visitors and islanders alike. Talented members of our community undertake performance of traditional Greek music and dance, summer art courses, film, photography, walks, and more. We are fortunate with our short term residents who contribute cultural variety for the cultural benediction of islanders and visitors who come, in expectation of a dream break dreamt of in the cold winter months in their country.


The Orpheus community cultural centre,was established in the 20's of the last century during the interwar years. Here news reels, films and more have been shown and even nowadays the building and its outdoor space continues to serve the community summer and winter.


The early start, for some years now, is with the brilliant Scandinavian Pink and White choir. Their charismatic conductor manages to orchestrate his choir and audience alike with Abba and Mama Mia songs achieving not merely songs but Pilate exercises and head stands from them, all in good fun and variate! More serious was the two night dual concert of Rod Liffe held in the Livadhiotisa monastery and Orpheus. Well accomplished performance! There are more events programmed during the summer, all for the well being of residents and visitors and performers alike.


Concert 2019 at the Orpheus
Concert 2019 at the Orpheus
Orpheus cultural centre door
Orpheus cultural centre door
Rod Liffe's double concert poster
Rod Liffe's double concert poster

By Sofia, Jun 28 2019 04:51AM

I recently went to Loutraki, Glossa, on the other side of the island, with a friend for a meal. The meal was - in truth - unspectacular, but is a pretty harbour waterfront, similar to how Skopelos was many years ago. I noted the lovely colours of the colourful kaique and the boats of green and red, which brought to mind the Italian flag!


I was also amused to see this child's toy car, so dutifully parked in accordance with rules!


An old timer kaique
An old timer kaique
Lovely colours
Lovely colours
Perfect parking
Perfect parking

By Sofia, Jun 18 2019 04:04AM

Out of the way places in Greece had, in the past, their displays and signs hand-painted as commercial displays were expensive to produce. One also came across entertaining home-produced translations. In these, b, p, and d were often confused, thereby a dish of fresh crab salad (φρέσκο καβούρι in Greek) could have come out in the English version as fresh cra..?


Greece has come a long way since. Generations changed and the deep recession left its mark, but the optimism of the individuals remains. Nowadays, with the swell of tourism, advertising is rarely unique. Technology reduced the cost of advertising and accuracy of translations has reached a high standard.


What has not changed is the innovative optimism and the positive spirit of the people with their drive to succeed.


See belowsome of the smart, well-designed new advertising to be seen around Skopelos.


By Sofia, May 30 2019 07:05AM

Man and nature perform and exhibit their respective skills at colour coordination.



A splash of colour coordinated by nature at the town beach
A splash of colour coordinated by nature at the town beach
... next day, man intervened
... next day, man intervened
At the old olive mill, coordinated by man
At the old olive mill, coordinated by man

By Sofia, May 4 2019 06:48PM

Colour and aroma fill these stunning spring days on the island.


The ancient rites our community observes at this time of year symbolise the awakening of nature from its winter slumber ... and with a momentous breath, spring has filled the hills and slopes of the island with myriad of colours.


Vibrant fields of vivid colours across the island mark spring's awakening
Vibrant fields of vivid colours across the island mark spring's awakening
More vibrant fields
More vibrant fields
May Day wreath (home made, of course!)
May Day wreath (home made, of course!)
Colours of Easter day
Colours of Easter day
Sue and Bob's Easter eggs. Theirs were more natural than mine!
Sue and Bob's Easter eggs. Theirs were more natural than mine!
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