Celebrate the 250th Anniversary of the Arrival of the First Colony of Greeks in North America during Greek Week May 15-19, 2018. All events are hosted by St. John the Divine, Jacksonville. The following activities will occur each evening at 6:00pm:
Tuesday, May 15th – Greek Music in America lecture presented by Dr. Tina Bucavales in the Flagler Room at Flagler College. *Reservations are encouraged.
Wednesday, May 16th – GLENDI AT THE COLONIAL OAK MUSIC PARK, 33 St. George Street with the Ellada Band & Anthea Sidiropoulos. Cover Charge is $10.00. Food and Drink are available for purchase. *Reservations are required.
Thursday, May 17th – The Turnbull-Duncan Papers and the New Smyrna Colony Lecture presented by Dr. Dan Schaffer at St. Photios Greek Orthodox National Shrine. *Reservations must be made in advance.
Friday, May 18th – Sharing Memories of Our Heritage presented by Dr. Ann Browning Masters at St. Photios Greek Orthodox National Shrine.
Saturday, May 19th – Walk with the St. Augustine Garrison Historical Re-enactors from the Shrine to La Plaza de la Constitucion.
*Contact Shrine Manager, Gina Bingman for reservations at 904-829-8205 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Cover charge of $10.00. Food and drink will be available for purchase.
Over 1400 colonists from Asia Minor, Corsica, Italy and Minorca with 500 Greeks from Arcadia, Crete, Laconia, and Messinia whose love of freedom and a better life for themselves and their families brought them to the New World in 1768. They settled and worked the largest European Colony in the New World, the New Smyrna Colony. They found sanctuary at the Avero House which houses our “Plymouth Rock”, St. Photios Greek Orthodox National Shrine in St. Augustine.