Great night of kefi at the 2017 Ithacan Ball

On Sunday 11 October, guests of the annual Ithacan Ball, wined, dined and danced the night away at the elegant Kooyong Lawn Tennis Club.

With music by the band Strofes, guests were in the mood to have fun and judging by the packed dance floor, it was a great night.

The night started with a short quiz which acted as a friendly icebreaker and the lucky winners all received a delicious chocoltae treat from Xokolatl.

Together with lucky door prizes and a silent auction featuring the beautiful watercolours of Jason Roberts from his trip to Ithaca, the night was a resounding success.

View photos of the Ball in the gallery here:

Beba's Finikia Masterclass a great success

DSC06946On Sunday 24 September at 11am, the first of many cooking classes to come was held at Ithaca House with twelve eager participants and Beba Pappas, as our first master chef. After the unveiling of our new "Ithacan Philanthropic Society" aprons with accompanying olive logo, Beba professionally demonstrated to her students, the step by step process of mixing, making, baking and "melosy"-ing her famous finikia.

Each participant was able to have a hands on experience and could ask many questions to make them just perfect. The smell of Beechworth honey and baking finikia filled the club rooms along with great conversation about cooking, family origins and all things Ithacan. A light lunch prepared by Helen Vlass and Eugenia Vlass-Tsalikis was shared by all, including the Ithacan Historical Society team that supported the day. A video of the class recorded by Pano Paxinos will soon be available for viewing.

Note our new embroidered 100% cotton twill aprons which make great presents are available through the club at a cost of $30 each, with postage of $10 within Australia. Please contact Peter Raftopoulos at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you would like one. Stocks are limited.

The Greek-Australian Cultural League invites you to attend the Antipodean Palette Art Exhibition 2017

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The Greek-Australian Cultural League invites you to attend their annual art exhibition - Antipodean Palette.
The Antipodean Palette is an annual highlight in the Greek-Australian Cultural League calendar and an established forum to showcase and discuss works influenced by our two cultures.

17-27 August
Steps Gallery, 62 Lygon Street Carlton

The gallery will be open Monday to Friday and the weekends from 10.00 am-4.00pm.

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Victorian artist, Jason Roberts, conducts art workshops in Lefki

It's great to see IPS Centenary donations to the Primary School in Northern Ithaca and High School in Vathy being put to good use. Part of the monies was used to purchase art supplies for workshops conducted by Victorian artist Jason Roberts.


While on Ithaca in 2017, Jason volunteered his time to run two workshops in Lefki. The first workshop was outdoors with students sketching local scenes and landscapes.The second was a still life workshop held indoors at the Lefki Morfotiko Kendro where Jason demonstrated still life drawing techniques. The students were very appreciative of the opportunity to develop their creative skills as they do not have access to art classes at school.


The Society is delighted to be featuring Jason Roberts' artwork in the Silent Auction at this year's Annual Ball. A catalogue of works to be auctioned can be viewed at



Hayley Sofarnos to compete in the Women's Lacrosse World Cup

Newport co-captain, Hayley Sofarnos, will don the green and gold jersey for the first time in ten years as part of the national squad that will compete at the Women’s Lacrosse World Cup in England in July 2017. The last time Hayley represented Australia on the internationalstage, she was just sixteen, and it was the
Under-Nineteen World Cup back in 2007. Hayley is the daughter of John and Sue Sofarnos who is a former national lacrosse team coach and will be a Team Analyst at this year’s Lacrosse World Cup.

Sue and Haley Sofarnos Sue is pictured with Hayley (left) at the World Championship Dinner, held in Adelaide, where they received their team blazers.

Nick Sofarnos and Christina Barcham are very proud of the achievements of their granddaughter Hayley and their daughter-in-law Sue.

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