A lovely way to end the year

Close to 200 people gathered at the annual Christmas luncheon at Merrimu on Sunday 18 December, marking IPS' last function for the year.

The atmosphere was jovial as many enjoyed mingling with fellow members and friends. Adding to the convivial mood was renowned entertainer Christos Ioannides who delighted many with his guitar, songs and unique style of entertainment.

A highlight of the luncheon was the unveling of the exquisite centenary tapestry, created by Penelope Loom's weavers. Although there were a number of weavers who contributed to the planning of the tapestry, a core group, consisiting of Toula Agrotis, Christina Barcham and Andriana Zervoulis, worked solidly for over three years stitching the tapestry. The design was inspired by the late Spiro Sofianos' artwork 'Odyssey' which featured in our centenary promotional material. It was wonderul to have Spiro's sister, Nina Mills present at the unveiling of this very special project. The tapestry will take pride of place when it is hung on the clubroom walls.

To view the photos of the annual members' luncheon, click in the Gallery here :https://ithaca.org.au/gallery.

As we close off another year, we look forward to 2018 and are excited about the events we have planned over the next 12 months. We hope to see you at our first function in 2018, the annual Ithacan Picnic at Ferny Creek Reserve on Sunday 11 February.

Finally, we wish all our members and friends of the Ithacan Philanthropic Society best wishes for a wonderful Christmas and a safe and happy new year.


Members and guests celebrate the 60 year anniversary of Ithaca House

On Sunday 14 October, the Ithacan Philanthropic Society celebrated the 60th anniversary of opening of Ithaca House at our clubrooms.

Our 'home away from home' was filled to the brim with members and guests dressed in 60s inspired outfits sipping retro cocktails and enjoying delicious canapes as they reminisced about all the wonderful events they attended at Ithaca House over many decades.

Executive Committee member, Andrew Raftopoulos, paid tribute to the late Nick Sofarnos, the architect who designed Ithaca House and we were delighted that members of Nick's family could attend this special celebration.

Guests learnt about the five generous Ithacans who acted as Guarantors in the 50s, to the tune of 5000 pounds each, to start the process of building Ithaca House (which was recently heritage listed). To illustrate the enormous commitment by each Guarantor, 5,000 pounds represented the cost of a house at that time.

Congratulations to Andrea Scotis, who won best dressed, wearing an original, full length 60s gown in a beautiful brocade.

There are so many people to thank for making the 60 year anniversary event possible including the Executive, Historical and Events Committees.

A special thank you to our members, our friends from AHEPA, and Pano Apostolou from SBS for joining us to make it a sensational day. Click here to listen to Pano's report of our event on SBS radio - 'This is Ithaca': The 60th Anniversary of Melbourne's Ithaca House.

Please continue to support our events so that we may continue to provide the same high level of support for our community here and in Greece, and to ensure that our Ithacan roots are celebrated by generations well into the future.

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: https://ithaca.org.au/gallery/category/42-2017-ithacan-ball-11-october

Children delighted by the entertainment at this year's Chidren's Christmas Party

Our annual children’s Christmas Tree party held on Sunday 3 December was a great success. As well as enjoying balloon making with Noodles the clown and gifts from Santa, the children were also entertained by a storytelling of the Odyssey. Brenda Addie, actor and director, and lover of the Greek classics, retold Homer’s epic Odyssey in a fun and engaging way. The children were enthralled and parents were delighted that their children were learning/hearing/being exposed to the story of our legendary Odysseus.

To view photos of this event, taken by Dennis Katsamas, please click here https://ithaca.org.au/gallery/category/43-2017-children-s-christmas-party

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.

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