OPA! St. Barbara’s Plans Odyssey Express Takeout Event

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May 082021

Saint Barbara Greek Orthodox Church announced that it will present “ODYSSEY EXPRESS,” at 480 Racebrook Road, Orange on Saturday and Sunday, May 15 and May 16.

This two-day food takeout event will feature a selection of popular “Odyssey Festival”
Greek cuisine. All food MUST be PRE-ORDERED, online at www.odysseyexpress.org or by telephone at 203-795-1347. Pickup is drive-through curbside and takeout only. The hours are set for Sat. 12 to 7 p.m., and Sun. 12 to 6 p.m.

Please note this event will not replace Saint Barbara’s Labor Day Weekend festivities this year. If health conditions prevent us from holding our 4-day, full-scale Odyssey Greek Festival, we will hold ANOTHER “ODYSSEY EXPRESS”, on September 4 and 5. (Stay tuned for our plans for Labor Day Weekend!)

For additional information contact Stephanie Theodos Hubbard by return email or by phone at 203-795-1347 (church office).



Obituaries: Sperie and Nikki Perakos, Together In Life And Eternity

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May 032021

Sperie Peter Perakos and wife Natalie “Nikki” Pappas Perakos of Orange, inseparable and united for more than 60 years, died respectively on April 5 and April 24, 2021.
Sperie, 105, was born in New Britain, CT, son of the late Peter G. and Julia Ladany Perakos; he was a graduate of Yale University, Pierson College Class of 1938.
While later attending Harvard Law School, he was required to return to CT to assist in the family’s theater business, founded by his father. Sperie Perakos enjoyed a long career as President and CEO of Connecticut Theatre Associates. He served the U.S. Army in WWII as a Captain in Intelligence in the 448th Antiaircraft Artillery Battalion which participated in the Normandy invasion.
He received a Bronze Star and other honors for his service. Given his effort in France during WWII, he was awarded the insignia of Knight of the National Order of the French Legion of Honor in 2020.
Sperie was proud of his Alma Mater. He was a fellow of Pierson College and active with Yale University throughout his life. Especially worthy of note was his dedication to the Peabody Museum of Natural History for numerous years. He was also close to the Yale School of Drama, organizing various initiatives. He remained active as Class Secretary.
Natalie “Nikki” Pappas Perakos, 82, was born in Detroit, MI, the first child of the late George Harris Pappas and Sophia Taxintar Pappas.
She studied at the Detroit Conservatory of Music and with Marcus Kellerman. She was the youngest member of the Michigan Opera Company and appeared as a soloist with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. She studied at the Yale Schools of Music and Drama. Her acting endeavors included television and theatre productions.
Nikki was a fellow of Pierson College and the first woman to be appointed to the Yale Alumni Association. She aided her husband Sperie in his activities with Yale until the end of their lives. She was a patron of the arts and volunteer for various organizations. She contributed to the MMA Costume Institute, notably with the Charles James Butterfly Dress.
Although Nikki worked in design, she was often at her husband’s side with his theatre circuit work. Given their involvement in the sector, the couple was active with the Connecticut Association of Theatre Owners (CATO) for many years.
Sperie was assisted by his wife Nikki in the production of the 1961 film “Antigone”, starring Irene Papas and members of the Greek Royal Theatre. The film was acclaimed internationally.
Mr. and Mrs. Perakos were longtime parishioners at St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church in Orange. Sperie served as a past District Governor and a lifetime member of the American Hellenic Progressive Association “AHEPA”.
The couple loved life and were inseparable. They brought much love, wisdom, and joy to those their lives had touched. They will be missed greatly. They are survived by several nieces and nephews.
Sperie Perakos is survived by sisters-in-law, Urania K. Perakos and Marilyn Perakos, both of FL. He was predeceased by a sister, Artemis Perakos-Miller; and brothers, Dr. George Perakos, John P. Perakos, Atty. Steven E. Perakos, and Peter (Socky) G. Perakos, Jr.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, May 4, 2021, at St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church, 480 Racebrook Road, Orange, and can be viewed online at www.saintbarbara.org.
Interment with Military Honors will follow in Grove Street Cemetery, 227 Grove Street, New Haven, and can be viewed online at www.facebook.com/WakeleeMemorial.
Additional information and online condolences available at www.wakeleememorial.com .

Mark Your Calendars For The 36th Annual Odyssey Greek Festival

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Aug 302016

Senior Odyssey DancersSaint Barbara Greek Orthodox Church, 480 Racebrook Road, is preparing for its 36th Annual Odyssey Greek Festival on Labor Day Weekend — Friday – Monday, Sept. 2, 3, 4, and 5.

Festival to Feature All Things Greek including Greek Cuisine, Live Music, Greek Dancing, and a bustling Hellenic agora (marketplace).

Set on the grounds of the beautiful Byzantine-style Saint Barbara Greek Orthodox Church, ODYSSEY 2016 offers something for everyone.

ODYSSEY 2016 includes:

• Classic Greek cuisine – appetizers (meze), Greek pastries (glyka), lamb on the spit (souvla), moussaka, gyro, spanakopita (spinach pie) and pastitisio (Greek style lasagna) • “Gourmet Meze Grille” – gourmet appetizers, including saganaki (flaming cheese), loukaniko sausage, grilled shrimp, lamb chops, avgolemono soup, dips and pitas

• Live Greek cooking demonstrations – learn to prepare some classic Greek foods

• Greek marketplace – Gourmet Greek grocery, t-shirts, jewelry, arts & crafts, bookstore

• Treasures ’n Junque – Odyssey’s giant tag sale

• Presentations on Greek culture and religion, along with tours of Saint Barbara Church • Greek dance performances –Traditional Greek folk dances performed by the ODYSSEY Dancers

• Greek dance lessons – taught by the ODYSSEY Dancers (8:30 p.m., Sat and Sun)

• Nightly dancing to ODYSSEY’s live Greek band, “The Hellenic Company”

• Kids’ area – Rides, games, and magic shows.

• Raffle – Have a chance at winning the grand prize of $10,000 cash, or one of 9 additional prizes!

• Senior Citizens Day: Fri. Sept. 2, from 12 – 3 pm – 20% senior citizen discount on meals.

For 35 years ODYSSEY has delighted the senses with a feast of Greek cuisine, the thrill of Greek dance, the sounds of the bouzouki, and the ethnic flavor of the Agora (Marketplace).

Stop by Saint Barbara’s ODYSSEY for Connecticut’s greatest “Greek Party,” a rain-or-shine Labor Day tradition.

HOURS: 12 noon to 10 PM on Fri., Sat., Sun. 9/2, 9/3, 9/4; 12 noon to 7 PM on Mon. 9/5.

FREE ADMISSION and FREE PARKING (on-site and next door at Holy Infant Church).

RAIN OR SHINE INFO: 203-795-1347 or visit www.saintbarbara.org


Are You Ready For The Odyssey Greek Festival? St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church Is!

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Aug 242013

(file photo by Bob Miles)

(file photo by Bob Miles)

Members of St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church have been working tirelessly preparing for the annual  Odyssey Greek Festival.

The 33rd annual Odyssey Greek Festival takes place on the church grounds, 480 Racebrook Road, Labor Day Weekend.

Every year, throngs of people come to Orange for the dancing, the music and, oh yes, the food.

So what, you may ask, goes into making all that food?

Here are some Odyssey fun facts.

The desserts alone take up enough ingredients to feed a small country.

There are 28,000 pieces of handmade pastry, made with 1,350 pounds of butter; 2,400 farm fresh eggs; 900 pounds of four; 1,500 pounds of sugar; 600 pounds of walnuts; 95 gallons of milk; 30 pounds of sesame seeds; 600 pounds of filo dough and 5 pounds of cinnamon.

And what about the other food?

Hold onto your hat, the St. Barbara cooks use 400 pounds of tomatoes;, 100 pounds of onions; 120 gallons of milk; 600 pounds of ground beef; 160 pounds of penne pasta; 8,000 farm fresh eggs; 200 pounds of pecorino roman cheese; 500 pounds of chopped spinach; 500 pounds of ricotta cheese; 600 pounds of cottage cheese and 600 pounds of filo dough.

During the four day festival, St. Barbara will go through 6,500 pieces of spanikopita and tiropita; 100 pans of moussaka; 70 pans of pastichio; 18 whole lambs on a spit; 1,000 pounds of boneless leg of lamb; 1,500 pounds of pork tenderloin; 100 pounds of boneless chicken breast and 4,000 gyros.

Kali Orexi! (Healthy Appetite!)

Festival Hours:
Friday, Aug 30 thru Sunday, Sept. 1 — 12 noon to 10 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 2 — 12 noon to 8 p.m.

Free parking and admission.

Obituary: Konstantine “Dino” Koutroumanis, 99, WWII Veteran, Pappou Loved His Family and HisDaily Walks

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Aug 152013

Screen shot 2013-08-15 at 11.21.56 AMKonstantine “Dino” Koutroumanis, 99, of Orange, beloved father and pappou, passed away peacefully on August 11, 2013 surrounded by his loving family.
He was the widower of Eleni Kotsaftis Koutroumanis. Dino was born in Lapanagi, Greece on January 20, 1914, son of the late Gregory and Eleni Fakou Koutroumanis.
While in Greece he proudly served in the Greek National Army during World War II from 1939 – 1944 where he fought alongside the Allies for Freedom and Democracy. After WW II he fought in the Greek Civil War from 1947 – 1949 to help liberate Greece from the Communist regime.
He immigrated to the United States in 1955 with his eldest son, Gregory and settled in Waterbury. In 1958 he was joined by the rest of his family; his wife, Eleni, sons Anthony and George and daughters Penny and Vicky.
He worked at Anaconda American Brass, French Tube Division and as the groundskeeper at Quassy Amusement Park until 1975 when he retired and moved to Orange where he made his home with his son, Anthony and his daughter-in-law Maria.
After his retirement he was a daily fixture at his sons’ establishment, Yorkside Pizza Restaurant in New Haven, where he was lovingly known as “Pappou” to everyone who worked there. In the early morning he helped prepare the food at the restaurant and when he finished he would be seen taking his daily 3 mile walk around Yale University and the New Haven Green.
In the winter months he traveled to Palm Harbor, FL, living with his son Gregory and his daughter-in-law Marcia, where he continued his daily walks.
Above everything else, Dino loved his children and their spouses, and adored his grandchildren, their spouses, and his great-grandchildren. He was an extremely devout Greek Orthodox Christian, an avid reader; and enjoyed walking and gardening.
He is survived by his loving children, Gregory Koutroumanis and his wife Marcia of Palm Harbor, FL, Anthony Koutroumanis and his wife Maria of Orange, Penny Pecka and her husband Richard of Waterbury, Vicky Vagenas and her husband George of Orange, and George Koutroumanis and his wife Nota of Woodbridge; 9 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
Besides his wife Eleni and his parents, he is predeceased by his brothers, Anthony, Panayiotis, and Vasilios Koutroumanis and his sister Golfo Dousmanis.
The family would like to thank the Shady Knoll Nursing Home and the VITAS nursing staff for the diligent and compassionate support they provided to Dino throughout the past 5 months.
Friends and family may call at The Celentano Funeral Home, 424 Elm St. (cor. Dwight), New Haven Friday from 4 to 8 pm. and are invited to attend funeral services at St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church, 480 Racebrook Road, Orange on Saturday at 12:00 Noon.
Interment will follow in Orange Center Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: St. Barbara’s Greek Orthodox Church Building Fund, 480 Racebrook Road, Orange, CT 06477.

Obituary: Bessie Tramontanis, 87, Long Time Member of St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church

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Aug 122013

Screen shot 2013-08-12 at 1.19.04 PMBessie Christos Tramontanis, 87, of Southington, passed away Aug. 8, 2013 at her home. She was the beloved wife of the late Dukas “Duke” Tramontanis.

She was born on Aug. 25, 1925 in Salt Lake City, Utah, daughter of the late John and Alexandria Christos. She moved to Danbury at a young age and graduated from Danbury High School. She married and settled in New Haven and was an office worker and home maker for most of her life.

She was a long time member of St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church and sang in the choir for many years.

She lived in Woodbridge before moving to Southington several years ago. “Yiayia” was loved by everyone, especially her grandchildren and their friends with whom she shared her love of Greek food, dancing and the many stories about her childhood.

She is survived by two sons, Harry (Carla) Tramontanis of Bristol and John (Gail) Tramontanis of Roswell, GA.; her brother, James (Bobbie) Christos of Brookfield; six grandchildren, Stephanie, Andrew, Michael, Christina, Alexander and Nicholas; many nieces, nephews, great nieces & great nephews. She was predeceased by a brother, Dr. Louis Christos and a sister, Tessie Ambadjes.

She will also be missed by her two “grand dogs, Boone & Kemba whom she loved to pet when they came to visit.

Friends may call at The Celentano Funeral Home, 424 Elm St. (cor. Dwight) New Haven Tuesday from 5 to 8 pm and are invited to attend funeral services in St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church, 480 Racebrook Rd., Orange Wednesday morning at 10:30. Interment in Evergreen Cemetery, New Haven.

Donations in her memory may be made to St. Barbara Greek Orthodox Church, 480 Racebrook Road, Orange, CT 06477 or to St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, 31 Brightwood Road, Bristol, CT 06010. www.celentanofuneralhome.com