On December 10th at 5:00 PM Special Service Area #16 hosted the first annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Greektown. Students from Solon Greek School of Saint Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church and Saint George Hellenic School were on hand to sing traditional Greek Christmas carols. The students were accompanied by their families and teachers. Father Apostolos Geogiafentis, Protopresbyter of Saint Demetrios and Father Chrysanthos Kerkeres, Presiding Priest at Saint George Greek Orthodox Church, were also in attendance and each offered their support and best wishes for Greektown. The snow falling in the background and the tree illuminated with ornaments from the National Hellenic Museum provided the perfect winter backdrop to the heartwarming sound of the children’s voices.
Secretary of State Jesse White, Alderman Walter Burnett of the 27th ward and Alderman Robert Fioretti of the 2nd ward were among those in attendance who shared kind words about the progress and impact of the Greektown community. Alderman Brendan Reilly of the 42nd ward, while unable to attend also shared words of kindness and encouragement.
The students then spent time in many of our restaurants singing songs–we sincerely appreciate Artopolis and Pegasus for providing them with delicious cookies. Before departing, the students and their families enjoyed a delicious dinner at Nine Muses. The photo is from Chris Hurd Photography and documents the first of many successful evenings of Christmas cheer. You can see more pictures on our Facebook page.
Happy Holidays! – ΚΑΛΑ ΧΡΙΣΤΟΥΓΕΝΝΑ ΚΑΙ ΚΑΛΗ ΧΡΟΝΙΑ!