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Newsletter Archive

Our Past Newsletters:
Each month we send out a newsletter with articles and entries regarding Kythera. You can view our previous newsletters below.

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15786:Newsletter Archive

submitted by James Victor Prineas on 06.09.2008

September 2008

Dear Friends of Kythera,

after 10 wonderful weeks on Kythera, we are back in Berlin and missing the island very much - my son's continue to run about here calling out "pame yia banyio " (let's go for a swim!) in Greek. They enjoyed the attention of their two wonderful teachers whose playful teaching techniques are a hard act to follow. And we all loved the endless adventures the island had on offer - swimming from Kalathi to Komponatha; walking around the coast from Diakofti to Avlemonas; ...

15651:Newsletter Archive

submitted by James Victor Prineas on 28.07.2008

August 2008

> Contents:
- Newsletter
- Anna Comino's Kythera-Blog
- George Tzannes' Exhibition opening in Kapsali. 11. August.
- Chrisanthe Comino by Gaye Hegeman
- Interview with Kythera's Mayor Koukoulis
- Real Estate Listings

Dear Friends of Kythera,

the prodigious length of many of our past newsletters has been the source of complaints from some of you. I'm afraid today's newsletter is even longer than usual, thanks to an "in ...

15338:Newsletter Archive

submitted by James Victor Prineas on 30.03.2008

May 2006

Thanks, Queensland

Many thanks to those 500 who attended the Brisbane “Launch” of Your support means a lot to us. After the launch there was a surge of activity on the site with more than 200 new registrations and scores of new entries.

A series of new and improved features will be coming online on the site in the coming months. The “Advanced Search” tool has already been activated, the chat area, a video category and a “Favourites” ...

15337:Newsletter Archive

submitted by James Victor Prineas on 30.03.2008

April 2007

Flying over Kythera

This might interest a few of you: probably about the same time as you are reading this – early April – I'll flying over Kythera on a helicopter to photograph the island for a “Kythera from the Air” book. Planned is a large hard-cover coffee-table edition of our favourite island from an angle which most of us only see from the hazy windows of the plane when we fly in. Now before you all start calling your relatives on Kythera to search for me so they ...

15336:Newsletter Archive

submitted by James Victor Prineas on 30.03.2008

March 2007

Flying over Kythera, Grand Meeting of Kytherians in Queensland.

Dear Friends of Kythera,

at the bottom of this mail you'll find your invitation to a huge Kytherian event in Queensland, Australia, on the 15th of April. So all you out-of-staters or out-of-countryers still have enough time to book your tickets. Queensland, for those of you who don't know your billabong from your wallaby, is one of the warmest, friendliest and most beautiful of Australia's ...

15335:Newsletter Archive

submitted by James Victor Prineas on 30.03.2008

January/February 2007

A NEW COMPETITION: "Those who never Returned"

Dear Friends of Kythera,
my friend and veteran contributor Spyro Calocerinos has come up with a great idea. He pointed out that there are lots of life stories on the site about those who had made the big time, but neglected were many of their parents who made their daughter's and son's success possible by working hard and often sacrificing their own desires in favour of their children's education ...

15334:Newsletter Archive

submitted by James Victor Prineas on 30.03.2008

December 2006

A Greek-American Discovers Roots in Australia

Dear Friends of Kythera,

Since we announced our "10,000 Entries" competition in August more than 500 entries have been submitted to the site which not only pushed the counter past the magic ten thousand, but also gave us a turbo-charged start to the next 10,000. Instrumental in this achievement were the winners of our competition, who each contributed at least 20 entries and who will each receive a selection of Kytherian ...

15333:Newsletter Archive

submitted by James Victor Prineas on 30.03.2008

November 2006

A Greek-American Discovers Roots in Australia

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Reprinted from the Saint Barbara Greek Orthodox Church Epistle, Nov. 2006

By Terry Keramaris
Many of us with ties to Greece may be able to name the village from which our pappou or yiayia emigrated. Some of us have gone a step further, delving into our immigrant genealogy or even tracing the family ...

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submitted by James Victor Prineas on 30.03.2008

October 2006

10,000 pieces of the Kytherian Puzzle

Dear Friends of Kythera,

A few days ago the 10,000th entry was uploaded to It was a source of great pride to all of us working on the site. Thanks to all those who have contributed, to those who have spread the word, and to all Kytherians on and off the island whose love for Kythera help make it such a special place.

Many of you have submitted more that 20 entries in the last couple of months ...

15331:Newsletter Archive

submitted by James Victor Prineas on 30.03.2008

September 2006

Back from the Roots

Dear Friends of Kythera,

we have a really special newsletter this month which includes moving articles by Crissouli and a new contributor: Wilma Allex from Austria, who spent a winter on Kythera in 2005. And don't forget our 10,000th entry competition - more details can be found at the bottom of this mail.

Take 38 Diaspora Kytherians, lock them in the Kythera Town Hall for 6 hours and ...

15330:Newsletter Archive

submitted by James Victor Prineas on 30.03.2008

August 2006

Off to Kythera

My family and I have been on the island now for a week. My young boys are already dividing up the treasure they hope to find on our next trip to Paliopoly Beach, planning a climb up Paliocastro, where the most holy temple to Aphrodite once stood, looking forward to their next fishing trip with uncle Niko, and licking their lips at the prospect of Theia Anthoula's, Paniotitsa's, Katerina's, Fofo's, Marieka's etc. culinary wonders. At ages seven and four, the kids ...

15329:Newsletter Archive

submitted by James Victor Prineas on 30.03.2008

July 2006

Kythera, August 12th, Discover Your Roots 2006

Dear Friends of Kythera,

yes, it's on again! On the 12th of August, members of the world-wide Kytherian community will be meeting on Kythera to participate in lectures, exchanges and presentations. In English. If you haven't heard of our "Discover Your Roots" events before: those interested in the Kytherian family history get together for a day - last year it was in Hora at the town hall. A few seasoned family ...

15328:Newsletter Archive

submitted by James Victor Prineas on 30.03.2008

June 2006

Kytherian Jigsaw
By Vikki Vrettos Fraioli with Terry Chlentzos Keramaris

As a young child, I remember my mother telling me stories of my yiayia and papou who had immigrated in the early 1900s from Kythera - via Alexandria, Egypt - to the United States. Spellbound, I listened to the tale of my grandmother's shipboard voyage to America, traveling alone, toting two small children. My papou was the first to make the journey in 1906, and almost a year later, my yiayia followed ...

15326:Newsletter Archive

submitted by James Victor Prineas on 30.03.2008

May 2006

More than just a Website

The website is much more than an online repository. Through it’s existence people have come together who might never have met, and projects have sprung to life which were inconceivable before we went online.

Many of you will be familiar with the Kytherian Surnames edition which was published in 2002. An 800 page historical record of all known Kytherian surnames – some dating back more than 1000 years – it was written ...

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submitted by James Victor Prineas on 30.03.2008

April 2006

The Fruits of a Website

Although we can tell how many people are visiting our website (36 000 in 2005), how many pages they are viewing (1.4 million since 2003) and which pages are most popular, it is hard to tell if the site is really helping a lot of people become more interested in Kythera. The guest book comments by many visitors give us an inkling of it, and occasionally projects result from people visiting the site. Recently two such projects have come to fruition.

15324:Newsletter Archive

submitted by James Victor Prineas on 30.03.2008

March 2006

Your Extended Kytherian Family

Dear Friends of Kythera,

On my last flight to Australia I managed to finish a book by Kurt Vonnegut Jr. called "Breakfast of Champions". The book has of course nothing to do with Kythera, even if some some us consider our ancestors champions of sorts. The reason I mention it here is because a minor character in the book - an ambulance driver - comes from an African community where one family member in each generation is entrusted ...

15323:Newsletter Archive

submitted by James Victor Prineas on 30.03.2008

February 2006

_Dolmades for Lunch
_Recent Message Board entries
_THE PICNIC by Harris George

Dear Friends of Kythera,

for those of you who don't look regularly at the message-board area of the site, we've decided to list the newest entries in the newsletter each month, so that the searches and announcements of other community members reach you. Don't forget that if you have a missing branch on your family tree, ...

15322:Newsletter Archive

submitted by James Victor Prineas on 30.03.2008

January 2006

Earthquake on Kythera

Dear Friends of Kythera,

as many of you may have heard, Kythera experienced an earthquake on Sunday at about 1.30 pm midday. It registered 6.9 on the Richter scale. Fortunately there seems to have been no human casualties. In Mitata the main church (of the Holy Trinity) has been severely damaged - only a few hours earlier a church service had taken place there but at the time of the earthquake it was empty. There are also reports of damage ...

15131:Newsletter Archive

submitted by James Victor Prineas on 26.02.2008

December 2005

The end of a Legend

Dear Friends of Kythera,

a lot has been written about the cafes which Kytherians set up and ran after they migrated, comparatively little though about the cafe culture on the island. Anyone who regularly visited the village of Mitata in the 1980s and '90s probably ate at George and Maria Stamatakou's restaurant which was perched near the ravine on the roller-coaster-road out of the back of the village. The months I spent each year on the island ...

15130:Newsletter Archive

submitted by James Victor Prineas on 26.02.2008

November 2005

Join our Team!

Dear Friends of Kythera,

the team needs more volunteer interviewers, collators and editors. Fascinating information about Kythera is still unwritten or undigitalised and there are dozens of first-wave Australian and American Kytherians out there who still have sharp memories but poor computer skills. We need your help to interview them and get their stories, family trees and pictures onto the site. From there they can be viewed ...