“Look, that’s me!” exclaimed an elderly woman at the Kytherian Association of Australia (KAA) 100 year nostalgia family day on Sunday.
The woman had just spotted herself in a series of photos covering over 32 debutant balls from KAA history and she couldn’t wipe the smile off her face.
That nostalgic feeling echoed off the walls of the Panarcadian Federation Club in the Sydney suburb of Ashbury as members of the KAA walked through a historical exhibition of some 15 panels showing photos from the association’s founding in 1922 to its present day.
Among the photographs and artifacts on display were some of the Kytherian soccer group, Kytherian dance groups over the years, as well as Kytherian youth taking cooking classes.
Also on the day, the newly elected and first-ever President of the KAA, Barbara Zantiotis, and Andrew Malanos of the KAA Centenary Committee gave a series of speeches.
Attendees could even enjoy Greek dance performances, paper airplane competitions and a cooking demonstration by Koula and Toula from the Kytherian Kitchen. A centennial cake and souvlakia were also eaten that day.
“Today is an incredible day. We have so many people in attendance today and it just goes to show how much the uniting of the Kytherian community means,” said Ms. Zantiotis The Greek Herald.
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Esther Calligeros, who is on the KAA ball committee and was responsible for presenting the debutante ball, told the story The Greek Herald that a lot of work went into the exhibition, but she was incredibly proud of it.
“As I was going through ball programs, I realized that we didn’t have color photos from ten years ago, they were black and white in the programs. So I reached out to the maid of honor at balls to send us color photos… and this is the result,” said Esther, proudly pointing at the display.
“I’m really thrilled that I was able to do this because we’ve never seen these photos before.”
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The 94-year-old Stephen Zantiotis was also amazed by the photo exhibition.
“My father was one of the early members of the club, and now look at the Kytherians!” he said The Greek Herald with a smile.
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These words of one of the oldest members of the association also resonated with some younger participants of the family day.
Alexis Arbolino came to the event with her two young children and her Italian husband Adam. He said The Greek Herald He wanted to bring his family because “it’s important that we make an effort to keep the traditions and culture alive for our children.”
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“It’s nostalgic in a way,” Alexis added.
“I grew up in the Kytherian Association, so those kinds of memories evoke, which makes it more important for me to include my kids in that so they have the same memories and connection to Kythera that I had growing up .”
An important purpose that the KAA Nostalgia Day definitely fulfilled.
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