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Reverend Tryfon Theophilopoulos (1935-2005) celebrates Easter at St. Nicholas in 2004. Father Tryfon was assigned to St. Nicholas in December 1975. He was loved by the community, whom he served with wisdom and devotion for 30 years. The resurrection…

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Nikitas Tsimouris (1924-2001) played the tsabouna, a type of island bagpipe. Born on Kalymnos, he arrived in Tarpon Springs in 1968. Tsimouris worked on sponge boats, in restaurants and the stucco trade, and as custodian of St. Nicholas. He performed…

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The Phil Demos Band includes Ted Tsangarinos on keyboard, Phil Demas on drums, an unidentified guitarist, and Spiro Skordilis on bouzouki. The band frequently played Greek popular music at community events in the late 1970s or early 1980s. Skordilis…

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Musicians George Aggelopoulos on bouzouki, Dimitris “Jimmy” Tzaras on baglamas, Niko on drums, and Pete Patides on guitar perform at Zorba's on Athens Street in the 1970s. Zorba’s was an important community entertainment institution from the…

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Members of a dance group wait with Father Kalariotes to see Vice-President Spiro Agnew on October 31, 1968. St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral has long taught and sponsored Greek dance groups composed of church youth as part of their ministry.…

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Helen Samarkos Tsoukalas was elected Miss Calymnos in 1953. She is wearing the traditional woman’s dress for the island of Kalymnos, called a kavadi. It usually consists of a robe-like silk dress over a white underdress and tied with a…

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The Greek Community Little League Team was sponsored by St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Cathedral. In 1966, the team included, front row Theo Karaphillis, Nick Karaphillis, Nick Faklis, Cam Gause, Gause, George Lontakos, Steve Koulias; middle row David…

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Jordan Kindinis with grandchildren Colleen and Jerry Kindinis feeding their pet lamb Kitso on Hope Street in 1960. Jordan Kindinis, originally from Kalymnos, worked for many years on sponge boats as a lifeline tender and a cook.

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Family and friends enjoy the evening breezes on the porch in August 1958. The woman on the left with a child on her lap is Sophie Pavlos Tsongranis, the wife of Father George Tsongranis. On the right, Sylvia Billiris sits behind the man at right…

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During the filming of Beneath the 12-Mile Reef (1953), the sponge boat Eleni was painted to look as though it had been burned by the rival Key West Conch sponge fishermen. After the filming ended, the boat was restored to its original condition.…

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Duchess Giallourakis Arfaras and Michel Arfaras enjoy the beach on their honeymoon in 1951. The Giallourakis family was involved in the sponge industry, and it was through them that Duchess was introduced to her future husband, Tunisian Greek sponge…

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Actor Lloyd Bridges poses with townspeople at the Sponge Docks during the filming of 16 Fathoms Deep (1948) in Tarpon Springs. During the late 1940s and early 1950s, both this film and Beneath the 12-Mile Reef (1953) created a romantic aura around…

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A Greek school group dressed for a Greek cultural celebration poses on the Sponge Docks during the 1940s. The two sponge divers to the left behind them are Emmanuel Mehas and John Maillis. The front row is unidentified Greek school teacher,…

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There is a birthday party in progress among a group of friends and neighbors on Mill Street near Athens Street in the 1940s. Maria Afanason, Sevasti Georgiadis, Nikki Ergas holding Michael Kouremetis, Maria Fotakis, Maria Karavokiros holding Nancy…

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The Tsalichis family enjoys a picnic on Kathara Deftera/Καθαρά Δευτέρα or Clean Monday in the 1941. Anna Karagiannis Kotis looks surprised and perplexed because she has just been handed a live rabbit by her nephew Michael Tsalichis to…

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Frances, Nellie, and Magdaline Peronis stroll with a friend around Spring Bayou on a beautiful spring day in the 1940s. Nellie and Magdaline married Tiliakos brothers who were shrimp boat builders in Fernandina Beach and Frances moved to Indiana…

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A large crowd gathers inside Teddy’s Pavilion for a festive occasion at Sunset Beach in the 1940s. George Pappas stands in the left foreground.

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The family of a sponge fisherman poses for a photograph in front of their home on November 16, 1936. Although the talented Burgert Brothers photographers from Tampa found intriguing subjects in Tarpon Springs, they did not always record the names of…

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Members of the related Miaoulis and Lulias families sit for a photograph in front of their Greek-American Bakery, 1940s. Front row, left to right are Kaliope Manias Lulias, Irene Manias Lelekis, Nick Manias; second row, Evdokia Manias, Nikitas Manias…

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The Angel (originally Angeliniadis) family often had holiday picnics on the beach—and they remember them today with great fondness. This one took place on July 7, 1929—the date carved in the watermelon. Left to right, they are George Angel,…

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On a beautiful day in 1924, the Tulumaris family is ready to venture out for a drive in their car. Before strip malls and extensive development, Tarpon Springs was considered a place of great natural beauty, attracting artists and wealthy snowbirds…

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The Allisandratos family gathers together outside their home in 1920: adults Demosthenes, Asimoulas’ mother Athena Kamvisis, Asimoula, and children Tako, baby Katherine, Andrew, and Alexander. The Allisandratos family has remained in the same house…
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