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submitted by Kytherian 4 Wheel Drive & Recreation Club on 28.04.2013

A return to the old style seating at the Canberra cafe, Manilla

Paul Calokerinos and family have retrofitted the cafe to capture the "feel" of yesteryear.

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submitted by Kathy Calokerinos on 28.04.2013

One of the events celebrated at the big panayiri was the retro-fit renovations of the Canberra Cafe

The Canberra Cafe is located in Manilla in NSW.

Paul Calokerinos and family have returned the cafe to a look from yesteryear - the cafes of the 40's, 50's, and 60's.

The photograph is of the wall counter (northern side), towards the front of the shop.

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submitted by Kytherian 4 Wheel Drive & Recreation Club on 28.04.2013

Throughout the day Paul Calokerinos just kept on cooking and cooking

....there was no shortage of food for all the patrons....

Canberra Cafe, Manilla, NSW, 30th March, 2013.

Pleny of food was on hand, generously provided by the hosts; the Calokerinos family.

Overview of the days events

A special celebration will be held at the Canberra Cafe on Easter Sunday 30th March 2013 in the township of Manilla.

The program involves:
• a public celebration from 2pm to 5pm- (we envisage up to (2000) people to attend the afternoon session)

Background

Very few Greek cafes remain in Australia and of those that do, they have in many ways been modernised over the years.

“Jack Smiles” (Yiannis (John) Kalokerinos) built the Canberra Cafe in Manilla 86 years ago.

Paul Calokerinos, along with his wife Helen, and family (John Mary and Kathy) have continued to operate the cafe since taking on ownership in 1950.

The cafe has undergone a “back to the future” refurbishment recently to display its original (or as near to as possible) attributes.

To celebrate the original owner “Jack Smiles” and recognise 86 years of trading as a Greek Cafe we are a having this re-dedication day on the 31st March 2013.

Many Greek associates and the public will be in attendance to participate in the celebrations.

Obviously there will be a typical Greek influence on the proceedings.
Those present will include local dignitaries Mayor Col Murray and Tamworth State MP Kevin Anderson and local artist Sandy Thorne, internationally recognised author of “Old Timers” and several other notable books (Bush yarns & biographies) will also be performing and presenting her “bush yarns”.

Chronology

1927 – Jack Smiles build Canberra Cafe
1948 – Paul Calokerinos comes to Australia
1950 – Paul Calokerinos and John Travassaros buy the Canberra Cafe from Jack Smiles
1965 – Helen Calokerinos buys out John Travassaros share.
2013 - Why now? to celebrate the recent Cafe refurbishment and celebration of 86 years since its inception.

History of Greek Cafes in Australia

It is the Greek Festival of Sydney this month – note this SMH article on history of Greek Cafes


Recent Articles have been published in the -

- Manilla Express – article 26 March 2013

Manilla Express article Front Page & page 10.pdf

- Northern Daily Leader- article 18 February 2013

Canberra Cafe Event Program

AFTERNOON Session 1 – 2pm Sunday 31 March 2013

6:00am to 6pm road closure Manilla Street, between Court Street and Strafford Street

2:00 to 5:00pm Events

2:00 Official Ceremony commence (45 minutes)
• Welcome and Introduction – MC -Sandy Allan (5 min)
• Welcome dignitaries – Mayor Tamworth Regional Council (Col Murray), Kevin Anderson MP – Member for Tamworth
• 2:15 David Ridgewell – local personality - Setting scene “About the family and community– Paul Helen Kathy Mary John”
• 2:25 Sandy Thorn, internationally recognised author Interview Proprietor Q&A – to tease out history and background
• Paul Calokerinos – Owner Operator History 63 years of the cafe
• 2:35 Presentation – Mayor Tamworth Regional Council a few words
• Plaque unveiling - the plaque recognition of 3013 refurbishment and 86 years if cafe
• 2:45 Response – John Calokerinos Thank you on behalf of family (thank MC)
• MC concludes formality

3:00 to 5pm Entertainment (2 hours)

• Sandy Thorne – Australia’s favourite yarn spinner, Author, entertainer, public speaker (30 min). - Sandy Thorn is “Australia’s best-selling author of outback humour books, and of "OLD TIMERS”, which featured a fascinating mini-biography of Paul Calokerinos, that was, for many people, the highlight of the book. Sandy is also a stage performer of bush yarns and verse, who has had audiences laughing all over Australia, N.Z. and the U.S., for nearly thirty years, since she launched her first best-seller, “I’VE MET SOME BLOODY WAGS!”.

• 4pm - Easter Bunny - Scavenger Easter egg hunt for children
• Music – Live local talent 3.30-5pm

5:00 Public event concludes

6:00 pm Road opens – Manilla St

7:00pm - until late - formal sit down dinner for 160 people, to be held in both the Skylight Restaurant and the Canberra Cafe, next door.

All prepared and served by the Calokerinos family.

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submitted by Kytherian 4 Wheel Drive & Recreation Club on 28.04.2013

And of course, the main cook was Paul Calokerinos

....helped here by his trusty off-sider Chris Plumidis (front), former owner of the Civic cafe and Tamworth cafe.....in Tamworth.

Paul and family had pre-cooked food up to two weeks beforehand to cater for the event.

But there was still much cooking to do on the day, not only for the afternoon luncheon, but for the formal dinner that was to begin at 7:00 pm.

What an extraordinary service ethic?

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submitted by Kytherian 4 Wheel Drive & Recreation Club on 28.04.2013

Another view from inside the Canberra Cafe of persons sitting down to eat and drink during the the afternoon uncheon

Canberra Cafe, Manilla, NSW, 30th March, 2013.

Pleny of food was on hand, generously provided by the hosts; the Calokerinos family.

Overview of the days events

A special celebration will be held at the Canberra Cafe on Easter Sunday 30th March 2013 in the township of Manilla.

The program involves:
• a public celebration from 2pm to 5pm- (we envisage up to (2000) people to attend the afternoon session)

Background

Very few Greek cafes remain in Australia and of those that do, they have in many ways been modernised over the years.

“Jack Smiles” (Yiannis (John) Kalokerinos) built the Canberra Cafe in Manilla 86 years ago.

Paul Calokerinos, along with his wife Helen, and family (John Mary and Kathy) have continued to operate the cafe since taking on ownership in 1950.

The cafe has undergone a “back to the future” refurbishment recently to display its original (or as near to as possible) attributes.

To celebrate the original owner “Jack Smiles” and recognise 86 years of trading as a Greek Cafe we are a having this re-dedication day on the 31st March 2013.

Many Greek associates and the public will be in attendance to participate in the celebrations.

Obviously there will be a typical Greek influence on the proceedings.
Those present will include local dignitaries Mayor Col Murray and Tamworth State MP Kevin Anderson and local artist Sandy Thorne, internationally recognised author of “Old Timers” and several other notable books (Bush yarns & biographies) will also be performing and presenting her “bush yarns”.

Chronology

1927 – Jack Smiles build Canberra Cafe
1948 – Paul Calokerinos comes to Australia
1950 – Paul Calokerinos and John Travassaros buy the Canberra Cafe from Jack Smiles
1965 – Helen Calokerinos buys out John Travassaros share.
2013 - Why now? to celebrate the recent Cafe refurbishment and celebration of 86 years since its inception.

History of Greek Cafes in Australia

It is the Greek Festival of Sydney this month – note this SMH article on history of Greek Cafes


Recent Articles have been published in the -

- Manilla Express – article 26 March 2013

Manilla Express article Front Page & page 10.pdf

- Northern Daily Leader- article 18 February 2013

Canberra Cafe Event Program

AFTERNOON Session 1 – 2pm Sunday 31 March 2013

6:00am to 6pm road closure Manilla Street, between Court Street and Strafford Street

2:00 to 5:00pm Events

2:00 Official Ceremony commence (45 minutes)
• Welcome and Introduction – MC -Sandy Allan (5 min)
• Welcome dignitaries – Mayor Tamworth Regional Council (Col Murray), Kevin Anderson MP – Member for Tamworth
• 2:15 David Ridgewell – local personality - Setting scene “About the family and community– Paul Helen Kathy Mary John”
• 2:25 Sandy Thorn, internationally recognised author Interview Proprietor Q&A – to tease out history and background
• Paul Calokerinos – Owner Operator History 63 years of the cafe
• 2:35 Presentation – Mayor Tamworth Regional Council a few words
• Plaque unveiling - the plaque recognition of 3013 refurbishment and 86 years if cafe
• 2:45 Response – John Calokerinos Thank you on behalf of family (thank MC)
• MC concludes formality

3:00 to 5pm Entertainment (2 hours)

• Sandy Thorne – Australia’s favourite yarn spinner, Author, entertainer, public speaker (30 min). - Sandy Thorn is “Australia’s best-selling author of outback humour books, and of "OLD TIMERS”, which featured a fascinating mini-biography of Paul Calokerinos, that was, for many people, the highlight of the book. Sandy is also a stage performer of bush yarns and verse, who has had audiences laughing all over Australia, N.Z. and the U.S., for nearly thirty years, since she launched her first best-seller, “I’VE MET SOME BLOODY WAGS!”.

• 4pm - Easter Bunny - Scavenger Easter egg hunt for children
• Music – Live local talent 3.30-5pm

5:00 Public event concludes

6:00 pm Road opens – Manilla St

7:00pm - until late - formal sit down dinner for 160 people, to be held in both the Skylight Restaurant and the Canberra Cafe, next door.

All prepared and served by the Calokerinos family.

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submitted by Kytherian 4 Wheel Drive & Recreation Club on 28.04.2013

Some of the women who graciously distributed the food to the assembled multitudes.

From left to right:

Kathy Plumidis (Paul Calokerinos's sister Katerina (Ketty) Kalokerinos wife of Chris Plumidis from Canberra), Marianthe Varipattis (wife of the late Stan Varipattis – Ritz Café Tamworth), Mary Travassaros (wife of John), Eleni Travassaros (wife of Manuel), Despina Fatseas (wife of late Theo Fatseas Monterey Café Gunnedah)

The Travassaros ladies are former owners of the Acropolis Café Tamworth.

Overview of the days events

A special celebration will be held at the Canberra Cafe on Easter Sunday 30th March 2013 in the township of Manilla.

The program involves:
• a public celebration from 2pm to 5pm- (we envisage up to (2000) people to attend the afternoon session)

Background

Very few Greek cafes remain in Australia and of those that do, they have in many ways been modernised over the years.

“Jack Smiles” (Yiannis (John) Kalokerinos) built the Canberra Cafe in Manilla 86 years ago.

Paul Calokerinos, along with his wife Helen, and family (John Mary and Kathy) have continued to operate the cafe since taking on ownership in 1950.

The cafe has undergone a “back to the future” refurbishment recently to display its original (or as near to as possible) attributes.

To celebrate the original owner “Jack Smiles” and recognise 86 years of trading as a Greek Cafe we are a having this re-dedication day on the 31st March 2013.

Many Greek associates and the public will be in attendance to participate in the celebrations.

Obviously there will be a typical Greek influence on the proceedings.
Those present will include local dignitaries Mayor Col Murray and Tamworth State MP Kevin Anderson and local artist Sandy Thorne, internationally recognised author of “Old Timers” and several other notable books (Bush yarns & biographies) will also be performing and presenting her “bush yarns”.

Chronology

1927 – Jack Smiles build Canberra Cafe
1948 – Paul Calokerinos comes to Australia
1950 – Paul Calokerinos and John Travassaros buy the Canberra Cafe from Jack Smiles
1965 – Helen Calokerinos buys out John Travassaros share.
2013 - Why now? to celebrate the recent Cafe refurbishment and celebration of 86 years since its inception.

History of Greek Cafes in Australia

It is the Greek Festival of Sydney this month – note this SMH article on history of Greek Cafes


Recent Articles have been published in the -

- Manilla Express – article 26 March 2013

Manilla Express article Front Page & page 10.pdf

- Northern Daily Leader- article 18 February 2013

Canberra Cafe Event Program

AFTERNOON Session 1 – 2pm Sunday 31 March 2013

6:00am to 6pm road closure Manilla Street, between Court Street and Strafford Street

2:00 to 5:00pm Events

2:00 Official Ceremony commence (45 minutes)
• Welcome and Introduction – MC -Sandy Allan (5 min)
• Welcome dignitaries – Mayor Tamworth Regional Council (Col Murray), Kevin Anderson MP – Member for Tamworth
• 2:15 David Ridgewell – local personality - Setting scene “About the family and community– Paul Helen Kathy Mary John”
• 2:25 Sandy Thorn, internationally recognised author Interview Proprietor Q&A – to tease out history and background
• Paul Calokerinos – Owner Operator History 63 years of the cafe
• 2:35 Presentation – Mayor Tamworth Regional Council a few words
• Plaque unveiling - the plaque recognition of 3013 refurbishment and 86 years if cafe
• 2:45 Response – John Calokerinos Thank you on behalf of family (thank MC)
• MC concludes formality

3:00 to 5pm Entertainment (2 hours)

• Sandy Thorne – Australia’s favourite yarn spinner, Author, entertainer, public speaker (30 min). - Sandy Thorn is “Australia’s best-selling author of outback humour books, and of "OLD TIMERS”, which featured a fascinating mini-biography of Paul Calokerinos, that was, for many people, the highlight of the book. Sandy is also a stage performer of bush yarns and verse, who has had audiences laughing all over Australia, N.Z. and the U.S., for nearly thirty years, since she launched her first best-seller, “I’VE MET SOME BLOODY WAGS!”.

• 4pm - Easter Bunny - Scavenger Easter egg hunt for children
• Music – Live local talent 3.30-5pm

5:00 Public event concludes

6:00 pm Road opens – Manilla St

7:00pm - until late - formal sit down dinner for 160 people, to be held in both the Skylight Restaurant and the Canberra Cafe, next door.

All prepared and served by the Calokerinos family.

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submitted by Kytherian 4 Wheel Drive & Recreation Club on 27.04.2013

Some patrons also sat inside the Canberra Cafe

which was abuzz from midday on the 30th March 2013.

Pleny of food was on hand, generously provided by the hosts; the Calokerinos family.

Overview of the days events

A special celebration will be held at the Canberra Cafe on Easter Sunday 30th March 2013 in the township of Manilla.

The program involves:
• a public celebration from 2pm to 5pm- (we envisage up to (2000) people to attend the afternoon session)

Background

Very few Greek cafes remain in Australia and of those that do, they have in many ways been modernised over the years.

“Jack Smiles” (Yiannis (John) Kalokerinos) built the Canberra Cafe in Manilla 86 years ago.

Paul Calokerinos, along with his wife Helen, and family (John Mary and Kathy) have continued to operate the cafe since taking on ownership in 1950.

The cafe has undergone a “back to the future” refurbishment recently to display its original (or as near to as possible) attributes.

To celebrate the original owner “Jack Smiles” and recognise 86 years of trading as a Greek Cafe we are a having this re-dedication day on the 31st March 2013.

Many Greek associates and the public will be in attendance to participate in the celebrations.

Obviously there will be a typical Greek influence on the proceedings.
Those present will include local dignitaries Mayor Col Murray and Tamworth State MP Kevin Anderson and local artist Sandy Thorne, internationally recognised author of “Old Timers” and several other notable books (Bush yarns & biographies) will also be performing and presenting her “bush yarns”.

Chronology

1927 – Jack Smiles build Canberra Cafe
1948 – Paul Calokerinos comes to Australia
1950 – Paul Calokerinos and John Travassaros buy the Canberra Cafe from Jack Smiles
1965 – Helen Calokerinos buys out John Travassaros share.
2013 - Why now? to celebrate the recent Cafe refurbishment and celebration of 86 years since its inception.

History of Greek Cafes in Australia

It is the Greek Festival of Sydney this month – note this SMH article on history of Greek Cafes


Recent Articles have been published in the -

- Manilla Express – article 26 March 2013

Manilla Express article Front Page & page 10.pdf

- Northern Daily Leader- article 18 February 2013

Canberra Cafe Event Program

AFTERNOON Session 1 – 2pm Sunday 31 March 2013

6:00am to 6pm road closure Manilla Street, between Court Street and Strafford Street

2:00 to 5:00pm Events

2:00 Official Ceremony commence (45 minutes)
• Welcome and Introduction – MC -Sandy Allan (5 min)
• Welcome dignitaries – Mayor Tamworth Regional Council (Col Murray), Kevin Anderson MP – Member for Tamworth
• 2:15 David Ridgewell – local personality - Setting scene “About the family and community– Paul Helen Kathy Mary John”
• 2:25 Sandy Thorn, internationally recognised author Interview Proprietor Q&A – to tease out history and background
• Paul Calokerinos – Owner Operator History 63 years of the cafe
• 2:35 Presentation – Mayor Tamworth Regional Council a few words
• Plaque unveiling - the plaque recognition of 3013 refurbishment and 86 years if cafe
• 2:45 Response – John Calokerinos Thank you on behalf of family (thank MC)
• MC concludes formality

3:00 to 5pm Entertainment (2 hours)

• Sandy Thorne – Australia’s favourite yarn spinner, Author, entertainer, public speaker (30 min). - Sandy Thorn is “Australia’s best-selling author of outback humour books, and of "OLD TIMERS”, which featured a fascinating mini-biography of Paul Calokerinos, that was, for many people, the highlight of the book. Sandy is also a stage performer of bush yarns and verse, who has had audiences laughing all over Australia, N.Z. and the U.S., for nearly thirty years, since she launched her first best-seller, “I’VE MET SOME BLOODY WAGS!”.

• 4pm - Easter Bunny - Scavenger Easter egg hunt for children
• Music – Live local talent 3.30-5pm

5:00 Public event concludes

6:00 pm Road opens – Manilla St

7:00pm - until late - formal sit down dinner for 160 people, to be held in both the Skylight Restaurant and the Canberra Cafe, next door.

All prepared and served by the Calokerinos family.

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submitted by Kytherian 4 Wheel Drive & Recreation Club on 27.04.2013

The food just kept on coming for the 400+ people who assembled outside the Canberra Cafe

in the northwestern town of Manilla, NSW.

And all catered for and supplied by the Calokerinos family.

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submitted by Kytherian 4 Wheel Drive & Recreation Club on 27.04.2013

Every one of the 400 people who attended the afternoon Canberra Cafe celebrations

had plenty to eat and drink.

All catered and provided for by the Calokerinos family.

Overview of the days events

A special celebration will be held at the Canberra Cafe on Easter Sunday 30th March 2013 in the township of Manilla.

The program involves:
• a public celebration from 2pm to 5pm- (we envisage up to (2000) people to attend the afternoon session)

Background

Very few Greek cafes remain in Australia and of those that do, they have in many ways been modernised over the years.

“Jack Smiles” (Yiannis (John) Kalokerinos) built the Canberra Cafe in Manilla 86 years ago.

Paul Calokerinos, along with his wife Helen, and family (John Mary and Kathy) have continued to operate the cafe since taking on ownership in 1950.

The cafe has undergone a “back to the future” refurbishment recently to display its original (or as near to as possible) attributes.

To celebrate the original owner “Jack Smiles” and recognise 86 years of trading as a Greek Cafe we are a having this re-dedication day on the 31st March 2013.

Many Greek associates and the public will be in attendance to participate in the celebrations.

Obviously there will be a typical Greek influence on the proceedings.
Those present will include local dignitaries Mayor Col Murray and Tamworth State MP Kevin Anderson and local artist Sandy Thorne, internationally recognised author of “Old Timers” and several other notable books (Bush yarns & biographies) will also be performing and presenting her “bush yarns”.

Chronology

1927 – Jack Smiles build Canberra Cafe
1948 – Paul Calokerinos comes to Australia
1950 – Paul Calokerinos and John Travassaros buy the Canberra Cafe from Jack Smiles
1965 – Helen Calokerinos buys out John Travassaros share.
2013 - Why now? to celebrate the recent Cafe refurbishment and celebration of 86 years since its inception.

History of Greek Cafes in Australia

It is the Greek Festival of Sydney this month – note this SMH article on history of Greek Cafes


Recent Articles have been published in the -

- Manilla Express – article 26 March 2013

Manilla Express article Front Page & page 10.pdf

- Northern Daily Leader- article 18 February 2013

Canberra Cafe Event Program

AFTERNOON Session 1 – 2pm Sunday 31 March 2013

6:00am to 6pm road closure Manilla Street, between Court Street and Strafford Street

2:00 to 5:00pm Events

2:00 Official Ceremony commence (45 minutes)
• Welcome and Introduction – MC -Sandy Allan (5 min)
• Welcome dignitaries – Mayor Tamworth Regional Council (Col Murray), Kevin Anderson MP – Member for Tamworth
• 2:15 David Ridgewell – local personality - Setting scene “About the family and community– Paul Helen Kathy Mary John”
• 2:25 Sandy Thorn, internationally recognised author Interview Proprietor Q&A – to tease out history and background
• Paul Calokerinos – Owner Operator History 63 years of the cafe
• 2:35 Presentation – Mayor Tamworth Regional Council a few words
• Plaque unveiling - the plaque recognition of 3013 refurbishment and 86 years if cafe
• 2:45 Response – John Calokerinos Thank you on behalf of family (thank MC)
• MC concludes formality

3:00 to 5pm Entertainment (2 hours)

• Sandy Thorne – Australia’s favourite yarn spinner, Author, entertainer, public speaker (30 min). - Sandy Thorn is “Australia’s best-selling author of outback humour books, and of "OLD TIMERS”, which featured a fascinating mini-biography of Paul Calokerinos, that was, for many people, the highlight of the book. Sandy is also a stage performer of bush yarns and verse, who has had audiences laughing all over Australia, N.Z. and the U.S., for nearly thirty years, since she launched her first best-seller, “I’VE MET SOME BLOODY WAGS!”.

• 4pm - Easter Bunny - Scavenger Easter egg hunt for children
• Music – Live local talent 3.30-5pm

5:00 Public event concludes

6:00 pm Road opens – Manilla St

7:00pm - until late - formal sit down dinner for 160 people, to be held in both the Skylight Restaurant and the Canberra Cafe, next door.

All prepared and served by the Calokerinos family.

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submitted by Greek-Australian Cafe Culture on 27.04.2013

This rock and roll singer, originally from Idaho, in the United States of America, also got the crowd

It all happened outside the Canberra Cafe on Easter Sunday 30th March 2013.

It was like a mini-concert.

Overview of the days events

A special celebration will be held at the Canberra Cafe on Easter Sunday 30th March 2013 in the township of Manilla.

The program involves:
• a public celebration from 2pm to 5pm- (we envisage up to (2000) people to attend the afternoon session)

Background

Very few Greek cafes remain in Australia and of those that do, they have in many ways been modernised over the years.

“Jack Smiles” (Yiannis (John) Kalokerinos) built the Canberra Cafe in Manilla 86 years ago.

Paul Calokerinos, along with his wife Helen, and family (John Mary and Kathy) have continued to operate the cafe since taking on ownership in 1950.

The cafe has undergone a “back to the future” refurbishment recently to display its original (or as near to as possible) attributes.

To celebrate the original owner “Jack Smiles” and recognise 86 years of trading as a Greek Cafe we are a having this re-dedication day on the 31st March 2013.

Many Greek associates and the public will be in attendance to participate in the celebrations.

Obviously there will be a typical Greek influence on the proceedings.
Those present will include local dignitaries Mayor Col Murray and Tamworth State MP Kevin Anderson and local artist Sandy Thorne, internationally recognised author of “Old Timers” and several other notable books (Bush yarns & biographies) will also be performing and presenting her “bush yarns”.

Chronology

1927 – Jack Smiles build Canberra Cafe
1948 – Paul Calokerinos comes to Australia
1950 – Paul Calokerinos and John Travassaros buy the Canberra Cafe from Jack Smiles
1965 – Helen Calokerinos buys out John Travassaros share.
2013 - Why now? to celebrate the recent Cafe refurbishment and celebration of 86 years since its inception.

History of Greek Cafes in Australia

It is the Greek Festival of Sydney this month – note this SMH article on history of Greek Cafes


Recent Articles have been published in the -

- Manilla Express – article 26 March 2013

Manilla Express article Front Page & page 10.pdf

- Northern Daily Leader- article 18 February 2013

Canberra Cafe Event Program

AFTERNOON Session 1 – 2pm Sunday 31 March 2013

6:00am to 6pm road closure Manilla Street, between Court Street and Strafford Street

2:00 to 5:00pm Events

2:00 Official Ceremony commence (45 minutes)
• Welcome and Introduction – MC -Sandy Allan (5 min)
• Welcome dignitaries – Mayor Tamworth Regional Council (Col Murray), Kevin Anderson MP – Member for Tamworth
• 2:15 David Ridgewell – local personality - Setting scene “About the family and community– Paul Helen Kathy Mary John”
• 2:25 Sandy Thorn, internationally recognised author Interview Proprietor Q&A – to tease out history and background
• Paul Calokerinos – Owner Operator History 63 years of the cafe
• 2:35 Presentation – Mayor Tamworth Regional Council a few words
• Plaque unveiling - the plaque recognition of 3013 refurbishment and 86 years if cafe
• 2:45 Response – John Calokerinos Thank you on behalf of family (thank MC)
• MC concludes formality

3:00 to 5pm Entertainment (2 hours)

• Sandy Thorne – Australia’s favourite yarn spinner, Author, entertainer, public speaker (30 min). - Sandy Thorn is “Australia’s best-selling author of outback humour books, and of "OLD TIMERS”, which featured a fascinating mini-biography of Paul Calokerinos, that was, for many people, the highlight of the book. Sandy is also a stage performer of bush yarns and verse, who has had audiences laughing all over Australia, N.Z. and the U.S., for nearly thirty years, since she launched her first best-seller, “I’VE MET SOME BLOODY WAGS!”.

• 4pm - Easter Bunny - Scavenger Easter egg hunt for children
• Music – Live local talent 3.30-5pm

5:00 Public event concludes

6:00 pm Road opens – Manilla St

7:00pm - until late - formal sit down dinner for 160 people, to be held in both the Skylight Restaurant and the Canberra Cafe, next door.

All prepared and served by the Calokerinos family.

Photos > Cafes, Shops & Cinemas

submitted by Greek-Australian Cafe Culture on 27.04.2013

There was some excellent entertainment on off during the afternoons street proceedings

Canberra Cafe on Easter Sunday 30th March 2013. This local "country and western" singer had a good repertoire which really got the crowd "going".

Overview of the days events

A special celebration will be held at the Canberra Cafe on Easter Sunday 30th March 2013 in the township of Manilla.

The program involves:
• a public celebration from 2pm to 5pm- (we envisage up to (2000) people to attend the afternoon session)

Background

Very few Greek cafes remain in Australia and of those that do, they have in many ways been modernised over the years.

“Jack Smiles” (Yiannis (John) Kalokerinos) built the Canberra Cafe in Manilla 86 years ago.

Paul Calokerinos, along with his wife Helen, and family (John Mary and Kathy) have continued to operate the cafe since taking on ownership in 1950.

The cafe has undergone a “back to the future” refurbishment recently to display its original (or as near to as possible) attributes.

To celebrate the original owner “Jack Smiles” and recognise 86 years of trading as a Greek Cafe we are a having this re-dedication day on the 31st March 2013.

Many Greek associates and the public will be in attendance to participate in the celebrations.

Obviously there will be a typical Greek influence on the proceedings.
Those present will include local dignitaries Mayor Col Murray and Tamworth State MP Kevin Anderson and local artist Sandy Thorne, internationally recognised author of “Old Timers” and several other notable books (Bush yarns & biographies) will also be performing and presenting her “bush yarns”.

Chronology

1927 – Jack Smiles build Canberra Cafe
1948 – Paul Calokerinos comes to Australia
1950 – Paul Calokerinos and John Travassaros buy the Canberra Cafe from Jack Smiles
1965 – Helen Calokerinos buys out John Travassaros share.
2013 - Why now? to celebrate the recent Cafe refurbishment and celebration of 86 years since its inception.

History of Greek Cafes in Australia

It is the Greek Festival of Sydney this month – note this SMH article on history of Greek Cafes


Recent Articles have been published in the -

- Manilla Express – article 26 March 2013

Manilla Express article Front Page & page 10.pdf

- Northern Daily Leader- article 18 February 2013

Canberra Cafe Event Program

AFTERNOON Session 1 – 2pm Sunday 31 March 2013

6:00am to 6pm road closure Manilla Street, between Court Street and Strafford Street

2:00 to 5:00pm Events

2:00 Official Ceremony commence (45 minutes)
• Welcome and Introduction – MC -Sandy Allan (5 min)
• Welcome dignitaries – Mayor Tamworth Regional Council (Col Murray), Kevin Anderson MP – Member for Tamworth
• 2:15 David Ridgewell – local personality - Setting scene “About the family and community– Paul Helen Kathy Mary John”
• 2:25 Sandy Thorn, internationally recognised author Interview Proprietor Q&A – to tease out history and background
• Paul Calokerinos – Owner Operator History 63 years of the cafe
• 2:35 Presentation – Mayor Tamworth Regional Council a few words
• Plaque unveiling - the plaque recognition of 3013 refurbishment and 86 years if cafe
• 2:45 Response – John Calokerinos Thank you on behalf of family (thank MC)
• MC concludes formality

3:00 to 5pm Entertainment (2 hours)

• Sandy Thorne – Australia’s favourite yarn spinner, Author, entertainer, public speaker (30 min). - Sandy Thorn is “Australia’s best-selling author of outback humour books, and of "OLD TIMERS”, which featured a fascinating mini-biography of Paul Calokerinos, that was, for many people, the highlight of the book. Sandy is also a stage performer of bush yarns and verse, who has had audiences laughing all over Australia, N.Z. and the U.S., for nearly thirty years, since she launched her first best-seller, “I’VE MET SOME BLOODY WAGS!”.

• 4pm - Easter Bunny - Scavenger Easter egg hunt for children
• Music – Live local talent 3.30-5pm

5:00 Public event concludes

6:00 pm Road opens – Manilla St

7:00pm - until late - formal sit down dinner for 160 people, to be held in both the Skylight Restaurant and the Canberra Cafe, next door.

All prepared and served by the Calokerinos family.

Photos > Cafes, Shops & Cinemas

submitted by Greek-Australian Cafe Culture on 27.04.2013

John Paul Calokerinos, Paul Calokerinos's son

made an excellent speech, thanking the Council, relatives, freinds and attendees for making the 30th March 2013 celebration of the Canberra Cafe, such a great success.

The plaque presented t Paul Calokerinos and his family by Tamworth Council is on the right.

Overview of the days events

A special celebration will be held at the Canberra Cafe on Easter Sunday 30th March 2013 in the township of Manilla.

The program involves:
• a public celebration from 2pm to 5pm- (we envisage up to (2000) people to attend the afternoon session)

Background

Very few Greek cafes remain in Australia and of those that do, they have in many ways been modernised over the years.

“Jack Smiles” (Yiannis (John) Kalokerinos) built the Canberra Cafe in Manilla 86 years ago.

Paul Calokerinos, along with his wife Helen, and family (John Mary and Kathy) have continued to operate the cafe since taking on ownership in 1950.

The cafe has undergone a “back to the future” refurbishment recently to display its original (or as near to as possible) attributes.

To celebrate the original owner “Jack Smiles” and recognise 86 years of trading as a Greek Cafe we are a having this re-dedication day on the 31st March 2013.

Many Greek associates and the public will be in attendance to participate in the celebrations.

Obviously there will be a typical Greek influence on the proceedings.
Those present will include local dignitaries Mayor Col Murray and Tamworth State MP Kevin Anderson and local artist Sandy Thorne, internationally recognised author of “Old Timers” and several other notable books (Bush yarns & biographies) will also be performing and presenting her “bush yarns”.

Chronology

1927 – Jack Smiles build Canberra Cafe
1948 – Paul Calokerinos comes to Australia
1950 – Paul Calokerinos and John Travassaros buy the Canberra Cafe from Jack Smiles
1965 – Helen Calokerinos buys out John Travassaros share.
2013 - Why now? to celebrate the recent Cafe refurbishment and celebration of 86 years since its inception.

History of Greek Cafes in Australia

It is the Greek Festival of Sydney this month – note this SMH article on history of Greek Cafes


Recent Articles have been published in the -

- Manilla Express – article 26 March 2013

Manilla Express article Front Page & page 10.pdf

- Northern Daily Leader- article 18 February 2013

Canberra Cafe Event Program

AFTERNOON Session 1 – 2pm Sunday 31 March 2013

6:00am to 6pm road closure Manilla Street, between Court Street and Strafford Street

2:00 to 5:00pm Events

2:00 Official Ceremony commence (45 minutes)
• Welcome and Introduction – MC -Sandy Allan (5 min)
• Welcome dignitaries – Mayor Tamworth Regional Council (Col Murray), Kevin Anderson MP – Member for Tamworth
• 2:15 David Ridgewell – local personality - Setting scene “About the family and community– Paul Helen Kathy Mary John”
• 2:25 Sandy Thorn, internationally recognised author Interview Proprietor Q&A – to tease out history and background
• Paul Calokerinos – Owner Operator History 63 years of the cafe
• 2:35 Presentation – Mayor Tamworth Regional Council a few words
• Plaque unveiling - the plaque recognition of 3013 refurbishment and 86 years if cafe
• 2:45 Response – John Calokerinos Thank you on behalf of family (thank MC)
• MC concludes formality

3:00 to 5pm Entertainment (2 hours)

• Sandy Thorne – Australia’s favourite yarn spinner, Author, entertainer, public speaker (30 min). - Sandy Thorn is “Australia’s best-selling author of outback humour books, and of "OLD TIMERS”, which featured a fascinating mini-biography of Paul Calokerinos, that was, for many people, the highlight of the book. Sandy is also a stage performer of bush yarns and verse, who has had audiences laughing all over Australia, N.Z. and the U.S., for nearly thirty years, since she launched her first best-seller, “I’VE MET SOME BLOODY WAGS!”.

• 4pm - Easter Bunny - Scavenger Easter egg hunt for children
• Music – Live local talent 3.30-5pm

5:00 Public event concludes

6:00 pm Road opens – Manilla St

7:00pm - until late - formal sit down dinner for 160 people, to be held in both the Skylight Restaurant and the Canberra Cafe, next door.

All prepared and served by the Calokerinos family.

Photos > Cafes, Shops & Cinemas

submitted by Kytherian 4 Wheel Drive & Recreation Club on 28.04.2013

Three 4 Wheel Drivers, enjoying an early morning coffee

Left to right: Peter Notaras, John Tzannes, and John Notaras.

At the campsite on the property called "Boxwood", owned by Ozzy, morning of, 31st March, 2013.

Ozzy, and his family are good friends with Paul Calokerinos and his family.

Ozzy was initially attracted to Manilla through his interest in paragliding and hangliding. Most people won't realise that Manilla has some of the best sites for paragliding in the world. The World Championships have been held there. Paragliding sites at Manilla. Ozzy decided to make Manilla his home.

As mentioned in the previous entry Ozzy, and members of his family have a farm , called "Boxwood", which lies 11 kilometres north of Manilla, on the Barraba Road. Amongst other produce, they grow olives there. Ozzy lives in Manilla. James lives in Sydney.

Ossie imported from Italy a wine press, that is housed at the property.

Paul Calokerinos also has a substantial olive grove at Manilla.

When it comes times to press the olives to extract oil, the Turk and the Greek work together, utilising Ozzy's press to perfom this task.

A great story of what can be achieved through cooperation and consilience.

Ozzy allowed 3 members of the 4 Wheel Drive Club - John Tzannes, my cousin John Notaras, and myself - and "ring-in" George Poulos, to camp on his property, in a shed, overlooking a beautiful creek, and a rocky outcrop. The four campers drove out to the property at the end of the Canberra Cafe panayiri.

That was a very interesting night.

Thanks Ozzy.

My cousin John and I undertook a 5 day K4WD Trip to Bingara and Manilla. from 28th March until 1st April, 2013.

Photos > Cafes, Shops & Cinemas

submitted by Kytherian 4 Wheel Drive & Recreation Club on 28.04.2013

Looking across the brikki that boiled the coffee towards a beautiful creek

Campsite at Boxwood, owned by Ozzy, morning of, 31st March, 2013.

Ozzy, and his family are good friends with Paul Calokerinos and his family.

Ozzy was initially attracted to Manilla through his interest in paragliding and hangliding. Most people won't realise that Manilla has some of the best sites for paragliding in the world. The World Championships have been held there. Paragliding sites at Manilla. Ozzy decided to make Manilla his home.

As mentioned in the previous entry Ozzy, and members of his family have a farm , called "Boxwood", which lies 11 kilometres north of Manilla, on the Barraba Road. Amongst other produce, they grow olives there. Ozzy lives in Manilla. James lives in Sydney.

Ossie imported from Italy a wine press, that is housed at the property.

Paul Calokerinos also has a substantial olive grove at Manilla.

When it comes times to press the olives to extract oil, the Turk and the Greek work together, utilising Ozzy's press to perfom this task.

A great story of what can be achieved through cooperation and consilience.

Ozzy allowed 3 members of the 4 Wheel Drive Club - John Tzannes, my cousin John Notaras, and myself - and "ring-in" George Poulos, to camp on his property, in a shed, overlooking a beautiful creek, and a rocky outcrop. The four campers drove out to the property at the end of the Canberra Cafe panayiri.

That was a very interesting night.

Thanks Ozzy.

My cousin John and I undertook a 5 day K4WD Trip to Bingara and Manilla. from 28th March until 1st April, 2013.

Photos > Cafes, Shops & Cinemas

submitted by Kytherian 4 Wheel Drive & Recreation Club on 28.04.2013

Campsite at Boxwood, a property owned by Ozzy

Ozzy, and his family are good friends with Paul Calokerinos and his family.

Ozzy was initially attracted to Manilla through his interest in paragliding and hangliding. Most people won't realise that Manilla has some of the best sites for paragliding in the world. The World Championships have been held there. Paragliding sites at Manilla. Ozzy decided to make Manilla his home.

As mentioned in the previous entry Ozzy, and members of his family have a farm , called "Boxwood", which lies 11 kilometres north of Manilla, on the Barraba Road. Amongst other produce, they grow olives there. Ozzy lives in Manilla. James lives in Sydney.

Ossie imported from Italy a wine press, that is housed at the property.

Paul Calokerinos also has a substantial olive grove at Manilla.

When it comes times to press the olives to extract oil, the Turk and the Greek work together, utilising Ozzy's press to perfom this task.

A great story of what can be achieved through cooperation and consilience.

Ozzy allowed 3 members of the 4 Wheel Drive Club - John Tzannes, my cousin John Notaras, and myself - and "ring-in" George Poulos, to camp on his property, in a shed, overlooking a beautiful creek, and a rocky outcrop. The four campers drove out to the property at the end of the Canberra Cafe panayiri.

That was a very interesting night.

Thanks Ozzy.

My cousin John and I undertook a 5 day K4WD Trip to Bingara and Manilla. from 28th March until 1st April, 2013.

Photos > Cafes, Shops & Cinemas

submitted by Greek-Australian Cafe Culture on 27.04.2013

Turkish flag displayed at the Canberra Cafe celebrations, Manilla, NSW

Why is the Turkish flag - this photo, incidentally, has it facing the correct way - on display during the Canberra Cafe celebrations, 30th March, 2013?

This has to do with Paul Calokerinos's good Turkish friends, Ozzy, and his family.

Ozzy was initially attracted to Manilla through his interest in paragliding and hangliding. Most people won't realise that Manilla has some of the best sites for paragliding in the world. The World Championships have been held there. Paragliding sites at Manilla. Ozzy decided to make Manilla his home.

As mentioned in the previous entry Ozzy, and members of his family have a farm , called "Boxwood", which lies 11 kilometres north of Manilla, on the Barraba Road. Amongst other produce, they grow olives there. Ozzy lives in Manilla. James lives in Sydney.

Ossie imported from Italy a wine press, that is housed at the property.

Paul Calokerinos also has a substantial olive grove at Manilla.

When it comes times to press the olives to extract oil, the Turk and the Greek work together, utilising Ozzy's press to perfom this task.

A great story of what can be achieved through cooperation and consilience.

Ozzy allowed 3 members of the 4 Wheel Drive Club - John Tzannes, my cousin John Notaras, and myself - and "ring-in" George Poulos, to camp on his property, in a shed, overlooking a beautiful creek, and a rocky outcrop. That was a very interesting night.

Thanks Ozzy.


Overview of the days events

A special celebration will be held at the Canberra Cafe on Easter Sunday 31 March 2013 in the township of Manilla.

The program involves:
• a public celebration from 2pm to 5pm- (we envisage up to (2000) people to attend the afternoon session)

Background

Very few Greek cafes remain in Australia and of those that do, they have in many ways been modernised over the years.

“Jack Smiles” (Yiannis (John) Kalokerinos) built the Canberra Cafe in Manilla 86 years ago.

Paul Calokerinos, along with his wife Helen, and family (John Mary and Kathy) have continued to operate the cafe since taking on ownership in 1950.

The cafe has undergone a “back to the future” refurbishment recently to display its original (or as near to as possible) attributes.

To celebrate the original owner “Jack Smiles” and recognise 86 years of trading as a Greek Cafe we are a having this re-dedication day on the 31st March 2013.

Many Greek associates and the public will be in attendance to participate in the celebrations.

Obviously there will be a typical Greek influence on the proceedings.
Those present will include local dignitaries Mayor Col Murray and Tamworth State MP Kevin Anderson and local artist Sandy Thorne, internationally recognised author of “Old Timers” and several other notable books (Bush yarns & biographies) will also be performing and presenting her “bush yarns”.

Chronology

1927 – Jack Smiles build Canberra Cafe
1948 – Paul Calokerinos comes to Australia
1950 – Paul Calokerinos and John Travassaros buy the Canberra Cafe from Jack Smiles
1965 – Helen Calokerinos buys out John Travassaros share.
2013 - Why now? to celebrate the recent Cafe refurbishment and celebration of 86 years since its inception.

History of Greek Cafes in Australia

It is the Greek Festival of Sydney this month – note this SMH article on history of Greek Cafes


Recent Articles have been published in the -

- Manilla Express – article 26 March 2013

Manilla Express article Front Page & page 10.pdf

- Northern Daily Leader- article 18 February 2013

Canberra Cafe Event Program

AFTERNOON Session 1 – 2pm Sunday 31 March 2013

6:00am to 6pm road closure Manilla Street, between Court Street and Strafford Street

2:00 to 5:00pm Events

2:00 Official Ceremony commence (45 minutes)
• Welcome and Introduction – MC -Sandy Allan (5 min)
• Welcome dignitaries – Mayor Tamworth Regional Council (Col Murray), Kevin Anderson MP – Member for Tamworth
• 2:15 David Ridgewell – local personality - Setting scene “About the family and community– Paul Helen Kathy Mary John”
• 2:25 Sandy Thorn, internationally recognised author Interview Proprietor Q&A – to tease out history and background
• Paul Calokerinos – Owner Operator History 63 years of the cafe
• 2:35 Presentation – Mayor Tamworth Regional Council a few words
• Plaque unveiling - the plaque recognition of 3013 refurbishment and 86 years if cafe
• 2:45 Response – John Calokerinos Thank you on behalf of family (thank MC)
• MC concludes formality

3:00 to 5pm Entertainment (2 hours)

• Sandy Thorne – Australia’s favourite yarn spinner, Author, entertainer, public speaker (30 min). - Sandy Thorn is “Australia’s best-selling author of outback humour books, and of "OLD TIMERS”, which featured a fascinating mini-biography of Paul Calokerinos, that was, for many people, the highlight of the book. Sandy is also a stage performer of bush yarns and verse, who has had audiences laughing all over Australia, N.Z. and the U.S., for nearly thirty years, since she launched her first best-seller, “I’VE MET SOME BLOODY WAGS!”.

• 4pm - Easter Bunny - Scavenger Easter egg hunt for children
• Music – Live local talent 3.30-5pm

5:00 Public event concludes

6:00 pm Road opens – Manilla St

7:00pm - until late - formal sit down dinner for 160 people, to be held in both the Skylight Restaurant and the Canberra Cafe, next door.

All prepared and served by the Calokerinos family.

Photos > Cafes, Shops & Cinemas

submitted by Kytherian 4 Wheel Drive & Recreation Club on 27.04.2013

Ozzy, his brother James, George Poulos and Paul Calokerinos

During the Canberra Cafe celebrations, 30th March, 2013.

Ozzy was initially attracted to Manilla through his interest in paragliding and hangliding. Most people won't realise that Manilla has some of the best sites for paragliding in the world. The World Championships have been held there. Paragliding sites at Manilla. Ozzy decided to make Manilla his home.

As mentioned in the previous entry Ozzy, and members of his family have a farm , called "Boxwood", which lies 11 kilometres north of Manilla, on the Barraba Road. Amongst other produce, they grow olives there. Ozzy lives in Manilla. James lives in Sydney.

Ossie imported from Italy a wine press, that is housed at the property.

Paul Calokerinos also has a substantial olive grove at Manilla.

When it comes times to press the olives to extract oil, the Turk and the Greek work together, utilising Ozzy's press to perfom this task.

A great story of what can be achieved through cooperation and consilience.

Ozzy allowed 3 members of the 4 Wheel Drive Club - John Tzannes, my cousin John Notaras, and myself - and "ring-in" George Poulos, to camp on his property, in a shed, overlooking a beautiful creek, and a rocky outcrop. That was a very interesting night.

Thanks Ozzy.


Overview of the days events

A special celebration will be held at the Canberra Cafe on Easter Sunday 31 March 2013 in the township of Manilla.

The program involves:
• a public celebration from 2pm to 5pm- (we envisage up to (2000) people to attend the afternoon session)

Background

Very few Greek cafes remain in Australia and of those that do, they have in many ways been modernised over the years.

“Jack Smiles” (Yiannis (John) Kalokerinos) built the Canberra Cafe in Manilla 86 years ago.

Paul Calokerinos, along with his wife Helen, and family (John Mary and Kathy) have continued to operate the cafe since taking on ownership in 1950.

The cafe has undergone a “back to the future” refurbishment recently to display its original (or as near to as possible) attributes.

To celebrate the original owner “Jack Smiles” and recognise 86 years of trading as a Greek Cafe we are a having this re-dedication day on the 31st March 2013.

Many Greek associates and the public will be in attendance to participate in the celebrations.

Obviously there will be a typical Greek influence on the proceedings.
Those present will include local dignitaries Mayor Col Murray and Tamworth State MP Kevin Anderson and local artist Sandy Thorne, internationally recognised author of “Old Timers” and several other notable books (Bush yarns & biographies) will also be performing and presenting her “bush yarns”.

Chronology

1927 – Jack Smiles build Canberra Cafe
1948 – Paul Calokerinos comes to Australia
1950 – Paul Calokerinos and John Travassaros buy the Canberra Cafe from Jack Smiles
1965 – Helen Calokerinos buys out John Travassaros share.
2013 - Why now? to celebrate the recent Cafe refurbishment and celebration of 86 years since its inception.

History of Greek Cafes in Australia

It is the Greek Festival of Sydney this month – note this SMH article on history of Greek Cafes


Recent Articles have been published in the -

- Manilla Express – article 26 March 2013

Manilla Express article Front Page & page 10.pdf

- Northern Daily Leader- article 18 February 2013

Canberra Cafe Event Program

AFTERNOON Session 1 – 2pm Sunday 31 March 2013

6:00am to 6pm road closure Manilla Street, between Court Street and Strafford Street

2:00 to 5:00pm Events

2:00 Official Ceremony commence (45 minutes)
• Welcome and Introduction – MC -Sandy Allan (5 min)
• Welcome dignitaries – Mayor Tamworth Regional Council (Col Murray), Kevin Anderson MP – Member for Tamworth
• 2:15 David Ridgewell – local personality - Setting scene “About the family and community– Paul Helen Kathy Mary John”
• 2:25 Sandy Thorn, internationally recognised author Interview Proprietor Q&A – to tease out history and background
• Paul Calokerinos – Owner Operator History 63 years of the cafe
• 2:35 Presentation – Mayor Tamworth Regional Council a few words
• Plaque unveiling - the plaque recognition of 3013 refurbishment and 86 years if cafe
• 2:45 Response – John Calokerinos Thank you on behalf of family (thank MC)
• MC concludes formality

3:00 to 5pm Entertainment (2 hours)

• Sandy Thorne – Australia’s favourite yarn spinner, Author, entertainer, public speaker (30 min). - Sandy Thorn is “Australia’s best-selling author of outback humour books, and of "OLD TIMERS”, which featured a fascinating mini-biography of Paul Calokerinos, that was, for many people, the highlight of the book. Sandy is also a stage performer of bush yarns and verse, who has had audiences laughing all over Australia, N.Z. and the U.S., for nearly thirty years, since she launched her first best-seller, “I’VE MET SOME BLOODY WAGS!”.

• 4pm - Easter Bunny - Scavenger Easter egg hunt for children
• Music – Live local talent 3.30-5pm

5:00 Public event concludes

6:00 pm Road opens – Manilla St

7:00pm - until late - formal sit down dinner for 160 people, to be held in both the Skylight Restaurant and the Canberra Cafe, next door.

All prepared and served by the Calokerinos family.

Photos > Cafes, Shops & Cinemas

submitted by Kytherian 4 Wheel Drive & Recreation Club on 27.04.2013

There was also a supreme gesture of reconciliation with the Turkish flag also on display

Here Ozzy, George Poulos and Paul Calokerinos hold the Turkish flag outside the Canberra Cafe. During the Canberra Cafe celebrations, 30th March, 2013.

Ozzy was initially attracted to Manilla through his interest in paragliding and hangliding. Most people won't realise that Manilla has some of the best sites for paragliding in the world. The World Championships have been held there. Paragliding sites at Manilla. Ozzy decided to make Manilla his home.

Ozzy, and members of his family have a farm, called "Boxwood", which 11 kilometres north of Manilla, on the Barraba Road. Amongst other produce, they grow olives there.

Ozzy imported from Italy a wine press, that is housed at the property.

Paul Calokerinos also has a substantial olive grove at Manilla.

When it comes times to press the olives to extract the oil, the Turk and the Greek work together, utilising Ossie's press to perfom this task.

A great story of what can be achieved through cooperation and consilience.

Ossie allowed 3 members of the 4 Wheel Drive Club - John Tzannes, my cousin John Notaras, and myself - and "ring-in" George Poulos, to camp on his property, in a shed, overlooking a beautiful creek, and a rocky outcrop. That was a very interesting night.

Thanks Ossie.


Overview of the days events

A special celebration will be held at the Canberra Cafe on Easter Sunday 31 March 2013 in the township of Manilla.

The program involves:
• a public celebration from 2pm to 5pm- (we envisage up to (2000) people to attend the afternoon session)

Background

Very few Greek cafes remain in Australia and of those that do, they have in many ways been modernised over the years.

“Jack Smiles” (Yiannis (John) Kalokerinos) built the Canberra Cafe in Manilla 86 years ago.

Paul Calokerinos, along with his wife Helen, and family (John Mary and Kathy) have continued to operate the cafe since taking on ownership in 1950.

The cafe has undergone a “back to the future” refurbishment recently to display its original (or as near to as possible) attributes.

To celebrate the original owner “Jack Smiles” and recognise 86 years of trading as a Greek Cafe we are a having this re-dedication day on the 31st March 2013.

Many Greek associates and the public will be in attendance to participate in the celebrations.

Obviously there will be a typical Greek influence on the proceedings.
Those present will include local dignitaries Mayor Col Murray and Tamworth State MP Kevin Anderson and local artist Sandy Thorne, internationally recognised author of “Old Timers” and several other notable books (Bush yarns & biographies) will also be performing and presenting her “bush yarns”.

Chronology

1927 – Jack Smiles build Canberra Cafe
1948 – Paul Calokerinos comes to Australia
1950 – Paul Calokerinos and John Travassaros buy the Canberra Cafe from Jack Smiles
1965 – Helen Calokerinos buys out John Travassaros share.
2013 - Why now? to celebrate the recent Cafe refurbishment and celebration of 86 years since its inception.

History of Greek Cafes in Australia

It is the Greek Festival of Sydney this month – note this SMH article on history of Greek Cafes


Recent Articles have been published in the -

- Manilla Express – article 26 March 2013

Manilla Express article Front Page & page 10.pdf

- Northern Daily Leader- article 18 February 2013

Canberra Cafe Event Program

AFTERNOON Session 1 – 2pm Sunday 31 March 2013

6:00am to 6pm road closure Manilla Street, between Court Street and Strafford Street

2:00 to 5:00pm Events

2:00 Official Ceremony commence (45 minutes)
• Welcome and Introduction – MC -Sandy Allan (5 min)
• Welcome dignitaries – Mayor Tamworth Regional Council (Col Murray), Kevin Anderson MP – Member for Tamworth
• 2:15 David Ridgewell – local personality - Setting scene “About the family and community– Paul Helen Kathy Mary John”
• 2:25 Sandy Thorn, internationally recognised author Interview Proprietor Q&A – to tease out history and background
• Paul Calokerinos – Owner Operator History 63 years of the cafe
• 2:35 Presentation – Mayor Tamworth Regional Council a few words
• Plaque unveiling - the plaque recognition of 3013 refurbishment and 86 years if cafe
• 2:45 Response – John Calokerinos Thank you on behalf of family (thank MC)
• MC concludes formality

3:00 to 5pm Entertainment (2 hours)

• Sandy Thorne – Australia’s favourite yarn spinner, Author, entertainer, public speaker (30 min). - Sandy Thorn is “Australia’s best-selling author of outback humour books, and of "OLD TIMERS”, which featured a fascinating mini-biography of Paul Calokerinos, that was, for many people, the highlight of the book. Sandy is also a stage performer of bush yarns and verse, who has had audiences laughing all over Australia, N.Z. and the U.S., for nearly thirty years, since she launched her first best-seller, “I’VE MET SOME BLOODY WAGS!”.

• 4pm - Easter Bunny - Scavenger Easter egg hunt for children
• Music – Live local talent 3.30-5pm

5:00 Public event concludes

6:00 pm Road opens – Manilla St

7:00pm - until late - formal sit down dinner for 160 people, to be held in both the Skylight Restaurant and the Canberra Cafe, next door.

All prepared and served by the Calokerinos family.

Photos > Cafes, Shops & Cinemas

submitted by Kytherian 4 Wheel Drive & Recreation Club on 26.04.2013

The Greek flag took pride of place at the celebrations

Here is it pictured in front of the commemorative plaque issued to Paul and Helen (Elly) Calokerinos for services to the town of Manilla and district.

During the Canberra Cafe celebrations, 30th March, 2013.


Overview of the days events

A special celebration will be held at the Canberra Cafe on Easter Sunday 31 March 2013 in the township of Manilla.

The program involves:
• a public celebration from 2pm to 5pm- (we envisage up to (2000) people to attend the afternoon session)

Background

Very few Greek cafes remain in Australia and of those that do, they have in many ways been modernised over the years.

“Jack Smiles” (Yiannis (John) Kalokerinos) built the Canberra Cafe in Manilla 86 years ago.

Paul Calokerinos, along with his wife Helen, and family (John Mary and Kathy) have continued to operate the cafe since taking on ownership in 1950.

The cafe has undergone a “back to the future” refurbishment recently to display its original (or as near to as possible) attributes.

To celebrate the original owner “Jack Smiles” and recognise 86 years of trading as a Greek Cafe we are a having this re-dedication day on the 31st March 2013.

Many Greek associates and the public will be in attendance to participate in the celebrations.

Obviously there will be a typical Greek influence on the proceedings.
Those present will include local dignitaries Mayor Col Murray and Tamworth State MP Kevin Anderson and local artist Sandy Thorne, internationally recognised author of “Old Timers” and several other notable books (Bush yarns & biographies) will also be performing and presenting her “bush yarns”.

Chronology

1927 – Jack Smiles build Canberra Cafe
1948 – Paul Calokerinos comes to Australia
1950 – Paul Calokerinos and John Travassaros buy the Canberra Cafe from Jack Smiles
1965 – Helen Calokerinos buys out John Travassaros share.
2013 - Why now? to celebrate the recent Cafe refurbishment and celebration of 86 years since its inception.

History of Greek Cafes in Australia

It is the Greek Festival of Sydney this month – note this SMH article on history of Greek Cafes


Recent Articles have been published in the -

- Manilla Express – article 26 March 2013

Manilla Express article Front Page & page 10.pdf

- Northern Daily Leader- article 18 February 2013

Canberra Cafe Event Program

AFTERNOON Session 1 – 2pm Sunday 31 March 2013

6:00am to 6pm road closure Manilla Street, between Court Street and Strafford Street

2:00 to 5:00pm Events

2:00 Official Ceremony commence (45 minutes)
• Welcome and Introduction – MC -Sandy Allan (5 min)
• Welcome dignitaries – Mayor Tamworth Regional Council (Col Murray), Kevin Anderson MP – Member for Tamworth
• 2:15 David Ridgewell – local personality - Setting scene “About the family and community– Paul Helen Kathy Mary John”
• 2:25 Sandy Thorn, internationally recognised author Interview Proprietor Q&A – to tease out history and background
• Paul Calokerinos – Owner Operator History 63 years of the cafe
• 2:35 Presentation – Mayor Tamworth Regional Council a few words
• Plaque unveiling - the plaque recognition of 3013 refurbishment and 86 years if cafe
• 2:45 Response – John Calokerinos Thank you on behalf of family (thank MC)
• MC concludes formality

3:00 to 5pm Entertainment (2 hours)

• Sandy Thorne – Australia’s favourite yarn spinner, Author, entertainer, public speaker (30 min). - Sandy Thorn is “Australia’s best-selling author of outback humour books, and of "OLD TIMERS”, which featured a fascinating mini-biography of Paul Calokerinos, that was, for many people, the highlight of the book. Sandy is also a stage performer of bush yarns and verse, who has had audiences laughing all over Australia, N.Z. and the U.S., for nearly thirty years, since she launched her first best-seller, “I’VE MET SOME BLOODY WAGS!”.

• 4pm - Easter Bunny - Scavenger Easter egg hunt for children
• Music – Live local talent 3.30-5pm

5:00 Public event concludes

6:00 pm Road opens – Manilla St

7:00pm - until late - formal sit down dinner for 160 people, to be held in both the Skylight Restaurant and the Canberra Cafe, next door.

All prepared and served by the Calokerinos family.

Photos > Cafes, Shops & Cinemas

submitted by Kathy Calokerinos on 27.04.2013

More relatives who attended the Canberra Cafe celebrations, 30th March, 2013.

Paul Calokerinos' - my dads - first cousins three brothers (from Left to Right)
Peter John and Manuel Travassaros
Former café owners
Acropolis café in Tamworth
John was part owner in Canberra café from 1950 – 1965 in Manilla
Manual was also owner of the Tamworth café with Chris Plumidis

The street had been closed off for the event.

Overview of the days events

A special celebration will be held at the Canberra Cafe on Easter Sunday 31 March 2013 in the township of Manilla.

The program involves:
• a public celebration from 2pm to 5pm- (we envisage up to (2000) people to attend the afternoon session)

Background

Very few Greek cafes remain in Australia and of those that do, they have in many ways been modernised over the years.

“Jack Smiles” (Yiannis (John) Kalokerinos) built the Canberra Cafe in Manilla 86 years ago.

Paul Calokerinos, along with his wife Helen, and family (John Mary and Kathy) have continued to operate the cafe since taking on ownership in 1950.

The cafe has undergone a “back to the future” refurbishment recently to display its original (or as near to as possible) attributes.

To celebrate the original owner “Jack Smiles” and recognise 86 years of trading as a Greek Cafe we are a having this re-dedication day on the 31st March 2013.

Many Greek associates and the public will be in attendance to participate in the celebrations.

Obviously there will be a typical Greek influence on the proceedings.
Those present will include local dignitaries Mayor Col Murray and Tamworth State MP Kevin Anderson and local artist Sandy Thorne, internationally recognised author of “Old Timers” and several other notable books (Bush yarns & biographies) will also be performing and presenting her “bush yarns”.

Chronology

1927 – Jack Smiles build Canberra Cafe
1948 – Paul Calokerinos comes to Australia
1950 – Paul Calokerinos and John Travassaros buy the Canberra Cafe from Jack Smiles
1965 – Helen Calokerinos buys out John Travassaros share.
2013 - Why now? to celebrate the recent Cafe refurbishment and celebration of 86 years since its inception.

History of Greek Cafes in Australia

It is the Greek Festival of Sydney this month – note this SMH article on history of Greek Cafes


Recent Articles have been published in the -

- Manilla Express – article 26 March 2013

Manilla Express article Front Page & page 10.pdf

- Northern Daily Leader- article 18 February 2013

Canberra Cafe Event Program

AFTERNOON Session 1 – 2pm Sunday 31 March 2013

6:00am to 6pm road closure Manilla Street, between Court Street and Strafford Street

2:00 to 5:00pm Events

2:00 Official Ceremony commence (45 minutes)
• Welcome and Introduction – MC -Sandy Allan (5 min)
• Welcome dignitaries – Mayor Tamworth Regional Council (Col Murray), Kevin Anderson MP – Member for Tamworth
• 2:15 David Ridgewell – local personality - Setting scene “About the family and community– Paul Helen Kathy Mary John”
• 2:25 Sandy Thorn, internationally recognised author Interview Proprietor Q&A – to tease out history and background
• Paul Calokerinos – Owner Operator History 63 years of the cafe
• 2:35 Presentation – Mayor Tamworth Regional Council a few words
• Plaque unveiling - the plaque recognition of 3013 refurbishment and 86 years if cafe
• 2:45 Response – John Calokerinos Thank you on behalf of family (thank MC)
• MC concludes formality

3:00 to 5pm Entertainment (2 hours)

• Sandy Thorne – Australia’s favourite yarn spinner, Author, entertainer, public speaker (30 min). - Sandy Thorn is “Australia’s best-selling author of outback humour books, and of "OLD TIMERS”, which featured a fascinating mini-biography of Paul Calokerinos, that was, for many people, the highlight of the book. Sandy is also a stage performer of bush yarns and verse, who has had audiences laughing all over Australia, N.Z. and the U.S., for nearly thirty years, since she launched her first best-seller, “I’VE MET SOME BLOODY WAGS!”.

• 4pm - Easter Bunny - Scavenger Easter egg hunt for children
• Music – Live local talent 3.30-5pm

5:00 Public event concludes

6:00 pm Road opens – Manilla St

7:00pm - until late - formal sit down dinner for 160 people, to be held in both the Skylight Restaurant and the Canberra Cafe, next door.

All prepared and served by the Calokerinos family.