Greek Heritage of Tarpon Springs Dinner and Program

tina-bucuvalasEnjoy traditional fare of the Greek islands and learn how 19th century sponge fishermen from the Greek Dodecanese Islands turned a coastal Florida village into what soon became known as “the sponge capital of the world.”

Dr. Tina Bucuvalas, Curator of Arts & Historical Resources for the City of Tarpon Springs and noted folklore expert, will describe this unique community at a dinner sponsored by the Friends of the Fernandina Beach Library (FOL). This event will be held June 4th from 6 – 8 pm, at Café Karibo, 27 N 3rd Street, Fernandina Beach.

Dr. Bucuvalas received a Fulbright Scholar Award to research folklife in Greece while she was working for the Florida Folklife Program from 1996 to 2009. She is currently involved in sustaining Tarpon Springs’ community culture through public events, workshops, and historic preservation.

Café Karibo chef Essam Kabil is preparing a full dinner menu featuring the flavors of the Dodecanese Islands. Tickets for dinner and the program are $35 and may be purchased at the Library on 4th Street. All proceeds benefit the FOL campaign to furnish the new library.

The Friends of the Library is a not-for-profit, volunteer organization that promotes literacy and lifelong learning in our community and raises funds to strengthen the Fernandina Beach Library. For more information or to become a member, visit, call (904) 277-7365 or e-mail

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