November Updates

Kythera Mon Amour DVD

The Kythera Mon Amour DVD is now available for $20

In addition to the movie, it includes hightlights from the 

Kythera from the Air DVD

Order your copy today by sending an email to the Kytherian Society.

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Penelope Benardos Conomos

Long time KSOCA member, Penelope Benardos Conomos, will be celebrating her 107th birthday in March 2017! I don’t know about you, but I don’t know anyone who has reached that age! God Bless her! As a tribute to her grandmother, Alexa Conomos,  daughter of John T. Conomos, will be sharing stories and photos from Penelopes life that will be posted here on our site for all to read. 

You can follow her story by clicking the Notable Kytherian link at the top of the page, and scrolling to Penelope Benardos Conomos.

Penelope is an inspiration for all and we are so fortunate and thrilled to have her as a member and friend of our Kytherian Society of California.

Click here to follow her story: Penelope Benardos Conomos

Lucas Roemer (Cominos)

We were very proud to learn that Lucas Roemer, son of KSOCA member, Eve (Cominos) & Daniel Roemer, spoke at the Kytheriansmos Symposium in Kythera this past August. Lucas received a trip to Kythera as a graduation present this year. He is now in his first year of college at Lawrence University in Wisconsin.

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Lucas with his sister Anya
Grandchildren of Nicholas & Joan Cominos

Below is a copy of Lucas’ Presentation

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Kythera Mon Amour

You will definately want to see James Prineas’ epic film 

Kythera Mon Amour!

Filmed in the summer of 2015 and 2016, Kythera Mon Amour is a romantic comedy about love, migration and longing for hope. It is set in some of the most beautiful locations Kythera has to offer. Starring the local talent Maria Logotheti, Myrto Petrochilou and Athenian act Giorgos Papageorgiou as well as the unforgettable Poppy and Georgos Koroneos, the film jutaposes the protagonist’ love of the island with the tempation of migration.

Read all about the movie and the charactors here:

It is now availabe for your viewing pleasure!

Download a copy for $7.99 or rent it for $3.00

at the link below. 

If you would like to purchase a DVD you may do so here:

James recently learned that his film has won a Silver Award in the Narrative Film Competition at the Oregon Film Festival.

Congratulations to James!

Two premiers were recenly held in Sydney and Brisbane, Australia, with over 1000 Kytherians in attendance! 

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James has now begun crowdfunding for Kythera Mon Amour 2!

If you would like to help support this wonderful endeavor visit

1000 Kytherians can't be wrong! After sell-out premieres on Kythera, in Berlin, Sydney and Brisbane, to enthusiastic audiences young and old, bold and beautiful, Greek and non-Greek, we are now on path to produce Kythera mon Amour 2, "An Island Named Desire". It will be filmed in mid-2017 and in the cinema in this coming October! All your favourite stars from the first film will be back, and new unique island characters will also be on hand to reveal the spices of Kytherian life. 


But we need your help to achieve our goals! You can support the production of the sequel by sponsoring one or more of the packages at and you'll receive special rewards including free DVDs, streaming rights and tickets to the premieres. Indirectly you'll be supporting the island of Kythera as well: the new film will reach a wide audience, many of whom will be inspired to visit the island thus helping the local economy. 


Sophia (Cominos) Paris

1925 - 2016

The Kytherian Society mourns the loss of long time member Sophia Paris who passed away gently in her sleep on November 1, 2016 at the age of 91. She was a devoted member of the Kytherian Society for many many years and always attended our luncheon Panigyri’s and functions. Sophie’s father Harry Cominos, was one of the founding members of the KSOCA, and partner in the renowned Hotel Cominos in Salinas, CA. She will be dearly missed by all. May her memory be eternal.

Sophia was born in Salinas, CA., and lived in Hayward for last 60 years. She is survived by her husband George of 69 years; their children Alex Paris of Walnut Creek, CA and Elena Milan (Rich) of Arnold, CA and grandchildren, Lisa and Marc Parisas as well as Matthew, Alex and Aaron Milan. She is also survived by her loving brothers Theodore and Andy Cominos. Preceding her in death were her brothers Nicholas and George Cominos. She was adored by all her many nieces and nephews. Sophia was filled with joy to the day she passed. All who knew her, loved her. Her joy will shine in our hearts forever.

Funeral arrangements:

 Resurrection Greek Orthodox Church

20104 Center Street, Castro Valley, CA 94546

Thursday, November 10, 2016

11:00 a.m.

Burial to follow at Lone Tree Cemetery in Hayward.

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2008 Greek Independance Day Run

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Eternal be her Memory

2016 Panigyri Review


On September 25th, 71 Kytherians gathered with friends at the Resurrection Greek Orthodox Church in Castro Valley for our annual Panigyri of the Myrtidiotissa.

Father Niko Bekris celebrated the Divine Liturgy, offered our Artoklasia blessing, and joined us for lunch. 

Tikey Zes led the attendees in the Lord’s Prayer and then sang the Kytherian hymn in English. 

Katherine Stathis then offered opening remarks followed by a delicious lunch prepared by Yannis Varvelas.



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Father Niko was surprised to be named our 

2016 Honorary Kytherian 


Members memorialized those who passed away this past year by offering a few words in their memory.

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Elaine Kasimatis, daughter of Amandus Kasimatis, spoke a few words about her late father who had been a long time supporter of the KSOCA. She hopes to continue his tradition of supporting our organization.


Katherine announced our newly appointed 

Treasurer, Megan Pearse.

Megan Pearse

We are excited to have Megan on board!


This year’s scholarship recipient, Emily Nickolas,  was announced by Vice President,  Elaine Moulos. Unfortunately due to a sudden illness, Emily was unable to attend the luncheon. Emily’s parents, Jennifer & Sam Nickolas accepted the award in her absence.


Vikki Fraioli shared highlights from the Archaeology of Kythera Event in January.






Melissa Neofis Mischak presented Lita and Tim with a small gift as a token of our appreciation.



Several attendees enjoyed dinner following the lecture at the Boulevard Cafe.


On June 8, 2016 Vikki & Tom Fraioli dined with a group of Kytherians from New York at Theo’s Restaurant & Oyster Bar in New York City. Executive Chef Nicholas Poulmentis, from Kapsali, Kythera prepared a amazing meal for all. It was wonderful to join together with other Kytherians who mostly had never met before!




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John Tasso Conomos shared news from Kythera

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Mary and Richard Lind  represented the KSOCA  at the Kytheraismos Symposium in Kythera in August 2016. They shared highlights of  their presentation, "Kythera Connections through Future Generations.

The next Kytheraismos Symposium will be held in Brisbane, Australia in 2018.

Vikki talked about the reopening of the Archaeology Musium of Kythera




Did you know Kythera has it’s own phone App?


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We watched the new film trailor for Kythera Mon Amour, 

produced by James Prineas

James recently learned that his film has won a Silver Award in the Narrative Film Competition at the Oregon Film Festival.

Congratulations to James!


Two premiers were recenly held in Sydney and Brisbane, Australia, with over 1000 Kytherians in attendance! 

The film is available for purchase or rental online at the link below:

Kythera Mon Amour

or you may purchase a DVD 


The afternoon ended with our Annual Raffle 

Video by Ted Zamenes

   © KSOCA 2012