Surprise 84thBirthday Party for
LegendaryViolinist Fred Elias

Photos and Release by JosephKouyoumjian

(25 June 2006)--Hosted by Peter and Mary Kakalekas at their home in Kittery, Maine overlooking the bay and the skyline of Portsmouth, New Hampshire, [it was an] unbelievable spread of Middle Eastern foods, [including] grape leaves, shishkabobs, salads, dips, appetizers, shrimps and birthday cake, plus great music by "birthday boy" Fred Elias on violin, Georgia and Nick Kokoras, vocals and bouzouki, George Kokoras, keyboards, Joe Kouyoumjian and Dick Bayrouty on oud, Paul Mooradian and Anita Agrietha on tamborine and guest drummers Jay Baronian, Garo Papazian, and Harry Papazian, and Richie Samourian on cocktail drum, Zabeth on zills and guest belly dancer Ami Dahlal.

"Words from the heart" were given by hosts Peter, Mary, Joe K, Paul M, Jay B, Averof's Raymond Bandar, Dr. Ed [Telage], and Peter's brother Spike. This was a spectactular celebration to a legendary and very loved personality, Mr.Frederick G Elias...

A special thank you for those who helped make this a day to always remember.

(Posting date 02 July 2006

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