On the 4th of September in the former Town Hall of Ancient Nemea, at 7 p.m., there was inaugurated the exhibition hall with memorabilia from the previous revivals of the Nemean Games as a part of the celebration of the “Big Days of Nemea, 2011.”
The celebration was honored by the presence of the Mayor of Nemea, Evangelos Andrianakos, the Vice-Mayors of the City Vasilis Papaioannou and Evangelos Limniates, the President of the Town Council of Nemea Ioannes Sellas, the President of the local town of Nemea Konstantinos Karayiannopoulos, and the President of the local community of Ancient Nemea, Georgios Kakouros. In addtion, many members and friends of the Society were present for the occasion.
After the sanctification and blessing by the Reverend Father Anastasios Benekos, the President of the Society, Professor Stephen Miller welcomed the guests. Ioannes Nakes, member of the Board of Directors spoke about the past and the present, and the plans for the future of the Society.
The Mayor with his colleagues uncovered the sign with the emblem of the Society on the front of the building.
The President of the Cultural Society of Ancient Nemea, Mrs. Aglaia Argyropoulou, cut the cord at the entrance door.
There will always be in the exhibition room a person ready to give information about us every working day from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. to anyone who is interested, and with a smile that cannot be imitated by our new web site http://www.nemeangames.gr.
The visitor will see photographic and published material from the excavations of the stadium and the revivals of the Nemean Games in 1996, 2000, 2004, and 2008.
The visitor will also have the opportunity to sign the guest book, as the Mayor of Nemea is doing in the photograph while Maestro Alexander Papayiannopoulos waits his turn to sign. To date, interested people from 29 different countries have visited the exhibition and signed the book.
It is worth noting that the location of this new exhibition room is convenient for visitors to the ancient stadium since it is easy for them to visit and learn about the goals of the Society, and to decide to participate in the Games on June 23, 2012. Thus the Nemean Games will assume the character of a high level international cultural and athletic touristic event. It is in this direction that the leadership of the Society is working energetically with the firm and warm support of the City of Nemea as its Mayor, Evangelos Andrianakos, confirmed once again during his brief but full remarks at the inauguration.
At the end of the inauguration select wines from the earth of Phliasia were served thanks to the generosity of the Alliance of Greek Women of Wine, and sweets and soft drinks were provided by the Corinthian Women Friends of the Revival.
The Society invites anyone who would like to register to participate in the games or to offer volunteer work for the Games, to visit our web site or to communicate with us by telephone at 27460 24125 on working days between 3:30 and 6:30 p.m.