100 Years of Slovenian Polka in America

Johnny Pecon and Frank Yankovic, America’s Polka King, brought national renown to Slovenian-American music and the Cleveland-Style Polka sound with two million-selling hits in 1948 and 1949

Johnny Pecon and Frank Yankovic, America’s Polka King, brought national renown to Slovenian-American music and the Cleveland-Style Polka sound with two million-selling hits in 1948 and 1949

Discover how Slovenian-style polka music became a dance sensation across the U. S. and Canada in presentations in Minnesota by Joe Valencic, President of the National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame and Museum. In tribute to the 100th birthdays of polka legends Frank Yankovic and Johnny Pecon, Joe will appear in Duluth at the St. Louis County Heritage Center, Thursday, July 30, 2015, at 2:00; Vermilion College in Ely, Friday, July 31, at 2:00; and Roseville Public Library near St. Paul, Sunday, August 2, at 2:00. Joe’s presentations will feature music and video clips to help tell the tuneful story. Read the rest of this entry »

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Farwell Reception Consul General Žmauc

June 19 (Fri)

City of Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson presents the key to the city to Slovenian Consul General Jure Žmauc

City of Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson presents the key to the city to Slovenian Consul General Jure Žmauc

Slovenian Statehood Day and Farwell Reception for the Consul General of the Republic of Slovenia Mr. Jure Žmauc & Mrs. Janja Žmauc. Hosted by Mayor Frank Jackson City of Cleveland, Councilman Mike Polensek and Councilman Joe Cimperman.

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2015 Slovenefest


Slovenefest is SNPJ’s annual celebration of Slovenian culture.
Slovenefest, a three-day event held the second weekend of July at the SNPJ Recreation Center in the Borough of SNPJ, PA, brings together thousands to enjoy the ethnic food, music, culture and fun of Slovenia.

There’s never a dull moment at Slovenefest – the entertainment runs continuously from noon until late at night. Special entertainment for children is arranged by the SNPJ Fraternal Department. Camping facilities and RV hookups are available, parking is free, and there is access to a first-aid tent. Don’t miss the Saturday evening fireworks display (weather permitting).

Slovenefest is hosted by the Slovene National Benefit Society


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Underground is a Star Tribune serialized novel written by Megan Marsnik. The novel is set on Minnesota’s Iron Range, where immigrant Katka Kovich finds hard work, friendship and love in a 1916 mining town on the verge of a historic labor strike. It is based on real events.

Megan Marsnik grew up in the Iron Range town of Biwabik. “Under Ground” is her debut novel. She now lives in St. Paul and teaches at Southwest High School in Minneapolis. Her grandfather was an immigrant from Slovenia.


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Slovenian Statehood Day – Cleveland


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Slovenska Pristava


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The European Division, Library of Congress

In partnership with
The Embassy of Slovenia
A reading and discussion with Slovenian novelist and playwright Evald Flisar

Evald Flisar, the most widely translated Slovenian author (143 translations into 36 languages, with
plays and radio plays produced in 56 countries), will discuss the disadvantages of writing in a
language spoken by only 2 million people, and of ways of overcoming this, and conquering the
literary world against the odds.
American editions of 8 books by Evald Flisar will be introduced by Susan Smith Nash, PhD.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015
12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
European Division Conference Room, LJ 250
Jefferson Building, Library of Congress
Washington, D.C. 20540

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The Slovenian – American Table Book

Photo is of the front cover. Just one of many beautiful photos

Front cover – just one of many beautiful photos

HOT OFF THE PRESS!!!! This book is a beauty! A MUST have in every Slovenian – American home. Sales will begin on Thursday evening at the Slovenian Union of America National Convention’s Welcome Reception June 19-21, 2015 from 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. in the Bailey Hobson Room at the Chicago Marriott Naperville Hotel. Only 2,500 in print. Be among the first to own this latest – hottest Culinary Creation – The Slovenian Table.

Cost is $25 which includes tax. Save money on shipping and handling by purchasing your books at the Convention.

Meet Debbie Pohar who created this masterpiece and her dedicated team from the U.S. and Slovenia who made this a reality. Together they created a book that is unlike any other cookbook.

Filled with 100 recipes, full color photos, easy to follow recipes, historical background on the many holidays, crafts and drink recipes. This book has a little of everything.

Join the team that created The Slovenian Table on Thursday, June 18th evening and listen and dance to the sounds of Eddie Korosa. No cost to attend. Cash Bar. No meal service

Information will be available on how to order after this date in the next issue of Zarja The Dawn.

Tickets are still available to attend the Lippanzin Horse Show on Friday, June 19th, the Slovenian Costume Fashion Show & Banquet on Saturday, June 20th. For more information see the last issue of Zarja or respond to this email. All of these events are going to be a spectacular time! The Banquet has a Murder Mystery Play written by Evald Flisar, a Polka Band from Lemont and the Ambassador to the U.S. will be in attendance. WOW!!!! Don’t miss this opportunity of a lifetime!!
Bonnie Prokup


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Slovenian Culture Is All About Support


Not to be outdone when it comes to food, music or just about anything else, Pueblo’s Slovenian community takes pride in its vibrant heritage here as well.

“In 1893, a lot of men came to America from Slovenia, and they made their way west to work in the steel mills,” says Rudy Krasovec, board chair of KSKJ Life, the American Slovenian Catholic Union. “They eventually sent back home for their wives, or for a bride, and soon there were a lot of families here.”

A community hub is Old Bojon Town, where you’ll find Eilers’ Place, a favorite pub since 1933. The brave of heart down shots of 80-proof Slivovitz plum brandy and gather for the Bojon Triathlon of bowling, horseshoes and darts in July.

The area’s also home to the Slovenian Heritage Center, a growing archive of Pueblo’s Slovenian history housed in a former school building attached to St. Mary Help of Christians Catholic Church.

“We always have a lot going on, whether it’s making sure our history is documented or working to provide college scholarships and host exchange students,” Krasovec says.

Yes, Pueblo has another sister city – Maribor, Slovenia.

“We had two sisters from Slovenia come to play in the Paper Cup tennis tournament in 2014, and in 2013, a Slovenian guy won it,” Krasovec says. “So yes, we’re still in the middle of what’s going on in Pueblo!”



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LAIBACK American Tour 2015



LAIBACH  - an outstanding Slovenian music and cross-media group from Slovenia started their tour in the U.S., Canada and Mexico on May 11, 2015 with a concert in Washington, D.C.

The name of the band is the historic German version of the name of Slovenia’s capital, Ljubljana. From the start, Laibach has developed a Gesamtkunstwerk – multi-disciplinary art practice in all fields ranging from popular culture to art (collages, photo-copies, posters, graphics, paintings, videos, installations, concerts and performances).

Please see bellow more the schedule of the upcoming concerts:

Additional Info at:



May 30 2015       San Francisco CA – Fillmore

June 1 2015         Los Angeles CA – Roxy Theatre

June 4 2015         Ciudad de México MX – Sala Club

June 5 2015         Atlanta GA – Masquerade

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