The Show Must Go On

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, visitors and entertainers at senior centers are on hold for now.
That didn’t stop a group of entertainers from providing much needed sing-a-long favorites at the Slovene Home for the Aged 18621 Neff Road Cleveland, OH 44119. The Slovenian troubadours made the rounds outside the building providing music to residents and staff inside the facility.
Musicians Left to Right
Joe Novak, Phil Hrvatin Slovene Home Board President, Joe Strukle, Patty Candela and Lou Zorko
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Discover Slovenia in Cleveland/Odkrijmo Slovenijo v Clevelandu


Discover Slovenia in Cleveland/Odkrijmo Slovenijo v Clevelandu
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The contest will be a “photo hunt” throughout Cleveland and surrounding areas. It will take place under the patronage of the Center for Slovenian Studies, and the office of the Slovenian Consulate General in Cleveland. The purpose of the contest is to “discover” many of the Slovenian connections, landmarks, and organizations, along with their influence on the Slovenian Community here in our beautiful Cleveland area. This event is completely virtual, free, open to groups of all ages and all nationalities, will be educational, competitive, and most of all FUN!
There is no cost to participate… It’s Free! Form a team. Teams can consist of 2-6 members. Register your team: by June 16.  Once your team is registered and the contest begins, you will be provided with clues to a location, or a task to complete in different areas around Cleveland that have a Slovenian connection. More details at

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9 Fascinating Facts about the Slovenian Language

Click here 9 Fascinating Facts about the Slovenian Language

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Dan samostojnosti in enotnosti

123_1 (3)December 15, 2019 Cleveland, Ohio

Consul General Alenka Jerak hosted a celebration to commemorate Slovenian Unity and Independence Day (Slovene: Dan samostojnosti in enotnosti) This is a Slovenian national holiday that occurs on December 26th to commemorate the official proclamation of the Slovenian independence referendum on December 26, 1990.

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Opening of the Exhibit “Slovenians in the United States Today”


Click here for the US Embassy Link  Opening of the Exhibit “Slovenians in the United States Today” Video



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SNPJ Grape Festival

As the colors change on the trees outside, we say goodbye to another fun filled summer at the SNPJ Farm. The SNPJ Grape Festival featured a polka parade with musician and singer in Slovenian garb. The Joey Tomsick Orchestra provided four hours of music for all who attended this annual event. A special thanks to Tony Fortuna for his guest appearance on stage.


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Slovenian Heritage Night at the Cleveland Cavaliers

Sunday, November 3rd @ 7:30pm EST

Slovenian Heritage Night

Meeting Time: 05:30 PM

Meeting Location: Section M116


Come celebrate Slovenian Heritage Night at the Cleveland Cavaliers, featuring Luka Doncic of the Dallas Mavericks!

   - 226 and 227 (Price Code “64″)

    - M124 and M125  (Price Code “49″)

We have select Slovenian Night designated sections (above), but you are able to purchase any available ticket in the FieldHouse.

We’re hoping to pack the house to celebrate the second-largest Slovenian population in the world!

Tickets must be purchased through this link by October 4th in order be eligible for the following fan experiences:

- Your group name welcomed on the video board during the game

- A chance for select kids to high-five the Mavericks players and Luka Doncic before the game

- A chance for select kids to line up behind the players during the National Anthem.

The first 100 tickets sold by October 4th: An opportunity to watch pre-game warm-ups before the doors open to the general public, where last year, Luka Doncic visited with various group members (see video)

- *Disclaimer* // We cannot promise that Luka will participate in the same way he does in the video.

Each ticket purchased by October 4th will also receive a commemorative Slovenian Night hat (only 150 hats available!)

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16th Annual Slovenian Sausage Festival

NationalCleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame and Museum
605 East 222nd Street • Euclid, Ohio 44123
(216) 261-FAME (3263) • Toll-Free: 1 (866) 66-POLKA • Fax: (216) 261-4134 •

Azman Quality Meats Twin Win at Polka Hall of Fame Sausage Fest

At the 16th Annual Slovenian Sausage Festival, Azman Quality Meats of Euclid, Ohio, earned the rare honor of winning both the Best of Fest Jury Award and the People’s Choice Award. Raddell’s Sausage Shop, from Cleveland’s Collinwood neighborhood, scored runner-up in both categories. The event was hosted by the National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame on Wednesday, September 11, 2019, at the SNPJ Farm in Kirtland, Ohio.

More than 1,300 hungry music-lovers enjoyed eight hours of polka music and savory sausages. Fifty musicians and accordionists, including Canada’s Polka King Walter Ostanek, volunteered their services at the fund-raiser for the Polka Hall of Fame.

“This is the music and food I grew up with — and my Dad, too, and he’s ninety-one!” said Tom Scheid, a Willowick, Ohio, native, now working in Philadelphia. “That’s why we’re both here for this great event.”

Bill Azman, proprietor of Azman Quality Meat, is a third-generation sausage-maker. When his grandfather first opened a butcher shop 95 years ago, he used recipes he brought from Slovenia. As winner of the People’s Choice, Bill Azman’s prize sausages will be served at the Polka Hall of Fame’s three-day polka music festival, Thanksgiving weekend, November 28, 29 and 30, 2019, at Cleveland’s Downtown Marriott Hotel.

The Slovenian sausage is made with pork, often accented with garlic, and then cured and smoked. Nearly 2,000 sausages were purchased at the event. Jury members included Hon. Alenka Jerak, Consul General from Slovenia, and Miss SNPJ 2020 Daniella Volpe, representing the Slovene National Benefit Society (SNPJ).

The National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame celebrates the style of American dance music that emerged from the city’s neighborhoods and became a national sensation with America’s Polka King Frank Yankovic in the decades after World War II. The museum is located at 605 East 222nd Street in Euclid, Ohio, in the city’s historic former city hall. For more information, check the website at or call (216) 621- FAME.



Over 1,300 people attended the 16th Annual Slovenian Sausage Festival

SF1Ruth Poropat and Frank Valencic dancing to one of the many volunteer festival bands.


Great weather, great music, great crowd.


SF4I bet this classic 1956 Dodge Sierra has taken many trips to the farm. Do you remember 3 on the tree?

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Chamber Choir MEGARON

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Now world-renowned Chamber Choir Megaron was founded in Slovenia in October 2003 on the initiative of Damijan Močnik, composer and conductor, after several years of its singers already performing together in different groups and predominantly in individual projects. The choir represents the peak of the choir pyramid in St. Stanislav’s institution as it mainly unites students who previously received music education in five choirs of The Diocesan Classical Gymnasium.

Chamber Choir Megaron has evolved into an excellent choir performing regularly in Slovenia as well as in Austria, Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands, Slovakia, Poland, Canada, USA and thus earning its good reputation at home as well as abroad.

The choir is characterized by a distinguishing, rich sound and inspiring interpretations of music from different stylistic periods. It has been awarded at numerous prestigious national as well as international choral competitions.
For more info check the website:

Tuesday September 24, 2019
Performance at 7:00 PM
Francis Scott Key Auditorium
St. John’s College
60 College Avenue
Annapolis, MD 21401

Thursday September 26, 2019
Performance at 7:00 pm
St. Patrick’s Catholic Church
201 N. Centre Street
Cumberland, MD

Friday September 27, 2019
Performance at 7:00 pm
Holloway Hall
Salisbury University
1101 Camden Avenue
Salisbury, MD 21801

Sunday September 29, 2019
Performance at 7:30 pm
St. John the Evangelist Church
35 William Street
Pittson, PA

These performances are free and open to the public on a first come first seated basis; tickets are not required.
As always, donations will be accepted and greatly appreciated.

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Glasbena Matica Slovenian Singing Society

lasbena Matica Slovenian Singing Society presents, “With a Song in our Hearts…” on Sunday, September 29th, 2019. Glasbena Matica is a Cleveland-based,  Slovenian American chorus dating back to 1930. Through the years, audiences have enjoyed full scale operas, some translated to Slovenian, as well as popular selections. Its singing tradition continues to date with a concert by our group, energized by our love for our Slovenian heritage. We invite everyone to enjoy a wonderful afternoon of Slovenian melodies and American classics. Families are especially welcome. GM2Selections range from choral favorites by Peter Lutkin, and Richard Rogers, Slovenian folk songs and a Slak polka, to musical arrangements by contemporary Slovenian musician Damijan Močnik, all bringing to life the love that we have for those who have blessed our lives. The concert will be performed on Sunday, September 29th, 2019 at St. Mary’s Parish Hall, 15519 Holmes Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio. Doors will open at 2:00 P.M. Refreshments catered by Joe Tavcar,will be available for purchase at opening and after the performance. Music begins at 3:00 P.M. conducted by John Slike, accompanied by Michael Cercek, with accordion played by Anthony Culkar. After the concert, all are encouraged to enjoy fellowship, mingle, and dance to the music of The Culkar Trio. Admission to the concert is $15.00 per adult, and free to those 18 and younger. Advanced tickets may be purchased through choral members. Tables and tickets may also be reserved by calling Machala Comenschek at (216)-421-4159. Tickets will also be available at the door the day of the concert. Please join us as we continue to preserve our Slovenian-American tradition “With a Song in our Hearts!”

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