In February, the Slovenian American Times will publish its 100th issue. It is truly a milestone! Also in February, Slovenia will celebrate Prešeren Day, the Slovene Cultural Holiday, established in commemoration of her greatest poet. Coinciding with the anniversary of the poet’s death in 1849, the entire month is filled with a variety of cultural events such as school field trips, poetry readings and dramatizations, culminating on the eve of the February 8th holiday in the presentation of two Grand Prešeren Awards and up to six Prešeren Fund Awards given to individuals or groups in recognition of their achievements in the fields of literature, art, music and science. The celebrations are not confined to Slovenia, but occur worldwide in many Slovenian enclaves, including Cleveland.
The Slovenian American Times has taken advantage of this happy coincidence by organizing a much needed fundraiser in support of our newspaper. Please join us on Sunday, February 12th at 11:30am at St. Mary of the Assumption Church hall for Prešernov dan – Celebrating Prešeren. In store for our guests are a delicious dinner prepared by caterer Jože Tavčar, a Chinese raffle, the opportunity to mingle with some very interesting “characters,” and performances by Slovenski pevski zbor Korotan, Avgust Božidar Pust and Folklorna skupina Kres. We join our fellow Slovenians throughout the world in observing this special day by focusing on three of France Prešeren’s poems, Zdravljica, O Vrba and Povodni mož, all brought to life in song, oration and dance.
The staff of the Slovenian American Times and the board of the Slovenian American Cultural Association are grateful for your participation in this important Slovenian cultural feast and for your generous support of our endeavors! Bog plačaj!