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• Featured in Pittsburgh Magazine as one of the “Top 10 Things to Do in July” •

Borough of SNPJ, Pa. — The weekend of July 12-14, 2019, the 38th annual Slovenefest will be held at the SNPJ Recreation Center in Lawrence County, Pa. Slovenefest – a weekend-long celebration of the music, tastes and traditions of Slovenia that is attended by as many as 5,000 people each year – is the largest Slovenian cultural festival of its kind. Featuring more than 20 Slovenian polka bands and button box accordion clubs at five indoor and outdoor venues, the non-stop entertainment starts at noon each day.

Slovenefest attendees will be able to sample the great foods and beverages of Slovenia while enjoying the music. Slovenian sausage, and barbecued lamb, chicken and pork will be available for purchase, along with other favorite festival foods and a variety of beverages, including Slovenian beer and wines.

Festival guests will be able to explore the culture of Slovenia through an extensive display of folk attire, crafts and presentations in the SNPJ Slovenian Heritage Center museum. Families and children alike will appreciate swimming in the Olympic-size pool, fishing in the SNPJ Recreation Center lake, playing miniature golf, riding the trackless train, playing on the playground equipment, and participating in organized activities. These family activities, as well as admission to the swimming pool and the Slovenian Heritage Center, are included with Slovenefest admission.

The Slovenefest “Make It, Bake It, Grow It” Crafters Bazaar will return for 2019, presenting several of the area’s finest crafters, all of whom will have items available for purchase. Hours of operation for the crafters bazaar are noon to 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 13, and Sunday, July 14. Admission to the “Make It, Bake It, Grow It” Crafters Bazaar is also included with festival admission.

The SNPJ Recreation Center (address: 270 Martin Rd., Enon Valley, PA 16120) is located on PA Route 108, one mile east of the Pennsylvania-Ohio border and seven miles west of the Mt. Jackson Exit (#17) of Interstate 376. Admission is $10 on Friday and Sunday, $15 on Saturday. A three-day pass is offered for $30. Children and teens age 16 and under are admitted free of charge. Ample free parking is available, and shuttle service is also offered free of charge. Contact the SNPJ Recreation Center at 724-336-5180 (toll-free at 1-877-767-5732) or visit for directions. Visit the Slovenefest website,, for additional information, including a complete weekend entertainment schedule.

For more information about Slovenefest, please call 1-877-767-5732 or e-mail

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Dobrodošli doma 2019


Dr. Zvone Žigon

Vodja sektorja za Slovence po svetu /
Head of division for Slovenians in the World

Urad Vlade Republike Slovenije za Slovence v zamejstvu in po svetu /
Government’s Office for Slovenians Abroad
Erjavčeva 15, SI-1000 Ljubljana

tel: +386 (0)1 230 80 11 fax: +386 (0)1 230 80 17


dobrodosli doma

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Parishioners bake with love to support St. Mary’s

Carol Kovach’s article titled Parishioners bake with love to support St. Mary’s provides a behind the scene look at the volunteers at cerkvi Marije Vnebovzete.

Click NORTHEAST OHIO CATHOLIC May/June 2109 to access the article. Page 4


St Marys Strudel

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Pristava Opening Day

Click here for PDF flyer Opening Day 2019 Flyer

Opening Day 2019 Flyer

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SUA Announces the 2019 National Convention

SUA Announces the 2019 National Convention

Let’s Sing in beautiful Cleveland, Ohio!


The SUA 2019 National Convention will take place from Thursday, June 13—Sunday, June 16, 2019 in Cleveland, Ohio—the Slovenian Capital outside of Slovenia! The 2019 convention will highlight the musical history of Slovenians under the theme “Let’s Sing.” The weekend will offer social gatherings, educational sessions, Cleveland tours, and, most importantly, opportunities to connect with SUA sisters and brothers.

Special group rate at the Cleveland Marriott East

Marriott is offering a special $129 group rate to SUA members. This group rate is only valid until midnight on May 28th.

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WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY-The Journey of Justin Zigante

Dear Friends,

It is my pleasure to let you know that showing of the  Slovenian film, “ WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY-The Journey of Justin Zigante” will be repeated.  The film will be shown on Sunday, April 21, 2019 at 8:00 p.m. on OMNI TV 1.   This is another opportunity to see the life story of Slovenski Dom member Justin Zigante who came to Canada with nothing and established a successful family business which has been employing many Slovenians and Canadians.

Happy viewing,

Oscar Koren


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St. Mary’s Parish Slovenian School in Cleveland’s Collinwood neighborhood create tradition Butare for Palm Sunday Mass.

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Slovenska zemlja


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TONY PETKOVSEK “America’s Polka Ambassador”


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Funeral Mass for Tony Petkovsek St Vitus Parish Cleveland, Ohio

Service for Tony Petkovsek at the Slovenian National Home February 22, 2019

“America’s Polka Ambassador”

August 21, 1941 – February 14, 2019

Tony Petkovsek, who began his career on Slovenian polka radio in1961, an unprecedented 57 years in broadcasting, passed away at the age of 77 this week. His popular music and community service show, which he produced and announced with his own sponsors, continues today in his name and tradition, featuring Cleveland Style and Slovenian Folk music, interspersed with interviews of civic, travel and entertainment personalities.

Tony P 1For 50 years, the radio programs were broadcast live daily and on location from Kollander World Travel, formerly Tony’s Polka Village on East 185th St. in Cleveland Ohio. He later moved the broadcast to his condominium radio studio in Fairport Harbor and most recently was heard broadcasting from his home at St. Vitus Village in Cleveland.

Prior to 1981 he was on the FM stations of WXEN, WZAK, WBOE and Cleveland Public Radio WCPN.

Over his career, he interviewed the many polka music leaders locally, nationally and internationally including Frank Yankovic, Lawrence Welk, Bobby Vinton plus renowned folk artists Lojze Slak and Slavko Avsenik of Slovenia. He taped conversations with two presidents of Slovenia and national news correspondants here in the United States.

He was a former partner and vice president at the long established Kollander World Travel Inc. (a division of Kompas Tours in Europe).

In 1967, Tony originated the concept of the “Polka Tour” and as a result, arranged and co-hosted thousands of travelers to see the world, accompanied by polka bands from across the country. The tours took talented musicians and bands on planes, cruise ships, motor coaches, trains throughout the world, and tours through all of Europe, South America, the Caribbean, Alaska, Hawaii, and even Australia, all guided by “America’s Polka Ambassador”, Tony Petkovsek.   He traveled to his beloved Slovenia over 50 times throughout his life.

Tony established a core volunteer booster group, his own “Cleveland Slovenian Radio Club” committee. Many community projects ensued over the years raising thousands of dollars through “Radiothons” for the Slovene Home for the Aged and for the then new independent country of Slovenia to be recognized by the US government in 1991.

In 1963, Thanksgiving became a polka holiday weekend for Clevelanders and travelers alike, commemorating Tony’s initial broadcast on Thanksgiving Day, 1961. His Radio Club sponsored these Thanksgiving Festival events, originally held at the Slovenian National Home on St. Clair Avenue, followed by St. Joseph High School on E. 185th Street, and for the last several decades, the event has continued in Tony’s tradition at the Marriott Hotel, downtown Cleveland, attracting thousands of fans from over 20 States, Canada, and Europe as the premiere Cleveland-Slovenian style event.

He has been an active founding member of the American Slovenian Polka Foundation which established the National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame in Euclid. He is a Lifetime Achievement Award Winner and Chairman Emeritus of that organization.Tony P 2

In former years, Tony also helped organize some of Cleveland’s largest outdoor festivals on E. 185th Street, known as the “Old World Festival“ as the volunteer entertainment chairman, serving on the board of the Northeast Shores Development Corporation. As a former resident and businessman in the E. 185th Street, former Cleveland Mayors Voinovich and White appointed Tony to the Board of Zoning Appeals at Cleveland City Hall. He later served Governor Voinovich on the Ohio Arts Council and also emceed two gubernatorial inaugurations in Columbus for his longtime friend George Voinovich.

Throughout his career, he received over 100 awards and proclamations presented by international, national, state, county and city representatives and organizations for his contributions to the community. In 1967, he was named “Slovenian Man of the Year” by the federation of Slovenian Homes becoming the youngest person ever to receive this great honor. With the distinction of hosting America’s longest daily polka and nationality radio show, he was inducted into the prestigious National Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 1991.

He considers the Slovenian polka community as his true “family” and is grateful for the support he has received.

His popular polka music and community service show, continues in his name and tradition on Saturdays from Noon till 3PM on WINT-1330AM and 101.5 FM and also simulcasts worldwide on the internet at www., hosted by Joey Tomsick, Denny Bucar and Joe Valencic.

*** / Cleveland Plain Dealer Obituary





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Girls Choir of St. Stanislav Choir

The award-winning Girls Choir of St. Stanislav will be performing one concert in Cleveland, and it is an event you won’t want to miss.

Details: St. Mary’s CHURCH 6:30 pm, free-will offering (suggested donation $10), wheelchair accessible, secured parking, with a reception to follow in the parish hall with refreshments.   CDs will be available for purchase after the concert.

The 40-member choir is on their way to Kansas City to perform for 6000 choir directors from all over the world!

The girls, ages 16-18, and eight adult guests including a representative from the Republic of Slovenia organization for cultural activities JSKD, are guests of host families from Friday to Monday during their stay in Cleveland. Thanks to those who have opened their homes to our visitors.

Thanks to WCLV and 1260AM the Rock Catholic Radio, as well as Slovenian Radio hosts Edi Mejac, Joe Valencic, and Dale Bucar for advertising. A special thanks to the Slovenian American Times newspaper for their publicity. Thanks to Riddell’s Sausage, R&D Meats, and St. Vitus parish for featuring posters for the concert.

Attached is a photo of the group. You can also preview them on Youtube – google Girls Choir St. Stanislav.   The group has a website for their Canada/USA tour: Copy and paste the following URL:   into your browser.

There you can get to know the individual members with their photos and brief introduction by selecting the red text “Spoznajte nas”.

St Stanislav Girl's Choir

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