A Coffee Lover’s Guide To Ljubljana, Slovenia


A Coffee Lover’s Guide To Ljubljana, Slovenia
by Kate Robinson July 17, 2017
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Sterle’s Slovenian Country House to Close

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CLEVELAND, Ohio – After 63 years, Sterle’s Country House on East 55th Street is closing its doors.

But another door is opening, says owner Rick Semersky, who purchased the Eastern European restaurant in the chalet-like building in 2014. It was first opened by Slovenian immigrant Frank Sterle in 1954, and generations of Clevelanders have polka-ed, pierogied and schnitzeled under its bucolic Slovenian murals.

Sterle’s is being transformed into a full-time event center. Semersky briefly tried transforming it into an all family-style restaurant in February, but that did not catch on. The phone has kept ringing with requests to rent space in the massive restaurant, however.

“We always have people asking about events, and it’s a struggle to keep something this big open on a regular, daily basis,” says Semersky. “But we’re renting space out like crazy.

“This is good and bad. But Sterle’s has a great opportunity to become what it has always been, a really great community space. … We look at this as a way to bring everything together to make it a space where we can do out best.” They will also do a monthly “chef’s dinner” anyone can attend.

The transformation of Sterle’s into an event space is just one of several changes Semersky is making in his Hub 55 complex in the St. Clair Superior area. Located across the street from Sterle’s, the 42,000-square foot building at 1361 East 55th Street, opened in 2014, includes the 10,000-square foot Goldhorn Brewery and tap-room; and the 2,000 square foot healthy eats Cafe 55 as well as several areas of rentable flex and retail space.

This week, Goldhorn, which opened in 2016, has begun serving lunch

“We’re really excited about it. A lot of guests have been asking us to do that for a long time,” says Semersky. “Goldhorn, like Sterle’s, has those traditional ties to the neighborhood,” he says of his brewery-restaurant that serves food and brews with a Eastern European accent befitting its area roots in St. Clair-Superior.

Goldhorn is now being distributed throughout Cleveland and Columbus, and headbrewer Joel Warger is expanding the brewery’s capacity to keep up with demand. They have also begun canning their Polka City Pilsner and Dead Man’s Curve IPA which will be available in local groceries by the end of summer.

The menu at Goldhorn will remain Eastern European-centric pub food, but chef Natasha Pogrebinsky, who has been named Executive Director of Culinary and Innovation / Executive Chef of Hub 55, says they will be making some updates.

She is also refreshing the menu at Cafe 55 as the space enters its third year. It will remain fast-casual, with an emphasis on grab-and-go options. Several of Cafe 55 menu items will also be available through the local Mod Meals delivery service, which Semersky purchased last year.

“We have spent the last six months revamping the platform, website and operations – it is all done in house now- and it is re-launching this week,” he says.

Pogrebinsky and Semersky are also working together on the concept for his long-planned restaurant in the Lakeshore Banking and Trust building directly across the street from Hub 55.”We will be doing the build out late 2017 for a 2018 spring opening,” says Semersky.

“Sterle’s is the epicenter but we’ve realized what it should be now is this great party and event center,” says Semersky of his first foray into the area where two generations of his family once lived. He has long said his mission in the area was about ” creating critical mass in the neighborhood … We want to create a place that will be a destination, but also where people who have lived here their whole lives can come.”

With the transformation of Sterle’s, his mission lives on, just differently.

“Sterle’s doesn’t need to be everything in the area now, it’s just one component of the area. Hub 55 is progressing like we wanted to, but it’s a littler different than we thought.”

“People coming to Goldhorn and Hub 55 may or may not have gone to Sterle’s, but they’re coming to the area for the same reasons: the food and history.”

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Marjan Videmšek



V nadaljevanju vam prepošiljamo obvestilo oziroma vabilo na predavanje:

Marjana Videnšeka, ustanovitelja Zavoda Preporod iz Slovenije, ki bo imel predavanje v atriju pri Mariji vnebovzeti (15519 Holmes Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44110) v sredo 21. junija ob 7. uri zvečer.  Marjan Videmšek že 25 let dela na tem, kako zdravo živeti v sožitju z naravo in nudi pomoč ljudem, ki to želijo. Eden njegovih načinov za krepitev zdravja je potom postenja in je tudi napisal knjigo Post za zdravje. Vabljeni vsi, ki vam je zdravje pri srcu. Predavanje bo slovenščini z razlago v angleščini. Vstopnine ni.
Več na: http://www.zavod-preporod.eu/

Marjan Videnšek, founder of Zavod Preporod from Slovenia, will give a lecture in the atrium of St. Mary’s parish (15519 Holmes Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44110) on Wednesday 21 June at 7 pm. Marjan Videmšek has 25 years of experience work on how to live a healthy life in harmony with nature. The lecture will be in Slovenian with some translation in English. Admission is free.

Z lemi pozdravi,

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Slovenefest 2017


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.Slovenefest2

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

For additional information on the SNPJ Recreation Center visit www.snpjrec.com

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Proud to be Slovenian

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Source: By Brady Slater  Apr 20, 2017 Duluth News Tribune


Outfitted in colorful Slovenian garb, Tom Sersha and John Susnik shared a laugh about how they came to acquire their attire.

Both men — Sersha, 68, of Virginia, and Susnik, 78, of Duluth — got their handmade velvet vests by visiting the same woman near the border between Slovenia and Austria.

“I went up into the hills one day and found this older lady sitting by her home overlooking a pasture and she measured me up,” Susnik said.

“You have to be there for a week,” Sersha added. “She measures you one day and it’s ready a week later.”

The two men will serve as docents Friday, when the Duluth Depot and St. Louis County Historical Society open a new exhibit, “The Slovenian Impact on Minnesota’s Cultural Landscape.” A free reception is open to the public and will run from 5-7 p.m. The exhibit will be on display through May 31.

The exhibit features more than two dozen paintings by the late Iron Range artist Albin M. Zaverlin, from his collection titled, “Old Country Memories.” Additionally, the exhibit in the Great Hall showcases a series of detailed panels describing Slovenian culture and history, and a host of artifacts from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Duluth.

“These are the first loans from the Diocese of Duluth,” said Samantha Tubbs, collections manager and exhibition curator for the historical society. “We feel pretty special.”

The diocese artifacts once belonged to Slovenian missionaries Monsignor Joseph F. Buh and Bishop Frederic Baraga. Among the artifacts is a nearly 400-year-old missal filled with prayers. A black winter hood worn by the snowshoeing priests stands out as a highlight of the diocese artifacts.

“Father Baraga was known to go out in the dead of winter and visit people,” Tubbs said.

Slovenia was part of the former Yugoslavia and is a relatively tiny country of 2 million people sandwiched between eastern and western Europe. Its refugees fled unrest after World War I to settle in the Iron Range and Gary-New Duluth, where they worked the mines and steel mill, respectively.

Frank Bucar was 3 years old when his family fled the country to spend five years in a

Austrian refugee camp before being sponsored by the Catholic church and coming to America. The family settled in Gary-New Duluth, where the 70-year-old leader of the Singing Slovenes still resides.

“I grew up speaking two different languages and I didn’t even realize it,” said Bucar, whose group will perform during the exhibit opening. “I was speaking English outside with my friends and Slovenian in the home with my parents.”

In a sneak preview of the exhibit with the News Tribune on Thursday, Sersha walked and talked through the rich array of Zaverlin acrylics. The paintings feature lush emerald greens and the weathered faces of men tilling hillsides and women carrying mounds of hay on their backs.

“You can see by the looks in their faces they are hard-working and industrious people,” he said. “The women are fierce and tenacious and only let the men think they run the house.”

The Slovenians “love the soil,” Sersha said, describing how even today people will often come home from work to put on a smock and head for the garden.

The exhibit makes Sersha and Susnik each think of their grandparents and how proud they’d be to know their culture continues to be celebrated. The men brought artifacts of their own to display — Sersha the crucifix his grandmother left the country with and Susnik a button-box accordion that belonged to his grandfather.

Like Bucar who goes back to Slovenia annually, the two men have visited Slovenia multiple times. They’re fonts of information about the country and tend to only get tripped up when it comes to putting on their elaborate vests — each with 19 buttons.

“It was the first thing he asked me today,” Sersha said of Susnik. ” ‘Did you get all the buttons?’ I almost always get to the top and find I’ve missed one.”


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The Plain Dealer – A traditional Slovenian Easter



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Tree Planting Ceremony National Arboretum


April 7, 2017

The Embassy of Slovenia in Washington DC, together with representatives from the U.S. State Department and several diplomats commemorated the 25th Anniversary of the United States recognition of Slovenia as independent state. The main act of commemoration was the planting a Linden tree which is a symbol of Slovenia’s national heritage. The ceremony was held in the United States National Arboretum. A Linden tree was planted by Slovenian Ambassador Dr. Božo Cerar, Allan Wendt first United States Ambassador to Slovenia 1993 to 1995 and Joseph Mussomeli United States Ambassador to Slovenia 2010 to 2015. The timing of this event was symbolic, since the United States recognized Slovenia on April 7 1992. The ceremony concluded with a reception held at the Slovenian Embassy

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Slovenian Consular Office in Chicago NEWSLETTER



This newsletter is issued by the Slovenian Consular Office in Chicago. The purpose of this newsletter is to keep people in the Slovenian American communities of Illinois, Wisconsin and Indiana aware of current events that might be of interest. We welcome news especially of events and new arrivals to the local community. Email notices may be sent to the slovenianconsul.chicago@gmail.com.

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