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

Megaron 1

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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74th Annual One World Day

Members of Cleveland’s Slovenian Community will participate in the 74th Annual One World Parade of Flags at noon as part of the One World Day celebration. Last year over 25,000 people participated in the One World Day events. Stop by and visit us at the Slovenian Cultural Garden.





Hosted by the Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation

Sunday, August 25, 2019 is the 74th Annual One World Day, 11am – 6pm!

Since 1945, the Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation has celebrated One World Day in the Gardens. This annual event reflects the theme of the Gardens: “Peace through Mutual Understanding.”

One World Day is the highlight of summer events in the Gardens and the occasion at which all the Gardens get together to celebrate as one. Events include a Parade of Flags, a naturalization ceremony, cultural performances, entertainment, gardens exhibitors, authentic diverse ethnic food, guided Lolly the Trolley Tours, children’s activities, and more.

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St. Mary’s Collinwood Church Picnic

St. Mary Collinwood Annual Summer Church Picnic Sunday, August 18th, 2019.

SM Picnic

The picnic will start with Mass at 12:30 at Slovenska Pristava (1024 Brandt Rd, Harpersfield, OH 44041). Following Mass, we will serve a Chicken/Roast Beef Dinner. Meals $15 for adults and $8 for children 12 years of age and under. Our International Biergarten will serve a variety of beers as well as featuring a grilled hamburgers and Italian Sausages, which will be available right after Mass. After dinner, cevapčiči, klobasa, burgers, hotdogs, fries as well as other food will be available to purchase throughout the day. The St. Mary’s Altar Society will have a bake sale of home-baked goods. There will be children’s games and ice cream, plus a Chinese Auction and wonderful music performed by ANSAMBEL EUROPA. Our grand prize raffle will be held at 7:00 P.M., as well as the Chinese Auction. The Pristava swimming pool will be available to the public for a nominal fee. Our picnic is open to everyone.

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Thank You SNPJ Lodge 53 V Boj

Friends and volunteers of the Slovenian Cultural Garden.

A big thank you to Pauline Barbish, Martha Meglich and members of SNPJ Lodge 53 V Boj for their $5,000 donation on July 10, 2019 to the Slovenian Cultural Garden.
Donations help us continue to celebrate our past, present and future by offering a central gathering place for arts, cultural events, civic and educational programs.

We welcome grassroots support and donor support. We welcome your comments, suggestions and participation at any level. Please contact us with any questions you might have.

Thank you.

Phil Hrvatin
President – Slovenian Cultural Garden Association

The Slovenian Cultural Garden Association is registered with the State of Ohio

Slo Garden SNPJ 53 Thank You Web

Seated SNPJ Lodge 53 Secretary Martha Meglich, right SNPJ Lodge 53 President Pauline Barbish, Philip Hrvatin President Slovenian Cultural Garden Association, left SNPJ Lodge 53 member Pat Gruden

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Folklorna Skupina Kres

KresFOLKLORNA SKUPINA KRES. Cleveland’s Slovenian Dance Group will celebrate its 65th anniversary with a performance on Saturday, August 10th, at the Slovenian National Home on St. Clair Avenue. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Program begins at 7:00 p.m. For tickets, please contact Jane Leksan at 216-470-5990 or Beth Ribic at 440-840-5178.

FOLKLORNA SKUPINA KRES bo praznovala 65. obletnico z nastopom v soboto, 10. avgusta v Slovenskem narodnem domu na St. Clairju. Vrata bodo odprli ob 6:00, program pa se bo pričel ob 7:00. Za vstopnice pokličite Jane Lekšan na 216-470-5990 ali Beth Ribič na 440-840-5178.

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Plečnik and the Sacred


Jože Plečnik (Plecnik11872-1957), is the first Slovenian artist whose work is to be displayed in the Pope’s Museums from 28 June to 7 September in an exhibition entitled “Plečnik and the Sacred. Jože Plečnik, Slovenian architect and designer”.Musei Vaticani

For the special occasion, 33 liturgical objects will be presented, produced by the artist in an original and innovative style through the use of modern, clean and geometric forms decorated with simple graphic ornamentation and precious stones. The exhibition will consist of a careful selection of chalices, monstrances, ciboriums, sacramental enclosures and a video tracing the religious architecture of the master of Ljubljana together with his principal monumental works.

The exhibition was realized by the Museum and Galleries of the City of Ljubljana (where the exhibition will be transferred 26 September) in collaboration with the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia to the Holy See, with the support of the Vatican Museums, the Ministry for Culture of the Republic of Slovenia and the Archdiocese of Ljubljana.


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Former American-Slovenian Astronaut Ronald Sega Visits Slovenia




In the year when the world is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, we were fortunate to catch the American astronaut with Slovenian roots Ronald Sega (his grand-parents were born in Loški potok) who recently visited Slovenia. Dr. Sega was invited by the Engineering Academy of Slovenia, which presented him an honorable membership award. During his stay, Dr. Sega also visited the Faculty of Mechanical Engineering in Ljubljana where he gave a lecture on the importance of space exploration and the further development of space programs. The biggest hall at the faculty was filled with students of engineering, professors, experts in engineering and space enthusiasts. All wanted to hear what Dr. Sega was able to share with them.

He is currently a professor of systems engineering and Vice President for Energy and the Environment at the Colorado State University Research Foundation but is known by all the outstanding achievements during his work as the astronaut at NASA since 1991. From November 1994 to March 1995, Sega was the NASA Director of Operations, Star City, Russia (The Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center) responsible for managing NASA activities at Star City. These activities involved building an organization and infrastructure to support astronaut and cosmonaut mission and science training for flight on the Russian Space Station Mir. He also participated in training on Russian Space Systems and was the first American to train in the Russian EVA suit (Orlan) in their underwater facility (Hydrolaboratory). A veteran of two space flights (STS-60 in 1994 and STS-76 in 1996), Sega logged over 420 hours in space.

Responding to the question of what does one need to do to become an astronaut, he answered that you have to be hard-working and curious, with a lot of energy and persistence. And he believes he got a great dose of those qualities thanks to his Slovenian roots!

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