Charlotte also noted that the national Carpatho-Rusyn Society will be celebrating its 20th anniversary Friday through Sunday, April 25-27 at the C-RS Cultural Center in Munhall, Pennsylvania and other nearby venues. Events include an opening exhibit of Rusyn artifacts at the Center on Friday evening. Saturday offerings include Rusyn dance and genealogy workshops, an open house at the Cultural Center, bus tours of Pittsburgh and a grand banquet in the evening. Sunday’s open house at the Cultural Center will include a presentation on Andy Warhol by Elaine Rusinko, author of We Are All Warhol’s Children: Andy and the Rusyns. Additional information will be posted on this blog as it becomes available.
As she often does for chapter events, seamstress Carleen Villasenor showed up in the Rusyn clothing that she created—and others admired. The afternoon concluded with John Sutko leading the group in the singing of Rusyn Christmas carols as well as Ja Rusyn Bul (I am a Rusyn) written by Fr. Aleksander Duchnovič (1803-1865). Although a priest by profession, he is best known as the national awakener and enlightener of Rusyns, often known as the people without a country. His initial activities clashed with the Hungarian Revolution in 1848-1849. During this period, the priest was jailed by the Hungarian authorities when he chose to remain loyal to his nationality rather than denounce his Rusyn roots. It was there that he wrote his best-known song "Ja Rusyn Byl" ….
Those who attended the potluck had the opportunity to feast on the two traditional Rusyn dishes below among others. Enjoy!
2 cups water
STUDENINA (aka studenetz or koschenina)
Referred to as pickled or jellied pigs' feet, this cold-weather dish has infinite variations.