23 August 2014

Come and experience Rusyn and Lemko folk traditions of Jakubany, Slovakia

Kečera Folk Ensemble

First American Tour -- September 19 - 28, 2014

Come and experience the folk traditions of Jakubany, Slovakia for yourself!

The folk group Kecera from the Rusyn village of Jakubany in Northeastern Slovakia will be performing for the first time in the United States.  Jakubany has a rich cultural heritage, including distinctive folklore, music, dance and costume. The villagers of Jakubany developed these traditions based on their relationships with the forests, pastures and mountains that surround them. In fact, "Kecera" is named after a small mountain on the outskirts of their village. The performances by Kecera are not only artistic and educational, but they help to keep alive the traditions and values of the people. Kecera depicts traditional life in Jakubany through song, dance and costume. People from around the world have enjoyed viewing scenes from weddings, christenings, holidays, celebrations and also everyday life. Kecera's beautiful and original songs have been recorded and sold throughout the world. We are lucky to have Kecera perform in the U.S.A.

Performance Schedule
Come and experience Rusyn and Lemko folk traditions of Jakubany, Slovakia.
The program will highlight the village’s customs, traditions, songs and festivals.
Friday, September 19—Johnstown, PA                                                           
Hiram G. Andrews Center                                             Time: 6:30 pm
727 Goucher Street                                                       Tickets: $10 in advance; $12 at the door
Contact:  Ann Yurcisin    Email: ayurcisin@atlanticbb.net; phone: 814/254-4236
Saturday, September 20—Cleveland, OH
St. John the Baptist Byzantine Catholic Cathedral   Time:  2:00 pm; 4:00 pm; 7:30 pm
Carpathian Hall                                                            Tickets: $5
1900 Carlton Rd. 
Contact: Bonnie Burke   Email: bb@c-rs.org; phone: 440/729-2045
Sunday, September 21—Munhall, PA
Carpatho-Rusyn Cultural Center                                   Time: 5:00 pm
   (Former St. John’s Byzantine Catholic Cathedral)    Tickets: $12
915 Dickson St.
Contact: Maryann Sivak   Email: cfa@c-rs.org; phone: 412/251-3083
Tuesday, September 23—Minersville, PA
SS Peter and Paul Byzantine Catholic Church              Time: 7:00 pm
Hillcrest Catering Hall                                                      Tickets: $10 adults; students free
631 Minersville-Llewellyn Highway
Contact: Rich Laychock    Email: rlaychock @c-rs.org or evenings by phone 717/583-4884
Wednesday, September 24—Harrisburg, PA                
St. Ann’s Byzantine Catholic Church                        Time: 7:00 pm
5408 Locust Lane                                                         Tickets: $12 adults, $6 students; under 8 free
Contact: Rich Laychock   Email: rlaychock @c-rs.org or evenings by phone 717/583-4884
Thursday, September 25, 2014—Fairfax, VA
Luther Jackson Middle School                                     Time: 7:00 pm
Hosted by the National Capital Chapter                   Tickets: Thru 9/10—ages 5-12/$12; ages 13 & up/$17
of C-RS  & Slovak American Society of Washington           After 9/10—ages 5-12/$15; ages 13 & up/$20
For tickets, please visit: http://www.showclix.com/event/3867112/tag/cpc.  Use the code “C-RS” to receive a discount.   
Contact: Christy Slifkey   Email:  dcpresident@c-rs.com
Friday, September 26—Linden, NJ
Msgr. Komar Hall                                                            Time: 6:30 pm
2806 Parkway Avenue                                                   Tickets: $40 (advance); $45 (at the door)
(dinner and coffee included)
Contact: Anna Dzadikova-Sherry   Email: hanka2820@gmail.com; phone: 908/304-3006
Saturday, September 27—Highstown, NJ
Slovak and Czech American Farm Club                       Time: 630 pm
23 Hankins Road                                                          Tickets: $35 (advance); $40 (at the door)
                                                                                        (gulas and coffee included)
Contact: Anna Dzadikova-Sherry   Email: hanka2820@gmail.com ; phone: 908/304-3006


12 August 2014

25 July 2014

24 July 2014



Dear Friends,

The Carpatho-Rusyn Society proudly presents the 2014 US tour of the folk group Kechera (Kecera).  This troupe is named after the mountain which overlooks Jakubany, the picturesque village of the ancestors of many of our Carpatho-Rusyn Society members.  Their spirited rendition of the customs and musical traditions of Jakubany has been featured numerous times on Slovak television.

On their first American tour, Kechera will be performing in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio and possibly Washington, D.C. from September 17th to October 2nd.  However, we need your help to make the tour a success.  Since its members are mostly high school and college students, the group hopes for your generous support to cover some of the housing and transportation expenses. 

The rental of two vans costs $1,695.99 each and rental of the hall in Linden, New Jersey is $750.  Hanka Polansky-Janitor has made a very generous donation of $500.00 towards rental of the hall (djakujeme bars sumni Hanka).  Because of the distances between venues, the price of gasoline for travel will be a significant expense. 

We have found sponsors to cover room and board but we still need your help to make this tour a success.  Kechera will be very grateful for any assistance that you can offer.  All contributions will be personally acknowledged by the performers.  Please make your check payable either to:

Anna Sherry or The Carpatho-Rusyn Society.

Please write "Kechera" on the memo line of the check and send it to:

132 Hawthorne Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15218

To those of you who have already contributed, thank you for your generosity.  For those who would like to help this exciting group of young people bring Jakubany to America, we will be grateful for whatever contribution you feel you can make.

Please help us.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me either by email at masivak@aol.com or call me at

Thank you in advance for your support.

Most sincerely,

Maryann Sivak
(a.k.a. Marianka Vasilova)

13 July 2014

Carpatho-Rusyn Folklore Today in Transcarpathian Ukraine


Annual Meeting and Program
Saturday, September 13, 2014, 2 – 4:30 PM
Wayne Public Library, 461 Valley Road, Wayne, NJ 07470

After a brief business meeting and
discussion of New Jersey Chapter business,
we are pleased to announce that
Elena Boudovskaia, Ph.D.
Visiting Assistant Professor
 Georgetown University, Department of Slavic Languages
will give a presentation entitled
"Carpatho-Rusyn Folklore Today in Transcarpathian Ukraine"

Refreshments will be served and all are welcome. 
For further information about the program, please send an e-mail to crsnewjersey@gmail.com or call Dorothy Bognar at (201) 891-4151.

01 June 2014

Slavjane Folk Ensemble in Concert June 14, 2014

Mark your calendars for the 38th annual Slavjane Folk Ensemble concert on June 14, 2014.  This year's concert will be held at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart High School (OLSH) Auditorium, 1504 Woodcrest Avenue in Coraopolis, Pa., at 1:30 pm followed by a reception at Holy Ghost North Side Social Hall at 1430 Superior Avenue in Pittsburgh.

 Slavjane's group consists of 35 students ranging from age 5 to 19 from all over Pittsburgh and the surrounding areas.  Featured in this year's show are songs, dances and musical selections from Russia, Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia and Carpatho-Rus.  Unique again to this year's show is a selection focused on early immigration of the Carpatho-Rusyns to America.  Costumes depict early settlers to the coal mining and steel mill industrial areas of Pennsylvania.  

The junior ensemble is sure to please everyone in the audience with their high-energy dancing and singing. To round out Slavjane's show will be the signature piece "Kozačko" in which boys display their athleticism and girls feature intricate steps and turns.

Join us for the reception at Holy Ghost North Side Social Hall where the dancing and singing continues. Entertainment will be provided by Orkestra Pobeda.   Delicious homemade ethnic food and pastries will be available for purchase as well as tickets for the sprawling Rusyn (Chinese) Auction.  

Event tickets may be bought in advance and will also be available at the door. Adult tickets are $10, student tickets are $5 and children 5 and under are free. Tickets to the reception only are $5. Please contact Jackie Righetti at 412-749-0675 or Dean Poloka at 412-877-9351 to order your tickets or for further information.  

Slavjane’s very accommodating “home” is Holy Ghost Byzantine Catholic Church in McKees Rocks, Pa., where Father Frank Firko is pastor. The cultural program which receives financial consideration from the Greek Catholic Union is acknowledged by the Byzantine Catholic (Ruthenian) Archeparchy of Pittsburgh as an important organization of the Archeparchy.  Slavjane also has the continued endorsement of the Archeparchy as the official representative of Carpatho-Rusyn cultural and ethnic heritage in the U.S.

Slavjane looks forward to seeing you at their concert.