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Slovak fašiangy - Mardi Gras celebration

Slovak fašiangy - Mardi Gras celebration
Termín: 19.02.2012
Miesto konania: Johnstown / Pennsylvania, USA (Zahraničie - Európa/Svet)
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It's Mardi Gras (Fasiangy) time, Slovak-style! Activities include....


Cooking Demonstration:
Authentic Bryndza cheese halusky cooking demo by Dennis Ragan (Indiana, PA)

Travelogue of Kamienka, Slovakia by Kay Ann Lichvar-Cober (Berlin, PA)

Pierogi Making Discussion by Randy Horbal (Johnstown, PA) - Author of Gourmet Perohi & Savory Folklore Sauces

Gallery Exhibit & Vendors
Slovak travels photo gallery exhibit by SEEP sro
SEEP sro import info on Slovak bryndza (sheep's cheese) and Slivovica (plum brandy)
SEEP sro tour info (Kosice, Slovakia)
Genealogy and heritage displays by Erica Murgas-Reighard
Slovak Imports Co. (vendor) by Dan Kisha
Pierogi Merchandise (vendor) by Randy Horbal

Halushky tasting and light refreshments will be served.
BYOB for 21+ with proper ID

$5 Adult $2 Youth (age 6-11)



Slovak Fašiangy (Mardi Gras) event to feature authentic Slovak bryndza cheese halusky cooking demo

Slovak company to host ethnic event at Venue of Merging Arts
in Johnstown, Pennsylvania

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: January 26, 2012, Pittsburgh, PA - The Sustainable Environmental Economic Partnership (SEEP sro), a Slovak-American partnership from Kosice, Slovakia will host a Fašiangy (Slovak Mardi Gras) on Sunday, February 19, 2012 from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The carnival-like celebration will be held at The Venue of Merging Arts located at 305 Chestnut Street in the National Historic District of Cambria City in Johnstown, Pennsylvania.

The event will feature an authentic Slovak halusky cooking demonstration by Dennis Ragan (Indiana, Pennsylvania) using bryndza sheep’s cheese. Other activities include a travelogue presentation by Kay Ann Lichvar-Cober (Berlin, Pennsylvania) who will discuss her personal story of family research and discovering family in the Carpatho-Rusyn village of Kamienka (Kamjunka) Slovakia and discussion on pierogi making by cookbook author, Randy Horbal (Johsntown, PA) who will also have merchandise for sale. The VOMA gallery will feature a Slovak photography exhibit, a genealogy and heritage display along with merchandise for sale by Slovak Imports Co., (Johnstown, Pennsylvania).

Admission is $5 for adults and $2 for ages 6 to 11. Halusky and light refreshments will be served. BYOB is permitted for age 21+ with ID.

Tickets will also be available at door.


Tracing her family's Slovakian roots was something Kay Ann Cober had always wanted to do.

Four years ago, the Berlin resident and former Meyersdale teacher made her dream a reality by traveling to Kamjunka, Slovakia, with her family to visit relatives of her grandparents.

Cober's grandparents came to America in the early 1900s in search of freedom and a better life. Her grandfather, a coal miner, arrived in 1904. Her grandmother arrived four years later. They settled in the Johnstown area.

"They came here in the search of the American dream and they found it," she said. "They passed on a work ethic. They worked hard and they believed in hard work."

Cober, who has been studying her family's genealogy for years, was thrilled with the outcome of her visit to Europe. While there, she explored Prague, the capital of Czech Republic; Bratislava, the capital of Slovakia; and her grandparents' village of Kamjunka, Slovakia. She experienced many tourist sites along the way and was able to meet cousins of her grandparents.

"Slovakia is an unknown jewel to a lot of people," she said.

Since her 2008 trip, she has been researching her family's Slovakian history more and has made several online contacts. Cober will share her traveling experiences in a Slovakian Mardi Gras event Feb. 19 at The Venue of Merging Arts in Johnstown.

The carnival-like celebration is a fundraiser for the Sustainable Environmental Economic Partnership (SEEP), a Slovak-American partnership from Kosice, Slovakia. The organization was established in 2004 to restore damaged agricultural lands and help fund alternative wastewater treatment systems in Slovakia.

"This group has brought water and sewage systems to countries in Slovakia and showed them how to get money through their government resources," Cober said.

The celebration includes a Slovak potato halusky cooking demonstration by Dennis Ragan using bryndza sheep's cheese. A Slovak photography exhibit and a genealogy and heritage display will also be open at the event.

Cober said she is excited to share her family's history with others. She also hopes that sharing her experience will encourage others to look into their family history further.

"They have come through the worst possible times through generations and they remember what it's like to be restricted, so they appreciate their freedom and anything they have," she said. "They welcome anyone who wants to know about it, because they want to share it. Hopefully, I'll be passing on to people who have a notion that they shouldn't waste a moment and just go with it," she said.

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