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Learn to play the Fujara! A Slovak overtone flute and a Slovak cultural symbol.

The fujara is a cultural symbol of Slovakia and of Slovak folk music; and this year is the 10th anniversary of recognition of this unique music instrument by UNESCO.

Until recently there was no easy way to learn to play fujara in the USA. Now during the annual Common Ground on the Hill program of McDaniel College in Westminister, Maryland, an one-week course is offered to learn the fujara and the koncovka. Bohuslav (Bob) Rychlik is the instructor.

For further information click here.

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Ecumenical Enterprises, Inc. Honors Founding Members on Board of Directors

In 1968, Ecumenical Enterprises, Inc. was founded. At that time Philip Tuhy, SHSNEPA member and a Wilkes College faculty member, was nominated and elected secretary of the Board of Directors. Philip has served for 46 years and is still an active member. Congratulations to Philip and the other founding members.

Since its inception, Ecumenical Enterprises has built and operated nine housing projects.

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Hazleton Standard Paper: Article on Slovak Christmas Traditions

Our own, Robert Junas and his sister, Lil, shared with Kent Jackson, staff writer, their family's Slovak Christmas Traditions. Msgr Beeda shared Slovak-American historical tidbits and his Christmas memories. It was nice to read an article sharing our Slovak Christmas Traditions. Robert, Lil, and Msgr Beeda, thank you for sharing your memories. Kent, thank you for your interest in writing this article.

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58th National Convention of the Slovak Catholic Federation

Združenie Slovenský Katolíkov (Slovak Catholic Federation) held its 58th National Convention in Wilkes-Barre, PA on September 15-17, 2013.  

A Convention Liturgy was held on Sunday at Our Lady of Fatima Parish, Saint Mary’s Church of the Immaculate Conception. Principle Celebrant was Most Reverend Joseph V. Adamec D.D., S.T.L. Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown and Episcopal Moderator. Also in attendance were Most Reverend James C. Timlin D.D. Bishop Emeritus and Most Reverend John M. Dougherty D.D. Auxiliary Bishop Emeritus of the Diocese of Scranton.

Some members of the Slovak Heritage Society of NEPA were part of the choir. Mark Ignatovich was organist and a brass quartet accompanied the choir. Three Slovak songs were sung with some English verses; Radosťou Oplývam, ô Maria Bolestiva, and Duša Kresťanská.

A dinner was held, after mass, at the East Mountain Inn.  Five Slovak Heritage Society Board Members were in attendance. A commemorative booklet was given, with many articles and pictures of passed activities of the Federation. The Federation was started by Father Joseph Murgaš and is an umbrella organization for all of the Slovak Organizations.

On Monday, a video call to a bishop in Slovakia was made.

For further information check the Slovak Catholic Federation website: http://slovakcatholicfederation.org/ 

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 “Family History Seminar” Genealogical Societies

The Genealogical Society of PA and Northeast PA Genealogical Society is having a “Family History Seminar” at Luzerne County Community College Educational Conference Center on Saturday April 20, 2013. from  8:00 am to 3:30 pm. It is about “Finding Our Ancestors at Home and Abroad”

The keynote speaker is Lisa Ann Alzo, M.F.A., one of the top Slovak speakers in the genealogical community. She is also a Writer and Lecturer. For more info contact the Northeast Pa Genealogical Society at 829-1765 on Thursdays from 10 am to 4 pm.