Eth­nic cel­e­bra­tion

An­nual Lithua­nian Days to be held this week­end in new venue

The Republican Herald - This Weekend - - Front Page - BY ERIC PEDDIGREE COPY EDI­TOR Con­tact the writer: eped­di­gree@ re­pub­li­can­her­ald. com; 570- 581- 6399.

The cel­e­bra­tion will go on in a new venue for Lithua­nian Days.

The 103rd an­nual fes­ti­val will be held from11 a. m. to 5 p. m. Satur­day and noon to 5 p. m. Sun­day at An­nun­ci­a­tion BVM Ro­man Catholic Church hall, 9 S. Broad Moun­tain Ave., Frackville. Ad­mis­sion and en­ter­tain­ment is free.

Billed as the long­est con­sec­u­tive eth­nic fes­ti­val in the USA, it cel­e­brates Lithua­nian cul­ture, cui­sine, song and dance. It is hosted by the Knights of Lithua­nia Coun­cil 144.

Carol Luschas, pub­lic re­la­tions/ web­mas­ter of Coun­cil 144, said the venue is not the only new ad­di­tion to this year’s fes­ti­val.

On the en­ter­tain­ment sched­ule, Si­mona Minns will per­for­mat 2 and 3: 30 p. m. Sun­day. Luschas said Minns will be per­form­ing the kan­kles, a tra­di­tional Lithua­nian in­stru­ment.

Ac­cord­ing to her web­site, www.si­mon­aminns.com, she is a jazz singer, com­poser, ar­ranger and artis­tic direc­tor orig­i­nally from Lithua­nia. She cur­rently lives and works in Bos­ton.

Ac­tiv­i­ties get un­der­way at 11: 30 a. m. Satur­day with the gath­er­ing. Open­ing cer­e­monies be­gin at 12: 30 p. m. with the U. S. and Lithua­nian na­tional an­thems, the Penn­syl­va­nia Na­tional Guard color guard and a per­for­mance by Eu­gene Dice­vi­cius known as “Augis” and Lynne Cox.

The event will wrap up at 5 p. m. Sun­day with a draw­ing for prizes, and per­for­mances from Augis and Cox and Varpelis dancers.

Other ac­tiv­i­ties in­clude a medieval coin mint­ing demon­stra­tion, mu­seum dis­play and a boilo con­test. The win­ner will be an­nounced at the clos­ing cer­e­mony.

The com­plete en­ter­tain­ment lineup can be found at the event’s Face­book page, “103rd Lithua­nian Days.”

A pop­u­lar fea­ture to Lithua­nian Days is the food. The menu will con­sist of many eth­nic treats in­clud­ing saltibarsciai ( cold beet soup), kuge­lis ( potato pud­ding), Lithua­nian sausage and ba­lan­deliai ( stuffed meat cab­bage), aswell as as­sorted cakes for dessert.

Therewill be a spe­cial ex­hibit ded­i­cated to Saule, a Lithua­nian news­pa­per. Called a gi­ant in Lithua­nian Press, it ran from1888 to 1959.

For­more in­for­ma­tion, visit the Coun­cil 144’ s web­site, www.kofl144.wee­bly.com, and click the tab for the 103rd An­nual Lithua­nian Day.

FILE PHOTO

Rob­bie Soltz, Blooms­burg, spins merino wool dur­ing the sec­ond day of last year’s Lithua­nian Days. Rob­bie was with the Spins and Nee­dles Fiber Guild. This year’s fes­ti­val will be held Satur­day and Sun­day in An­nuni­ci­a­tion BVM Ro­man Catholic Church hall, Frackville.

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