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    • 26 October 2018
    • 11:00 AM
    • 28 October 2018
    • 5:00 PM
    • Bohemian National Hall, 4939 Broadway Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio

    October 26-28, Cleveland, OH

    The Cleveland chapter of the Carpatho-Rusyn Society is joining in with various Czech and Slovak cultural and fraternal groups such as Ceska Sin Sokol, Cleveland Bratislava Sister Cities, and Sokol Greater Cleveland to celebrate the founding of the country of Czechoslovakia in 1918. On Saturday there will be a free open house from 11 am to 5pm with various displays, children’s activities such as a mushroom hunt, puppet shows, folk dance performances and children’s dance lessons. Luncheon foods will be for sale. There will be a wreath in the Czech, Rusyn and Slovak cultural gardens on Sunday followed by a banquet at 3 pm. Ticket information about reserving a meal will be forthcoming. Come bring your family and expose them to some Eastern European culture this weekend. All activities will take place at the Bohemian National Hall, 4939 Broadway Avenue, Cleveland, Ohio except for the wreath laying in the gardens.For more information and the schedule, call (440) 725-8676 or (440) 331-3856.

    • 03 November 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
    • Chesterbrook Condominiums, 500 Newell Hill Road, Leesburg fl





    1:00 PM -  3:00 PM

    Chesterbrook Condominiums

    500 Newell Hill Road, Leesburg

    Come together with other Carpatho-Rusyns near Orlando, in

    The Villages, and in central Florida.

     We will meet, greet, and learn more about our culture.

    Guests are welcome, light refreshments will be served. Event is free. Snack donations are welcome.


    Other Florida “mini-branches” are in Lakeland, Nokomis, Boca Raton and Gainesville. These locations will be announced as the date gets near. At the first meeting, all mini-branches will be viewing the DVD “The soul of the Carpathians” -Carpathian Rusyns short history created by the Association of Rusyn Inteligencia in Slovakia.


    For more information, please contact:

    Trisha Konovalov at yuritrisha@aol.com or call 231.598.0390

    Reservations are appreciated.

    • 03 November 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Cru Restaurant & Wine Bar, 7201 Bishop Road/The Shops at Legacy, Plano, Texas 75024

    Saturday, November 3, Plano, TX

    The C-RS Dallas chapter presents "2018 Dallas Slavic Heritage Luncheon" from 1-4pm at Cru Restaurant & Wine Bar, 7201 Bishop Road/The Shops at Legacy, Plano, Texas 75024. A delicious lunch of buffet stations will be served to attendees. 

    Special Guests include representatives of Dallas area Rusyn, Czech, Ukrainian, Slovak, and Russian cultural organizations.  Professor Paul Robert Magocsi will be the keynote speaker and  the Ukrainian Chair at the University of Toronto will discuss the 100th Anniversary of the Founding of Czechoslovakia. Performances by The Czech Folk and by Jagoda Polish Dancers will round out the afternoon.  

    Ticketholders to the Luncheon are invited to a V.I.P. Morning Coffee and Book Signing with Professor Magocsi from 10:30-noon at the Environmental Education Center, 4116 W. Plano Parkway, Plano Texas 75093. Rusyn ethnicity will be the topic at this pre-event festivity.

    For ticket click here:  https://slavicheritage.eventbrite.com/    

    • 03 November 2018
    • 1:30 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Specific location will be provided upon registration.




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    Asheville, North Carolina Community 

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    1:30 PM – 4:00 PM

    West Asheville, North Carolina area

    Specific location will be provided upon registration.


    This presentation will explore the traditions, dress, foods, music, language and Eastern Christian religion of the Carpatho-Rusyn people.


    All are welcome.

    Light refreshments will be served. Event is free.

    Space is limited, therefore, reservations are required.


    Register on-line at c-rs.org or contact:

    Bonnie Burke at bb@c-rs.org or

    Andrea Robel at andrea.robel@gmail.com


    • 04 November 2018
    • 12:30 PM - 4:30 PM
    • Russian Hall, 4-6 Woodhull Avenue Little Falls, New Jersey

    Annual Heritage Celebration Dinner 

    The John Mihalasky Award

    Honoree: Prof. Paul Best

    His maternal grandparents had emigrated from the Austrian Crownland of Galicia in the 1890s They were Ivan Perun of the Village of Pankna (Petna) and Yustina Pidberezhnak of Bortne (Bartne), south of Gorlice, in the central Lemko Region. Since 2009 he has been able to concentrate on his principal interest, Carpathian Rus': publishing the now 88-year-old periodical, Karpatska Rus', giving lectures, speaking at professional meetings and running the Carpathian [research] Institute, the Lemko Association, and the New England Carpatho-Rusyn Society. 


    A Musical duo featuring Joseph Jurasi and Maria Jurasi for your listening and dancing pleasure.

    Historical/Genealogical Exhibits by Kathryn & Tom Peters

    Basket Raffle/50-50/Ethnic Foods

    Sunday, November 4, 2018  from 12:30 4:30 pm

    Socializing from 12:30 to 1:00. Dinner begins at 1:00 PM

    Russian Hall, 4-6 Woodhull Avenue

    Little Falls, New Jersey 

    Directions: Route 46 to Route 23 S., left at third light (Bradford), Russian Hall on corner of Bradford and Woodhull. Public transportation – Bus #195.

    Please make your check payable to “C-RS”, detach the bottom of this page and mail your form and check to

    Betty Short, 2201 Conrad Way, Somerset, NJ 08873 in the enclosed envelope

    For additional information, please call Jim Huratiak at 267-421-3210. 

    Thank you for supporting our chapter activities!

    Kindly reply before October 19, 2018

    Please list names of attendees on the back of the return sheet. 

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    Jim Huratiak

    Media Director

    C-RS New Jersey Chapter

    The Carpatho-Rusyn Society is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to manifesting Carpatho-Rusyn culture in the United States and supporting Rusyn culture in the Homeland in east-central Europe.  It works to educate Rusyns and non-Rusyns about Rusyn culture and history and to support the development of Rusyn culture on both sides of the Atlantic.

    • 10 November 2018
    • 2:00 PM
    • St. Luke Orthodox Church Hall, 10800 So. Kean Avenue, Palos Hills, Illinois

    Lake Michigan Chapter

    "Our Flag Still Waves"

    highlighting the role of Sgt Michael Strank,  USMC,

    a Carpatho-Rusyn who took part in raising the flag atop Mt Suribachi

    on Iwo Jima, February 23, 1945

    For more information click here: LM Event181110.jpg

    Saturday, November 10, 2018 at 2:00 PM

    St Luke Orthodox Church Hall

     10800 So. Kean Avenue,
                        Palos Hills, Illinois                     

    RSVP to    Ken 708-895-3074  kencuprisin@gmail.co



    • 11 November 2018
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Parma-Snow Library, 2121 Snow Rd, Parma, OH

    What                     “Our  Flag  Still  Waves” video

    When                    November 11, 2018   Veteran’s   Day

    Where                  Parma-Snow Library,  2121   Snow  Rd, Parma, OH

    Time                      2:00-4:00 pm

    Michael  Strank, of Rusyn descent, was one of the Marines who helped raise the second flag on Iwo Jima.  This event is immortalized with an iconic  statue in  Arlington  Cemetery. This   DVD is about the life and times of Michael Strank and includes interviews with his sister and classmates. It is narrated by former PA Governor,  Tom  Ridge, also a  Rusyn.  This will be our opportunity to honor our ancestors who served in the military defending our freedom.  We will have a World   War II veteran  as our guest also and will give insight into this dangerous time. He will answers questions that you may have.

    Refreshments will be served.  FREE Call  (440) 331-3856 for more information.

    • 17 November 2018
    • 10:00 AM
    • 26 January 2019
    • 12:00 PM
    • Visitor’s Center kitchen and Classroom or at the Lenz House, Old Economy Village, Ambridge PA

    Old World Cooking Classes featuring Rusyn recipes with Old World Catering

    Known for reviving and preserving those cherished recipes of the old world, Ambridge resident John Righetti will hold a series of classes to teach how to make some of our region’s ethnic favorites. Then you can make them for parties, family dinners and gatherings with friends. You will learn how easy these time-honored recipes are to make and the regional variations on each so you can use the same basic recipe with very different tastes.

    Classes are on Saturdays from 10 am-12 p.m.  at the Visitor’s Center kitchen and Classroom or at the Lenz House, Old Economy Village, Ambridge PA.   Each class is $35 and includes all your food supplies. Take home what you make!

    Subscribe to the whole series and save. Sign up now for all 3 classes and pay only $90. A savings of $15!

    Class 1 Sat.  Oct. 20 Polenta (Class Completed)

    Polenta—Europe’s other Pasta, classic to Northern Italy. But did you know there are polenta recipes from Croatians, Romanians and even Carpatho –Rusyns? Come learn how to use this imported corn meal to make dishes that include tasty sides and main entrees. We will learn two north Italian recipes, then some eastern European versions --- with imported sheep’s cheese!

    Class 2 Sat. Nov. 17 Soup’s On!

    Just in time for winter. Hearty European soups you can make from scratch. Let’s start with creamy potato/bean/sour cream soup, then Carpatho-Rusyn pumpkin soup (nothing like what you expect!) then the Vegan Italian Tuscan bean soup. All 3 soups are meatless.

    Class 3 Sat. Jan. 26 Stuffed cabbage and halushky

    These two classic east European dishes—learn them both! Whether you call them holubky, sarma, golabki or toltott kapusta, stuffed cabbage are easier to make than you think – and each nationality has its own recipes. Learn the basics and how to regionalize it so that your stuffed cabbage are classically Polish… or Hungarian …or…

    Halushky – it just means pasta in East European languages so cabbage doesn’t have to be a part of it. Learn to make the Carpathian Mountain version—potato dumplings, then 4 dressings that can be used with them to make this the ultimate side dish – or dessert!

    To register, contact John Righetti at 412 518 7149 or rusynone@gmail.com.

    • 25 November 2018
    • City of Bethlehem PA

    Sunday, November 25, Bethlehem, PA

    The Eastern PA chapter will once again partcipate in the City of Bethlehem's "Ethnic Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony" by decorating a Rusyn tree.  Check back for the location and additional information. 

    • 01 December 2018
    • 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Carpatho-Rusyn Cultural Center, 915 Dickson Street, Munhall PA 15120

    Please join us for our St. Nicholas Party

    at the Carpatho-Rusyn Cultural Center,

    915 Dickson Street, Munhall PA 15120

    Saturday, December 1, 2018

    2:00 P.M. -  6:00 P. M.

    Kindly bring a favorite dish to share.

    Gifts will be provided for the children.

    RSVP: 412-251-3083 or


    • 16 December 2018
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Parma Library, 6896 Powers Blvd, Parma, OH (next to hospital)

    What                     Kolodej,  Food and  Recipes for the Christmas Holidays

    When                    December 16, 2018        

    Where                  Parma Library,  6896 Powers   Blvd,  Parma, OH  (next to hospital)

    Time                      2:00-4:00 pm

    Do you know any of the carols that were a huge part of our ancestors’ celebration of  Christmas?  Would you like to learn?   Retired cantor,  Ed  Bobulsky, has graciously offered to teach us these special songs.   We hope to have some booklets for you to take home, so please call and register in advance  so that we may have enough  for all.  We will also share foods and recipes of the season.  FREE Call  (440) 331-3856 to register.

Past events

21 October 2018 C-RS Annual National Meeting - Correction
14 October 2018 Youngstown-Warren: Fr. Marek Visnovsky present a program on ICONOLOGY
14 October 2018 National Capital Chapter: In the Hands of Superpowers: The Struggle of Subcarpathian Rusyns for a Place in the Family of European Nations
13 October 2018 Eastern PA Chapter: 6th Annual Rusyn Genealogy & Heritage Conference "In the Steps of Your Rusyn Roots"
06 October 2018 New Jersey Chapter: George Papawick "How One Man Changed Manville"
03 October 2018 New York Branch: New York’s “Little Bohemia” Its Culture/Its Library
30 September 2018 North Carolina Branch: Come meet our special guest, Magda Braun
16 September 2018 Cleveland Chapter: One World Day at Cleveland Cultural Gardens
15 September 2018 Youngstown chapter: Annual Vatra
15 September 2018 Youngstown Chapter's Annual Vatra
06 September 2018 Slavjane Folk Ensemble is holding an open meet and greet at the Carpatho-Rusyn Cultural Center
18 August 2018 Eastern PA Chapter: WOODEN CHURCHES OF THE RUSYNS
04 August 2018 New England Chapter: THALERHOF COMMEMORATION DAY- 2018
22 July 2018 Cleveland Chapter presents the 2nd annual "Dining with Duchnovich"
15 July 2018 Eastern PA Chapter - St Ann's Slavic Festival Participation
30 June 2018 NEW JERSEY CHAPTER: "The Origins of Carpatho-Rusyns. Are we Vikings or Cossacks?"
24 June 2018 Cleveland Chapter: The Differences and Similarities Between Rusyns and Slovaks
10 June 2018 C-RS President Emeritus John Righetti - Being Carpatho-Rusyn …its complicated!
31 May 2018 100th Anniversary of the Pittsburgh Agreement
20 May 2018 New England Chapter: What is the origin of our people?
13 May 2018 Savannah, GA Event: Presents Our Rusyn Identity
12 May 2018 Lake Michigan Chapter presents -EVEN TEARS WERE NOT ENOUGH- A Documentary by John Righetti and Maria Silvestri
12 May 2018 Slavjane Folk Ensemble in Concert May 12
29 April 2018 Cleveland Chapter: “Tips and Tricks on Using FamilySearch.org in Your Eastern European Genealogy Research”
29 April 2018 Youngstown/Warren/Sharon Chapter Sponsors: “Wooden Churches of Rusyn Areas In Eastern Europe”
28 April 2018 C-RS Dallas Chapter: "Painting Warhol"
26 April 2018 The Anna Donson Memorial Scholarship
20 April 2018 Inaugural Art Exhibit at Carpatho-Rusyn Cultural Center “Four Artists Walk Into a Church”
24 March 2018 Carpatho-Rusyn Society/ Pacific Northwest Branch Sponsored Pysanky Making Workshop.
18 March 2018 Meet and Greet with Bishop Milan Lach, SJ
03 March 2018 Dallas Chapter presents “Rusyns: A People Surviving With Changing Borders”
25 February 2018 Youngstown/Warren/Sharon Presents: Even Tears Were Not Enough
04 February 2018 Comparing the Genealogy Giants: Ancestry, Family Search, Findmypast and MyHeritage” by Sunny Morton
13 January 2018 Winter in the Carpathian Mountains - Sponsored by the C-RS Florida Branch
27 December 2017 Dallas Chapter: 4th Annual Carpatho-Rusyn Christmas Dinner & Party
09 December 2017 Carpatho-Rusyn Society Eastern Carolinas Branch - A Carpatho-Rusyn Christmas Season
02 December 2017 Traditional Rusyn Christmas Season
26 November 2017 Christmas in South Bethlehem – An Ethnic Experience
19 November 2017 Honoring our Veterans Film documentary on life of Sergeant Michael Strank "Our Flag Still Waves"
19 November 2017 Winter in the Carpathian Mountains
18 November 2017 Eastern PA Chapter Sponsored -“Tales of the Gubi”
15 November 2017 Eastern PA Chapter Sponsors "Andy and the Rusyns"
11 November 2017 Cleveland Chapter - Converting Many Forms of Media to Digital Format
05 November 2017 Annual Heritage Celebration Dinner - The John Mihalasky Award - Honoree: Richard Laychock
29 October 2017 C-RS Annual National Meeting
28 October 2017 Dallas Chapter Presents: Read and Write Rusyn
26 October 2017 CARPATHO-RUSYN DAY - Cleveland City Hall
19 October 2017 Eastern European Congress of Ohio Present by the Youngstown/Warren/Sharon Chapter
18 October 2017 Rusyn Historical Bus Tour of Pittsburgh
15 October 2017 Cleveland Chapter - Iconography
14 October 2017 "Carpatho-Rusyns: Traditional Magic in the Village"
30 September 2017 Even Tears Were Not Enough
30 September 2017 5th Annual Rusyn Genealogy and Heritage Conference
17 September 2017 Cleveland Chapter - Presentation on Vistula Operation
16 September 2017 The Pennsylvania Rusyn Experience
09 September 2017 Beginning Genealogy And Exploring Eastern European Ancestry
27 August 2017 One World Day
26 August 2017 Vatra Time in Ohio
23 July 2017 Dining With Duchnovich
17 June 2017 Nick Kupensky presents Father Kubek
10 June 2017 41st annual Slavjane Folk Ensemble Concert
03 June 2017 "Solid, Work-Hardened Slavs" Margaret Bourke-White’s Rusyn Photographs By Nick Kupensky
03 June 2017 The Vatra is Coming!!
07 May 2017 Introduction to the Cyrillic Alphabet by Paul Burik
05 May 2017 Slovaks and Rusyns: Differences and Similarities
22 April 2017 Paska to Pysanky – The Traditional Rusyn Easter Basket
21 April 2017 Andy Warhol: The Carpatho-Rusyn King of American Pop Art
09 April 2017 A Visit to the Presov region of the Carpathian Mountains
08 April 2017 Eastern European Month Celebration in Ohio
02 April 2017 Comparison & Contrast of Easter & traditions in Europe and US
25 March 2017 Winter in the Carpathians
25 March 2017 A Trip to the Homeland, presented by George Napuda
18 March 2017 Pysanky Classes for Adults and Children
11 March 2017 Pysanky Workshop
11 March 2017 NEW! C-RS “Coastal”
05 March 2017 Symbolism and History of Wooden Church Interior Architecture
25 February 2017 Soups’s On! – The Rusyn identity of Andy Warhol
25 February 2017 Uncovering & Publishing the History of PA's Carpatho-Rusyns
20 November 2016 Magic in the Carpathians: The Meaning and Function of Magic in the Lives of Our Ancestors
19 November 2016 Carpatho-Rusyn Society - 2016 Annual Meeting
12 November 2016 Genealogy and a Visit to Prešov
12 November 2016 Cooking Lesson in Parma - Traditional Christmas Foods
06 November 2016 C-RS New Jersey Chapter - Annual Dinner
05 November 2016 Let's Visit Prešov - Fort Mill, SC
30 October 2016 35th Annual Carpatho-Rusyn Celebration in Uniontown, PA
27 October 2016 Carpatho-Rusyn Meet & Greet in Seattle
22 October 2016 Genealogy Research in Cleveland
22 October 2016 4th Rusyn Genealogy and Heritage Conference
18 October 2016 Florida Branch - Let's Visit Presov
17 October 2016 C-RS Participation in the 16th Annual Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International Conference
09 October 2016 Carpatho-Rusyns: Myths and Stereotypes - A presentation by Paul Robert Magocsi
08 October 2016 Carpatho-Rusyns: Myths and Stereotypes - A presentation by Paul Robert Magocsi
08 October 2016 NC Branch - Bake, Take, and Freeze for the Holidays
07 October 2016 European Ukraine or Eurasian Russia - Presentation by Magocsi
02 October 2016 C-RS at Cleveland Museum of Art's 100th Anniversary
25 September 2016 New Jersey Chapter Presents St Michael’s Festival
24 September 2016 Church Commemorative Books: An Overlooked Genealogical Resource
24 September 2016 Colors of the Carpathians: Day Seminar
19 September 2016 Blessed Theodore Romzha Seminary Choir
18 September 2016 C-RS National Goals for the Present and Future
10 September 2016 Carpatho-Rusyn Booth at St. Ann International Day and Carnival
10 September 2016 4th Annual Youngstown/Warren/Sharon Chapter Rusyn/Slovak Picnic & Vatra (Bonfire)
28 August 2016 C-RS Cleveland Chapter at the 100th Anniversary of the Cleveland Cultural Gardens
05 August 2016 23rd Annual Rusyn Food Festival
30 July 2016 8th Annual Southwest Vatra Piknik
09 July 2016 C-RS Participation in Pittsburgh Bicentennial Parade
09 July 2016 Carpatho-Rusyn Society at the Youngstown State University Festival of Arts
18 June 2016 Carpatho-Rusyn Society at Simply Slavic
16 June 2016 Cemeteries, Tombstones, and More
11 June 2016 40th Annual Slavjane Folk Ensemble Concert
06 June 2016 On This Day: Play Festival - Sponsored by Theatre Britain
04 June 2016 The American Dukhnovych: The Life and Work of Emil Kubek
28 May 2016 Carpatho-Rusyn Wooden Churches of Eastern Europe
21 May 2016 Pittsburgh-Style Oldies
21 May 2016 Interactive Genealogy Workshop
15 May 2016 Screening of "Changed by Thalerhof"
03 May 2016 Sing-along with Jerry Jumba

The Lake Michigan chapter was charted in 2010. and services the states of Michigan, Indiana, Illinois and Wisconsin.

Chapter Officers

President - Arlene (Dremak) Gardiner

Blog page: lakemichiganrusyns.blogspot.com

Carpatho-Rusyn Society

915 Dickson St.
Munhall, PA 15120-1929

The Carpatho-Rusyn Society is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to manifesting Carpatho-Rusyn culture in the United States and supporting Rusyn culture in the Homeland in east central Europe. It works to educate Rusyns and non-Rusyns about Rusyn culture and history, and to support the development of Rusyn culture on both sides of the Atlantic. As a membership organization, it boasts over 1,800 members worldwide who support the organization's work through their annual contributions of dues as well as voluntary contributions to funds that support Rusyn cultural development abroad as well as humanitarian aid for Rusyn communities in Europe.

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