Celebrate Tucson's Slavic heritage

2013-04-09T09:31:00Z 2013-04-11T15:58:07Z Celebrate Tucson's Slavic heritageJim Griffith Special to the Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star

True to my promise, I’m alerting you to events related to the subject of this blog, the living cultural traditions of Tucson.

A week ago I learned that the Slavic Heritage Festival will be taking place from noon-10 p.m. Saturday, April 20. It will be in the courtyard of Amber Restaurant, 7000 E. Tanque Verde Road, on the southwest corner of North Sabino Canyon and East Tanque Verde roads. Admission is $2; kids twelve and under are admitted free.

There will be food, including pierogi, kielbasa, and even Polish beer! St. Michael’s Ukrainian Catholic Church will provide traditional Ukrainian crafts and pastries. Entertainment will be provided by the Arizona Balalaika Orchestra, Rusyny Folk Ensemble, the Bouncing Czechs, Lajkonik and Balkan Spirits.

The first four groups I know and love from Tucson Meet Yourself and other festivals — they’re great! The fifth will be a happy surprise to me, for you bet your britches I’ll be there!

The event is to benefit St. Michael’s Ukrainian Catholic Church and the Arizona Branch of the Carpatho-Rusyn Society. The latter organization is also organizing a similar event to be held on Mt. Lemmon in July. Stay tuned.

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Jim Griffith is the former director of the Southwest Folklore Center at the University of Arizona, and co-founder of Tucson Meet Yourself. He’s also the author of seven books on the folklore and folklife of our region, most recently “A Border Runs Through It.” His books can be purchased at tucson.com/wildcatgear.

If you have questions or suggestions for Jim Griffith or this blog, e-mail bigjimgriffith@gmail.com

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