What: Rusyn Fest/Annual meeting/Rusyn Day
Where: Carpatho-Rusyn Cultural and Educational Center
915 Dickson Street, Munhall, PA 15120
Warhol Family art, children of first Rusyn governor, international leaders to highlight celebration of first Carpatho-Rusyn Day. The children of the first governor of Subcarpathian Rus’ and original art work done by members of Andy Warhol’s family will be among the highlights of the first International Carpatho-Rusyn Day.
The local version of this international celebration will be held on Sat. Oct 16 from 11 a.m.-10 p.m. at the National Carpatho-Rusyn Cultural and Educational Center , 915 Dickson St in Munhall, PA.
Carpatho-Rusyn Day was created by the World Council of Rusyns, the international body which oversees Carpatho-Rusyn cultural development worldwide. For Carpatho-Rusyn Day, every Rusyn cultural organization in the world is to create an event dedicated to achieving recognition of Carpatho-Rusyns and their contributions to world culture. The events of Oct. 16 are sponsored by the Carpatho-Rusyn Society, a North American cultural organization based in Pittsburgh.
“Our celebration of Carpatho-Rusyn Day has a wide array of Rusyn activities that would appeal to both Carpatho-Rusyns and the general public, which was our intention,” said John Righetti, National President of the Carpatho-Rusyn Society and the North American representative to the World Council of Rusyns.
The day starts with the Rusyn Fall Festival which runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Local Rusyn organizations and vendors will have Rusyn food and pastries for sale. The Center’s Carpatho-Rusyn Marketplace gift shop will be open and feature a variety of Rusyn educational and decorative items – books, CDs, DVDs, folk craft items , jewelry, clothing and more. Other local vendors will be selling a wide variety of international and local goods as well.
Throughout the day , the public will be able to browse the Center’s new exhibits which will include the ONE DAY ONLY exhibit of the art of the Warhola Family – a display of traditional and nontraditional artwork by pop artist Andy Warhol’s relatives, including his brother , niece and nephews and sister-in-law. Andy Warhol was of Carpatho-Rusyn heritage.
Also unveiled will be a display of Rusyn costumes of Spis county in Slovakia and a display of highlight items of the Cultural Center’s European and American Rusyn artistic and historical collections. These will join an existing display on the governor of Subcarpathian Rus’, Gregory Zatkovich, a Homestead lawyer who returned to the Rusyn homeland to become its first governor when it joined Czechoslovakia in 1919.
At 4 p.m. the Carpatho-Rusyn Society will hold its annual meeting. Guest speakers will be Ted Zatkovich Gregg and Connie Zatkovich Ash, children of Gregory Zatkovich.
From 6 – 10 p.m. the Carpatho-Rusyn Society will host a Zabava or Rusyn Dance party featuring the noted Rusyn band Ruskyj Muzikanty of Pittsburgh. Dean Poloka of the Slavjane Ensemble of McKees Rocks will teach basic Rusyn dancing to those unfamiliar. Rusyn food and beverages will be for sale. An admission charge of $5.00 for those 18 and older; all children are free.
For more information on Carpatho-Rusyn Day and the festivities, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 412-567-3077
(Written by John Righetti, President of the C-RS)