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The 40th Annual Carpatho-Rusyn Celebration will take place on Sunday, October 30, 2022 at St. John the Baptist Byzantine Catholic Church Social Hall, 201 East Main Street, Uniontown, PA.  Hours are from 12:00 Noon – 5:00 PM.


After a one-year hiatus (2020 due to COVID) and a modified take-out festival (2021) The 40th Annual Carpatho-Rusyn Celebration has been revived. The day will feature the heritage of the Carpatho-Rusyns who come from the very heart of Europe, along the northern and southern slopes of the Carpathian Mountains.  Their homeland, known as “Carpathian-Rus”, is situated at the crossroads where the borders of Slovakia, Ukraine, and Poland meet.  Aside from these countries, there are smaller groups of Rusyns in Romania, Hungary, Serbia, and the Czech Republic.  In no country do the Carpatho-Rusyns have an administratively distinct territory.

It is immigrants from the Carpathian-Rus’, who came to the United States in the early 1900’s, settled in this area, worked in the mills and mines, and started several churches, one being St. John the Baptist Byzantine Catholic Church.  The Carpatho-Rusyns, though a Slavic group, have distinct differences in language, customs, music, dance, folk crafts, and foods.  These immigrants brought their traditions with them and maintained them, particularly those in their church life, which was of utmost importance to them.

The day will highlight various aspects of Carpatho-Rusyn culture.  Mouth-watering foods such as pirohi, holubki, halushki, kolbasi and sauerkraut, soup, and more.  There will also be a variety of baked goods including kolachi (apricot, nut, poppyseed, and cottage cheese rolls), pagach, breads, cookies, candy, and much, much more.

The Carpatho-Rusyn Celebration will be a blending of spiritual and cultural traditions of the Rusyn people.  A Divine Liturgy Saturday, October 29 at  5:30 p.m. will include a blessing for the event and festival workers.  There will be a Divine Liturgy on Sunday, October 30 at 10:30 a.m. which will have some parts in the Church Slavonic language.

There will be on-going entertainment which includes music, singing, demonstrations, videos, displays and presentations.  A folk musical group, “Rusynsky Betjare” will perform folk, chardash, and polka music from 12:30 and throughout the afternoon.

Information on various topics such as Carpatho-Rusyn family customs (both secular and religious), genealogy and tracing cultural roots, and recent trips to the Carpathian homeland will be available.  At 2:00 PM, a speaker will discuss some cultural topics regarding Rusyns. Of particular interest is the War in Ukraine, which has affected the lives of many Rusyns who reside there. The current pastor, Father Vasyl Symyon of St. John Church, is originally from Ukraine.  There will be information presented about Carpatho-Rusyn culture and customs, and iconography.  Program is subject to change.

Once again there will be the fun-filled children’s activities area where children can experience the Rusyn culture through hands-on making folk craft projects such as decorated eggs, bookmarks, decorating cookies, coloring sheets, and more.  There will also be demonstrations of pysanky (egg decorating), folk embroidery, bobbin lace making, and woodburning, which are traditional folk crafts of the Carpatho-Rusyns as well as iconography.  A display will include costumes, striking photographs and paintings of Rusyn folk life, crafts, religious artifacts, models of historic Rusyn wooden churches, and artifacts of the Carpatho-Rusyn heritage. During a church tour, visitors may view the 3-tier icon screen, many icons, and the outdoor shrine at St. John’s Church.

Tables of crafts for sale will include contemporary crafts as well as traditional Carpatho-Rusyn folk crafts.  The contemporary crafts include secular and religious items, fall decorations, Christmas items, and much more.  The folk crafts of the Rusyns include pysanky (decorated eggs), embroideries such as those used to cover Easter baskets to be blessed, wood burned icons and icon ornaments, and other articles.  Many raffles include baskets, folk art and craft items including Christmas, and much more.  The Carpathian Cookery Cookbook of St. John’s parish in its 19th printing will be once again available having sold over 19,000 copies.

The day will be one full of culture, life, and music for family entertainment.  There is no admission charge. Handicapped accessible. The pastor is Father Vasyl Symyon.  For information call 724-438-1382, M-F  9AM-3PM (leave message).

scarecrow decorating contest

Monongahela Area Chamber of Commerce (MACC) Board Member, and local business owner, Heidi Hoffman (Sweets by Mrs. C) is planning a scarecrow decorating contest for the community.  MACC is excited to help promote local businesses, organizations, school classes & groups, and fall loving citizens in a unique (and mildly competitive) fall celebration!


The contest runs from October 1 - 15. Winners will be announced on Saturday, Oct. 15 with a celebration and special Fall Harvest edition of the Monongahela Farmers' Market in Chess Park, from 11am - 3pm.

Entrants are encouraged to be creative and show off their talent's for all the community and visitor's to the Monongahela Area to enjoy!  The event is free to participate in.  Online registration and more information can be found at tinyurl.com/MACC-Scarecrow-Contest. 

halloween_parade

The annual MACC Halloween Parade is scheduled for Wednesday, October 26th.  The parade will begin at 6:30PM and proceed from Chess Park to the Aquatorium along Main Street.  Community groups and individuals are encouraged to participate in the parade, and are welcome to congregate at Chess Park starting at 6PM.  There will be judging for costumes and floats with prizes.


As a nonprofit organization the Monongahela Area Chamber of Commerce organizes the Halloween Parade for the community to enjoy.  If you are interested in participating in the parade, donating to help cover costs of the celebration, or would like information regarding sponsorship opportunities please contact MACC Executive Director, LJ Kahl, at lj@monongahelaareachamber.org.    

Goal is to Sponsor A Service Dog

The Bethel Park Chamber and the Municipality of Bethel Park will be hosting a Salute to Veteran’s Day Lunch on November 11, 2022.  The lunch will be held at the Bethel Park Community Center on Park Avenue in Bethel Park at 12:00 PM.  A FREE lunch for all veterans.  Guests will be $20.


The goal of the Chamber is to sponsor a service dog for a veteran.  Anyone wishing to help and would like to be a sponsor, please contact 412-719-6761.  The sponsorships range will be from $150-$500.  Any donation is appreciated to help meet this goal. You can go to www.bpchamber.org website to donate and/or to attend the event. 

We are also asking any veteran owned businesses to display their products at the event.  Those who gave their lives and efforts to keeping America free have earned this day.  For questions or more details, please call 412-595-8361.

Thomas Presbyterian Church, of 1068 Linden Road in Eighty Four, PA, will hold a ‘Murder Mystery Dinner’ on Saturday October 8, 2022. Doors open at 5:00 PM with dinner served at 6:00 PM.  The Murder Mystery will be performed by Mystery’s Most Wanted, who has been performing murder mysteries in the Pittsburgh area for over 20 years and have been featured on WQED’S PITTSBURGH 360.

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