St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church
Serbian Orthodox Church, Merrillville, IN, was established in 1914 in Gary, IN. Divine Liturgy Sundays 10am, Fr. Marko Matic officiating. Liturgical responses by Karageorge Choir. Sunday School starts after Holy Communion (around 11:15) until 12:15. Serbian School will be incorporated into Sunday School. Vespers served Tuesdays and Saturdays at 6:00 p.m. Join us, everyone welcome! Folklore dance group and choir always accepting new members. Attend Sunday Luncheons after Liturgy, hosted by families or organizations, serving delicious homemade food and desserts.
South Wing SOCIAL CENTER NOW AVAILABLE for hosting social events, newly renovated and tastefully decorated. Showers, graduation parties, business meetings, Skup Svatova, wedding receptions, baptisms, birthdays, and retirements can all be accommodated. For more info, call (219)736-9191.
Monday-Friday: 9:00 am - 3:00 pm
Sunday: 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Early Bird Raffle drawing for the BIG SERB FEST CASH RAFFLE was held Sunday for the first $1000 prize! The early bird drawings give you an extra chance to win a cool $1000 prize, while your ticket will be re-deposited into the drawing for the BIG CASH RAFFLE prizes at Serb Fest in August. Buy your tickets early - the next early bird drawing will be held Sunday, July 14th for another $1000. Lovely Caitlyn Baroevich chose the winning ticket #00231, belonging to Mike P. (for internet privacy) from Crown Point, sold by Ned Pujo! Congratulations, Mike P.!
For TICKETS, contact Mike Jaksich at (219) 880-6307, David Gerbick (219) 588-3604.
16 prizes total $50,000 Pay out! Good Luck! Drawing held Sunday, August 4th.
GRAND PRIZE $25,000!
In Eastern Christianity the icon is generally a flat panel painting depicting a holy being or object such as Christ, Mary, saints, angels, or the cross. These religious works of art adorn our churches and homes. Icons may also be cast in metal, carved in stone, embroidered on cloth, painted on wood, done in mosaic or fresco work, printed on paper or metal, etc. Icons served many purposes in the Orthodox Church. A person can walk into an Orthodox Church and see the whole Bible story unfolded on its walls. Icons of Old and New Testament were used to teach the faithful about the Christian Faith. At this year's Serb Fest, the Serbian Historical Society presented an exhibit of unique Orthodox icons featuring the work of iconographer Drazen Dupor. Many individuals and local priests shared their personal favorites. Sisters from The Most Holy Mother of God Monastery in New Carlisle displayed their hand embroidered icons as well as a unique icon on silk from Japan. Young iconographer Steven Kozabarich showed a work-in-progress as well as a beautiful image of St. Demetrius. On the ceiling in the center of the room was an image of St. Elijah Cathedral's cupola (dome) that has recently been adorned with hand-painted frescoes. One part of the exhibit featured photos of all the Northwest Indiana Orthodox Churches as well as an icon on loan from each parish. Hundreds of Serb Fest guests enjoyed the exhibit daily. Special thanks to everyone who shared their precious icons; many of these were treasured family heirlooms. Sincere thanks also to Fr. Marko for his support and travels twice to Madison, Wisconsin to the Dupor Studio to pick up and return the large icons. Enjoy the video below: (To play in full screen, just start the video and click on the 4 arrows in the bottom right corner: click escape to return to this page at the end)
St. Sava's Srbadija Folklore Group performed Sunday afternoon for Serb Fest guests. The senior group gave their skilled routines, but the younger 2 groups had technical difficulty with their music CD and were unable to perform their rehearsed dances. Drina Tamburitza Orchestra stepped up and played live music for the kids to dance a casual kolo. Moms, Babas, and friends joined in to lend their support to the disappointed children and it all turned out well! Srbadija welcomes new members, so please contact Borka Grimsgard or the church office for details (219) 736-9191.
With amazing energy, young guests from Northwest Indiana and Chicagoland enjoyed three nights of kolo dancing at St. Sava's Serb Fest 2012. Musical entertainment for dancing was provided by Orchestra Sumadija, Maestro, and DJ Spaz. See if you can keep up!
2012 BIG CASH RAFFLE Winners List Below:
$25,000 The Watts Family - Chicago
$10,000 Charles Donovan - Hammond
$5,000 Jerry Raderstorf - LaPorte
$1,000 Robert Thompson - Hobart
$1,000 Katie Vranjes - Crown Point
$1,000 Tom Mitchell - Fair Oaks
$500 Garry Mikolics
$500 Mike Janich
$500 William Paige - Merrillville
$500 Ray Radjenovich - Munster
$500 Sandi Lalich - Munster
$500 Donna Nicolich - Crown Point
$500 Mark Snyder - Hammond
$500 Michael Hayes - Sauk Village
$500 Marta Petrovic - Munster
$500 Steve Winarski - St. John
$1,000 Early Bird #2 Don Wheeler - Merrillville
$1,000 Early Bird #1 Cathy Delvalle - Merrillville
To honor their grandfather's memory, Sarah and Rachel Gerbick were asked to draw names for this year's raffle. Gordon Gerbick passed away since last year's festival. We will always remember him as a lifelong dedicated member of St. Sava who is truly missed. Gordon was always spotted at Serb Fest selling raffle tickets in his funny hat.
Zivio, Gordon, rest in peace.
On behalf of the executive board and membership of St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church, we'd like to thank everyone who attended and supported our festival in any way. We hope you enjoyed yourselves and look forward to seeing you next year. You're always welcome to attend Divine Liturgy worship services Sundays at 10:00 a.m. Check back soon for photos and videos from this year's Serb Fest.
Join us today for live music by Drina from 1 to 6 and DJ Spaz for dancing from 5 to 9 pm. Be sure to stop by the fantastic Serbian Bakery and view the art exhibit "Images of Faith" in the north wing. Folklore Dancers will perform at 2:00 pm in front of the new Pavilion. Buy a chance to wind the $25,000 Grand Prize - BIG CASH RAFFLE. Everyone is welcome!
The brand new 3 Season Pavilion will offer comfortable dining - rain or shine. Hope to see you there.
There's not another festival in Northwest Indiana or Chicago that offers such a variety of non-stop live music for their guests to enjoy. Three days of Serbian music for dancing or dining will keep those happy feet tapping. Choose your favorites below:
ST. SAVA SERB-FEST 2012 ENTERTAINMENT SCHEDULE!
FRIDAY AUGUST 3RD.
"T-RROMA" - from Chicago IL. (7 to 11:30PM) – TAMBURA.
Singer "Milana Anicic" with "Danny Danilovich" & "Bojan Jasnic"(7:00- mid.)
Orchestra "Sumadija" - the Tri-State area, (7:00 to 11:30PM) – KOLO BAND.
SATURDAY AUGUST 4TH!
"DUNAV" - from Northwest IN. (1 to 6PM) - TAMBURA
"PRAZNA FLASA" - from Milwaukee WI. (7 to 11:30PM) – TAMBURA
Singers "Dragan Jovovic” & “Slavicia Momakovic-Miljanovic" with
“Zoran Misojcic (“PIZON”)” and “Sveta Tomic (“KAUBOJ”) - (4pm – mid.)
“JEDINSTVO” - from Phoenix AZ. (1 to 6PM) - TAMBURA
Orchestra "MAESTRO" from Northwest IN. (7:00 to 11:30PM) – KOLO BAND.
SUNDAY AUGUST 5TH!
"DRINA" - from Northwest IN. (1 to 6PM) – TAMBURA
"DJ - SPAZ" - from Chicago IL. (5 to 9PM) – KOLO DANCING!
There's still time to donate toward the food and liquor expenses. If you can't volunteer your time, any monetary donation will surely help. Please make checks payable to St. Sava Church and be sure to note what your donation is for. You can mail your check to 9191 Mississippi St., Merrillville, IN 46410 or drop it of at the church office.
Thanks for all your help!
BOX OF CEVAPS $60
KEG OF BEER $50
ALL OTHER LIQUOR $25
In spite of the extreme hot weather, many parishioners attended the annual Serbian Day Memorial Service for General Draza Mihajlovich and other deceased members who served their country. After Divine Liturgy, a procession led the faithful to the new Legacy Tree for a short service. Special guests included Fr. Dragomir and Kristina Tuba from Akron, Ohio with their family, as they make their way to Phoenix to serve that parish. Young Lazo Knezic was in charge of the lamb and pig crew - great job, gentlemen! Thanks also to the Ajder family and Snezana for serving a delicious luncheon.
Violet Milanovich was remembered with a 40 Day Parastos when members returned into the church before the luncheon.
Pre-Serb Fest Clean-Up
We need HELP !!!!!
We need all able-bodied Young parents, school-age children to help clean up the grounds prior to Serb fest !!!!!
Friday, July 20th 4:00pm
Our older members cannot do all the work and we need the younger families and members to step up and also touch up the landscaping.
We will provide Pizza and Music after we finish cleaning up… we ask you to bring desserts. WE will provide and sign the necessary paperwork for the school kids to get the community service credits.
THIS SUNDAY, JULY 15TH, at the Serbian Day Celebration, the SECOND DRAWING for the EARLY-BIRD RAFFLE will be held in the south wing after the luncheon. It's a chance to win an extra $1000 Prize, plus your ticket will be re-entered into the drawing for the $25,000 Grand Prize and all other Prizes in the SERB FEST RAFFLE! Get your tickets soon from any church member, or contact Vinko Mancich, Mike Jaksich, or David Gerbick. Ticket price is $100. Good Luck! Winner need not be present.
Set aside this date to spend with your church family; a long-standing tradition at St. Sava Church. Divine Liturgy starts at 10 a.m. followed by a short solemn Memorial Service outdoors at the memorial monuments and Legacy Tree. On this day, we remember all deceased church members who served their country both in the US and Europe, General Draza Mihajlovich is remembered for his sacrifice and the sacrifice of his men, who helped the Allies in WWII.
A delicious luncheon ill be prepared in the south wing, hosted by the Ajder family and friends.
REMINDER: GET YOUR SERB FEST RAFFLE TICKET for the Early Bird Drawing held at the Serbian Day Celebration Luncheon in the south wing.
A very important planning meeting for this year's Serb Fest will be held on Thursday evening, July 12th, at 6:30 p.m. in the south wing. Meeting is open to entire membership. Please know that volunteers are needed as always in all areas. We hope that we can count on all members to help with our biggest annual fundraiser.
All areas need volunteers:
Bake Sale, Bar, Kitchen, Ticket Sales, Set-Up / Clean-Up, Parking, Maintenance, Raffle, Fund Raising & Donations, Lambs, Signs, Events.
PLEASE CALL THE CHURCH OFFICE TO VOLUNTEER (219) 736-9191
FRIDAY'S PRE SERB FEST CLEAN - UP HAS BEEN RE-SCHEDULED for Friday, July 20th at 4:00 p.m.. PLEASE make an effort to help for a couple hours, and be sure to bring the kids. We need everyone's help. Pizza will be provided later after the clean up. Hope to see you there!
Kolo Sisters have begun rolling out the dough and making fillings for those delicious homemade strudels and nut rolls for SERB FEST. Please call Beba Rudman or the church office to check their schedules. This is a great way to learn how to make and stretch the dough, a special skill. Any help is appreciated and sit-down jobs for those with health issues are available. Men are also welcome. The "factory" is in the north kitchen pavilion building.
Made from tough lightweight durable fabric with numerous pockets for essential organization, and detachable no-slip shoulder strap. Features 2 separate shoe storage compartments with ventilation and multiple accessory pockets. Designed for easy travel or overnight, also doubles as a workout bag. A great gift for next golf season! Color: Black with Serb Fest embroidery. Approximate Size: 20L x 13H x 11.5D. ONLY $25 (Can be mailed within US for additional $12 S&H.) Contact Vonnie at (219) 742-4733 or Dorothy for CREDIT CARD ORDERS at (510) 289-9862.
On loan to the Serbian Historical Society is this authentic Serbian costume worn by Mrs. Rajna Otic from Munster on her wedding day in late 1959 in Koretiste, Kosovo, Serbia. All pieces; the blouse, vest, and customary apron called the “bosca” are hand made and passed down many generations, as seen in the various photos.
The beaded headpiece was made by Mrs. Otic’s mother-in-law, Stana Otic, and presented to her on the wedding day. This headpiece is over 70 years old. It has two beaded patches in the back, spelling out the groom’s nickname “Blaza” for Blagoje, (added just in time for the wedding) and Mrs. Otic’s father-in-law’s nickname “Traje” for Trajko, which most likely has been added before his own wedding.
The customary apron or “bosca” is over 50 years old, and is hand made as well, on the loom pictured, called “tkanje”.
The Serbian Historical Society is forever grateful to the Mrs. Rajna Otic for sharing these priceless family heirlooms for this exhibit. She stopped by during Serb Fest to see how we incorporated her costume into the display.
Click above photos to enlarge.
Thank You to everyone who purchased a chance to win a "Smithsonian Prima" built by Milan Opacich. He spent many hours in his workshop crafting the prima, with the entire proceeds donated to the Serbian Historical Society. Sarah Gerbick pulled the winning ticket belonging to Mike Stoyshin from Canada. Congratulations, Mike!
Where do they get the energy? Not a single pair of opanke was spotted in this young crowd, but you'll see some great dance moves. Young adults and teens from all over the Midwest came to St. Sava's annual Serbian Festival to meet up with old friends and make new ones. Music all three nights was provided by "DJ Spaz" and "Nocna Smena".
Serb Fest relies solely on the army of volunteers who spend months planning, organizing, selling tickets, baking, and preparing for the 3 day event. Some church members even take unpaid time off from work to help out. Many of these volunteers are not pictured below, but our sincere THANKS and appreciation goes out to anyone who helped in any capacity. Whether you're a palachinka princess, krofne queen, or lamb roaster, it seems that working for a common goal among your Serbian friends can be lots of fun.
Live background music is performed at Saturday's music tent by "Srpski Sinovi".
Thanks also to Borka Grimsgard for sharing some of the photos below.
Srbadija Folklore Groups - Pee Wee, Junior, and Senior - performed for the crowd at Serb Fest on Saturday, August 6th. Some of these children even worked the food line, kitchen, and Sunday School tent during the weekend. We applaud them for dressing and performing in full costume in 90 degree heat. Still don't know where they get their energy! Their instructor is Nenad Nikolic. Thanks to all the groups for sharing an important part of our Serbian Culture with the northwest Indiana community.
Chicagoland's DUNAV Orchestra has performed at St. Sava's Serb Fest for many years, as far back as we can remember, even at the old hall on 49th Avenue. The band members include Walter Pravica on violin, Frank Jovanovich on bugarija, John Miksich Sr. on brach, John Miksich Jr. on bass, and Mike Hairlich on brach.The original DUNAV Orchestra has had many different members over the last 50 plus years. The current band members have performed as a group for more than 10 years. Read more about Walter Pravica below.
To hire DUNAV Orchestra, call Walter at (773) 481-8375 or (847) 852-6167
As you may already know, most musicians have "real jobs". Walter Pravica, pictured below with his buddy Milan Opacich, is not only an accomplished violinist, but also is a Professor of Chemistry at Wilbur Wright College in Chicago, and Chair of their Physical Science Department. Walter also plays concert violin with the Northwest Symphony for over 20 years. Best of all, he's a really great Serb with a heart of gold!
Longtime friends Jovan Djokic, Tom Andrejich, Mike Ticich, Danny Orlich, and Bob Cemovich took control of the microphones as Srpski Sinovi played for them at St. Sava's Serb Fest. The band will never be the same. Thanks to the band for being "good sports". Tom came all the way from California and Jovan and Danica from Florida, a home-coming weekend to spend with family, Kumovi, and friends.
Congratulations to the following lucky BIG CASH RAFFLE prize winners!
$25,000 - Terry White
$10,000 - Steve Shaban - Valparaiso
$5,000 - Peter Fleming - Crown Point
Vasil Kolar - Portage
Edward Swike - Merrillville
Sasa Dimitrijevic - Munster
Mary Uzelac - St. Joseph, MI (Early Bird Drawing)
Milos Radjenovich (Early Bird Drawing)
Sandy Shinovich, Schererville - Joe & Janice Orlich, Crown Point - Terry White - Jeff & Millie Griggs, Hobart - Aunt Sally's Rest., Calumet City, IL - D. Svilar/D. Pejnovic - Bill Schipani, San Francisco, CA - Joka Garcev, Crown Point - B. Berrier/J. Hornick, Merrillville - Lynn Svilar, Park Ridge, IL
What a treat! Bob Bratina, Mayor of Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, honored us all with an impromptu frula (flute) performance of "Cacak" with Srpski Sinovi Orchestra. Bob and his wife Carol perform with "Balkan Strings" Orchestra in Hamilton. Tambura fans from all over the US and Canada attended Serb Fest - Florida, California, Utah, Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and all throughout the Midwest region - so make plans to visit next year's event. Oh yes, and VOTE FOR BOB!
Do you really think you can keep Serbs from celebrating? The food kept coming, the bar kept serving, and we got just a little wet early Sunday evening. Grilling volunteers used their strengths to hold down tents. Mother Nature can't ruin our fun! We won't be inviting her next year. Seriously, "Ako Bog Da", we'll have a new Four Seasons Building built in time for next year's Serb Fest, so rain will never again be a problem. Borka Grimsgard, always a good sport, looked lovely in her fashionable rain bonnet.
Our sincere THANKS to everyone who visited our Serb Fest celebration this past weekend. We hope you enjoyed all the traditional food offerings and all the talented orchestras that performed non-stop music. Our culture is worth celebrating and very contagious!
Our folklore dance groups are fun to watch and remind us of how important it is to keep these traditions alive. The youth dance tent was filled with hundreds of teens and young adults dancing and singing the night away. It warms your heart to know that they still feel a connection and passion for our music and traditions.
"Tamburitza Spectacular", an exhibit of vintage string instruments was viewed by many, and may have inspired some future tamburasi, the brotherhood of musicians who seem to have a special bond and love for the music of the southern Slavs.
Once again, our sincere thanks to everyone who came to dine, enjoy the music, purchased baked goods, bought raffle tickets, sponsored our golf outing, and supported our main fund raiser. Please check back daily for many videos and photos from Serb Fest 2011, and always check the "Events" listing to see what's happening at St. Sava and other churches.
This video by Mike Paunovich is just a small sampling of the weekend events.
Today's hours are from Noon to 9:00 p.m., so this is your last chance to enjoy the food, music, and fun. Be sure to visit the Tamburitza Spectacular historical exhibit in the north wing. Tonight's highlight will be the BIG CASH RAFFLE Drawing for several prizes, including the $25,000 Grand Prize, plus the Smithsonian Prima made by Milan Opacich.
Pictured above are veteran tamburasi George Tatalovich, Wally Pravica, and Milan Opacich in the Serbian Historical Society's exhibit "Tambura Spectacular!"
Lucky Gordon Gerbick would like to sell you that winning raffle ticket, so what's his secret?.....Must be that hat!
We'd like to welcome Srpski Sinovi Orchestra from Pittsburgh to perform at St. Sava for the first time. Although everyone knows Marco Trbovich, Vonnie Orlich's brother, the band is new to our entertainment schedule. Here's a little info:
The five member Srpski Sinovi Orchestra is comprised of all 1st, 2nd, and 3rd generation American Serbians. Accordianist, Aleksandar "Sasha" Slavkovic, born in Cacak, Serbia, and Brock Belich, bassist and the only Pennsylvania native in the group, both studied and performed with the Duquesne Tamburitzans. Mark Doncic, originally from Toronto, Ontario, plays cello with the group and is also the director of the Tsar Lazar Male Chorus. Dan Jovanovich, originally from Joliet, IL is on the bugarija and Marco Trbovich, originally of Hammond, IN plays brac.
The orchestra features Slavkovic's accordion virtuosity and unique three-part harmonies among the group's three elite singers. Srpski Sinovi has been performing for five years throughout the Northeastern US and has occasionally appeared in the Midwest.
Set aside some time each day to visit Serb Fest. Come hungry, come often. Nine different orchestras and singers are scheduled for 3 days of non-stop Serbian music for your listening and dancing pleasure. Traditional offerings of homemade Serbian dinners and baked goods will be abundant. Your children can enjoy amusements both Saturday and Sunday. Don't forget to purchase your chance to win $25,000 in the BIG CASH RAFFLE. There's still plenty of time left to buy that winning ticket!
Visit "Tamburitza Spectacular", an exhibit of vintage string instruments, photos, and artifacts researched and presented at this free cultural exhibit.
Everyone is welcome to experience our culture.
Dobro nam Dosli!
Welcome to Serb Fest 2011!
FRIDAY 4 - Midnight
SATURDAY - Noon to Midnight
SUNDAY - Noon to 9 pm
This is your last chance to buy a chance to own a replica of the tamburitza PRIMA that was displayed at the Smithsonian Exhibit "Old Ways In The New World" in Washington, D.C. Milan Opacich built the prima to raise funds for the Serbian Historical Society of St. Sava Church. Buy Raffle Tickets at the Tamburitza Spectacular Exhibit during Serb Fest, or at the food ticket tables, the Bar, or from any member of the Historical Society. Drawing will be held Sunday evening, August 7th during the BIG CASH RAFFLE Drawing. Good Luck!
Price: $5 each or 5 for $20. All proceeds benefit the Serbian Historical Society.
In case you missed it, a brief story highlighting "Tamburitza Spectacular", this year's Serbian Historical Society's exhibit of vintage string instruments, was shown on the evening news on Lakeshore Public Television CHANNEL 17 Wednesday at 9:00 p.m.. News anchor Jodi Juhl interviewed Milan Opacich about this display of historical string instruments. Be sure to enjoy the exhibit while you visit Serb Fest.
This is your invitation to a memorable 3 day weekend of non-stop Serbian music, great food, dancing, and a whole lot of culture! Bring the family, co-workers, and friends to enjoy the sights and sounds of old country traditions. Take a few minutes to visit "Tambura Spectacular", a free exhibit of Milan Opacich's personal collection of 60 vintage tamburitza string instruments, photos, sheet music, and artifacts. Children will enjoy amusements on Saturday and Sunday. You can golf with your Serbian friends Friday. BIG CASH RAFFLE TICKETS will be sold for the $25,000 cash prize! Everyone's welcome!
Please copy and share the link below to this commercial with friends by email or facebook.
http://youtu.be/3CYaa5g4KQU Hope to see you there!
There's still time to purchase a sponsor package for this year's 46th Annual Serb Fest Golf Classic. Your signage will be viewed by thousands all weekend at Serb Fest and at Summer Tree Golf Course. Contact the church office at (219) 736-9191 for details and sign-up. Details on printable form below. Packages priced at $100, $200, and $500.
NOTE: Deadline for Sponsors has been extended to July 31st. Please print the form below and email it to Vonnie Orlich at: firstname.lastname@example.org or Fax to the church office at: (219) 736-7836.
The final Grand Prize drawing will be held at Serb Fest on Sunday, August 8th. See any church board member to purchase your winning raffle ticket!
ST. SAVA SERB-FEST 2011 ENTERTAINMENT SCHEDULE!
FRIDAY AUGUST 5TH!
DINING FOOD TENT (TAMBURA MUSIC)
"T-RROMA" - from Chicago, (4 to 8PM)
"DRINA" - from Northwest In., (8 to midnight)
MAIN BAR TENT
Featuring Singer "Milana Anicic"
Accomp. By "Danny Danilovich" & "Bojan Jasnic"(7:30 to midnight)
PATIO AREA (YOUTH MUSIC/KOLO DANCING)
Orchestra "DELIJE" - from Northwest In., (7:30 to midnight)
SATURDAY AUGUST 6TH!
DINING FOOD TENT (TAMBURA MUSIC)
"DUNAV" - from Northwest In., (noon to 3PM)
"SRPSKI SINOVI", from Pittsburgh (4 to midnight)
MAIN BAR TENT
Featuring Singer "Milana Anicic"
Accomp. By "Danny Danilovich" & "Bojan Jasnic"(7:30 to midnight)
PATIO AREA (YOUTH MUSIC/KOLO DANCING)
Featuring "DJ SPAZ" from Chicago!!!! (7:30 to midnight)
SUNDAY AUGUST 7TH!
DINING FOOD TENT (TAMBURA MUSIC)
"DUNAV" - from Northwest In., (noon to 4PM)
"PRAZNA FLASHA" - from Milwaukee (5 to 9PM)
MAIN BAR TENT
Featuring Singer "Milana Anicic"
Accomp. By "Danny Danilovich" & "Bojan Jasnic"(5 to 9PM)
PATIO AREA (YOUTH MUSIC/KOLO DANCING)
"NOCNA SMENA" - from Indiana (5 to 9PM)
Serb Fest 2011 is being held August 5, 6, and 7. To Volunteer for any committee or for general help, call the church office at 219-736-9191. Please do your part for any or all of three days.
Serb Fest 2011 Chairman - Dennis Svilar
Co - Chairpersons Melanie Sever and Vinko Mancich
Bake Sale - Beba Rudman Kitchen - Donna Pejnovic
Ticket Sales - Dan Bozich, Kay Bozich
Raffle - Vinko Mancich, Mike Jaksich
Set-Up - Mike Suvajac, Miodrag Vasiljevich
Lambs - Dusan Pejnovic, Nick Knezic
Parking - Zoran Andric Signs - Mike Ajder
Maintenance - Tom Vasiljevich Events - Borka Grimsgard
Clean-Up - Mike Suvajac, Miodrag Vasiljevich
Bar - Simo Glumac, Bill Brancic
Fund Raising - Pete Skorich Golf - Vonnie Orlich
Donations are needed to purchase the following items:
Lamb or Pig $100 Box of Cevaps or Raznjice $60
Keg of Beer $50 Liquor $25
Please send your donations to Serb Fest 2011, St. Sava Church, 9191 Mississippi St., Merrillville, IN 46410.
Two years ago, Milan Opacich was excited to see his good friend Steve Popovich come from Nashville to see the "Immigrants - Serbs of Steel" Exhibit at Serb Fest. Upon Milan's invitation, Steve came with his children, thoroughly enjoyed the exhibit, and stayed to eat and visit with Milan. Steve and Milan met in the 1970's when they were both board members of the TAA (Tamburitza Association of America). Milan later traveled to Nashville to interview Steve for a story for Serb World. Steve's father, a coal miner, was a member of the Popovich Brothers Tamburitza Orchestra of Nemacolin, PA, and Steve himself played in a tamburitza band in his earlier years. Several years ago, Milan received an order from Steve to craft a prima, brach, and kuntro. These instruments were a special gift from Steve to Steven Van Zandt, guitar and mandolin player for Bruce Springsteen's band. Milan and Steve kept in touch through the years, and spoke by phone last Tuesday about Steve confirming his upcoming visit to this year's Serb Fest exhibit "Tamburitza Spectacular". Steve Popovich passed away the next day on Wednesday, June 8, 2011.
Executive Producer Steve Popovich (best known for making Meat Loaf famous) died June 8 in his apartment in Murfreesboro,TN. According to Billboard, his cause of death has yet to be determined. He was 68.
By the age of 26, he was the Vice President for CBS Records in New York City, working with a roster that included artists like Johnny Cash, Simon and Garfunkel, and Blood, Sweat & Tears. He also signed the Jackson 5 to Epic Records after they left Motown, but in 1976 he left CBS to form Cleveland International Records.
Enjoy the sights and sounds from this year's Serb Fest. Join us next year as we host another fun weekend. Thanks to "Prazna Flasa" for providing background music.
No wonder the food was so good.
Leave it to this group to make work so much fun that you'll want to work the food tent next year. They serve.......they sing.......they dance........who knew?
Three choirs from Merrillville and South Bend decided to join together and perform for this year's "One Love Serbian Song" Festival in Chicago during Memorial Day weekend. They had so much fun practicing and performing together, so they decided to stay together and continue performing as a group. The dining crowd at St. Sava's Serb Fest was treated to a casual performance. Milan Medich directs, and Nick Sever, Steve Baroevich, Dan Orlich, and Mike Jaksich have all volunteered their time for this choir. Many new friendships have resulted from this effort. Membership is open. Contact your church choir director for details.
Protodeacon Milovan Gogic has a special voice. He serves at Gracanica Monastery with His Grace Bishop Longin. After the combined choirs performance, he treated us to his rendition of "Kosovo" and "Tamo Daleko".
In spite of the intense heat, all 3 folklore groups entertained the crowd in full costume on Serb Fest Saturday. Several dancers were missing because of family vacations planned, and they had no formal practice all summer. Thanks to all the dancers for a great show and special treat!
Kids of all ages enjoyed the train,the inflatables, the slide, and games at this year's Serb Fest. A few grandpas also enjoyed themselves as you will see.
6 year old Brock Tatalovich is among St. Sava's youngest Serb Fest volunteers, while Karavilka Petrovich is a graceful 106 years old.
Four generations of the Tatalovich family attended Serb Fest. Great-grandfather George Tatalovich is a WWII Veteran whose name is listed on our Memorial Monument. Mike Sr., Mike Jr., and Brock have kept alive the family tradition of roasting lambs and pigs. Brock knows when roasting is done, and helped dad carry the lambs still on the spit into the kitchen for cutting at Serb Fest. His parents, Mike and Kelly, own 513 Ale House (513 N. Main, Crown Point) where they offer Serbian specialties on the weekend menu. Brock attends Union Center Elementary in Valparaiso and is starting football practice. Thanks for your help, Brock!
Karavilka Petrovich is 106 years old and has been making palachinke since our very first Serb Fest. Karavilka, a homemaker, is Donna Erceg's mother. She was born in Yugoslavia and came to the US in 1937 and presently lives in Valparaiso with her son-in-law and daughter, Ted and Donna Erceg. She's in good health, and a lovely lady to get to know. Thanks for all your help, Karavilka!
He's only 3 years old and he's already comfortable playing his guitar with the seasoned band PRAZNA FLASA from Milwaukee. Lukie is the son of Adam and Beth Hayden, and grandson of Bato and Ljubi Hayden. He has also performed with DRINA Tamburitza Orchestra with his buddy George Ivancevich. "Aman" is one of Lukie's favorite songs.
Go Lukie! Go Lukie! Go Lukie!
It takes special skills to prepare, roast, and cut lamb and pig "just the way Serbs like it". Every year, we are fortunate to be able to offer roasted lamb at our Serb Fest, thanks to the hard working men who brave the heat for 3 full days, both outdoors and in the kitchen. Fathers and sons work together: this year the Knezic's, Tomich's, and Tatalovich's were represented by 2 generations. It's nice to see them take a break to sing for a while. Srecko Suvajac plays accordion for them every year. So why aren't these men in the choir?
Congratulations to this year's winners of the Serb Fest 2010 Big Cash Raffle. We Thank everyone for buying a ticket and for your continued support. Your donations will help fund future building projects to improve our church grounds and facilities.
Gloria Georger, Lowell (Lou Stefanovich)
Moe Mantz, Hobart (Ned Pujo)
Jose Diaz, Chicago (M. Janich)
Larry Fegeras, Michigan City (Ned Pujo)
Bob Fadell, Valparaiso (Mijo Dukic)
Don Wheeler, Crown Point (Vlad Stefanovic)
John Conley, Schererville (Mijo Dukic)
Karen Kallok, Griffith [Early Bird] (Vinko Mancich)
George Paras N/A (Dan Bozich)
Nick Pejnovich, S. Milwaukee, WI (Mijo Dukic)
Dorothy Hoffman, Crown Point (Nick Tarailo)
D. Bozich & T. Lopez N/A (Dan Bozich)
Bruce Berkman, Merrillville (Gordon Gerbick)
Steve Ruzich, Munster (J. Ivetic)
Rick Duncan, Lake Village (Mike Jaksich)
David Bentley, Valparaiso (Dan Bozich)
Stevan Andric, Chicago (Zoran Andric)
Mary Uzelac, St. Joseph, MI (Gordon Gerbick)
Special Thanks to raffle committee members and ticket sellers for all their efforts!
Thank You to Lake County Police Chief Marko Kuyacich for donating a large flat screen TV for our Sunday School Raffle.
After a great round of golf, everyone was treated to an all-you-can-eat Serbian Luncheon Buffet.The selections included endless rounds of roasted lamb, sarma, cevaps, chicken, and all the trimmings, followed by homemade apple strudel. PRAZNA FLASA Tamburitza Orchestra entertained the golfers as they relaxed among friends. Many golfers stayed on all afternoon and enjoyed Serb Fest music and activities. Everyone had a great time, so be sure to join us next year.
Golf prizes were awarded for:
LOWEST SCORE - Steve Buha's Foursome
CLOSEST TO PIN - Stevan Ivetich
LONGEST DRIVE - Bob Drobac
Our sincere Thanks and appreciation are extended to everyone who visited this year's Serb Fest. It was our pleasure to serve you. We hope you had a great time and enjoyed the Serbian food, entertainment, and live music. Your support will help fund future improvements and building on our church property.
Check back daily for photos, videos, and a listing of our golf sponsors, all local businesses that need our support.
SEE YOU NEXT YEAR! ZIVELI!
Serb Fest Sunday will be full of non - stop music, dancing, and great food: cevaps, lamb, pig, raznicici, palachinke, and strudel. All this with a background of wonderful live Serbian music. You can even dance off those calories and start all over again. At 5:00 pm, the combined choirs of St. Sava and St. Elijah in Merrillville along with St. Peter & Paul from South Bend will perform a medley of Serbian Folk Songs, accompanied by tamburitza musicians. You won't want to miss this performance. Visit the historical exhibit in the north wing, featuring the Serbian Sisters Circle and Serbs in Sports. Bring the kids, there are plenty of activities for all age groups. Sunday Hours: Noon to 10 pm.
BIG CASH RAFFLE TICKETS can be purchased for the $25,000 Grand Prize, Total $50,000 Pay Out Raffle. Purchase tickets from any church member or at the food ticket tents for $100. We're very happy to see that Lucky Gordon Gerbick broke out of the hospital just in time to sell you a winning ticket wearing his lucky hat. Pictured below are National Treasures Gordon Gerbick and his buddy Milan Opacich. Visit Milan today in the north wing exhibit room (museum).
Saturday hours are from noon to midnight, so come spend a few hours relaxing with us. Enjoy live Serbian music and come hungry, we're well prepared to offer up some great Serbian specialties. There's something new this year: St. Sava Folklore Group 'Srbadija' will perform traditional dances in full costume at 5:00 pm. Church Tours schedule will be announced. The Serbian Bakery has palachinke, strudels, and assorted pastries to satisfy your sweet tooth. Exhibits honoring our hard - working Serbian Sisters Circle (Kolo), Serbian athletes, Mile Kosanovich, Karl Malden, and our music can be seen in the North Wing from noon to 10 pm. Please join us, everyone's welcome!
Little Lukie Hayden accompanied "Prazna Flasa" Friday and received his first $1 tip. The boys in the band want him to join them, but he'll just start his own band Prazna Drink Box. Just wait til you see the video!
Get ready for the main event: SERB FEST 2010. Find your dancing shoes and cameras, and start dreaming about cevaps, raznici, lamb, and palachinke. Bring all your non-Serb friends to this great celebration of culture. Golf foursomes and sponsorships still available. Check back daily for event info. Everyone is welcome!
SERB FEST HOURS
FRIDAY, NOON TO MIDNIGHT
SATURDAY, NOON TO MIDNIGHT
SUNDAY, NOON TO 10 PM
Get ready for the MAIN EVENT: SERB FEST 2010. Let's use our social networking tools to help get the word out. Simply copy this link
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Friday, July 30
PRAZNA FLASA Tambura Band
Golf Luncheon 1:30pm - 3:30pm, and 7pm - Midnight, Patio Area
Milana Anicic & Deki Petrovic 6 pm - Midnight, Bar Tent
ORCHESTRA SUMADIJA 7pm - Midnight, South Tent
Saturday, July 31
DUNAV Tambura Band 2pm - 6 pm, Patio Area
Milana Anicic & Zoran Miletic 6pm - Midnight, Bar Tent
UNITED SERBS 7pm - Midnight, South Tent
DUNAV Tambura Band 7pm - Midnight, Patio Area
Sunday, August 1
KRILICH BROTHERS Tambura Band 3:30pm - 10pm, Patio Area
Neda Gorancic & Milan Spase Spasojevic 4pm - 10pm, Bar Tent
ORCHESTRA SUMADIJA 6pm - 10pm, South Tent
Enjoy the sounds of great Serbian Music daily at Serb Fest!
Reserve a foursome and become a Sponsor for the popular 2010 Serb Fest Golf Classic on Friday, July 30. Download and print the Registration and Sponsorship forms here. Golf with your Serbian friends at Summer Tree Golf Course in Merrillville. Your fee includes 18 holes of golf with cart, continental breakfast, refreshments on course, and a fabulous Serbian Luncheon Buffet at the church grounds. Non - golfers can attend the luncheon for $25. Live tamburitza music is always part of the celebration. This year's entertainment will be provided by PRAZNA FLASA Tamburitza Orchestra from Milwaukee! Join us, everyone is welcome!
We thank our Sponsors for supporting St. Sava Church and encourage our parishioners to patronize these local businesses. Sponsors will have names listed on course and banner on display at Serb Fest for thousands to view over three days. Hurry, golf reservation deadline is soon. Details on printable forms below:
All week long, volunteers will be needed for general cleaning, set - up, and preparation. Call the church office, or just show up, we'll be glad to see you. Snezana has a list of committee chairmen, and you can reach her at (219) 736-9191. We need everyone's help. If you can't do physical work, perhaps you can sell raffle tickets to friends and family, sell golf sponsorships, sell food tickets, or bake for the fantastic Serbian Bakery. We appreciate everyone's effort in making this year's festival a huge success. Thank you all in advance.
Go ahead, take the day off. We won't tell your boss, and you can explain the sunburn later. Better yet, bring the boss to the golf outing Friday, July 30th at Summertree Golf Course. Foursomes are still available, and a fabulous Serbian Luncheon Buffet awaits you.
Entry Fee is $100 per person, $400 Foursome, and includes 18 holes golf with cart, refreshments, prizes, and luncheon buffet at the church grounds with live tamburitza music by PRAZNA FLASA Orchestra. 7 am registration, 8 am shotgun start, luncheon 1:30-3:30.
SPONSOR PACKAGES available from $100 to $500, so take advantage of some prime exposure for your local business.
Call Sam or Vonnie Orlich at (219) 779-9174 or V_Orlich@comcast.net for info.
EVERYONE IS WELCOME!
The Early Bird Drawing for our Big Serb Fest Raffle was held Sunday afternoon. Congratulations to Karen Kallok of Griffith, Indiana for the $1000 Prize, Ticket #294!
You'll have a chance to win the Big Money by purchasing a $100 ticket from any church member. Call the church office for tickets at (219) 736-9191.
ST. SAVA CHURCH
9191 Mississippi St., Merrillville
1st Prize: …………… $25,000
2nd Prize: …………… $10,000
3rd Prize : …………… $5,000
4th-7th Prize: ……… $1,000
8th-17th Prize: ………… $500
EARLY BIRD RAFFLE OPPORTUNITY!
Early Bird Drawing is May 30, 2010
1:00 p.m. in the South Wing of Church
Payout for Early Bird Drawing = $1,000
Total Payout on Sunday, August 1 = $49,000
Early bird winner is eligible for ?nal drawing on
Sunday, August 1, 2010 at 8:00 p.m. during the Serb Fest.
To purchase tickets call
Ticket cost: Donation of $100/ticket
Only 1000 tickets will be sold
Winner Need Not Be Present
This year's theme was "Immigrants, Serbs of Steel", telling the story of hard - working immigrants who labored in the dangerous steel mills from the early 1900's to the present day. The Serbian immigrants helped build Northwest Indiana's steel mills, industries, and towns. They brought their religion, language, music, customs, and traditions to America, and have maintained all these through the church. Some of the families featured have been in America for 4 generations. Others came as refugees after WWII, some as Chetniks forced to leave behind everything they fought to protect. Several members were born in post - WWII refugee camps. Many classic stories are told through photographs and keepsakes on display. If you've never been to a steel mill, you'll leave with a greater appreciation for the dangerous conditions and how hard our church members worked to earn the funds that built and financed our church. Also on display is a document that lists all the US Steel workers who lost their lives while at work. The graphic descriptions remind us of the risks taken by the steel workers. Many Serbs are among those listed in this document.
On Sunday, August 2nd, co - authors Stephen McShane and Gary Wilks (Steel Giants) shared their research about the early immigrants' contributions to northwest Indiana's steel industries. Nick Tarailo (Bronko's Restaurant) spoke of the stories his grandfather shared about the early days in Gary. This program was funded by the Indiana Humanities Council in cooperation with the National Endowment for the Humanities.
A memorial tribute to Karl Malden, St. Sava's own Mladen Sekulovich, is on display as well. He was the son of immigrants and worked in the steel mills for a short time. During his youth, he participated in church plays and was a member of the choir. He was very proud of his Serbian heritage and was a great benefactor of St. Sava Church.
You will be able to visit the exhibit every Sunday after church, or call ahead to arrange a special showing. Call the church office (219) 736-9191 or (219) 613-6133.
The Serbian Historical Society would like to THANK all the families who participated in this group effort. They loaned or donated special keepsakes, documents, and photographs for this exhibit. Thanks also to Fr. Marko, Dennis, and the Church Board for their continued support.
Enjoy the slide show video from last week's Serb Fest 2009. In a few days, check back to see the slide show video from this year's exhibit presented by the Serbian Historical Society. Thanks to Milan Opacich for sharing background music from the "ZORA Tamburitza from Old Gary" CD.
At the re-dedication of the WWII Memorial Monument in early June, several Veterans were in attendance. One Veteran, George Tatalovich, thoroughly enjoyed the day. Play the video about the monument re - dedication in the videos section on the right, and you'll see an "animated" George pointing to his name listed on the monument. The music fits his personality. He was spotted at this year's Serb Fest with his family.
Enjoy the pictures from this year's wonderful Serb Fest. Beautiful weather and non-stop music provided the perfect background for a great weekend.
This festival is staffed by volunteers, a commitment that is truly appreciated. The second and third generation is represented in many families. Without our volunteers, we couldn't have the festival, a fund-raiser that our church depends on. Thank you all once again! The photos below are only a small representation of the great number of volunteers.
Kids of all ages found good, old fashioned fun at Serb Fest. They took a break from all the electronics,TV, and video games. They actually played games outdoors and spent time making new friends.
Parish Preist Rev. Marko Matic, President Dennis Svilar, our hard-working Executive Board Members, Serbian Sisiers Circle, Karageorge Choir, Serbian Historical Society, Sunday School, Raffle Committee, Golf Committee, Sponsors, Volunteers, and the entire membership of St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church would like to extend sincere Thanks to everyone who visited and supported Serb Fest 2009. Thanks, Hvala, and Ziveli!
This is your last chance to enjoy the non - stop live music, dancing, and delicious food. Serb Fest opens at noon, closes at 10 p.m. Visit the historical exhibit in the north wing, This year's theme is "Immigrants, Serbs of Steel", plus a special display honoring Gary's very own Karl Malden. The Serbian Bakery and Kafana are open as well. "Serbs of Steel" program in the tent starts at 4:30 p.m. with guest speakers Stephen McShane, Gary Wilk, and Nick Tarailo. The BIG CASH RAFFLE is always exciting, so buy your ticket for a chance to win a Grand Prize of $25,000! Church Tours start at 3 p.m.
Divine Liturgy will be celebrated at St. Elijah Cathedral, Bishop Longin and Fr. Marko officiating. There will be no service at St. Sava. St. Elijah Cathedral celebrates their Slava today.
WATCH THE VIDEO COMMERCIAL BELOW FOR INFORMATION AND DETAILS.
Please help by voluntering a few hours of your time. All areas need help. No special skills are required. Clean-up, parking, kitchen, serving line, ticket sales, history room, raffle ticket sales, lamb room, church tours, and bake sale are all in need of help. Call the church office to sign up and to get committee contacts, or just show up, we'll put you to work! Give us a couple hours each day so that everyone can enjoy the festival. Call the church office at 736-9191.
Sunday, August 2nd at Serb Fest, The Serbian Historical Society will present a program titled "Immigrants: Serbs Of Steel" at 4:30 p.m. in the music tent. Be sure to attend this short, but very interesting program. Main speaker will be Mr. Steve McShane of the Calumet Regional Archives, who has researched and preserved items through the years for Indiana University. Be sure to attend this informal program on the last day of Serb Fest.
SERBIAN HISTORICAL SOCIETY
INVITES YOUR PARTICIPATION
GARY SERBS IN THE STEEL MILLS and IMMIGRANTS is this year's theme for the historical display at Serb Fest. We need everyone's help and participation for this event. You can provide items for display and attend our first program
We are looking for photographs, documents, correspondence, safety gear, badges, publications, name tags, awards, strike and union-related items, equipment, manuals, uniforms, pay stubs, signs, printed materials, stock certificates, etc., and any items of interest. (US Steel or Inland, any mill, any church welcome to participate). We'll be happy to make copies and return originals to you. These items can be loaned or donated. Please bring the items to church this Sunday, July 19th, Sunday July 26, or to the church office during the week. Be sure to include your name and phone number. Items will be accepted by any member of the Serbian Historical Society.
"THE STIMULUS GOLF PACKAGE"
Friday, July 31, 2009
8:30 a.m. Shot Gun Start - Scramble Format
SUMMER TREE GOLF COURSE, 2323 E. 101st Ave., Merrillville, IN
ENTRY FEE $100 / Person or $400 Foursome
18 Holes of Golf with Cart, Continental Breakfast, Refreshments on Course
Longest Drive (Men / Women) Contest
Longest Putt (Men / Women) Contest
Closest to the Pin Contest
Serbian Buffet Luncheon (Split - Roasted Lamb, Pig, Cevaps, Salad, Dessert)
7:15 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 a.m. Shotgun Start
1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Buffet Luncheon & Prizes
St. Sava Church Grounds, 9191 Mississippi St., Merrillville
SPONSOR PACKAGES AVAILABLE:
FEATURED SPONSOR $500
COGNAC CART SPONSOR $200
CONTINENTAL BREAKFAST PATRON $200
CLASSIC SPONSOR $100
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Steve Baroevich (219) 713-1031 email@example.com
Barb (Borka) Grimsgard (219) 617-1645 firstname.lastname@example.org
Jovan Djokic (219) 241-7750 email@example.com
Yes, Serb Fest now has a commercial!
Send this to all your Serbian friends and relatives, to friends who know Serbs, and to those who wish they were Serbs...........That's just about everyone, isn't it?
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Be sure to attend St. Elijah's Serb Fest July 17, 18, and 19. Come for the delicious Serbian food and baked goods, dancing, and relax while you enjoy fantastic Serbian music. St. Elijah Cathedral is located at 8700 Taft Street, Merrillville. Sign-up and details for the Saturday Golf Outing are below.
The Brkich triplets will perform at 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 19th. You won't want to miss this special event!
Father Aleksandar Novakovic
The Executive Board President Nick Beader
Would like to invite YOU to participate at our annual
On Saturday, July 18 at
St. Elijah Serbian Orthodox Cathedral
8700 Taft, Merrillville, IN 46410
Our SerbFest GOLF OUTING will be held
at Summertree Golf Course in Merrillville
For details and to sign up call
Nick Beader (219-405-2175) or Pete Grubnich (219-663-1558)
Re-live the fun at this year's Serb Fest, Northwest Indiana's best ethnic festival. If you missed this year's event, visit us next year, always the first weekend in August. This annual fund raiser will help build facilities for future festivals and events on the Church grounds in Merrillville. Serb Fest is staffed by dedicated volunteers of all ages. The first day is always kicked off with the Golf Classic, followed by a Serbian Buffet, and the evening is filled with music, dancing, and of course, more great Serbian food. This 3-day event includes a Big Cash Raffle with a $25,000 Grand Prize, many live bands, and a Cultural Exhibit. Serb Fest Menu includes BBQ Lamb, Cevaps, Raznici, Sarma, Chicken, Palachinke, Krofne, Nut Rolls, Strudels of many flavors, and the fabulous Serbian Bakery! See you next year! Watch all 3 Slide shows below.
Helpful Hint: You can double-click on the arrow, go directly to YouTube, RE-START, and click on HIGH QUALITY for a better picture.
Cheryl and Mike Samardzija would like to Thank everyone who purchased a Raffle Ticket for the Jeff Samardzija autographed items at Serb Fest. Almost $900 was raised in two days, and they are still a little short of reaching their goal. Mike walked the full 60 miles and Cheryl walked 45 miles at the "Breast Cancer 3-Day" Annual Walk. They started in Northbrook, Illinois, spent both nights at Oakton Community College, and ended the walk at Soldier Field.
Steve and Mary Watson were the lucky winners of the prima raffle at this year's Serb Fest at St. Sava. Steve and Mary own MINUTEMAN PRESS in Schererville, Indiana. For several years, they have helped print articles and photos at no cost, supporting our research. Congratulations to Steve and Mary!
Visit a great blog site and check the bio of Barbara Rolek, Eastern European Food expert. She is an award-winning writer, editor, and restaurant and food critic. She surely enjoyed her visit to this year's Serb Fest, and we are definitely sending her a Serbian Sisters Cook Book. Read about her Serb Fest experience titled Serbians Know How To Party at About.com. See you next year, Barbara!
Thanks to all our Sponsors for their generous support at this year's 14th Annual Serb Fest Kick-Off Golf Classic. Everyone had a wonderful time and enjoyed great Serbian food and music at the luncheon. Be sure to patronize our Sponsors whenever possible.
The Sponsor signs were also displayed during the entire 3-day Serb Fest event and viewed by thousands, so keep us in mind for next year's Sponsorship Drive.
For twelve consecutive years, Dave and Beverly Suban have traveled from Tallahassee, Florida to help at Serb Fest. Lt. Colonel Dave is retired after 32 years active duty with the United States Air Force, 10 years civilian with Special Operations, and is a member of St. Sava Church. Together Beverly and Dave cheerfully average about 60 hours of service during Serb Fest each year, a donation of their time that is greatly appreciated. They have also contributed several items to our new museum, all family heirlooms. Dave's grandfather was the #2 man hired to help build the steel mills in the early 1900's, when there was nothing there but sand dunes and tall grass. St. Sava Church is extremely grateful for friends like Dave and Beverly!
The Serbian Historical Society put on a large display during Serb Fest, featuring many popular themes. Serbs in the U. S. Armed Forces, Serbs as Chetniks, Serbs in Sports, St. Varnava, St. Sava Church Old and New, Nikola Tesla, and many other themes filled the large room in the north wing. Hundreds viewed the exhibit each day, and even returned several times to take in more information. This is the third year that Serb Fest has hosted a cultural display, and has become unique to St. Sava Church. The Serbian Historical Society would like to Thank everyone who has donated or loaned items and photos of interest to their collection. In the future, you will see many more themed exhibits. (Click photos to enlarge)
Saint Sava Serbian Orthodox Church
9191 Mississippi Street, Merrillville, IN. 46410, Phone (219) 736-9191
Thursday, August 7th, 2008
The Saint Sava Serb Fest Committee would like to thank everyone who supported this year's successful raffle.
Here is the 2008 Winner's list:
PRIZE TICKET# WINNER ADDRESS SELLER
(Due to privacy issues, amounts are not posted)
1ST 985 Z. IVETIC HIGHLAND, IN. G. GERBICK
2ND 941 M. JAKSICH MUNSTER, IN. M. JAKSICH
3RD 084 M. RUDMAN VALPO, IN. M. RUDMAN
4TH 620 M. PEYOVIC KIRKLAND, WA. E. SAMARDZIJA
5TH 440 A. YANIZ MERRILLVILLE, IN. N. TARAILO
6TH 841 D. CRIST ST. JOHN, IN. A. MILEUSNIC
7TH 700 B. NICKOVICH CROWN POINT, IN. B. NICKOVICH
8TH 893 G. TATALOVICH GARY, IN. G. GERBICK
9TH 785 K. BOZICH MERRILLVILLE, IN. D. BOZICH
10TH 062 R. RADJENOVICH MUNSTER, IN. N/A
11TH 629 M. DJUKIC MERRILLVILLE, IN. V. STEVANOVICH
12TH 087 S. LOFAY WHITING, IN. M. JAKSICH
13TH 118 M. KLJACIC CROWN POINT, IN. N/A.
14TH 610 R. FOREMAN INDIANAPOLIS, IN. V. STEVANOVICH
15TH 767 T. TRIFUNOVIC HIGHLAND, IN. S. GLUMAC
16TH 488 E. ZMIJA CHICAGO, IL. E. SAMARDZIJA
17TH 666 N. TARAILO CROWN POINT, IN. N. TARAILO
18TH 301 A. GALIC HIGHLAND, IN. S. GLUMAC
Once again, Lucky Gordon Gerbick sold the Winning Grand Prize Ticket!
Everyone had a great time. The food was outstanding, the palachinka lines were long, the pivo taps were working non-stop, and Thanks to all the hard-working Volunteers, Serb Fest 2008 was a successful new beginning for St. Sava Church. Non-stop music kept everyone dancing. Saturday night's highlight was hearing all the young voices singing "Djurdjevdan" with "Sumadija" Orchestra in the moonlight with the lighted domes of the church behind them. Positive remarks from the public were focused on being impressed with the number of workers of all ages, and the friendliness and hospitality they were shown. Check back daily for more info and photos from Serb Fest.
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St. Sava Church towers over the many tents, providing a picturesque backdrop for the festival. This was the first year for hosting our Serb Fest in Merrillville, and proved to be the right choice. As soon as the final attendance and food numbers come in, we'll let you know. Check back daily for more photos.
The volunteers are the foundation for the success of this monumental event, and we'd like to THANK each and every one of them. Many have worked for months preparing nut rolls and strudels, while others worked feverishly to remodel the garage and transform it into a functioning kitchen. Planning the layout, utilities, and set-up took weeks. Raffle Ticket sellers had an especially big challenge this year. Preparations in all areas were covered by our parishoners and our dear friends. Moving Serb Fest to Merrillville in such a visible location has drawn many new local faces this year. And of course, with all your help, we handled it. Thanks to everyone!
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If you were lucky enough to win one of the 13 signed items offered for this special raffle, then you own a piece of baseball history. This early time in Jeff Samardzija's professional career will be followed by many years of excitement and continued success. The following is a list of winners. Proceeds from this raffle hosted by Jeff's aunt and uncle, Cheryl and Mike Samardzija, will benefit the Breast Cancer 3-Day. Thanks to everyone who purchased a ticket and to little Aleksa Culafic for drawing names.
Today is the last chance you'll have to enjoy the best ethnic festival in the region, so come early and stay late, you'll be glad you did. Live music will be performed all day long, so relax and enjoy the beautiful weather. Visit the Cultural Center or take a tour of our beautiful St. Sava Church. Services are from 6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., followed by a tour and explanation of our church, hosted by Father Marko, ending at 8 p.m. There's still plenty of delicious lamb, cevaps, sarma, and chicken to enjoy, but come early, we may run out. The fantastic Serbian Bakery will be making palachinke, strudels, and incredible baked goods, too. Pick up one of our Serbian Sisters Circle Cook Books so you can discover the recipes for yourself! They're for sale in the Bake Sale area. There's still time to purchase a Raffle Ticket for the $25,000 Grand Prize. Big CASH RAFFLE and the TAMBURA PRIMA RAFFLE WILL BE DRAWN at 7 PM, and SERB FEST ENDS at 8 PM. See you later!
Family and close friends from church fondly joined in the celebration of Ann Pamachena's 100th Birthday. Karageorge is proud of their relationship with one of the most incredible women you'll ever meet. She can tell you all about the early days in Gary and the pioneers from our church. Ann has enjoyed many long, healthy years and we are all blessed to be among her circle of friends. Zivela, Ann!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Bring your dancing shoes and your appetite, because you won't be able to resist the best ethnic foods or the effects of the music on your feet. Live bands will perform all day and night. The Lamb, Pig, Cevaps, Raznici, and wonderful baked goods will leave you craving even more. (There's still Sunday). Visit our new Cultural Center in the north wing for a special themed exhibit featuring Serbs in Sports and the Military. Be sure to attend, you'll be glad you did. See you at Serb Fest!
The heat was extreme, but so was the fun. Turkey Creek Golf Course was filled with carts full of Serbs and their dear friends from the business community and other nearby churches. Father Marko's opening prayer is a traditional beginning for the event.The luncheon was held at the church grounds in Merrillville for the first time. T-Roma played tamburitza music for everyone's enjoyment. And of course, the lamb, pig, sarma, and cevaps were delicious too. Looks like everyone had a great time. Special thanks to all sponsors for supporting this annual fund raiser. The festival and golf outing proceeds will help fund the building of new facilities for future festivals on the Merrillville property.
Come hungry, come often, just come! This is the Summer Festival that offers non-stop live music as well as fresh, delicious Bar-B-Q Lamb, Cevaps, and more great food. The fantastic Serbian Bakery is the treat you won't want to pass up-you won't believe your eyes. Serb Fest starts Friday at 4 p.m. and at Noon on Saturday and Sunday. Be sure to visit the Cultural Exhibit in the North Wing. The Serbian Historical Society is presenting a Tribute to the Military and Serbs in Sports, as well as many other areas of interest. We look forward to seeing you, everyone is welcome!
It's almost here, so make sure you're getting plenty of rest and be sure to build up an appetite for the big weekend. Work on those dance moves, too. Remember that we've moved the festival to Merrillville at our Church grounds on 91st & Mississippi.
There's something new this year: Church Tours and Vespers. The Church will be open from 6 p.m. to 8p.m., and Father Marko will hold Church Services nightly.
This formula for fun works well as long as you attend St. Sava's Serb Fest. Bring your friends and family. The fun starts this Friday with the kick-off Golf Classic, followed by an evening of fabulous food and music. Each day, many live bands will entertain you. Sunday night's Big Raffle stirs up loads of excitement as the crowds gather for the drawing. Be sure to take in the Cultural Exhibit in the North Wing. You'll find wonderful themed displays created by our new Serbian Historical Society. Visit the Serbian Bakery in the South Wing for an unbelievable selection of homemade baked goods. There's at least one palachinka with your name on it!
Jeff Samardzija's Aunt and Uncle, Cheryl and Mike Samardzija, have been walking for the Breast Cancer Cause for 5 years now. This is the second year that Jeff has shown his support for The Breast Cancer 3-Day Walk. Cheryl and Mike are hosting a RAFFLE: Jeff has signed T-Shirts, Banners, and Baseballs from Notre Dame, Daytona Cubs, and Chicago Cubs. This is your chance to win a piece of history! Show your support by purchasing a RAFFLE TICKET at this year's SERB FEST in the Cultural Display Area at St. Sava Church, 9191 Mississippi St., Merrillville, where the items will be ON DISPLAY. RAFFLE TICKETS are only $10, Winner need not be present. The Raffle Drawing will be held at Serb Fest on Saturday, August 2nd at 11 p.m. in the Main Tent. Remember, ALL ITEMS SIGNED BY JEFF SAMARDZIJA, the CHICAGO CUBS Newest Pitcher!
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Kick off the Festival Weekend with a great round of golf, followed by a delicious Serbian Buffet Luncheon. This year's golf outing will be held at Turkey Creek Golf Course Friday, August 1st. The Luncheon will be hosted at St. Sava Church, 9191 Mississippi St., in Merrillville. There are still some openings left for single golfers or foursomes. Price per Golfer is $125.00. Sponsorships for this popular event are still available as well. Contact one of the following committee members for sponsorship or sign-up, then fill out this form.
- John Devaney (219) 508-5936
- Barb Grimsgard (219) 617-1645
- Ray Radjenovich (219) 322-4002
- Vlad Stevanovich (312) 907-1244
There's still time to purchase a Ticket for the BIG CASH RAFFLE! The Grand Prize is $25,000, 2nd Prize is $10,000, 3rd Prize is $5,000, 4th-8th Prize is $1,000, and 9th - 18th Prize is $500. Your Odds are great because only 1000 Tickets will be sold. The Drawing will be held Sunday Night, August 3rd, the last night of Serb Fest, so give one of the sellers a call for your ticket request. You can also buy Tickets at Serb Fest. Contact names are:
Mike Jaksich (219)972-1585
Gordon Gerbick (219)663-9188
Vinko Mancich (219)972-3252
Oh, and by the way, Gordon's the guy walking around in the stylish hat!
The sarmas are coming! They're coming to Serb Fest at St. Sava, and you know you're in for a treat! Those tasty cabbage rolls are being made with all the right ingredients and we know you'll enjoy them. Our Kolo Sisters are busy preparing many homemade delicacies, and look forward to seeing you at this year's Serb Fest held at the church grounds at 9191 Mississippi, no longer on 49th Avenue. You'll be entertained by many live bands, enjoy great Serbian food, and help support the Building Fund for future projects.
There are only ten days left until this year's Serb Fest, so be sure to call the church office to volunteer to help. There are needs in all areas; ticket sales, parking, bar, golf luncheon, raffle ticket sales, set - up, bake sale, cooking, and cleaning. Volunteers are needed to assist Mike Suvajac and his crew who are working tirelessly every day to finish the kitchen project, so please stop by to offer your services. This year, we'll need everyone's help, so please be willing to put in several hours.
Any donations to help offset expenses will also be greatly appreciated, contact the church office.
- Lamb Donation $100
- Cevap Box Donation $75
- Purchase or Sell $100 Building Fund Raffle Ticket
- Donate Any Amount to Help Reduce Costs
We Thank You In Advance and know that you will all be part of this successful event.
This is your last chance to win a hand - crafted Tamburitza Prima, made and donated by Milan Opacich for this year's final Serb Fest Raffle. Koa wood was imported from Hawaii and used for this special last prima. Ticket requests can be mailed to Milan Opacich, 2255 Robinhood Blvd., Schererville, IN 46375, or call Dorothy (219)613-6133 for tickets. Checks can be made to: Serbian Historical Society or St. Sava Church. Perhaps you'll be the lucky winner of this beautiful heirloom. Tickets are $5 Each, or 5 for $20. Pictured below is last year's prima - Milan's still building this year's prima.
Northwest Indiana's most popular ethnic festival will be moved to St. Sava's Church Grounds at 9191 Mississippi Street this year, and for all future festivals. The 49th Avenue Hobart location is permanently closed. You'll be treated to continuous live Music for dancing, excellent Serbian Food and Pastries, and a Cultural Display unique to any other festival. You just can't beat the variety of great Serbian Food; Cevaps (Serbian Sausages), Bar-B-Q Lamb, Raznici (Shish-kebob), Palachinke (Serbian Crepes), Nut Rolls, Krofne, Strudels, and pastries made by the Sisters. This is the festival you won't want to miss! Great Food, Great Music, Biggest Cash Raffle, Great Friends - Don't miss it!
Enjoy some photos from last year's festival. (Click photo to enlarge)
ST. SAVA SERBIAN FESTIVAL 2008 ENTERTAINMENT SCHEDULE
FRIDAY AUGUST FIRST: LOCATION TIME
T-RROMA TAMBURA NORTH TENT (golfers only) 2 â€“ 6 PM
MISMO TAMBURA NORTH TENT 6 â€“ 9 PM
DRINA TAMBURA NORTH TENT 9 â€“ MIDNIGHT
SASA KUSEVIC SOUTH TENT 4 â€“ 8 PM
NOCNA SMENA SOUTH TENT 8 â€“ MIDNIGHT
SATURDAY AUGUST SECOND: LOCATION TIME
DUNAV TAMBURA NORTH TENT NOON â€“ 4 PM
T-RROMA TAMBURA NORTH TENT 4 â€“ 8 PM
DRINA TAMBURA NORTH TENT 8 â€“ MIDNIGHT
SASA KUSEVIC SOUTH TENT NOON â€“ 4 PM
JO-JO BLUES BAND SOUTH TENT 4 â€“ 7 PM
ORKESTRA SUMADIJA SOUTH TENT 8 â€“ MIDNIGHT
SUNDAY AUGUST THIRD: LOCATION TIME
DUNAV TAMBURA NORTH TENT NOON â€“ 4 PM
MISMO TAMBURA NORTH TENT 4 â€“ 8 PM
SASA KUSEVIC SOUTH TENT NOON â€“ 4 PM
UNITED SERBS SOUTH TENT 4 â€“ 8 PM
So that's how they do it? The fine art of strudel - making takes skill, practice, and patience, as you can see in the photos. The ladies from our Kolo are busy preparing strudels of many flavors for all to enjoy at this year's Serb Fest on August 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. This year's Festival will be held at the CHURCH GROUNDS at 9191 Mississippi Street, so be sure to let all your friends know. The fabulous Bake Sale will be in the south wing. (Click photo to enlarge)
The complete information is included below, as well as the form for Golf Sign-Up and/or Sponsorship for this exciting annual event. Don't miss the opportunity to spend a fun, memorable day among friends. Register to golf or sponsor, using the same printable form. The Golf Luncheon will be held at the Church Property on 9191 Mississippi Street in Merrillville with live Tamburitza Musicians to entertain you.
SERB FEST 2006 was quite the event to attend. Milan Opacich chose that weekend to retire from his lifelong career performing with his Tamburitza Orchestras. Once the word got out, the hall was filled to capacity all weekend long as people came from all around the country and Canada to witness his final curtain call. It was very emotional for all as Karageorge members and the room full of fans sang "Mnogaja Ljeta and Zivio" in tribute to Milan with wife Roz and daughter Karin by his side.
Tom Andrejich, Nick Tarailo, and Vinko Mancich joined Sumadija Band as the "boys" took us back to the 70's with a MLADA SRBADIJA reunion. Tom lives in southern California and Nick runs Bronko's in Crown Point, Indiana, and both made a special effort to treat us with their musical talents as the endless kolo line filled the patio dance floor.
Enjoy this music from the 2006 Serb Fest DVD performed live by Drina Tamburitza Orchestra and Mlada Srbadija. The $20 DVD benefits the St. Sava Cultural Museum fund. The 2 hour DVD can be purchased in Goods & Services.
You can play the songs directly from this player or download them to your computer or iPod. Click the album with 8 tracks (in the light blue area) to load them in the player and enjoy!
Was it the delicious food, lively tamburitzas or our much-loved heritage museum? Take your pick, but the combination is a recipe for success! St. Sava's Serb Fest Committees, volunteers, church board, membership, and Father Marko would like to thank everyone who visited and supported our annual fund raiser.
Enjoy these photos taken by Jelena Mulin and Dorothy Paunovich. Send in yours! Use the contact button in our profile.
Don't miss these two newspaper articles on the heritage museum:
Our first round of Serb Fest photos are from the golf outing on Friday and were taken by Borka Grimsgard. Check back soon for more festival photos. Send in yours to firstname.lastname@example.org
The excitement is building and everyone will be busy preparing for tomorrow's Golf Outing and first day of Serb Fest. Father Marko will Bless the event with an early morning prayer on the Golf Course. Continental breakfast will be provided, as well as refreshments throughout the day. Remember the hat, sunscreen, and sunglasses, you'll need them. Golfers , sponsors, and their guests will not need tickets for the banquet this year, instead we will have a list of names at the door. Have a great time and stay after the dinner. Visit the mini-museum, enjoy the music, or take some goodies home from the Bakery. Be sure to come back Saturday and Sunday with your family.
And be sure to read today's article in the Post-Tribune on the mini-museum at Serb Fest. Click the link below for the full article.
Full-page advertisements announcing St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church's annual Serb Fest promise all the trappings of a blowout summer picnic, and its organizers are ready to entertain the masses.
A small contingent of church members, however, also want those masses educated on the rich, vibrant culture the Serbs brought with them when they settled in Gary more than 100 years ago. Their labor of love -- a mini-museum filled with community history -- takes up a fair-sized room in the hall on 49th Avenue and will do just that when the doors open Friday afternoon.
Organizers Roz and Milan Opacich, Ted Erceg, Paul Jancarich and Dorothy Paunovich have spent this week setting up the museum, hauling out the hundreds of articles and artifacts they've amassed over the years. From authors and music to sports legends, scientists, religious icons and military heroes, no sector is left unrepresented.
In fact, the only thing they couldn't get is a Tesla Roadster, the highly anticipated all-electric sports car named after St. Sava's church godfather, Nikola Tesla. And that's only because it's not ready.
"We called up the company last year for our 100th anniversary and explained who were are and that Tesla is such an important part of our church, and they were ready to give us one to display," Paunovich said. "Unfortunately, though, they're running behind. Next year, though."
The NWI Times interviewed Milan Opacich about the Serbian Cultural Mini-Museum at the upcoming St. Sava Serb Fest. From the article:
This year's temporary museum will feature a new Wall of Fame that will illustrate the achievements of St. Sava's most famous parishioners, including the following:
Gary-born Bishop Varnava, who was venerated to sainthood in the Eastern Orthodox church; Diana (Chirich) Henery, who became the leading soprano for the Volksopera in Vienna, Austria; Nicholas "Jumbo" Strincevich, a retired American Major League baseball player; Walter Bogdanich, who won Pulitzer Prizes for national reporting in 1998 and 2005; and Milo Komenich, a member of the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame.
Probably the most famous parishioner in the Wall of Fame is Mladen George Sekulovich, better known as Karl Malden, who won the 1952 Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for "A Streetcar Named Desire," and was nominated in 1954 for his supporting role in "On the Waterfront."
A past president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Malden was named the 40th recipient of the Screen Actors Guild's Life Achievement Award for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment.
"Karl has never forgotten his roots," Opacich said.
"He has made many donations to St. Sava's."
Serbfest Golf Classic, Friday, Aug. 3rd, has a limited number of golf foursomes and single entries available for an unforgettable day at Turkey Creek. Registration is at 7:30am, Shotgun Start at 8:30am, with continental breakfast at the Course. Join us at 1:30pm for an incredible Serbian-style buffet at the Hall on 49th, serving lamb, pig, cevaps, more, all included with your golf fee. Live Tamburitza music will entertain you as you relax among friends after a fun day of golf.
Sponsorship is still available, providing prime exposure for yourself or your business, and it also includes the delicious buffet. Call John Devaney directly at (219)508-5936 for sign-up, sponsorship, or questions.
Historic photos, publications, books, documents, costumes, music recordings, films, artifacts, and memorabilia about St. Sava, Serbs, Gary, Yugoslavia, and Serbian culture.
We would like your help in gathering historical items for this year's mini-museum at Serb Fest and future projects such as the up-coming library and temporary museum exhibits that will be displayed there. If you wish to donate original photos or publications, it would be greatly appreciated. Otherwise, please allow us to copy them and return the originals within 14 days. We would also need as much information about the event as you can provide: Date, Location, Subject, and Names if you know them. Please write your name, address, phone along with the event info on a separate piece of paper and tape it to the back of the photo so you don't cause any damage. We will credit you for providing the items.
Some of the topics we will be covering include:
Photos of events from our first church built in 1914, from 1300 Connecticut, old plays, programs, zabavas, concerts, style shows, Sunday School, St. Sava Day, banquets, Easter egg hunts, Serbian School, church office, holidays in Libertyville, picnics on 49th, (candy store, dances in the pavillion, kitchen), Serbian Day, Vidovdan in Chicago, individual photos of historical members (Sava Vrtikapa, Glisho), community events in which our church participated, construction of our facilities, political protests, and other topics of interest. The photos can be of groups or individuals.
Other topics of interest include: KOLO SESTARA and KARAGEORGE, formal events, kitchen scenes, bake sales, bus trips, charitable deeds, fundraisers, pioneers, ad books, programs, etc. FOLKLORE GROUP (especially early days-60's, 70's) Performances, groups, trips, books, programs, costumes, all or part, VIDEO, etc. BASKETBALL TOURNAMENTS both SNF and Diocesan, teams or indiv., uniforms, trophies, photos, ad books, souvenirs, articles, etc. ATHLETES past to present, success in schools, college, professional, career. Any publications or memorabilia, honors, uniforms. CAMP-Libertyville or Gracanica, indiv. or group, talent shows, outings, priests, camp publications, etc. SERBS IN THE STEEL MILLS, and BUDD PLANT, photos, uniforms, equipment, badges, tools, documents, books, honors, publications. SERBS IN BUSINESS, small and large businesses, photos, documents, their success stories, articles, honors, accomplishments, etc. KING PETER, photos, articles, books, collectible memorabilia, etc. FATHER PETER, and all priests before him, photos, letters, articles, etc. SERBS IN THE MILITARY, both the U.S. ARMED FORCES and the YUGOSLAV ARMY and CHETNIKS, Prisoners of War, individual or group photos, documents, full or part uniforms, medals, honors, accessories, weapons, correspondence, books, flags, etc. DRAZA MIHAILOVICH, Art, photos, books, articles, records, documents, anything of historical interest. SERBIAN CELEBRITIES, Karl Malden, Danica Chirich, Nikola Tesla, any famous Serb. ST. SAVA TAMBURITZA ORCHESTRA, photos or memorabilia.
Contact the church office at (219) 736-9191 and ask for the museum committee members' contact information.