Celebrating 100 years of Czechoslovakia August 19, 2018 at the Czech Garden, 880 East Blvd
2018 is a special year. Not only are we celebrating 100 years of the founding of Czechoslovakia, but also 50 years since Prague Spring - the loosening of the tight grip by the communist regime by Slovak Alexander Dubcek, that came to a sudden halt on August 20, 1968 when the country was invaded by Soviet forces. To commemorate these anniversaries, a re-installation and a re-dedication of two plaques in the Czech Cultural Garden is planned for Sunday, August 19th at 2:00pm. Dr. Richard Crepage, Slovak Honorary Council designee, will be present and will make brief comments.
Since one of the plaques is the Czech National anthem and since the First Republic included Slovaks and Rusyns, the brief program will include singing, translation and explanation of all three national anthems. Also three rose bushes will be planted at the statue of the country's first president T.G. Masaryk and will be ceremonially watered by the representatives of the three cultures. Light refreshments will be offered. The Garden is located just south of St. Clair Avenue on East Blvd. Free parking on East Blvd.
If you have not seen the Gardens lately, this would be an excellent day to come and see the beautiful Cultural Gardens and celebrate these important events in our history. Czech, Slovak and Rusin gardens are next to each other within 200 yards. Plan on attending Sunday, August 19th at 2:00pm! Bring a lawn chair!
Slovak Festival - September 2, 2018
Noon - 8PM at St Anthony of Padua Church Hall at 6750 State Road Parma. Slovak Festival sponsored by the Cleveland Slovak Radio Club. Authentic homemade Slovak foods and pastries. Music by Mike and Dan Wojtila, Wayne Tomsic and Anthony Culkar bands for your lsitening and dancing pleasure. Cultural program at 3PM featuring Lucinka and Lucina Slovak Folklore Ensemble. Admission $5 at the door, children 12 and under free.
One World Day - September 16, 2018
11 - 6PM in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens
One World Day is the official event of the Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation since 1946. We had a great One World Day last year in 2017; we hope you enjoyed it as much as the other 25,000+ attendees. Let’s make it even better this year!
Since 1945, the Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation has celebrated One World Day in the Gardens. This annual event reflects the theme of the Gardens: “Peace through Mutual Understanding.” One World Day is the highlight of summer events in the Gardens and the occasion at which all the Gardens get together to celebrate as one. Events include a Parade of Flags, a naturalization ceremony, cultural performances, entertainment, gardens exhibitors, authentic diverse ethnic food, guided Lolly the Trolley Tours, children’s activities and more.
Miss Czech/Slovak US Queen at One World Day in Cleveland
Miss Michaela Marenka Steager is the 2016/17 Miss Czech/Slovak US Queen. She lives in Nebraska and came to the 71st annual One World Day in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens. This was Michaela and her parent's first trip to Ohio. Laurel Tombazzi introduced Michaela and spoke about the competition which now includes Carpatho Rusyn and well as Czech and Slovak heritage. Michaela showed her kroj (traditional costume) which includes a favorite tie from her late grandfather. Watch the video by clicking on the white arrow.
Bohemian National Hall - 4939 Broadway Ave. Cleveland Ohio
The Historic Bohemian National Hall is on the National Register of Historic Places and is a Cleveland Landmark.
At the 100th anniversary celebration of the historic Cleveland Agreement of 2015, Master of Ceremonies Paul Burik introduced Marjorie Juba to lead the national anthems of the Czech Republic and Slovakia at the Historic Bohemian National Hall. Marjorie led Kde Domov Muj and Fr. Michael Brunovsky led Nad Tatrou Sa Blyska.
Important Documents from the Cleveland Agreement forming Czechoslovakia
The historic Bohemian National Hall was the host venue for the 100th anniversary celebration of the Cleveland Agreement which paved the way for the creation of Czechoslovakia. Many important documents, maps and other resources were on display.
Since time immemorial, the Czech lands have been the crossroads of European cultures. The cultural character of Czech cities, villages and spa towns has always been a source of inspiration to visitors and guests, who come here from all corners of the world.
The Czech Republic, among the youngest in the family of European countries, was born on January 1st, 1993, when the Czechoslovak Federal Republic split into two independent states, the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
Since May, 2004, the Czech Republic has been a member of the European Union; it has been a full-fledged NATO member since 2002. (The country has not adopted the Euro yet, however, and still uses its national currency, the Czech crown.)
Even though the Czech Republic’s area of 78,864 square kilometers (about 30,450 square miles) ranks it among small countries, its wealth of natural beauty and monuments of cultural heritage contribute greatly to its global prestige as a major cultural destination.