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Hungarian Cultural Garden 80th anniversary

Hungarian Cultural Garden 80th anniversary
Cleveland Hungarian Cultural Garden
June 24, 2018

The Hungarian Cultural Garden was formally dedicated in 1938 making 2018 the 80th anniversary of the Garden. The Hungarian Cultural Garden is one of about 30 ethnic gardens in the Cleveland Cultural Gardens.

Carolyn Balogh

Carolyn Balogh


The event began with Hungarian Cultural Garden president Carolyn Balogh who welcomed the crowd and then introduced Amanda Abood who led the US National Anthem.

Amanda Abood singing the national anthem

Amanda Abood singing the national anthem


Carolyn then introduced Susan Viscolyi who led the Hungarian Himnusz at the 80th anniversary celebration of the Hungarian Cultural Garden.

Susan Viscolyi

Susan Viscolyi


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Carolyn introduced Lel Somogyi who gave a retrospective on the Hungarian Cultural Garden.



Lel Somogyi

Lel Somogyi


Carolyn Balogh then acknowledged dignitaries at the 80th anniversary celebration of the Hungarian Cultural Garden. She recognized Dr. Wael Khoury, President of the Cleveland Cultural Gardens Federation and László Böjtös, Honorary Hungarian Consul General in Cleveland and Dr. Zita Bencsik, Consul General of Hungary in Chicago. Dr. Bencsik then gave her remarks.

Dr. Zita Bencsik

Dr. Zita Bencsik




It was great to have several people in attendance who were at the formal dedication in 1938 such as Ernie Mihaly, Jenny Brown, Ted Horvath, Richard Fleischman, Frank Dobish and others.



people in attendance who were at the formal dedication of the Hungarian Cultural Garden  in 1938

people in attendance who were at the formal dedication of the Hungarian Cultural Garden  in 1938

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Next, Vera Holczer and students and teachers from the Aurora School of Music performed pieces by Liszt, Bartok, Debussy, Brahms and others. See photos and videos of the Liszt Concert in the Hungarian Garden

Enjoy these other images from the Hungarian Cultural Garden 80th anniversary.

Richard Fleischman, Jenny Brown and Ted Horvath

Richard Fleischman, Jenny Brown and Ted Horvath


Ernie Mihaly and Lel Somogyi

Ernie Mihaly and Lel Somogyi


Amanda Abood and proud grandfather Greg Polyak

Amanda Abood and proud grandfather Greg Polyak


At the 1938 dedication and 80th anniversary

Violet Sarosi, Richard Fleischman, Jenny Brown, Ted Horvath and Frank Dodish were present at the 1938 dedication and 80th anniversary


Marica Snavely, Carolyn Balogh and Jenny and Glenn Brown

Marcia Snavely, Carolyn Balogh and Jenny and Glenn Brown


Ernie Mihaly, Margaret Mezo Gyori, Carolyn Balogh and Margaret's daughter

Ernie Mihaly, Margaret Mezo Gyori, Carolyn Balogh and Margaret's daughter


Richard Fleischman and 56er Jim Balogh

Richard Fleischman and 56er Jim Balogh


Ted Horvath with Honorary Consul General Laszlo Bojtos and wife

Ted Horvath with Honorary Consul General Laszlo Bojtos and wife


Marcia Snavely, Greg Polyak and Jenny and Glenn Brown

Marcia Snavely, Greg Polyak and Jenny and Glenn Brown


Performers and 1938 attendees in Hungarian Cultural Garden

Performers and 1938 attendees in Hungarian Cultural Garden


Hungarian Garden volunteers

Hungarian Garden volunteers


Richard Fleischman and Jenny Brown

Richard Fleischman and Jenny Brown


Carolyn Balogh

Carolyn Balogh


Greg Polyak

Greg Polyak


Proclamation from City of Cleveland to Hungarian Cultural Garden

Proclamation from City of Cleveland to Hungarian Cultural Garden


Hungarian Cultural Garden 80th anniversary cake

Hungarian Cultural Garden 80th anniversary cake



See photos and videos of the Liszt Concert in the Hungarian Garden

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