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6th Annual Carpatho Rusyn Vatra

6th Annual Carpatho Rusyn Vatra
Shrine of Mariapoch - Burton, OH
September 18, 2010

The kitchens opened and the smell of Slanina (bacon fry) and other Rusyn foods (sausage, cabbage rolls, pastries) filled the area heralding the opening of the 6th annual Carpatho-Rusyn Vatra.

The word Vatra is not easily translated. In Hindi it means fire and it seems to have a similar meaning in the Eastern-European countries like Romania, Slovenia and, of course, Rusyn. The event centers around a wood burning pit where there is storytelling and camaraderie.

Rusyn Day Picnic sign

Betty Krailomueller

Betty Krailomueller


Sr. Mary John Femun (sitting)  Becky Prest and Fr. Andrew Deskevich

Sr. Mary John Femun (seated), Becky Prest
and Fr. Andrew Deskevich


Marcia Benk - Secretary Carpatho Rusyn Cleveland Chapter

Marcia Benko - Secretary Carpatho Rusyn Cleveland Chapter


Michael Pilat and Jerry Jumba

Michael Pilat and Jerry Jumba


Sr. Celeste and Sr. Julie of Christ the Bridegroom Community

Sr. Celeste and Sr. Julie of Christ the Bridegroom Community



Welcome to the Vatra and hear about Carpath-Rusyn Day in North America




The event took place at The Shrine of Mariapoch in Burton Ohio, a tranquil, spiritually comforting place which has been beckoning pilgrimages since 1956.

Shrine of Mariapoch chapel

There is a Shrine of Mariapoch in Hungary as well, and this particular shrine was built in its image. Mary's icon in Hungary is said to have miraculously wept on three occasions (1696, 1715 and 1905). The Hungarians had such a devotion to the Blessed Virgin, that they donated the funds to build the shrine in Burton. Photos and more information on the Shrine of Mariapoch.

The Krakowiaki Polish Folk Circle came from Youngstown to entertain with traditional song and dance.

Krakowiaki Polish Folk Circle


Krakowiaki Polish Folk Circle





Krakowiaki Polish Folk Circle


Krakowiaki Polish Folk Circle

Krakowiaki Polish Folk Circle

See more of the Krakowiaki Polish Folk Circle


The Greater Cleveland Russian Chorus, which consists of members of Cleveland area Orthodox churches, also performed.

Greater Cleveland Russian Chorus

Greater Cleveland Russian Chorus



More of the Greater Cleveland Russian Chorus


Jerry Jumba, host of WEDO Radio (810 AM), a weekly Carpatho-Rusyn radio program led the crowd in a Rusyn sing-a-long.

Jerry Jumba

Jerry Jumba and band



Rusyn song about a Pierohi Recipe



More of Jerry Jumba's performance


The Lucinka Children's Slovak Folk Ensemble of Cleveland also performed.

The event continued into the evening and included the Divine Liturgy followed by more music, food, dancing and story-telling.

Carpatho-Rusyn crafts

Carpatho-Rusyn crafts

Mark your calendar for the third Sunday of September every year - this is an event everyone will enjoy.


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