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An opportunity to learn

An opportunity to learn
The state of Ohio is home to more than 1.1 million residents who identify themselves as being of Eastern European heritage. Recognizing the importance of sharing information on these colorful cultures and the important contributions of state residents of these backgrounds is why the Eastern European Congress of Ohio was founded several years ago. Its goal is to culturally unite state residents with this shared geographic ancestry by fostering discussions and special events. Intiated by Cleveland-area resident Laurel Tombazzi , the group successfully lobbied Gov. John Kasich and the  Ohio Legislature two years ago to declare April Eastern European Month in Ohio. One of its initial statewide programs is the Passport Program that brings volunteers into area schools this month to give classroom talks to about their heritage.

Active local EECOH representatives do their part to annually celebrate the month by hosting a public Cultural Fair. This year’s FREE event will take place on Sunday, April 22, 2018 from 3 – 6 pm at the Fr. Snock Center at the former St. Matthias School (now Summit Academy) of Our Lady of Sorrows Parish at 2800 Shady Run Rd, Youngstown, Ohio.

Organized by Loretta Ekoniak, American Slovak Cultural Association Preside nt, the event is a great opportunity to learn something new and meet others with like minds. To kick off the event, Youngstown Mayor Tito Brown will be on hand to present a proclamation honoring Eastern European residents.
As an added bonus, Pittsburgh-based Artisan Lawrence Kozlowski will be on hand conducting seasonal folkart demonstrations throughout the afternoon. For those of you who were in awe of the beautiful eggs you saw on Facebook or in friend’s baskets during the recent holy days, this could be the perfect opportunity to try your hand at this traditional effort. In addition, Kozlowski will bring some of his own items to purchase.