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Zabava! Depression Era Slovak Celebration (SHALH)

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  • Gregory J Kopchak
    ======= PRESS RELEASE ========== The Slovak Heritage Association of The Laurel Highlands (SHALH) P.O. Box 203 Johnstown PA, 15907-0203 For SHALH info or promo
    Message 1 of 1 , Sep 27, 2004
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      ======= PRESS RELEASE ==========

      The Slovak Heritage Association
      of The Laurel Highlands (SHALH)
      P.O. Box 203
      Johnstown PA, 15907-0203

      For SHALH info or promo flyer contact:
      slovaklh@...

      For Immediate Release: Sept 27, 2004
      PR Contact: Karen A. Mesaros (412) 922-2235

      (Full feature article attached.)


      ---- FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -----

      The Slovak Heritage Association of ther Laurel Highlands (SHALH)
      invites you to...

      WHAT: Zabava! Depression Era Slovak Celebration
      WHEN: Sunday, November 14, 2004 -- 1:30 to 8:00 P.M.
      WHERE: Christ the Saviour Education Center Hall, 300 Garfield Street, Johnstown, PA

      PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS:
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      -- Dinner and cash bar
      -- Fun with drama club officers, skits, dancing, games and more
      -- Dance music by “The Swing City Band”
      -- Raffles and prize for best 30s costume

      PREPAID RESERVATIONS ONLY:
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      -- Admission: $17 for members, $20 for non-members,
      $8 for children 6 to 12, children under 6 are free.
      -- No tickets sold at the door
      -- Check or money order only please - no cash
      -- Reservation payment must be received by November 4, 2004
      -- Make checks payable to SHALH
      -- Reserved Seating: Earlier reservations receive preference.
      -- For more information/reservations call (814) 536-1283 or (814) 266-5498

      Return to the simple life. “Zabava” will take you there. Join members of the Slovak Heritage Association of the Laurel Highlands (SHALH) as they look at Slovak American Communities in the Great Depression, a time when over a quarter of the American workforce out of jobs, men sold apples on the streets, others rode the rails looking for jobs. The 1930s were aptly named "hard times." What did they do? How did they do it? The answer is Zabava- celebration.

      Our ancestors celebrated life despite the hard times. On Sunday, November 14, 2004, from 1:30 to 8 PM at Christ the Saviour Educational Center hall in Johnstown, PA, SHALH will capture this spirit with a program called Zabava. Guests will be greeted by the officers of our fictive theatrical group (The First Slovak Drama and Halushki Club) and treated to a typical banquet style dinner. Card and board games as well as popular children's games of the 1930s such as marbles will be available throughout the evening as will a video of some popular movies of the era.

      Entertainment will be provided by Slovak Heritage members including two short skits and a dance performance. Ballroom dancing for all guests by Johnstown's own Swing City band will be introduced by our dance hall girls. Door prizes will be chanced off in soap powder and cereal boxes, reminiscent of the time when items like depression glass were offered as premiums with those products.

      Guests are encouraged to get into a Zabava mood by scouring their attics and closets or thrift shops for 1930s styles to wear to the event; a prize will be given for the best costume. Join us for a great time and support the mission of SHALH in preserving and promoting the Slovak heritage. All ages and general public are encouraged to attend.

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