Slovenian Grape Festival: Music & Tradition, Sunday, September 23
It’s time to celebrate the fruit of the vine Old Country-style at SNPJ Farm’s colorful, musical Slovenian Grape Festival, Sunday, September 23, 2018, on Heath Road in Kirtland, Ohio. The polka parade with Slovenian costumes and singing starts the festivities. The Joey Tomsick Orchestra performs for four hours of dancing. Hearty harvest fare includes smoked Slovenian sausages, savory roast beef and homemade donuts.
Wear your Slovenian outfit and join the sing-along when the parade at 2:45. Accordionist Tony Fortuna leads the way. Joe Valencic provides you with a song sheet and the storey behind the tradition. Dance to Joey Tomsick’s polka and waltz favorites from 3:00 to 7:00. The dance pavilion is decorated with grapevines and hanging treats. If you dare grab a goody, you could wind up in jail!
Free admission when you wear your Slovenian costume or bring your accordion to the parade. Participants need to arrive by 2:15 to prep for the parade. 18 and under free. Regular admission, $8, includes four hours of live music and all the balinca (bocce) you can play. Dinners, sandwiches and refreshments served 2:00 on.
SNPJ Farm is located at 10946 Heath Road, off Chardon Road (Route 6) in Kirtland, Ohio, three miles east of State Route 306 and six miles west of Route 44. For more information, call 440-256-3423.
Historian and writer Joseph Valencic is President of the National Cleveland-Style Polka Hall of Fame and Museum in the historic, old Euclid City Hall on East 222nd Street.