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SUMMARY OF THE SPRING ISSUE

Volume 9, No. 1, Spring 2001

Slovak Heritage Live

A Newsletter of the
Slovak Heritage and Cultural Society of British Columbia
published four times a year

Spring issue was published in early March 2001 and it was mailed to 1500 recipients world wide. 


FROM THE EDITOR 
As of next issue since it costs now CAD$1.60 to mail one newsletter to Slovakia, we will be sending our newsletter to Slovakia only to members with paid subscription as we simply canít afford the luxury of sending newsletters to Slovakia for free anymore. So most of the Slovak recipients have been deleted from our mailing list as well as all the nonpaying members in North America and the World with memberships expired in 1998 and this is your last issue if your membership expired in 1999. If your membership expired in year 2000 and you like to continue getting your newsletter, then I strongly urge you to renew as soon as possible since the summer issue will be your last as we will delete all members with their memberships expired in 2000...

FROM THE MAIL BAG  
Read the correspondence received from our members...

MY WINTER 2000 TRIP TO SLOVAKIA
October 25, last year I boarded KLM flight to Amsterdam and went on to Munich. The flight was fantastic, as one would expect from KLM the Royal Dutch Airlines. Picked up almost brand new Opel Astra with power windows, air conditioning and central locking system from Budget Rentals at the airport. I arrived in evening and decided to drive straight to Bratislava. I arrived shortly after midnight, but it was now October 27. Early morning I went to the post office to mail the fall and winter issues of Slovak Heritage Live newsletter to our members in Slovakia. I have noticed that the mail costs have increased in Slovakia recently. 
Later on that morning I traveled to Bojnice to attend evening Grand Ball celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Bojniceís Castle museum at Bojniceís Castle in the Hunady Ball Room. On the way to Bojnice I made stop at Lehota near Nitra and visited my friend and Instrument maker Drahos Dalos. Drahos is making whistles, fujaras and bag pipes for many years and recently his instruments are being sold in Switzerland, Germany and Austria by a musical instrument mail order company. From Drahos I learned that there will be a second year of Fujara Players...

DEZO HOFMANN from BANSKA STIAVNICA
was the first photographer of BEATLES

Tuesday night at Hlavne nemerstie (Main Square) in the medieval part of town, right under the old City Hall, where during Christmas time they have Christmas market and a giant Christmas three, there was a celebration honoring the famous photographer Dezo Hofmann whose photo exhibit was to open in next day on November 29. The main sponsor of the event was HENKEL a firm producing chemical products for the households. Slovak BEATLES-BACKWARDS a group of young men from Kosice warmed up the crowd with many, many Beatles songs played to perfection. Backwards won first prize recently in USA as the worldís best group performing Beatles songs...

WOODEN ARTICULAR LUTHERAN A.V. CHURCH IN KEZMAROK
Kezmarokís wooden articular Lutheran A.V. Church is one of five Lutheran A.V. wooden churches in Slovakia. The others being Hronsek, Paludza (relocated to Svaty Kriz due to the Liptovska Mara hydro electric dam), Istebne and Lestiny. The only one I didnít photographed yet is Lestiny. 
It is from the time of religious persecutions of Lutherans that were under the decision of the Sopron assembly from year 1681 allowed to build their churches from their own resources, away from the center of the town, without bell tower and without bells. Materials allowed for construction were wood and no iron nails and the construction of the church must have been completed in 365 days...

FOLK CRAFTS IN LIPTOVSKA TEPLICKA
By: Marcela Smolarova

ZITA DURICOVA, Liptovska Teplicka 133, Born: February 12, 1942

WEAVING FLEX CARPETS 
Her motherís father made the loom on which she still waves. They are over 100 years old. She learned to wave from her mother. Usually she can wave about 12 inches an hour, or less depending how difficult is the pattern. She does it for love of weaving, not for the money. You can say from health reasons. Usually she gives away all her work to family members, or some of it she sells to friends just to pay for the materials. You can say that she shortens her long resting periods by weaving...

CUMIL
The author of this sculpture is Viktor Hulik (born in 1949 in Bratislava). He graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Bratislava in 1974. He participated in many individual and group exhibitions, his works are property of galleries in Slovakia, Hungary, Czech Republic, Great Britain, Germany, and other countries..

LETTER FROM DANA
Dear friends, I am not sure how to address you after such a long time. In the summer I wrote an article about the folk festival in Detva, but-by mistake-it didnít get to the right place in time and later it wasnít up-to-date anymore. My interests are rather limited at this time. Itís all mostly just taking care of my daughter Tamara, who is 18 months old now. There are other interests; of course, thereís just not enough time and opportunities for them. We spend a lot of time walking with Tammy and I meet other mothers with their children. Our lives (or fates) are very much alike, as if we lived according to some screenplay or rule. (Well, itís not that far from the truth!) But this screenplay has an open ending; only time will show what it will be like...

LUCNICA IN BOJNICE AGAIN
LUCNICA KARPATY 2000

Karpaty a scenic panorama of folk culture of Karpaty was the title for another great program of the best Slovak amateur folklore ensemble, LUCNICA.
Slovak culture was formed beside domestic influence also by influence and factions, which were touching territory of Slovakia in the past. We like to point out dramatic relation, details, but also the differences with the Slovak folklore.
On one hand it was Wallachian shepherds colonization with its specific form of life and culture that reached us through Karpaty Mountains. On the other side it was the influence of farmerís lowland culture in the whole Karpaty valley. 

LATEST BOOK REVIEWS BY OUR CORRESPONDENT
By:
Miroslava Dulova

CHILDREN FOLKLORE GROUP ZAZRIVCEK
Throughout centuries anonym music was formed that never ever had a single concrete author. Most of the time the author was life alone. Beautiful music, songs and folklore survived in the village called Zazriva. However it was hidden in the small cottages and in the hearths of our grandparents. The thought to preserve the traditions and show the world the beauty of Zazriva was conceived in April 1998, where after an agreement between the local village office, cultural center in cooperation with the primary school Children Folklore Group ZAZRIVCEK was formed...

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