In Marblehead folks will soon smell the cabbage rolls a-cookin’ and hear the lively sounds of polka music at the 57th Annual Halupki Festival. The Festival, a celebration of Carpatho-Russian foods and culture, is presented each year on the third Sunday of August by Holy Assumption Orthodox Church, 114 East Main Street (Route 163), in Marblehead. This year’s event takes place on Sunday, August 18th.
The day’s activities begin with Divine Liturgy in the beautiful, historic church at 9:30 am. The choir of SS. Peter and Paul Orthodox Church in Lorain will sing at Liturgy. The parish family extends an invitation to one and all to join with them in worship.
The festival begins at 11:30 a.m. with the serving of their famous Halupki and Ham Dinners, continuing until 2 p.m. At 2:30, the International Ala Carte will open, featuring halupki (cabbage rolls, pronounced hah-LOOP-key), perohi (perogies), halushki (cabbage and noodles), kolbasi (smoked sausage), pagach (Slavic pizza), and much more. Old World-Style baked goods, including nut and poppyseed rolls (kolach, or koh-LAHCH), will be sold.
Entertainment gets underway at 11:30 a.m. with the Raz, Dva, Tre Russian Folk Ensemble of Lorain, Ohio, followed by polka music with the Wayne Golob Band of Sandusky and the Frank Moravcik Band of Cleveland alternating throughout the afternoon.
The parish church, the oldest Orthodox church in Ohio and a historic landmark, will be open with tours for visitors. Orthodox religious items will be on display and for sale. A demonstration of the Rusyn art of Pysanky (pih-SAHN-key), or Easter egg decorating, will be given. Crafters will be showing their wares on the lawn. There will be refreshments, raffles, and fun for the kids. It all adds up to a day of fun on the Marblehead Peninsula.
The Halupki Festival is held on the parish grounds of Holy Assumption Church; look for “the little stone church with the golden domes”. The festival is the central event of Marblehead International Days, a weekend series of events held this year on August 17thand 18th in the village of Marblehead.
For more information, contact festival Chairwoman Natalie Twarek at 419-341-2356, or the church rectory at 419-798-4591 or holyassumptionmarblehead.org