Twin Cities Slovenians
Nov 19, 2011
Welcome: Liz Miller supplied the
background music for opening the meeting this morning., The KSKJ Singers, of
which she was a member along with her father were a lovely backdrop to the meet
and greet coffee time before we started. President Zakelj called the meeting to
order at 9:45.
There were 29 people in attendance. There were no new members at this
time and no member updates.
Music: Again there were no birthdays this month.
Yvonne McComber suggested we create a list that includes all members birthdays. The group had plenty of time to learn a new
song provided by Mary Ann Palmer. In
keeping with the November Wine theme, we learned the words to ‘Bratci Veseli
Vsi”, Brothers All Be Happy. After
several starts, the group sang all 6 refrains, accompanied on the accordion by
Report from October 28 Board Meeting: Jamie Monson reviewed the meeting. Brief report of the meeting and the
discussions regarding fund raising, update on language class, future meetings,
bylaws publication, storage update. The
next board meeting will be Wednesday, November 30th at Culver, St. Anthony.
Mary Ann Setnicker reported a balance of $1623.82 The breakout is as follows:
Fundraising: Jean Rolstad has fantastic wine bags that
can be customized. At this time, she has
only sold 4 bags. As a fundraiser, $5.00
of the cost goes towards the group.
Mary Alice Schwanke was not available for report.
Membership Report: Karl Grahek reported that TCS has71
renewed members, 6 new and 3 honorary, for a total of 80 members. November is the final stage of the membership
The article regarding the visit was forwarded to the Slovenian American
Times by John Zakelj and should be published in the next couple of weeks.
John Zakelj gave an update of the study group progress so far. The classs is improving and the “sound” is
becoming more authentic. Ksenjia visited
the group and engaged everyone in a political discussion of current
events. Tina Blatnik, attended a number
of nights and taught a lesson before her return to Slovenia.
Jamie Monson gave an update for future meetings.
Dec 17 Strudel Presentation – Liz Miller
Jan 22 Anniversary Party –
Little Venetian Inn
Feb 11 Dr. Seth Hawkins –
Julian Sleeper House
Feb 18 Former Congressman James
Mar 17 Chuck Podominick
Apr 21 Festival of Nations Prep
May 19 Chuck Debevec Music
Father Baraga –
Yul Yost gave an informative history lesson on Father Baraga and his
heritage on the shores of Lake Superior.
Yul has an incredible amount of knowledge and is very well read on his
subject. He brought along many of the
books he’s used for research along with letters and postcards of Father Baraga.
Yul went into the reasons why Father Baraga came here, and the controversy of
whether it was for building a church or an epidemic and the translation of the
Bible into Ojibway. in May 2011 the
monument was recently restored and moved 10ft to church land along with a new
walkway to this famous spot. Yul showed some fantastic photos. Previously the monument was on private land
and not very well marked. John Skubitz
recalled his family making a yearly pilgrimage in August to visit the memorial
and Jan Hahn’s parents visited on their honeymoon. All members agreed it would be good to have
an entire presentation devoted to Father Baraga and family histories, as this
was only a brief foray into such an interesting life.
Maribor Old Vine Festival-
Norm Setnicker and Sue Rademacher presented a slide show of their most
recent family trips to Slovenia and how they met up in Maribor during the Old
The Old Vine Festival celebrates Stara Trta – The oldest vine in the
world. It is approx 400 years old and has survived even a plague. The type of grape is known as Modra Kavcina
or Zametna Crnina and is a red.
Sue started the presentation by going over the history of Slovenia
dating back to Roman times. In 1209, Maribor was an important center of trade
known as Marborg. By 1300 the wine trade
had begun. Norm then presented slides of
the festival. He shared slides of his
host family and the great story of how they originally met. Other festival event slides included; a wine
barrel (many in tunnels under the city),a bocce tourney, a city band, the
famous bees and a goulash cook off. The
Festival starts in September and last 2 weeks with each day focusing on a particular
event. On the day of the wine tasting – tasters can “rent” a glass and go to
many booths for a tasting. Part of the
ceremony includes the Master of the Old Vine authenticating the contents during
a ceremonial tasting. There is a cutting
of the grapevine on the last day of the festival, highlighting the importance
of pruning. These cuttings have been
sent to all parts of the world, including the Vatican and foreign dignitaries
around the globe. The most recent cutting
went to the Castle in Bled. These
cuttings help perpetuate the descendants of the old vine while strengthening
the city of Maribor’s links with the world.
The presentation ended with playing of the traditional vine song:
Zsravica Stari Trti.
Festival of Nations:
Sue Rademacher and Mike Koski are
looking for ideas for this year’s 80th anniversary festival, Ethnic
Celebrations and Events. The Festival
of Nations is stressing the focus of the event to be on culture not a
county. There is a meeting at the Rademacher’s
on Dec 14 for those who would like to help out with this years event. Mike and
Sue will be attending a formal registration meeting on Dec 4th.
Raffle/Give Away: Yvonne McComber supplied several gifts to hand out as gifts to
members. Using tickets supplied at
beginning of meeting, 5 lucky winners walked away with some great treasures.
Closing: John Zakelj closed the meeting
at 11:45 and the group enjoyed time for checking out books, sharing and good
conversation before leaving. This
meeting turned out to be a great history lesson for us all. We delved a bit deeper into the lives of
people and events of Slovenian Heritage and walked away all a bit wiser.