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July 2015

Local Newspaper Features Kolo Sisters and Strudels

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Local newspaper, The Times, featured a few images of Kolo Sisters preparing studels for the annual St. Sava Serb Fest. The photo above is by John J. Watkins of The Times.

The caption from the newspaper reads:

Zorka Glumac and Sandy Shinovich transfer freshly baked strudel to pans for cooling in preparation for this weekend’s Serb Fest at St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church in Merrillville. The festival runs from noon to midnight Friday and Saturday and noon to 10 p.m. Sunday on the parish grounds, 9191 Mississippi St., Merrillville.

2nd Annual Obilic Soccer Serb Fest Tournament Announces Teams/Schedule

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2nd Annual Obilic Soccer Serb Fest Tournament announces teams and schedule for games taking place during Serb Fest 2015 Saturday, August 1 at the Obilic Field located at St. Sava Church, Merrillville, IN.

Watch games taking place on two fields throughout the day beginning at 11:00 a.m. and catch the Quarterfinal action beginning approximately at 4:40 p.m. and the Finals begin at 7:00 p.m.

Cheer for your favorite soccer team and visit the Famous Serbian Bake Sale, grab a bite to eat from the Serb Fest Kitchen, or get a refreshment from the Bar area open during Serb Fest.

St. Sava Serb Fest takes place Friday, July 31 and Saturday August 1 from Noon to Midnight, and Sunday, August 2 Noon to 10:00 p.m.

For more information about the soccer tournament, contact Goran Sipka, tournament organizer, or Milan Marinkovich at 219-613-6493 or send email tomilan146307@gmail.com.

Schedule and Team Names

  • 11:00     OBILIC – BARI 91 (FIELD 1)
  • 11:00     OTADZBINA – AZTECS (FIELD 2)
  • 11:30     JOGA BONNITO – MACEDONIA  (FIELD 1)
  • 11:30     NIKOLA TESLA – LAKE SHORE FA (FIELD 2)
  • 12:00   WHITE EAGLES – EURO ELITE (FIELD 1)
  • 12:00   SRPSKA UNITED – ETHNIKOS (FIELD 2)
  • 12:30   OTADZBINA– OBILIC  (FIELD 1)
  • 12:30   MORAVA – BARI 91 (FIELD 2)
  • 13:00   NIKOLA TESLA – JOGA BONNITO (FIELD 1)
  • 13:00   MACEDONIA – LAKE SHORE FA   (FIELD 2)
  • 13:30    SRPSKA UNITED – WHITE EAGLES (FIELD 1)
  • 13:30   ETHNIKOS – EURO ELITE (FIELD2)
  • 14:00   MORAVA – OBILIC  (FIELD 1)
  • 14:00   AZTECS – BARI 91 (FIELD 2)
  • 14:30   JOGA BONNITO – LAKE SHORE FA  (FIELD 1)
  • 14:30   MACEDONIA – NIKOLA TESLA (FIELD 2)
  • 15:00  WHITE EAGLES  –  ETHNIKOS  (FIELD1)
  • 15:00   EURO ELITE – SRPSKA UNITED  (FIELD 2)
  • 15:30   AZTECS – MORAVA  (FIELD 1)
  • 15:30   BARI 91 – OTADZBINA (FIELD 2)
  • 16:00   OBILIC – AZTECS  (FIELD 1)
  • 16:00    OTADZBINA – MORAVA  (FIELD 2)
  • 16:40  QUATERFINALS  1 (FIELD 1)
  • 16:40  QUATERFINALS  2 (FIELD 2)
  • 17:10  QUATERFINALS  3 (FIELD 1)
  • 17:10  QUATERFINALS  4 (FIELD 2)
  • 18:00   SEMIFINALS  1  (FIELD 1)  2 X 15 MIN
  • 18:00   SEMIFINALS  2  (FIELD 2)  2 X 15 MIN
  • 19:00   FINALS   2 X 15

Groups and Basic Rules

GROUP 1

  • MORAVA
  • BARI 91
  • OTADZBINA
  • OBILIC
  • AZTECS

GROUP 2

  • JOGA BONNITO
  • NIKOLA TESLA
  • MACEDONIA
  • LAKE SHORE FA

 

GROUP 3

  • EURO ELITE
  • WHITE EAGLES
  • SRPSKA UNITED
  • ETHNIKOS

 BASIC  RULES

  • GAMES 20 MINUTES STRAIGHT ,SEMI FINAL AND FINAL           2 X 15
  • NO SLIDING TACKLE (2 MINUTES OUT)
  • NO GOALS FROM THROW IN IF NOBODY TOUCHED A BALL
  • ADVANCE IN NEXT ROUND(POINTS THEN MUTUAL SCORES THEN GOAL DIFFRENCES)
  • INCIDENTS WILL NOT BE TOLARETED (GAMES WILL BE PLAYED ON CHURCH PROPERTY)

Remaining Serb Fest Cash Raffle Tickets Available, While Supplies Last

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St. Sava Serb Fest 2015 begins tomorrow and the remaining raffle tickets will be available during the fest before the drawing, while supplies last.

There are only 1,000 tickets sold for the entire raffle, so act as soon as possible to secure your ticket by contacting Mike Jaksich at 219-880-6307, David Gerbick at 219-588-3604, or the Church Office at 219-736-9191.

Before the fest is over, 16 lucky winners will be chosen as cash raffle winners, with one taking home the Grand Prize of $25,000.

Two “Early Bird Winners” were already selected May 31 and July 12, each winning $1,000. The remaining 16 winners will be selected the last day of the Serb Fest, Sunday, August 2, 2015 at 8:00 p.m. with prizes ranging from $500 to $25,000.

Tickets are a $100 donation and the winner need not be present.

St. Sava Serb Fest takes place Friday, July 31 through Sunday, August 2 at St. Sava Church and Pavilion, 9191 Mississippi Street, Merrillville, IN 46410.

The Serb Fest Cash Raffle is organized by St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church, Indiana Gaming Commission license number 138362. The license is on file with the Church Office.

Learn more about the Annual Serb Fest Cash Raffle along with other information about St. Sava Serb Fest 2015 at http://www.saintsava.net/serb-fest/.

33rd Annual Serb Fest Cash Raffle Prize Listing

  • Grand Prize – $25,000
  • 2nd Prize – $10,000
  • 3rd Prize – $5,000
  • 4th – 6th Prize – $1,000
  • 7th-16th Prize – $500
  • 17th Prize – $1,000 – Early Bird Drawing July 12th
  • 18th Prize – $1,000 – Early Bird Drawing May 31st

Serb Fest Golf Outing Registration Deadline July 28, Sponsorships Available

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Tuesday, July 28 is the deadline to register your foursome or individually for the St. Sava Serb Fest Golf Outing taking place Friday, July 31 at Summer Tree Golf Club in Crown Point, IN. Questions or additional information is available by calling St. Sava Church Office at 219-736-9191.

Player check-in at the course begins at 10:00 a.m. with a shotgun start at 11:30 a.m.

Includes 18-holes of golf with cart, refreshments, lunch buffet at St. Sava with spit roasted lamb, spit roasted pig, cevaps, sarma (stuffed cabbage, salad, homemade baked goods, and two drink tickets.

  • 2 Longest Drive Holes
  • 2 Closest to the Pin Holes

Cost: $115 Per Person / $440 Foursome

Golf Hole Sponsorships Available

We are asking you, your business, or your organization to sponsor one or more holes at this year’s St. Sava Serb Fest Golf Outing.

The Outing kicks-off the first day of the three day St. Sava Serb Fest which runs Friday thru Sunday – July 31, August 1 & 2.

Sponsorship is $100 per hole

Your sponsorship name will be placed on a banner and prominently displayed at the Serb Fest which is attended by thousands over the three days of the event.

St. Sava’s annual Serb Fest is recognized as one of the most popular summer events in Northwest Indiana, featuring spit roasted lamb, roasted pig, sarma (stuffed cabbage), cevaps, salads, home baked desserts, music, drinks, dance, and three days of fun!

Thank you for your sponsorship and we look forward to seeing you at this year’s St. Sava Serb Fest celebration!

Serb Fest General Donation Form

St. Sava Church is asking members, family, and friends to consider offering monetary donations to help cover the costs of food and beverages for our special annual Serb Fest.

Download the “Serb Fest 2015 Donation Form” now to identify the many donation options available. These donations help defray the costs of the festival and contribute to the success of the greater St. Sava community.

You may donate for specific costs of items such as lamb, pig, cevaps, kegs of beer, liquor, water, pop, and other general donations. Suggested donations for items are available on the downloadable form, which may be printed and mailed to the St. Sava Church Office or delivered to the office Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

For questions or more information, please call the Church Office at 219-736-9191.

Learn more about St. Sava Serb Fest 2015 by clicking www.serbfest.org and see the complete schedule of events now online at the Serb Fest website.

Download Serb Fest Donation Form

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St. Sava Church is asking members, family, and friends to consider offering monetary donations to help cover the costs of food and beverages for our special annual Serb Fest.

Download the “Serb Fest 2015 Donation Form” now to identify the many donation options available. These donations help defray the costs of the festival and contribute to the success of the greater St. Sava community.

You may donate for specific costs of items such as lamb, pig, cevaps, kegs of beer, liquor, water, pop, and other general donations. Suggested donations for items are available on the downloadable form, which may be printed and mailed to the St. Sava Church Office or delivered to the office Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

For questions or more information, please call the Church Office at 219-736-9191.

Learn more about St. Sava Serb Fest 2015 and see the complete schedule of events now online at the Serb Fest website.

St. Sava Serb Fest 2015 Preview: Experience a Culture of Music & Dance

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3 Days, 16 Acts, more than 48 Hours of Live Performances – it’s part of the core of what Serb Fest is all about – music, singing, and dancing. From the contemporary sounds of the modern DJ to the traditional tones of the plucked tamburica, you’ll experience a dynamic range of cultural music and dance at St. Sava Serb Fest 2015.

In addition to all of the amazing food and baked goods at St. Sava Serb Fest, our musical and entertainment offerings are a critical part of the cultural experience. Let’s face it, we love to sing and dance!

Check out the complete daily schedule at http://www.saintsava.net/serb-fest/ to see who is playing and when each day of the fest.

With musical acts playing simultaneously throughout nearly all of the fest, you’ll never know exactly where a Kolo dance may spontaneously begin. One thing is certain, you’ll know it when it happens and you’ll probably want to join in the fun!

About the Kolo

The Kolo is danced primarily by people from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia and Bela Krajina region of Slovenia. It is performed among groups of people holding each other’s hands or having their hands around each other’s waists (ideally in a circle, hence the name).

The basic steps are easy to learn, but experienced dancers dance Kolo with great virtuosity due to different ornamental elements they add, such as syncopated steps. Each region has at least one unique kolo; it is difficult to master the dance and even most experienced dancers cannot master all of them.

The dance is accompanied by instrumental two-beat music (bearing the same name), performed most often with an accordion, but also with other instruments: frula (traditional kind of a recorder), tamburica, or šargija.

Many variations of Kolo are normally performed at weddings, social, cultural, and religious ceremonies. Kolo may be performed in a closed circle, a single chain or in two parallel lines. Both men and women dance together, however some dances require only men to dance and some dances are only for women.

The music is generally fast paced and contains tricky steps.  Kolo costumes vary from region to region, but Bosnian and Serbian dance costumes typically are the most similar to each other. Men wear a cap, loose blouse tucked in to trousers that balloon around the thighs and then tightening from the knee down to the ankle.

Women wear long white embroidered dresses with very heavy velvet aprons tied at the waist. Both the dress and apron are embroidered with bright flowers to enhance the females outfit. Generally, both men and women wear embroidered velvet vests. One of the most interesting components of the kolo costume are the shoes. The shoes are called Opanci which are made from cured pig skin that is molded to fit the dancers foot.

St. Sava Children’s Folklore Group and Children’s Choir

St. Sava has a children’s Folklore group who will be performing Saturday and again on Sunday. The kids will be in their traditional costumes.  After the dance performance, our St. Sava Children’s Choir will take the stage to entertain us with several beautiful songs.

Visit http://www.saintsava.net/serb-fest/ to see the exact times the children’s folklore group and choir will be taking the stage.

The children will also perform a mock Serbian wedding. Be sure to stop by our museum over the weekend to check out the wonderful display “Serbian Weddings” open to the public throughout the fest.

More Serb Fest 2015 Preview Articles

Visit the St. Sava website www.saintsava.net/serb-fest to see other Serb Fest Previews including, “Inside the Famous Serbian Bake Sale” and “Who are the Lamb Guys?” for a special look at the St. Sava Serb Fest 2015, taking place July 31, August 1 & 2 in Merrillville, IN.

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St. Sava Sunday School Hayride/Bonfire – Save-the-Date – Sept. 12

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St. Sava Sunday School will host a hayride and bonfire Saturday, September 12, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. at St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church grounds, 9191 Mississippi Street, Merrillville, IN.

Food, games, music, smores and inflatables will be available. Monetary donations in support of Sunday School are appreciated. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Please bring a potluck dish accordingly:

  • last names A through M – appetizer/side dish
  • last names N through Z – desserts

Please RSVP by September 6 to Lela at 219-314-8848 or lela68@comcast.net.

Please also take some time to volunteer to help support this event. You may sign-up now online here at the St. Sava website:

Visit “Serbian Weddings” at St. Sava Historical Society during Serb Fest 2015

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The Historical Society at St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church will showcase the exhibit “Serbian Weddings” for their museum display during the St. Sava Serb Fest 2015.

The exhibit is located in the North Wing of the Church building and will be open to the public daily throughout Serb Fest from Noon to 9:00 p.m., Friday, July 31 through August 2.

The exhibit features artifacts and images that help to tell the story of the cultural and spiritual significance of Serbian Weddings. Serving Northwest Indiana for more than 100 years, St. Sava Church is proud to be the home for so many memories and stories behind generations of people who share Serbian heritage.

Everyone is welcome to visit the Historical Society exhibit during the Serb Fest. Each year the Historical Society selects a theme to feature at the Annual Serb Fest. Members of the Historical Society work tirelessly throughout the year, adding new museum pieces and helping to share our evolving story with members, family, friends, and the greater Northwest Indiana and Chicagoland area community.

Learn more about St. Sava Serb Fest 2015 by visiting the new St. Sava website at http://www.saintsava.net/serb-fest/.

The images in the gallery below are a small sampling of the photographs and other artifacts that will be on display.

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Ewald Milisavljevich – Memory Eternal ✝ Vjecnaja Pamjat

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The Clergy, Executive Board, and Members of St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church express condolences to the family of Ewald Milisavljevich. Memory eternal.

Ewald Milisavljevich, age 72 of Merrillville, IN, passed away on Wednesday, July 22, 2015.

He was born on March 27, 1943 in Bielefeld, Germany to the late Stanoje and Eleonore Milisavljevic. On November 26, 2014 Ewald celebrated his 50th year of membership with the Mason’s Lake Lodge #157 and he was also a PABG of Job’s Daughters Int. (44). Ewald was an avid car enthusiast and enjoyed going to local car shows. He will truly be missed by all who knew and loved him.

He leaves behind his loving wife of 48 years, Margene Milisavljevich; children: Eric (Linda) Milisavljevich, Diane (Jim) Goodman, Sarah (Mike) Kralj; brother: Jugoslav (Terry) Milisavljevich; brother-in-law: George Sladic; grandchildren: Emily, Matthew, Andrew, Sophia; and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, and sister, Milka Sladic.

Funeral services will take place on Friday, July 24, 2015 10:00am DIRECTLY at St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church (9191 Mississippi St, Merrillville, IN 46410) V.Rev. Marko Matic officiating. Interment at Calumet Park Cemetery (Merrillville, IN).

Friends are invited to meet with the family on Thursday, July 23, 2015 from 3:00pm to 7:00pm at Rendina Funeral Home (5100 Cleveland St. Gary, IN) with a prayer service at 5:00pm and a masonic memorial service to follow.

A short visitation will also be held on Friday, July 24, 2015 at St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Church from 9:15am until the time of service. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Lake Lodge 157.

For more information please call 219-980-1141.

See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/post-tribune/obituary.aspx?n=ewald-milisavljevich&pid=175348711&fhid=19185#sthash.Imm28xLr.dpuf

St. Sava Serb Fest 2015 Golf Outing Sponsorships Available

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We are asking you, your business, or your organization to sponsor one or more holes at this year’s St. Sava Serb Fest Golf Outing taking place July 31.

The outing kicks off the first day of the three day St. Sava Serb Fest which takes place Friday through Sunday, July 31, August 1 & 2.

Sponsorship is $100 per hole. Click here to download the Serb Fest Golf Outing Sponsorship Form.

Your sponsorship name will be placed on a banner and prominently displayed at the Serb Fest which is attended by thousands over the three days of the event.

St. Sava’s annual Serb Fest is recognized as one of the most popular events of the summer in Northwest Indiana, featuring spit roasted lamb, roasted pig, sarma (stuffed cabbage), cevaps, salads, home baked desserts, music, drinks, dance, and three days of fun!

Call the Church Office at 219-736-9191 for more information weekdays, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.