Author Archives: Brian Belensky

November 17th – The Velvet Revolution

November 17th marks the beginning of the Gentle Revolution (Nežná revolúcia) or Velvet Revolution in 1989. On this date, riot police suppressed a student demonstration in Prague commemorating the 50th Anniversary of a violently suppressed demonstration against Nazi occupation.  This event sparked a series of demonstrations in Prague and other cities in Czechoslovakia from November 19th into […]

Svätý Mikuláš Party – Sunday, December 3rd

Please join us on Sunday, December 3rd for our annual celebration of the tradition of Svätý Mikuláš at the Slovak Embassy from 2:00-5:00 pm. We will have a delicious Slovak buffet dinner prepared by the Slovak Embassy Chef, live music by Orchester Praževica, and of course a visit from Svätý Mikuláš.    The SASW member […]

Café Night – Scholarship Fundraiser – Sunday, November 5th

The Slovak American Society of Washington, DC is holding its fourth annual Café Night at Bistro Bohem (www.bistrobohem.com) to raise scholarship funds for Slovak students attending VSM/City University in Slovakia.  Since 1996, the SASW has raised nearly $40,000 and funded partial tuition scholarships for over 50 students in financial need.  There will be live Gypsy swing music […]

Lutheranism in Slovakia: From the Reformation to Samuel Stefan Osusky (10/21/2017)

October 21, 2017 Embassy of the Slovak Republic 3523 International Court, NW Washington, DC 2:00 PM Dr. Paul Hinlicky will give a talk about the prominent Slovak Lutheran intellectual, Samuel Štefan Osusky. Throughout the German mining colonies in “Upper Hungary,” the Reformation message of Martin Luther quickly spread and took hold.  By 1670, some 80 percent of the parishes […]

Upcoming Local DC September 2017 Events

44th Annual Slavic American Festival Sunday, September 10th 12:00 – 6:00 pm Epiphany of Our Lord Byzantine Catholic Church 3410 Woodburn Road Annandale, VA 22003 Ethnic Foods, Live Polka Band, Dancing and Free Polka Lessons, Religious and Folk Art, Handmade Slavic Art and Crafts Cultural Sales, Silent Auction, Farm Market (fresh vegetables/fruits, pickles, jams, jellies, […]

SASW Annual Picnic – Sunday, June 11th

Please join us for the SASW’s Annual Picnic at Fort Hunt Park in Alexandria, VA on June 11th.  You can RSVP by mailing your check payable to the SASW to P.O. Box 2502, Springfield, VA 22152-2502 or by sending your payment through PayPal.Me/dcslovaks. Please contact RSVP@dcslovaks.org if you have questions.

Book Discussion: Out Of This Furnace (6/24/2017)

June 24, 2:00pm Arlington Central Library 2nd-floor Meeting Room 1015 N Quincy St Arlington, VA Dr. Charles Sabatos will lead a discussion of Slovak themes in Thomas Bell’s novel, Out of This Furnace.  Thomas Bell’s 1941 novel Out of This Furnace is the best-known depiction of Slovak immigrants in American literature.  It was translated from […]

Noted Warhol Scholar Captivates Large Crowd at Slovak Embassy

Dr. Elaine Rusinko, a professor of Russian at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) and Andy Warhol scholar, presented a wide-ranging and fascinating talk on April 21st about pop artist Andy Warhol and his Rusyn heritage.  Enhanced by an extensive slide presentation, Dr. Rusinko established Warhol’s Rusyn ethnicity despite popular media referring to him […]

Andy Warhol: The Carpatho-Rusyn King of American Pop Art (4/21/2017)

April 21, 2017  Embassy of the Slovak Republic  3523 International Ct NW Washington, DC 6:30 PM Dr. Elaine Rusinko will make a slide presentation on “Andy Warhol: The Carpatho-Rusyn King of American Pop Art” Andy Warhol is the world’s most famous American of Carpatho-Rusyn ancestry; the icons of the Ruthenian Byzantine Catholic Church were his first exposure […]