Calendar of Events

Saturday, March 28, 2015


Where: Reston, VA (directions given at time of RSVP)

When: 1:00-5:00PM

Cost: $5/person (payable at event). SASW MEMBERS GET PREFERENCE.

RESERVATIONS REQUIRED -- Attendance limited to 5 persons. RSVP to (

Sunday, December 7, 2014


Come join us to celebrate the tradition of St. Nicholas with delicious Slovak food and live folk music by Pajtáši. A buffet dinner will feature traditional cabbage soup, chicken and pork schnitzels, halušky, holubky, Slovak potato salad, pirohy, cucumber salad, and pastries. For the children, there will be a visit by Sv. Mikuláš himself.

Where: Slovak Embassy

When: 2:00pm - 5:00pm (doors open at 1:30pm)

Cost: $35 per person for SASW members; $40 for nonmembers; children age 12 & under, free. Seating is limited to first 100 persons.


RSVP to Shirley Rich, 10614 John Ayers Dr., Fairfax, VA, 22032-3115 by noon, December 2.
Send completed reservation form and check payable to 'SASW'.

Those with small children should bring one small gift per child (wrapped and clearly labeled with the child's name) to receive from Sv. Mikuláš.Drop off gifts at the front table , as you enter.

Please encourage your child to learn a short poem or song, in Slovak or English, to present to Svätý Mikuláš.

A donation of homemade Christmas baked goods is always welcome.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

SASW Annual General Membership Meeting

When: 12:30 - 4:30pm (A light luncheon will be provided.)

Cost: free

The meeting will include the election of three board members for three-year terms and a talk by Kevin Deegan-Krause (see below).


Saturday, October 18, 2014

Politics in Today's Slovakia

Talk by Professor Kevin Deegan-Krause

Where: Slovak Embassy

When: 2:00pm

Cost: Free

The year 2014 was a big political year for Slovakia, which elected both a president and a new delegation to the European Parliament. This talk will place the results of these two elections into Slovakia's broader political developments over the last two decades, showing how Slovakia has become a microcosm of the post-communist region as a whole, and making educated guesses about the upcoming elections in 2016 and beyond.

Kevin Deegan-Krause is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Wayne State University. He received a B.A. in Economics from Georgetown University in 1990 and a Ph.D. in Government and International Studies from the University of Notre Dame in 2000. His research in comparative politics emphasizes European politics, political parties, democratic institutions, and national identity. In 2011 he became co-editor of the European Journal of Political Research's Political Data Yearbook, with responsibility for overseeing the digitization of the yearbook and its development as an interactive data-driven website. He is the recipient of Truman and Fulbright scholarships, as well as of IREX Individual Advanced Research Grants. He has served as a consultant for the U.S. Department of State on the politics of central Europe, and his ongoing research includes projects on party transformation, populism, and the sources of electoral support for authoritarian leaders.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

"World War I and the Slovaks"

Talk by Professor Martin Votruba, University of Pittsburgh

Where: Slovak Embassy

When: 2:00pm

Cost: Free

While World War I started with a series of almost operatic coincidences, it brought about grave, but also unexpectedly welcome, consequences for the Slovaks. The territory of present-day Slovakia was affected early on: the eastern front moved west, and the ancestral places of many Slovak-Americans found themselves to be temporarily occupied by Russian troops. About 70,000 Slovaks perished in the war, with a large number of others returning home wounded. At the same time, thanks partly to significant activism by Slovak-Americans, it brought the Slovaks more freedom than any armed conflict before or since the Great War.

Martin Votruba has been Director of the Slovak Studies Program at the University of Pittsburgh for a quarter of a century, the only North American university where students can take Slovak culture and language classes through the advanced level and opt to receive a Minor in Slovak Studies. Partly based on queries he receives about Slovak-related topics, he maintains the Slovak Studies Program webpage at

Thursday, September 25, 2014


Folk Traditions of the Village of Jakubany, Slovakia

Kečera's first American tour!

Where: Luther Jackson Middle School, 3020 Gallows Rd., Fairfax, VA

When: 7:00pm

Cost: Through September 10th:
                Children $12 (ages 5-12)
                Adults $17 (ages 13 and over)
                Use the promo code "SASW" (no quotes) for an additional discount.
                After September 10th, tickets are $15/$20, respectively.

To order tickets, go to
Call 1-888-71-TICKETS.

Jakubany has a rich cultural heritage, including distinctive folklore, music, dance, and folk clothing. The villagers of Jakubany developed these traditions based on their relationships with the forests, pastures, and mountains that surround them. In fact, Kečera is named after a small mountain on the outskirts of their village.

Performances by Kečera are not only artistic and educational, but help keep alive the traditions and values of the people. Kečera depicts traditional life in Jakubany through song, dance, and costume. People from around the world have enjoyed viewing scenes from weddings, christenings, holidays, celebrations, and also everyday life. Kečera's beautiful and original songs have been recorded and sold throughout the world.

Through songs, dances, and skits we will be taken to some of the following events in the villagers' lives:
- Christening/Baptism (Kerstiny)
- Washing Clothes by the River (Rajbanie pri potoku)
- The Sunday Dance by the Jakubjanka Riverbanks (Zabava na Kamjincu)
- Mountains (Hory) - St. John's Fire (Janske Ohne) [see a video on YouTube]
- Scutching Flax
- Decorating Hats for the Groomsmen (Pirkovanije)
- Bonneting (Čepčenie)
- Induction into the Military (Rukovanie)
- St. Andrew's Day (November 30), Gathering for Spinning Flax (Večurky), and Mardi Gras (Puščaňa)

Co-sponsored by the Carpatho-Rusyn Society, National Capital Chapter.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

SASW picnic

Where: St. Luke Orthodox Church, 6801 Georgetown Pike, McLean, VA (Map)

When: 1:00-5:00PM


SASW members in good standing - $20 (pre-paid reservations)

Non-member guests - $25 (pre-paid reservations)

Children 10 yrs. and under - free

Join us for a Slovak-style picnic, organized jointly with the Washington Slovak Meetup group. Admission includes food, desserts, drinks (i.e. soft drinks, wine, beer), and recorded Slovak music.

Please consider bringing a small dessert (enough for about four persons). Everyone should also bring chairs.

Send reservation along with check to:
Mrs. Shirley Rich
10614 John Ayres Drive
Fairfax, VA 22032-3115

Reservation deadline is 11:59PM on September 10, 2014. Any reservations received after this date will incur a $5 per person late fee.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

"Café Night" Fundraiser


What: Café Night is a fundraiser in support of SASW's efforts to provide Slovak students in Slovakia with scholarships to attend VSM/City University in Slovakia.
Where: Bistro Bohem

When: 7:30pm

On Offer:

  • Live music by Orchester Praževica.
  • Authentic Central and Eastern European dishes, regional beers, and liquors will be available for purchase.
  • No cover charge. Donations to SASW's scholarship fund are encouraged and appreciated.

More information: Click for PDF flyer

Monday, April 28, 2014

"Slovakia in the EU 10 Years On: Promises Fulfilled?"

Talk by Rick Zednik

Where: Slovak Embassy

When: 7:00pm

Cost: Free

The spring of 2004 was momentous in the history of independent Slovakia. On May 1 of that year, the country joined the European Union. Coming as it did less than five weeks after Slovakia joined NATO, this marked the culmination of a long process that was highly uncertain in the 1990's. A decade later, we can now reflect on what enabled Slovakia to join these European and trans-Atlantic structures, and how the subsequent integration has fared.

Rick Zednik covered Slovakia's early path towards EU and NATO membership as co-founding editor of the Slovak Spectator in Bratislava, from 1994 to 2000. Since 2008 he has followed Slovakia's deepening integration within the EU as CEO at EurActiv, the EU policy news network in Brussels. Rick is a dual citizen of Slovakia and the United States. He has a BA in political science from Trinity College in Hartford, an MS from Columbia Journalism School, and an MBA from Harvard. He is the author of the family memoir A Country Lost, Then Found: Discovering My Father's Slovakia.

Co-sponsored by the Friends of Slovakia.