The Slavs of Youngstown did themselves proud on Saturday holding the first ever "Simply Slavic" celebration on the Federal Plaza downtown. It was a day of wonderful ethnic foods, imported beers and music! They even had a baking contest with the winners being old family favorites like pagach and bow-tie cookies! The organizers hope to make this a yearly event!
I spent an enjoyable time talking to two ladies from McDonald, Ohio, whose father had played in a Croatian band when they were growing up. This reminded me of my own Grandpa Trubich and how he would sit and listen to recordings of Croatian music and become sentimental for the "old country." He would dab his eyes with a white hanky and when I asked him why he was crying, he would just smile and tell me he was "remembering."
Thank you Simply Slavic for bringing back that memory for me! Best of luck for all future events!