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Entertainment Schedule 2015

August 4, 2015

SATURDAY, AUGUST 15TH

Calvin United Church of Christ
12:30-4:30 PM DJ
5-10PM TÁNCHÁZ with Harmonia from Cleveland, Ohio- Hungarian, Slovak, Ukranian dance music

Epiphany/St. Stephen’s Catholic Church
1-2 PM MATT KEELER
2:00 PM MOLLY’S IRISH DANCERS
2:30 PM CARLOS OCHOA
3:00 PM BAVARIAN SPORTSCLUB HOLZHACKER SCHUHPLATTLERS
5:00-10 PM TRU BREW

VFW
1:00 PM MOLLY’S IRISH DANCERS
1:30 PM BAVARIAN SPORTSCLUB HOLZHACKER SCHUHPLATTLERS
2:00 PM CARLOS OCHOA
2:30 PM RON SZILÁGYE-SAXOPHONE
3 – 4 PM MATT KEELER

SUNDAY, AUGUST 16TH
Opening Ceremonies with Gyanta Ensemble 11:45AM-12PM
Hungarian/American National Anthems

CALVIN UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST
1:00 PM MATT KEELER
1:30 PM ECHOES OF POLAND
2:00 PM MOLLY’S IRISH DANCERS
2:30 PM GYANTA ENSEMBLE-HUNGARIAN FOLK MUSIC
3:00 PM HUNGARIAN DANCES W/GÁBOR DOBI AND FRIENDS
3:30 PM TOLEDO HOLZHACHER BUAM SCHUHPLATTLERS
4:30-9 PM EAST RIVER BAND

ST. STEPHEN’S CATHOLIC CHURCH
1:00 PM GYANTA ENSEMBLE-HUNGARIAN FOLK MUSIC
1:30 PM HUNGARIAN DANCES W/GÁBOR DOBI AND FRIENDS
2:00 PM MATT KEELER
2:30 PM ECHOES OF POLAND
3:30 PM MOLLY’S IRISH DANCERS
4:00 PM TOLEDO HOLZHACHER BUAM SCHUHPLATTLERS
5 – 9 PM TRU BREW

VFW
1:00 PM MOLLY’S IRISH DANCERS
2:00 PM TOLEDO HOLZHACHER BUAM SCHUHPLATTLERS
2:30 PM CARLOS OCHOA
3:00 PM ECHOES OF POLAND
3:30 PM RON SZILÁGYE-SAXOPHONE
4 – 6 PM TÁNCHÁZ with GYANTA ENSEMBLE-HUNGARIAN FOLK
6- 9 PM BOBBY MAY & DRY BONES REVIVAL

Entertainment Schedule is subject to change.

Welcome Home! to the 41st Annual Birmingham Ethnic Festival Saturday August 15th and Sunday August 16th, 2015!

August 2, 2015

One of Toledo’s oldest and most popular ethnic festivals, The Birmingham Ethnic Festival: “A Weekend in the Old Country” has been held throughout the years to celebrate the strength and diversity of our community, our success in preventing the splitting of our neighborhood by a proposed road widening project over forty years ago, and our continuing fight for the preservation and recognition of our neighborhood.

The 41st festival will feature popular Hungarian foods including: Chicken Paprikas, Hunky Turkey (Roasted Bacon Sandwich), Stuffed Cabbage, homemade Kolbasz / Sausage Sandwiches, Gulyas, Palacsinta (crepes), Cabbage and Noodles, Pastries and a fantastic array of other ethnic foods on Consaul Street. Chicken Paprikas Dinners will be sold on Saturday (at 4:30PM) & Sunday (at Noon) at Calvin United, and at Saint Stephen’s from 12PM-3PM (Sunday only).

The hours for the Festival are 12:00 to 10:00 P.M. on Saturday and 12:00 to 9:00 P.M. on Sunday.

As an unofficial opening to the Festival Weekend, the 20th Annual Waiters Race will occur on Friday night, August 14 at 7PM. The race with relay teams of four carrying trays with a full pitcher and two glasses of beer has become one of the most popular events at the Festival. Entertainment and refreshments will be available at the VFW Post 4906 prior to and after the race. Also this year, a separate heat will take place between the Toledo Fire Department and the Toledo Police Department! Be sure to come down to Consaul Street and join in the festivities!

On Sunday August 17th, a Recognition Ceremony will be held at 12:00 Noon on the steps of St. Stephen’s Church, beginning with a flag raising ceremony, announcement of the recipient of the Birmingham Friend of the Neighborhood Award, recognition of local and international guests, and presentation of the Beer Keg Trophy to the winner of the Waiters Race. Mass will be held at 11AM at Epiphany of the Lord Parish (St. Stephen’s) prior to the Recognition Ceremony.

Ethnic dance groups will perform both Saturday and Sunday on the three Main Stages at the St Stephen’s / Hungarian Club site, Calvin United and VFW 4906 on Consaul Street.

Scheduled performers include Holzhacher Baum Schuplattlers, Molly’s Irish Dancers, Echoes of Poland, Matt Keeler (Folk Musician), Ron Szilagye, Carlos Ochoa, Dobi Gabi & Magyar Trixie. A tanchaz (dance workshop) will occur at Calvin United lot on Saturday, August 15th at 5PM and on Sunday, August 16th at 4PM at the VFW.

Returning again to the Festival will be the Gyanta (Rosin) Orchestra from New Jersey, one of the premier Hungarian folk music groups in the United States.

Popular bands will be performing a great variety of music both days in the evening on the three Main Stages. Bands to be featured include: Bobby May & Dry Bones Revival, Tru Brew, and East River Band.

Food and craft vendors will be selling their colorful and creative wares on the Consaul Street mall. An array of children’s games and activities will be available on Consaul and Genesee Street.

Handicap parking is available off of Burr Street and facilities are available throughout the Festival grounds.

In 2005, the Great Lakes Consortium for International Training and Development, with the help of the University of Toledo College of Law, facilitated a joint American and Hungarian training program partnership in Szeged, Hungary. The University of Toledo College of Law and the Szeged University Faculty of Law are celebrating the 10-year anniversary of their successful cooperation! The American Legal Experts training is a 2-year program in Szeged. In 10 years, 200 Hungarian lawyers completed this program and some also had an opportunity to come to Toledo, Ohio for a 4-week internship organized by UT College of Law. We welcome Dr. Peter Mezei from Szeged, Hungary to Toledo, Ohio and to the 41st Birmingham Ethnic Festival to celebrate this collaboration!

Come enjoy a Weekend in the Old Country as well as a great Toledo neighborhood tradition with great food, music, dance and refreshments in the historic Birmingham Neighborhood.

41st Annual Birmingham Ethnic Festival

July 21, 2015

We’re less than a month away now from the next Birmingham Ethnic Festival!

The Member Organizations are working hard to organize the Waiters Race on Friday, August 14 and the Festival on August 15 (Noon-10PM) & 16 (Noon-9PM).

If you need further information, or are interested in helping out, please contact us at birminghamethnicfest@gmail.com or (419) 205-1448.

See you next month!

Street Closures Due to Festival

August 13, 2014

In conjunction with the annual Birmingham Ethnic Festival August 16 & 17, the following streets will be closed to vehicular traffic beginning at approximately 7:00 a.m. Saturday, August 16, and continuing through 10:00 p.m., Sunday, August 17:

Consault from Front to Woodford (access will be maintained to the Tony Packo’s parking lot & alley)

Bakewell from Consaul to Bogar

Bogar from Bakewell to Caledonia

Burr from Consaul to Esther

Esther from Front to Burr

Magyar from Consaul to the southern end

Milford from Consaul to Minerva

Burger from Consaul to Minerva

Caledonia from Consaul to Bogar

Genesee from Consaul to Bogar

In addition, the following streets will be closed on Friday evening, August 15, for the Annual Waiter’s Race associated with the festival:

Consaul between Front and Woodford; and Bakewell between Consaul and Bogar.

We appreciate your patience and understanding, and look forward to seeing you in Birmingham this weekend!

40th Annual Birmingham Ethnic Festival Program Book

August 8, 2014

Book CoverClick the picture above for a sneak peek at the 40th Annual Festival Book. Many thanks to James Molnar for our Cover design!

 

Food for Sale!

August 7, 2014
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The following information is tentative and subject to change/update. Please check back periodically for more information.

Saint Stephen’s Church / Epiphany of the Lord Parish – 1880 Genesee Street

Saturday & Sunday (outside food tent):
Kolbasz on a bun
Stuffed Cabbage
Hot Dogs w/ Sauce
Dumplings w/ Gravy (Sunday only)

Sunday (St. Stephen School Hall):
Chicken Paprikas Dinners – $11 per person
12-3PM or until we run out!

Hungarian Club of Toledo (on Saint Stephen’s Lot)

Saturday & Sunday:
Szalonna Sutes (Hunky Turkey)
Paprikas Dumplings with Chicken
Stuffed Cabbage
“Hungarian” Hot Dogs
Assorted Pastries

Calvin United Church of Christ – 1946 Bakewell Street
Homemade Kolbasz Sandwiches
Stuffed Cabbage
Cabbage and Noodles
Palacsinta
Paprikas Noodles
Homemade Baked Goods
Szalonna Sutes (Hunky Turkey)
Zwack – a fine Hungarian liquor
Gulyas (Saturday night only)
Chicken Paprikas Dinners – Saturday at 5PM, Sunday at Noon
(call the church office 419-691-3033 for information/reservations)

VFW Post 4906 – 2161 Consaul Street

Friday:
Hamburgers & Chips

Saturday & Sunday:
Stuffed Cabbage
Chicken Paprikas
Cabbage & Noodles
Szalonna Sutes

Birmingham Ethnic Festival Entertainment Schedule

August 5, 2014

FRIDAY, AUGUST 15th
6:30PM Cake Walkin’ Jass Band (prior to Waiters Race at 7PM) VFW 4906

SATURDAY, AUGUST 16TH
Calvin United Church of Christ
12:30-4:30 PM DJ
5-10PM TÁNCHÁZ with GYANTA ENSEMBLE (Hungarian Folk Music)– with Guest Dancers Beatrix Magyar and Gábor Dobi

Epiphany/St. Stephen’s Catholic Church
1-2:00 PM János Antal and József Bakos (Musician-Singers from Hungary)
2:00PM HOLZHACHER BUAM SCHUHPLATTLERS
2:30 PM BLUES REVELER (Blues and Folk Music)
3:00 PM MOLLY’S IRISH DANCERS
3:30 PM CARLOS OCHOA/HORACIO ROMERO(Mexican Folk Singers)
4:00 PM BAVARIAN SPORTSCLUB SCHUHPLATTLERS
5:30-10 PM TRU BREW

VFW
1:00 PM BLUES REVELER (Blues and Folk Music)
1:30 PM MOLLY’S IRISH DANCERS
2:00 PM BAVARIAN SPORTS CLUB SCHUHPLATTLERS
2:30 PM CARLOS OCHOA/HORACIO ROMERO (Mexican Folk Singers)
3:00 PM HOLZHACHER BUAM SCHUPLATTLERS
3-4 PM János Antal and József Bakos (Musician-Singers from Hungary)

SUNDAY, AUGUST 17TH
Opening Ceremonies with Gyanta Ensemble 11AM-12PM
with special guests directly from Hungary, János Antal and József Bakos
Hungarian Singers and Accordion Players
Hungarian/American National Anthems

Calvin United Church of Christ
1:00 PM KIS SZIVEK CHILDREN’S HUNGARIAN DANCE GROUP
1:30 PM GYANTA ENSEMBLE
2:00 PM GÁBOR DOBI AND TRIXIE MAGYAR(Hungarian Folkdancers)
2:30 PM János Antal and Jozsef Bakos (Musician-Singers from Hungary)
3:00 PM ECHOES OF POLAND
3:30 PM BLUES REVELER (Blues and Folk Music)
4:30-9 PM BIG TICKET

Epiphany/St. Stephen’s Catholic Church
1:00 PM János Antal and Jozsef Bakos (Musician-Singers from Hungary)
1:30 PM ECHOES OF POLAND
2:00 PM KIS SZIVEK CHILDREN’S HUNGARIAN DANCE GROUP
2:30 PM GYANTA ENSEMBLE
3:00 PM GÁBOR DOBI AND TRIXIE MAGYAR(Hungarian Folkdancers)
3:30 PM MOLLY’S IRISH DANCERS
5 – 9 PM SHOUT! A FANTASTIC TRIBUTE TO THE FAB FOUR!

VFW
1-2 PM BLUES REVELER (Blues and Folk Music)
2:00 PM MOLLY’S IRISH DANCERS
2:30 PM ECHOES OF POLAND
3:00 PM KIS SZIVEK CHILDREN’S HUNGARIAN DANCE GROUP
3:30 PM János Antal and Jozsef Bakos (Musician-Singers from Hungary)
4 – 6 PM TÁNCHÁZ with GYANTA ENSEMBLE AND SPECIAL GUESTS FROM HUNGARY—JÁNOS ANTAL & JÓZSEF BAKOS
6-10 PM BOBBY MAY & DRY BONES REVIVAL

Entertainment Schedule is subject to change. Please check each venue for posted times on days of festival.

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