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Welcome Home! to the 43rd Annual Birmingham Ethnic Festival

August 10, 2017

One of Toledo’s oldest and most popular ethnic festivals, The Birmingham Ethnic Festival: “A Weekend in the Old Country” has been held for the past 43 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, and our continuing fight for the preservation and recognition of our neighborhood.

The 43rd festival will feature popular Hungarian foods including: Chicken Paprikás, Hunky Turkey (Roasted Bacon Sandwich), Stuffed Cabbage, Homemade Kolbász / Sausage Sandwiches, Gulyás(Goulash), Palacsinta(crepes), Cabbage and Noodles, Pastries and a fantastic array of other ethnic foods on Consaul Street. Chicken Paprikás Dinners will be sold on Saturday (at 4:30PM) & Sunday (at Noon) at Calvin United, and at St. Stephen’s Hall Sunday from 12PM-3PM (or until they run out).

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

As an unofficial opening to the Festival Weekend, the 22nd Annual Waiters’ Race will occur on Friday night, August 18 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 on Consaul Street before and after the race. Be sure to come down and join in the festivities!

On Sunday, August 20th, 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.

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 folk dancing by Borozda Ensemble, Kodaly Ensemble and Csipke Ensemble, Holzhacker Buam Schuhplattlers, Molly’s Irish Dancers, Bavarian Sports Club Schuhplattlers, Echoes of Poland, Matt Keeler (Folk Musician), Carlos Ochoa, and El Corazon de Mexico. A táncház (dance workshop) will occur at Calvin United lot on Saturday, August 19th at 4PM and on Sunday, August 20th at 4PM at the VFW.

Életfa Ensemble from New Jersey will perform traditional Hungarian folk music throughout the weekend.

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 Drive Band.

Food and craft vendors will also be selling their colorful and creative wares on the Consaul Street mall. Children’s Games and Rides will be available at Consaul & Milford Streets, from 12-6 on Saturday and Sunday.

Handicap parking is available off of Front and Burr Streets, with transportation available to the festival and facilities throughout the festival grounds.

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.

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22nd Annual Birmingham Ethnic Festival Waiter’s Race

August 9, 2017

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A relay team consisting of 4 members will carry a tray with a pitcher of beer and 2 glasses. Exchanges will occur throughout the course down Consaul Street. The team to finish first AND with the most beer remaining in the glasses and pitcher wins the race. Points are awarded for order of finish and amount of beer remaining.

Join us on Friday, August 18 at 7PM on Consaul Street to watch the Lucas County Commissioners team defend their title against the other teams!

The Cakewalkin’ Jass Band will provide entertainment. Once the race is over, stick around for the fun at St. Stephen’s parking lot, where there will be food for sale.

Waiter’s Race past champions
1996 – Rumpus Room
1997 – Knights of Columbus
1998 – Tony Packo’s Restaurant
1999 – Rumpus Room/East Side Raiders
2000 – Consaul Tavern
2001 – Rumpus Room/East Side Raiders
2002 – Rumpus Room/East Side Raiders
2003 – Rumpus Room/East Side Raiders
2004 – Rumpus Room/East Side Raiders
2005 – Hungarian Club
2006 – Hungarian Club
2007 – Hungarian Club
2008 – Hungarian Club
2009 – Hungarian Club
2010 – Hungarian Club
2011 – Steelworkers
2012 – Hungarian Club
2013 – Hungarian Club
2014 – Calvin United Church of Christ
2015 – Lucas County Commissioners
2016 – Lucas County Commissioners

Entertainment Schedule

August 7, 2017

Birmingham Ethnic Festival Entertainment Schedule

SATURDAY, AUGUST 19th

Calvin United Church of Christ
1:00 PM BAVARIAN SPORTSCLUB HOLZHACKER SCHUHPLATTLERS
1:30 PM CARLOS OCHOA – Singing
2:00 PM MATT KEELER – Folk Music
2:30 PM MOLLYS IRISH DANCERS
3:00 PM EL CORAZON DE MEXICO
3:30 PM BOROZDA ENSEMBLE (Hungarian Folk Dancers from Chicago, IL)
4-8 PM TÁNCHÁZ with ÉLETFA – Hungarian Folk Band

Epiphany of the Lord/St. Stephen’s Catholic Church
1:00 PM MATT KEELER – Folk Music
1:30 PM MOLLYS IRISH DANCERS
2:00 PM EL CORAZON DE MEXICO
2:30 PM KODALY ENSEMBLE of Toronto with Erzsike Krajcz & Karen Majewski of
CSIPKE ENSEMBLE of MI (Hungarian Folk Dancers)
3:00 PM BAVARIAN SPORTSCLUB HOLZHACKER SCHUHPLATTLERS
3:30 PM CARLOS OCHOA-SINGING
5-10 PM TRU BREW

Vfw Post 4906
1:00 PM EL CORAZON DE MEXICO
1:30 PM KODALY ENSEMBLE of Toronto with Erzsike Krajcz & Karen Majewski of
CSIPKE ENSEMBLE of MI (Hungarian Folk Dancers)
2:00 PM BAVARIAN SPORTSCLUB HOLZHACKER SCHUHPLATTLERS
2:30 PM ÉLETFA – Hungarian Folk Band
3:00 PM MATT KEELER – Folk Music
3:30 PM MOLLY’S IRISH DANCERS

SUNDAY, AUGUST 20st
ÉLETFA – Hungarian Folk Band 11:30AM-12PM
Recognition Ceremonies with Hungarian and American National Anthems

CALVIN UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST
1:00 PM ECHOES OF POLAND
1:30 PM BAVARIAN SPORTSCLUB HOLZHACKER SCHUHPLATTLERS
2:00 PM BOROZDA ENSEMBLE (Hungarian Folk Dancers from Chicago, IL)
2:15 PM ÉLETFA – Hungarian Folk Band
2:30 PM MOLLY’S IRISH DANCERS
2:45 PM MATT KEELER – Folk Music
3:00 PM EL CORAZON DE MEXICO
3:30 PM KODALY ENSEMBLE of Toronto with Erzsike Krajcz & Karen Majewski of
CSIPKE ENSEMBLE of MI (Hungarian Folk Dancers)
3:45 PM TWIRL MICHIGAN
5 – 9 PM EAST RIVER DRIVE BAND

Epiphany of the Lord/St. Stephen’s Catholic Church
1:00 PM BOROZDA ENSEMBLE (Hungarian Folk Dancers from Chicago, IL)
1:15 PM ÉLETFA – Hungarian Folk Band
1:30 PM MOLLY’S IRISH DANCERS
1:45 PM MATT KEELER – Folk Music
2:00 PM EL CORAZON DE MEXICO
2:30 PM KODALY ENSEMBLE of Toronto with Erzsike Krajcz & Karen Majewski of
CSIPKE ENSEMBLE of MI (Hungarian Folk Dancers)
2:45 PM TWIRL MICHIGAN
3:00 PM ECHOES OF POLAND
3:30 PM BAVARIAN SPORTSCLUB HOLZHACKER SCHUHPLATTLERS
5 – 9 PM TRU BREW

Vfw Post 4906
1:00 PM EL CORAZON DE MEXICO
1:30 PM KODALY ENSEMBLE of Toronto with Erzsike Krajcz & Karen Majewski of
CSIPKE ENSEMBLE of MI (Hungarian Folk Dancers)
1:45 PM TWIRL MICHIGAN
2:00 PM ECHOES OF POLAND
2:30 PM BAVARIAN SPORTSCLUB HOLZHACKER SCHUHPLATTLERS
3:00 PM ÉLETFA – Hungarian Folk Band
3:30 PM MOLLY’S IRISH DANCERS
3:45 PM MATT KEELER – Folk Music
4 – 6 PM TÁNCHÁZ with ÉLETFA – Hungarian Folk Band
6 – 9 PM BOBBY MAY & DRY BONES REVIVAL (inside VFW)

*Entertainment Schedule is subject to change.*

Vendor Requests

August 1, 2017

43rd ANNUAL BIRMINGHAM ETHNIC FESTIVAL

Businesses / Crafters / Direct Sales Wanted!

We value our vendors! Categories are limited.

August 19 & 20, 2017

Front and Consaul Street

Toledo, OH 43605

Saturday 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM   Sunday 12:00 PM – 6:00 PM

COME AND JOIN US!

Contact:  Vicki Burnworth

419.779.6218

vickiburnworth@yahoo.com

Application

A 501 (C) (3) ORGANIZATION

 

Road Closures

August 19, 2016

DIVISION OF TRANSPORTATION – Temporary Closure, Birmingham Ethnic Festival Activities, August 19-21

In conjunction with the annual Birmingham Ethnic festival to be held on August 19 & 20, 2017, the following streets will be closed to vehicular traffic beginning at approximately 7:00 a.m., Saturday,August 19, and continuing through 10:00 p.m., Sunday, August 20:

  • Consaul Street from Front to Woodford (access will be maintained to Tony Packo’s parking lot and alley)
  • Bakewell Street from Consaul to Bogar
  • Bogar Street from Bakewell to Caledonia
  • Burr Street from Consaul to Esther
  • Esther Street form Front to Burr
  • Magyar Street Consaul to the southern end
  • Milford Avenue from Consaul to Minerva
  • Burger Street from Consaul to Minerva
  • Caledonia Street from Consaul to Bogar
  • Genesee from Consaul to Bogar

In addition to the above closures, parking will be prohibited on the following streets to effectively conduct the activities:

  • Consaul Street-both sides from Front to Woodford
  • Genesee both sides from Consaul to Bogar
  • Bakewell Street-both sides from Consaul to Bogar
  • Bogar Street-both sides from Bakewell to Caledonia
  • Caledonia Street-both sides from Consaul to Bogar
  • Esther Street-both sides from Front to Burr
  • Burr Street-north side from Esther to Consaul
  • West side of street leading back to tank farm off of Esther Street
  • Burger Street east side from Consaul to Minerva
  • Milford Street east side form Consaul to Minerva
  • Woodford Street west side from Consaul and Whittemore

In addition to the above closures the following streets will be closed on Friday evening, August 19, to facilitate the Annual Waiter’s Race associated with the festival.

  • Consaul Street between Front Street and Woodford
  • Bakewell between Consaul & Bogar

 

Bakewell will remain closed for the duration of the festival.