Lietuvos Nepriklausomybės Švenčių Minėjimas

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Lietuvos Nepriklausomybės Šventė

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Kviečiame sekmadieni, kovo 12 diena, kartu dalyvauti Lietuvos Nepriklausomybės paskelbimo ir atkūrimo šventėje.  Minėjimas prasidės 2 val p.p. Lietuvių Namuose, 2715 East Allegheny Avenue, Philadelphia, PA

Prieš minėjimą (nuo 12:00 – 1:30 val p.p.) bus galima pavalgyti cepelinų pietūs, atsigerti lietuviško alaus.

Programoje:
Laisvė

  • Krėviukai: Vinco Krėvės mokyklos choras
  • Aguonėlė: Philadelphijos vaikų šokių grupė
  • Laisvė: Philadelphijos mišrus choras
  • Simona ir Dorsey Minns, džiazo ir folklorinis duetas iš Bostono

Po minėjmo:

Pabendravimas prie suneštinių užkandžių.

Simona and Dorsey Minns
Iėjimas nemokamas, bet kviečiame šią proga prisijungti laisva auka bei solidarumo įnašu paremti Lietuvių Bendruomenę.

Lithuanian Independence Days Commemoration

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Celebrate Lithuania’s Independence

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Join us on Sunday, March 12, 2017 at the Lithuanian Music Hall in Philadelphia as we commemorate and celebrate the Restoration of Lithuania’s Independence from Russian occupation (February 16, 1918) and Soviet occupation (March 11, 1990)

The day’s special festivities include…

Traditional Cepelinu Lunch with Refreshments (12:00 – 1:30 P.M.)

Cultural Program (2:00 P.M.):
Laisvė

  • Krėviukai: Vincas Krėvė Lithuanian youth language school choir
  • Aguonėlė: Philadelphia children’s folk dance group
  • Laisvė: Philadelphia Lithuanian choir
  • Simona and Dorsey Minns, a jazz and folk music duo from Boston

Simona and Dorsey Minns

After the cultural program and commemoration:

  • Socializing, refreshment and snacks

Admission is Free.   Donations in solidarity with Lithuanian-American Community are appreciated and will be accepted.

Mugė Krupnikas Contest Registration 2016

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40th Annual Mugė Lithuanian Festival in Philadelphia

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Celebrate Lithuanian Arts and Culture!

40th Annual Muge Lithuanian Festival

Thank you to everyone who attended the 40th Annual Mugė Lithuanian Festival on November 5th and 6th and thank you to our volunteers and vendors who made the event possible! It was a fabulous weekend! For scenes from our festivities, visit our
40th Annual Mugė photo gallery.

We will celebrate our 41st Annual Mugė Lithuanian Festival on Saturday, November 4 and Sunday, November 5, 2017 and will start posting updates for it later this summer. Until then, details from 2016’s event appear below.

Hungry for the world’s best potato pancakes? Craving Švyturys or Kalnapilis? Fond of amber jewelry? Crazy about Lithuanian music and dance? If you answered “yes!” to any of these questions, then the 40th Annual Mugė Lithuanian Festival in Philadelphia on Saturday, November 5th and Sunday, November 6, 2016 is for you!

Lithuanian Folk Dancers

Both days are packed with fun for the entire family! From live music and folk dance performances to artisan jewelry and crafts to children’s activities and authentic Lithuanian comfort food, this Lithuanian fair is a popular crowd pleaser every year. Visit our Cultural Center to discover Lithuanian heritage, find your ancestors’ birthplace on our map, and get inspired to learn more about Lithuania. Mugė is a fabulous opportunity for full immersion in Lithuanian culture and tradition. See our activities and entertainment schedule for full details.

Algimantas and Ligita Barniskis

Listen to live music, watch folk dance performances, and sing and dance along with us! We are pleased to announce that Ligita and Algimantas Barniskas will appear Saturday night at 6 performing an eclectic mix of Lithuanian retro including jazz and other genres. Their concert is free to Saturday’s Mugė attendees who present their wristbands at the door.

Savor the delectable old world dishes our mothers and grandmothers taught us to prepare. We proudly serve a full menu of our best Lithuanian recipes: balandėliai (stuffed cabbage), blynai (potato pancakes), kugelis (potato pudding), poppy seed rolls, honey cakes, and so many more delicious treats.

Our bars are stocked with a wide variety of cold imported Lithuanian beers. Mugė Krupnikas Contest 2016Plus, we offer a selection of popular wines and your favorite mixed drinks. If you enjoy Lithuanian honey liqueur, visit our krupnikas bar upstairs in the Grand Ballroom on Saturday and vote for your favorite homemade krupnikas. If you think your krupnikas recipe has what it takes to beat the competition, enter our krupnikas contest! This year’s competition is limited to the first 10 contestants, so be sure to register for the krupnikas contest soon.

Malunas Folk Dancers

If you’d like to get involved with LMHA, visit our welcome table to learn more about membership and our upcoming events and projects. Purchase an official Mugė souvenir t-shirt or take a chance on some raffle tickets and you’ll be supporting Lithuanian arts and culture in our region.

Tickets for this year’s raffle fundraiser are $3 each, 2 tickets for $5, and 5 tickets for $10. Winners will be drawn on Sunday, November 6th and need not be present to win. This year, you could win one of these fabulous prizes.2016 Mugė Raffle Fundraiser

  • 1st Prize: Four Philadelphia 76ers Tickets with pre-game shoot-out access and center court photo, courtesy of the Philadelphia 76ers (winner: Alex Cox)
  • 2nd Prize: Two Philadelphia Eagles vs. New York Giants Tickets in section 112, row 11, courtesy of the Philadelphia Eagles (winner: Ree Petronis)
  • 3rd Prize: Phillies MVP Ryan Howard Autographed Baseball, courtesy of the Philadelphia Phillies (winner: Tadas Bruso)
  • 4th Prize: Taste of Lithuania Gift Basket, courtesy of Amber Roots Heritage Club (winner: the McAfee family)
  • 5th Prize: Two Cases of Švyturys Beer, courtesy of LMHA (winner: Tadas Bruso)
  • 6th Prize: Ten Pennies Florist & Decorators $50 Gift Certificate, courtesy of Ten Pennies Florist and Decorators (winner: Bernadette Puodziunas)

Follow Mugė on Facebook and let us know what you enjoy most about our festival.

To see images from last year’s festivities, visit our photo gallery.
Šakotis at Mugė

Saturday, November 5 (12 — 8 P.M.)

Sunday, November 6 (12 — 6 P.M.)

Donations at the door:

  • Adult, non-members: $5
  • Seniors and teens (13 to 18 years): $3
  • Children 12 and under: free
  • Current members: free

If you are an artist or vendor specializing in Lithuanian and/or Baltic treasures and would like to get involved in this year’s festival, here are details about how you can participate in this year’s Mugė.

Awesome Potato Pancakes

If you are joining us from out of town, accommodations are available nearby at the Penn’s Landing Holiday Inn Express, Sheraton Society Hill Hotel, Penn’s View Hotel, and at the Hilton Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing.

Archive: Mugė 2015.
Archive: Mugė 2014.

PASAKA: The Word For “Story” In Lithuanian

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Share Your Story

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During Mugė weekend, students from the media arts program at Science Leadership Academy in Philadelphia will be asking about your Lithuanian PASAKA. They will be interviewing Mugė attendees and recording stories in a documentary film exploring the immigrant experience and life as a hyphenated American. Stop by and share your story.

The idea is to try to capture stories before they disappear. Second Wavers are getting older. First Wave children and grandchildren are mostly assimilated and have partial stories. Third Wavers are realizing how easy it is to lose identity in a dominant culture like the United States.

Small and big stories are a big deal. A Second Waver who was a child in the DP camps may remember hunger and CARE packages coming from the west while a First Waver may remember her parents speaking secret Lithuanian which they had not taught her. Third Wavers may tell of how strange the First and Second Wavers seemed to them, etc.

If you would like to share your PASAKA or if you would like to share your parents’ or grandparents’ stories, please stop by the Club Room during Mugė weekend.
Rough Cut Productions
This immigrant experience documentary is being filmed under the direction of Rough Cut Productions, founded to provide high school students with professional media production experience while earning internship credits. The documentary will be available on Rough Cut Productions’ YouTube and Vimeo channels.

Things You Should Know About Lithuania

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Excerpted from writings by Juratė Krokys Stirbys, November 5, 2015
Jurate Stirbys Krokys
1. Lithuania is a very small but beautiful nation in northern Eastern Europe. Rolling hills, deep forests, castle-hills called piliakalniai, tons of lakes and rivers, long winters, village poverty contrasted with big city splendor reflecting centuries of architecture and history, a respect for nature, stylish big city people, and food and drink and hospitality as the center of politeness and happiness.

2. Lithuanians are not Slavic or Russian or Polish. Due to a confluence of history combined with impenetrable forests and fierce fighters, Lithuania retained its Baltic identity (Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia are the only three Baltic countries) and especially its unique language over the centuries. The Lithuanian language is often studied by linguistics students due to its having retained its very ancient roots. There are many similarities to Sanskrit.

3. At one point in the Middle Ages, Lithuania stretched to the Black Sea.

4. Approximately 340,000 Lithuanians died during the Second World War — many were deported by Stalin to Siberia where a large portion died from disease, starvation, and the elements while in forced labor camps. With the Soviets occupying Lithuania, Stalin’s idea was to empty Lithuania of the “intellectuals” and property owners through deportation so that it could be repopulated by Russians. Lithuania was considered a very desirable location with access to the west and a warm water port in the Baltic Sea. A popular NY Times best seller in recent years for teens to read about the deportations and soon to be a movie is Between Shades of Grey by Ruta Sepetys.

5. Lots of immigrants left Lithuania during the war because they were trying to avoid death and deportation to Siberia. They thought that they would temporarily go west and then return. But that did not happen. The time after the war for those who stayed was brutal. There was an active partisan war (the underground) fought for about 15 years. The partisans were called banditai (bahn-dih-taeeh) or bandits by the Soviets. These World War II immigrants were called DPs or displaced persons and otherwise called the Second Wave. They spent many years in DP camps which were located in West Germany waiting to be sponsored into other countries. In the DP camps, Lithuanians established schools, theatre groups, went to colleges locally, etc.

6. The First Wave immigrants from Lithuania came for two main reasons: in the 1800s to flee conscription into the czar’s army which meant 25 years of service and usually sure death (yes Lithuania earlier was occupied by Russia), and others later came to earn money in Pennsylvania’s coal fields or the stock yards (see The Jungle by Upton Sinclair where he features a Lithuanian main character and their family as they assimilate).

7. Third Wave immigrants is what we call the Lithuanians who have come from Lithuania since its independence in 1990. This is an interesting mixed group of people: some who have come to find work (under the Soviets everyone had a job to prop up that regime but that fell apart with independence) and many work as non-union roofers, builders, etc., others have come to work in high tech, medicine, etc.

8. There was another in-between Wave who came in the 70s and 80s through marriage or political asylum.

9. Lithuania as we speak is considered one of the most successful economically in the post-Soviet world and Europe, and is the absolutely number one in high tech and connectivity in Europe.

10. To read more about the struggle for independence search for information regarding March 11th and January 13th.

11. The Holocaust did happen in Lithuania although most are averse to talking about it. There were no camps in Lithuania. Jews were either taken to the forest and shot or taken to the camps in Germany and Poland. Some Lithuanians did take part in this horrid Holocaust but a larger part did not. This happened during the Nazi occupation of Lithuania during WW II. Pre-war, Vilnius was known as the Jerusalem of the North and considered a place of intellectual study.

12. Although Lithuania is very progressive in many areas, it is now carefully and slowly working on human and civil rights for LGBT and others. Race is still an issue for many and for others not at all. For a long time gender was also an issue as in women’s rights and for example, few women drove cars. Now, most women do, and the president of the nation is a woman as are many high ranking people.

13. And yes, Lithuanians are champion basketball players, bicyclists, swimmers, weight-lifters, dancers, musicians and singers (for a country of barely 3 million). Another 1 million live all over the world with the largest groups living in the US, Canada, Australia, Great Britain, and other countries.

2015 Mugė Krupnikas Contest

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39th Annual Mugė Lithuanian Festival in Philadelphia

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39th Muge Lithuanian Festival in Philadelphia

Thank you to everyone who attended the 39th Annual Mugė Lithuanian Festival on November 7th and 8th and thank you to our volunteers, sponsors, and vendors who made the event possible! It was a spectacular weekend and was, by far, our most popular Mugė ever!

We will celebrate our 40th Annual Mugė Lithuanian Festival on Saturday, November 5 and Sunday, November 6, 2016 and will start posting updates for it later this summer. Until then, details from 2015’s event appear below.

Lithuanian Folk Dancers

Both days are packed with fun for the entire family! From live music and folk dance performances to artisan jewelry and crafts to children’s activities and authentic Lithuanian comfort food, this Lithuanian fair is a popular crowd pleaser every year. Visit our newly renovated Cultural Center to discover Lithuanian heritage, share your family’s immigration pasaka (story), find your ancestors’ birthplace on our map, and get inspired to learn more about Lithuania. Mugė is a fabulous opportunity for full immersion in Lithuanian culture and tradition. See our activities and entertainment schedule for full details.

Ramune Stankeviciute Moonlight Cabaret

Listen to live music, watch folk dance performances, and when you get the urge, sing and dance along! We are pleased to announce that Ramunė Stankevičiūtė returns this year for an encore performance of sultry cabaret songs. Her Moonlight Cabaret starts at 7 downstairs in the Club Room and is free to Saturday’s Mugė attendees who present their wristbands at the door.

Savor the delectable old world dishes our mothers and grandmothers taught us to prepare. We proudly serve a full menu of our best Lithuanian recipes: balandėliai (stuffed cabbage), blynai (potato pancakes), kugelis (potato pudding), poppy seed rolls, honey cakes, and so many more delicious treats. See Saturday’s menu and Sunday’s menu for more details.

Our bars are stocked with a wide variety of cold imported Lithuanian beers. Plus, we offer a selection of popular wines and your favorite mixed drinks. If you enjoy Lithuanian honey liqueur, visit our krupnikas bar upstairs in the Grand Ballroom on Saturday and vote for your favorite homemade krupnikas. If you think your krupnikas recipe has what it takes to beat the competition, enter our krupnikas contest! This year’s competition is limited to the first 10 contestants, so be sure to register for the krupnikas contest soon.

2015 Mugė Krupnikas Contest

If you’d like to get involved with LMHA, visit our welcome table to learn more about membership and our upcoming events and projects. Purchase an official Mugė souvenir t-shirt or take a chance on some raffle tickets and you’ll be supporting Lithuanian arts and culture in our region.

Tickets for this year’s raffle fundraiser are $3 each, 2 tickets for $5, and 5 tickets for $10. Winners will be drawn on Sunday, November 8th and need not be present to win. Following are this year’s exciting prizes.
Raffle Fundraiser for Mugė

  • 1st Prize: 32″ HDTV, courtesy of LMHA (winner: Aušra Maknys)
  • 2nd Prize: Four Philadelphia 76ers Club Box Tickets, courtesy of the Philadelphia 76ers (winner: Danutė Gecas)
  • 3rd Prize: Two Philadelphia Flyers Club Box Tickets with VIP Parking, courtesy of the Museum of Sports (winner: Diane Rociunas)
  • 4th Prize: Taste of Lithuania Gift Basket & Bridges subscription, courtesy of Amber Roots Heritage Club and Terese Vekteris, editor of Bridges (winner: Elizabeth Krotulis)
  • 5th Prize: Phillies Steve Carlton Autographed Baseball, courtesy of the Philadelphia Phillies (winner: Julianna Walker)
  • 6th Prize: Ten Pennies Florist & Decorators $50 Gift Certificate, courtesy of Ten Pennies Florist and Decorators (winner: Mary Alkons)
  • 7th Prize: Accommodations in Las Vegas at BlueGreen Club 36, courtesy of Vida Lanyte Anton (winner: Mary Eileen Perhosky)

Follow Mugė on Facebook and let us know what you enjoy most about our festival.

To see images from last year’s festivities, visit our photo gallery.
Šakotis at Mugė

Saturday, November 7 (12 — 8 P.M.)

Sunday, November 8 (12 — 6 P.M.)

Donations at the door:

  • Adult, non-members: $5
  • Seniors and teens (13 to 18 years): $3
  • Children 12 and under: free
  • Current members: free

If you are an artist or vendor specializing in Lithuanian and/or Baltic treasures and would like to get involved in this year’s festival, here are details about how you can participate in this year’s Mugė.

Awesome Potato Pancakes

If you are joining us from out of town, accommodations are available nearby at the Penn’s Landing Holiday Inn Express, Sheraton Society Hill Hotel, Penn’s View Hotel, and at the Hilton Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing.

Archive: Mugė 2014.

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