Saturday, June 20, 2020 6pm - 7:30pm Streaming Live on Facebook and YouTube

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SIMPLY SLAVICthe festival created specifically to celebrate Youngstown’s Slavic community, will take place virtually on Saturday, June 20th, 2020 from 6pm to ​8pm EST on Facebook Live and YouTube Live.

Hosting the online event will be RODINA, the beautiful bride-inspired Simply Slavic mascot, who has welcomed visitors to the festival the last few years in her colorful costume. The event will feature performances from past Simply Slavic entertainers such as Harmonia, Chardon Polka Band, Del Sinchak, Luke Politsky, Happy Hearts Junior Tamburitzans, Lucina Slovak Folk Ensemble, Living Traditions Folk Ensemble, Slavjane, Saint Nicholas Russian Youth Dancers, Youngstown Area Ukrainian Dancers, and a special Vatra performance by the Katrenich Family.

One hour into the online celebration, at 7:00pm, will be the commencement of a Global Toast. Friends of Simply Slavic from countries around the world will send their anniversary good wishes and their version of “cheers” to life and to health in their own languages. Observers from their computers or mobile devices will be able to offer their words of encouragement.

To complement the virtual festival, local food and beverage vendors have stepped up and will provide special Slavic dishes. Leading the food charge will be Babcia’s Lunchbox and Krakus Polish Deli & Bakery, who will be offering special platters and other items which can be picked up from their locations, with call-ahead ordering. Please see their business' Facebook page or the Simply Slavic event page for further details.  

Modern Methods Brewing Company of Warren has once again brewed its special Rodina Czech Amber Lager exclusively for Simply Slavic. “Rodina has become such a favorite of beer enthusiasts that we are more than doubling its volume of production in 2020,” according to Adam Keck, Modern Methods president. You can order 4 packs or cases of Rodina at the Modern Methods to go ordering website. A portion of all Rodina sales goes towards the Simply Slavic Scholarship Program for YSU students

Youngstown’s Penguin City Brewing Co, who partnered with the festival for the first time last year, will be offering its flagship ale and new Penguin City Light beer for pickup from it's brewery (530 Mahoning Ave.) on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 12-5pm. You also will get The Simply Slavic “Cheers” Poster with your 6 pack purchase!

To offset the costs of the event production, Simply Slavic welcomes tax deductible-donations, with details of how to donate at

“We wanted to explore a solution in 2020 where the community can safely stay physically distant, but collectively come together to celebrate our shared heritage. Continuing our yearly scholarship program, helping out our local food and beverage entrepreneurs, and supporting local artists was very important to the organizing committee,” said John Slanina, Simply Slavic Board President. “Please join us on June 20 and raise your glasses with followers of Simply Slavic from around the globe.”


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