Hotel Information for Out-of-Town Guests of the 2015 Simply Slavic Festival

Although plans are now in the works for a new hotel in downtown Youngstown, there are presently no facilities available within walking distance of the festival site. However, multiple suburban hotel districts are located within minutes from the festival area, easily accessible from major highways into the Youngstown metropolitan region. Travelers are encouraged to visit the Mahoning County Convention & Visitors Bureau's list of nearby hotels, motels, and inns in the Greater Youngstown and Mahoning County area, which includes Austintown, Boardman, Poland, and Canfield.

If arriving from the west (Cleveland/Akron), the OH 46/I-80 Hotel District has access nearby to the Ohio Turnpike and OH 11. From this hotel district, follow I-80 East to I-680 Youngstown, exit at Market Street Northbound and follow the Market Street Bridge into Downtown Youngstown. The Simply Slavic festival is located just a few blocks away on East Federal Street, with free parking available at the Covelli Center. Other parking is available throughout the city in any legal parking spaces and designated areas.

Slavic Bakers Invited to Show Their Skills

2014 Simply Slavic Baking Contest Winners

Growing up Slavic in the Mahoning Valley meant slices of kolachi or homemade chrusciki in your lunch box instead of Twinkies and Oreos. The organizers of Simply Slavic want to encourage the perpetuation of those recipes and traditions.

One way they do so is the Annual Slavic Baking Competition to be held at the 5th Annual Simply Slavic Festival on Saturday, June 20th 2015. Organizers are inviting the region’s best amateur bakers to put their favorite recipe to the test!

Simply Slavic in the Community

On Saturday, June 20, 2015 from Noon-Midnight on Federal Plaza East, Simply Slavic will continue its mission of educating area residents about the history of the Slavic people that helped build the Mahoning Valley. But people don’t have to wait until then to start learning!

Simply Slavic in the Schools

Thanks to the generous donation of YSU’s Slavic Student Association, festival organizers are able to again offer two preview programs!

2015 Scholarship Deadline Extended!

The 2015 Simply Slavic Scholarship for Second Year or above Undergraduates, Graduate Students, or Doctoral Candidates enrolled at Youngstown State University (YSU) has been extended to JUNE 19th, 2015. Apply today!

Filmmaker Coming to Youngstown May 16th to Show Final Mission

Final Mission

Dušan Hudec, independent Slovak filmmaker and his producer, Darina Zmržova, will be coming into Youngstown on May 16th to have a showing of the Final Mission film for us. We are so thrilled that they are stopping here between Washington D.C. and Chicago. This documentary film tells the story of American airmen shot down over Slovakia during WWII and taken in and hidden from the Germans by Slovak villagers. It is a story most people have never heard…neither here nor in Slovakia! It is especially appropriate since May 16th is also Armed Forces Day.

Festival Sponsorships Now Available!

You’re invited to participate in one of the largest celebrations of our Valley’s proud ethnic culture!

By enhancing the community’s knowledge of these lively peoples through a joyful, family-friendly experience, we hope to honor the shared past of our beloved ancestors by educating and enriching the lives of a future generation. But to keep it a success, we need your help.

Out of This Furnace by Andy Wolk

The Youngstown State University Department of Theater and Dance presents the play “Out of This Furnace by Andy Wolk. A dramatic adaptation of Thomas Bell's tale about three generations of immigrant families struggling to build a life in the shadow of Andrew Carnegie's first steel mill and the rise of unions in Braddock, Pennsylvania.

Out of this Furnace

Save the Date! 2015 Flyer Now Available

Save the date! Simply Slavic will be taking place this year on June 20! Join us from 12:00 PM to 12:00 AM on Saturday, June 20th in Downtown Youngstown on Federal Plaza East, for a celebration of the Mahoning Valley's Slavic culture and heritage.

Simply Slavic 2015 Flyer

Community Outreach Dance Workshop (June 2014)

The Simply Slavic in the Community Community Outreach Dance Workshop will take place on Thursday, June 5, 2013 from 6-9 PM. Each year at the festival we are asked by attendees where they can learn the spirited Slavic dances so we decided to give people the opportunity to learn beforehand!

Polish American Heritage Days 2013

Polish Day 2013

Our friends at PolishYoungstown have a great schedule planned for this year's Polish Day as the organization is set to celebrate their 5th Anniversary! Polish American Heritage Days 2013 starts Friday, August 23 from 12 PM to 2 PM with Taste of Poland Lunches, then continues on Saturday, August 24 from 5 PM to 11 PM for the "Zabawa" Pierogi Party at the Saxon Club on Meridian Road in Youngstown! On Sunday, August 25 join the fun at Polish Day from 11:30 AM to 8 PM! Admission is only $5 and FREE ADMISSION FOR VOLUNTEERS!

To learn more contact PolishYoungstown or visit the beautiful Polish American Heritage Days 2013 website!

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