Bulgarian Play hosted at BMNECC – Dec 2nd

Melpoart, a theatrical troupe all the way from Novi Pazar, Bulgaria is coming to BMNECC on Sunday, December 2nd to present the comedy
“Our wife is …..”

By the contemporary Croatian writer Miro Gavran. The play is in Bulgarian.
There is no entrance fee.
The Center will open its doors at 5 pm, cash bar, freshly cooked dinner will be available for purchase at 5:30 pm, play starts at 6:30 pm.

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10x AmazonSmile donations through Nov 2

Through November 2nd, Amazon is donating 10 times their usual rate when you shop at smile.amazon.com!

On your first visit to AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com), you are prompted to select a charitable organization from their list of eligible organizations. You can change your selection at any time.

To change your charitable organization:

  1. Sign in to smile.amazon.com on your desktop or mobile phone browser.
  2. From your desktop, go to Your Account from the navigation at the top of any page, and then select the option to Change your Charity. Or, from your mobile browser, select Change your Charity from the options at the bottom of the page.
  3. Select BMNECC to support.

For more information about the AmazonSmile program, go to http://smile.amazon.com/about

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Vecherinka – Nov. 17

Come join us for a night of dancing your favorite horors/kolos

at the BMNECC VECHERINKA

Saturday November 17th

Dance Lesson at 7pm
Band starts playing at 8pm

with
оркестър уплашени пуйки
(Orchestra Frightened Turkeys)

Andy Dokmanovich – Accordian
Paul Hladio – Bass
Dan Jovanovich – Bugarija
Kris Vucelich – Brač

Cash Bar. Food will be available for purchase.

Admission
$8 members
$10 non-members

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Cajun/Zydeco Dance – Nov. 15th – Cancelled

This event is cancelled. Will post a new date soon.

 

Rose & The Bros out of Ithaca, NY began as a collective dream. Rosie Newton is an internationally touring fiddle player and singer with her Old-Time duo w/ banjo player Richie Stearns, Richie and Rosie, but plays a mean accordion in her spare time. Rosie, fiddler Steve Selin and guitar player Paul Martin all wanted to have a band together to play rockin’ music people just couldn’t help but dance to! Starting in 2015, Rosie, Steve Selin, and Paul Martin formed a trio and began collecting songs and organizing their dream dance band that people just couldn’t help but rock to! When they joined forces with the rhythm section Angelo Peters (leader of Big Mean Sound Machine), Greg Evans, and Sally Freund, the band was complete. Together they specialize in Cajun and Zydeco music from South West Louisiana. They also include sweet vocal harmonies and a few crooning country classics in the mix. Their goal is to breathe life into the young dance music scene and have a great time doing it.

Admission is $12.50 total in advance (no added ticket agency fees). $15.00 cash at the door.

So you have never danced to this music before? We will provide a quick lesson before the live music starts!

There will be an opening act, to be announced soon.

Click here for the Facebook event for more information.

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4th Annual Bulgarian Folklore Festival – October 19th and 20th

BMNECC proudly presents the 4th Annual Bulgarian Folklore Festival
“Na Megdana”
October 19-20, 2018
Friday, October 19
8:30 pm: Vecherinka dinner party featuring Vladimir Mollov band, BMNECC

 

Saturday, October 20
6:30 pm: folklore concert, West Mifflin Middle School
9:30 pm: Vecherinka dinner party featuring Vladimir Mollov band, BMNECC

 

Click here to purchase tickets
Concert admission: $10
Vecherinka admission only: $15
Vecherinka admission & seated dinner: $30

 

BMNECC welcomes folklore ensembles from around the U.S. and Canada:
“Ludo Mlado” – Boston, IL
“Pendari” – Washington, DC
“Zlatna Trakia” – Toronto, Canada
“Zharava” – Washinton, DC
“Folk Factory” – Pittsburgh, PA
“Otets Paisii” – Pittsburgh, PA
“Danka” – Pittsburgh, PA
“Shareni Chorapi” – Pittsburgh, PA
“Hrvatski Tanac” – Pittsburgh, PA

 

We are honored to announce that this year’s festival is dedicated to the memory of Penka Rizova, one of the most influential figures in the Bulgarian traditional folklore of dance, music, song and the cultural institutions in Bulgaria. Recently she passed away at the age of 92 and left behind an incredible legacy not only in Bulgaria, but in the United States, where she helped raise the awareness of the Bulgarian Folklore through her contributions to some of the oldest Bulgarian cultural establishments, including our organization: Bulgarian Macedonian National Educational and Cultural Center.

 

Join us for masterful performances of authentic Bulgarian folklore on October 20 at West Mifflin Middle School. Vecherinka parties with Vladimir Mollov band and handcrafted Bulgarian food menu on both days! Food menu includes roasted lamb, hand-stuffed karnacheta (Bulgarian spiral sausage), pumpkin and cheese banitsa (Bulgarian pastries), salads and appetizers.

 

Click here to listen to the “The Saturday Light Brigade!” podcast featuring Vladimir Mollov, Fran Wieloch and Nick Nedev talk about the festival and listen to Mr. Mollov play the accordian.

 

Free parking! Cash bar available and credit cards accepted.
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American University in Bulgaria visits Pittsburgh

The American University in Bulgaria (AUBG)

and

The Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria to the U.S.

cordially invite you to

A DAY OF AUBG IN PITTSBURGH

Friday, October 5, 2018 at 07:00 PM until 09:00 PM

Bulgarian Macedonian National Educational and Cultural Center 451 W 8th Ave W Homestead, PA 15120

Join the Assistant Director of Admissions of AUBG to learn more about the American University in Bulgaria.

The American University in Bulgaria is an U.S. accredited, liberal arts University where students earn both an US and EU diploma upon graduation. AUBG students live on a world-class, safe campus that provides them with the opportunity to learn from world-class faculty and other students from over 35 different nations.

After 27 years and more than 5,000 graduates later, AUBG can say proudly state that we offer our students with superior academics, expansive extracurriculars, and a strong foundation for their future success. AUBG has impressive record of 99.8% employment rate or graduate school enrollment upon graduation.

Light refreshments will be provided. RSVP at this link by October 3, as there are limited spots available.

Information in English/Bulgarian will be provided after the presentation upon request. To accommodate your language preferences please get in touch with us on the spot.

We will be glad to assist you!

For more information: +1 412-613-5995

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Unification Day – September 8th

Folkotheque Orfey is preparing a new edition- celebrating Bulgarian Unification Day (September 6th) on Saturday, September 8th.
Come party with us, enjoy music from the Balkans and savory meal in our smoke free facility / cash bar/free parking.
Entrance fee is waived for Members and $10 for non-members.
This is a family friendly event.

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Independence Day Celebration – July 7th

Saturday July 7th
7pm
Please join us for music with themes from the Balkans. Free lesson is available later in the evening.
We are very fortunate to host Atanas Valev (Атанас Вълев), founder and owner of Trimona yogurt.
He will be preparing three course meal featuring yogurt and will have a short presentation about the history, nowadays use and benefits of yogurt.
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Bulgarian Folk Ensemble “Otets Paissii” Concert Момина Сълза – May 12

Otest Paissii Concert
Saturday May 12th
6:00pm
West Mifflin Middle School

 

Come join us for a night of Bulgarian entertainment presented by the Bulgarian Folk Ensemble “Otets Paissi” who is directed by Joy Holden, Managing Director, and Bilyana Stoyanova-Stafura, Artistic Director.

Featured Guest Groups:
Carica Milica Serbian Choir
members of Danka Group
Folk Faktory
Folklore Group Hrvatski Tanac
Junior Tamburitzans of Duquesne
Shareni Chorapi
Trafford Junior Tamburitzans

Vencherinka immediately following at BMNECC
449-451 West Eighth Avenue
West Homestead, PA 15120

Live Music by “Nyama Signal” for dancing and listening pleasure
Food for sale
Cash Bar

Click here to purchase tickets in advance.

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Vecherinka – April 21st

This month we are returning to our regular Vecherinka with a live band.

Admission is $8 for members and $10 for non-members.

Food Menu includes:
-oven baked organic chicken prepared with rice & herbs
-delicious Mediterranean salad
the meal will be served with a side of organic pasta with cheese, scoop of yogurt, spoon of lutenitsa (roasted red pepper spread), piece of Bulgarian feta cheese, marinated peppercini pepper & artisan bread.
*Traditional Bulgarian recipes and spices will be used to prepare the meal.
Dessert is a “tres Leches” triple layer cream and caramel cake served with a ball of ice cream & whipped topping.
$10.00 meal
$4.00 dessert

 

 

For more information, phone 412-461-6188.

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Roaming Social Club visits BMNECC

The Roaming Social Club is a mobile social club visiting a different Pittsburgh venue each month in 2018. For April, they will be visiting the BMNECC for our monthly Vecherinka.

 

For more information on their Roaming Social Club, visit their website at http://roamingsocialclub.com/

For more information on the upcoming Vecherinka on April 21st, click here

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Banitsa Orders for BMNECC Fundraising Vecherinka

Banitsa, a Bulgarian pastry made with home-made phyllo dough, cheese, and eggs, is a favorite staple for both children and adults. Jak Latinov (www.jaksbakery.com), an expert baker with over 16 years of experience, prepares the phyllo dough from scratch and crafts the pastries to perfection.

Place your order today for pans of banitsa (12 pieces each). Order them frozen ($20/pan, bake at home at 425F for 30 minutes or until golden brown) or pre-baked ($24/pan). All orders must be picked up during the Fundraising Vecherinka party at BMNECC on March 24, starting at 7 pm. BMNECC is located at 449-451 West Eighth Avenue
West Homestead, PA 15120.

For more information, please contact Peter Djalaliev at peter_djalaliev@gmail.com or 724-462-1863.

Click Here to place your order; order form closes Thursday, March 22nd

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Fundraising Vecherinka – March 24th

Please join us on March 24th for a fundraiser Vecherinka to support the participation of Otets Paissii and Danka at the Verea Bulgarian Festival in Chicago

Date:   Saturday, March 24

Time:  Dance lessons at 7:30pm
             Vecherinka at 8:00pm
Cost:   $10 – members
             $15 – non-members

Entertainment will be provided by Bulgarica.
The band will include
Vladimir Mollov – accordion
Stoyan Mostov -guitar
And special guests
Nikolay Kolev – gadulka
Donka Koleva – vocal

A la carte food will be available
There will be a Chinese Auction as well as a 50/50 Raffle

Click here to purchase tickets in advance

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Steel City Blues Festival – March 16th

Steel City Blues Festival Workshops

Friday, March 16th

Evening and Late Night Dances featuring Miss Freddye’s Blues Band

At the BMNECC
Free Beginner Lesson,  8 – 9 p.m.
Evening Dance,  9 p.m. – 1 a.m.
Welcome to Pittsburgh! Once you’re registered, it’s time to start dancing. Miss Freddye starts at 10 p.m.

Late-Night Dance
1 – 4 a.m.
Newcomer Jack n’ Jill Prelims and Finals, around 1:00 a.m.
We dance until 4 a.m. – hopefully you do, too.

 

Click here for more information on the workshops.

Click here for more information on how to register.

 

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Horoteka Party – Feb 17

Horoteka Dance Party
 
 
Come join us Saturday, February 17th at 7:30 pm
~Entrance is $5.00 for adults & kids under 18 free~
 
 We will have an in house DJ accepting music requests while we dance the night away! 
 This is a fun, family friendly night with a variety of ethnic music.

**Excellent Traditional Bulgarian meal will be available for purchase:
-Slow roasted ribs with sides of oven buttery potatoes & gourmet cabbage/carrot salad. 
-Dessert is a crepe w/jam and ball of ice cream
*All traditional Bulgarian seasonings used*

 

***Cash Bar Available****
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Musical Mysteries & More – November 11

Musical Mysteries & More
Dinner Theater To Die For!
and
BMNECC 

present

MURDER ON THE HIGH SEA

Yo ho ho…’tis a pirate’s life for me! Come aboard the Dark Mayflower for a fun time o’ frolickin’, lootin’ and pillagin’. ‘Tis murder and mayhem on the high seas when the Cap’n comes up missin’ just as a Spanish galleon threatens to blow ‘em out o’ the water. Will these hearty buccaneers survive or will they be blown to bits.? See what happens and we guarantee you’ll be hooked – arggh!!

 

Doors open at 5:15pm
$35 includes dinner & show/cash bar

Click to Purchase Tickets

 

 

 

 

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Bulgarian Folk Ensemble “Otets Paissii” Open House

Bulgarian Folk Ensemble “Otets Paissii” is welcoming new members!

Come join us for an Open House on Sunday, September 17, 2017, at 2:30 pm.

BMNECC, 449 W. Eighth Avenue, West Homestead, PA 15120

The BMNECC’s performing ensemble has been delighting local and international audiences for many years.  The talented group of dancers was one of the main attractions throughout their many years of participation in the Pittsburgh International Folk Festival.  The group presents an annual concert and participates in other events around the Pittsburgh area throughout the year.  In 1990, the group appeared at numerous venues in Bulgaria.

The Managing Director of the ensemble is Joy Holden.  The Artistic Director is the very talented Bilyana Stoyanova-Stafura.  Come learn the many different dances and styles from many regions in Bulgaria!  We are considered an adult ensemble and welcome anyone age 15 or older to join.  Bilyana has the ability to bring out the best in all talent levels, so we invite all who are interested to please come visit our rehearsal and explore your Bulgarian interests!

 

The ensemble rehearses every Sunday afternoon at 1:30 pm the Bulgarian-Macedonian National Educational and Cultural Center located at 449 W. Eighth Avenue, West Homestead, PA 15120.

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Renovation Project

During the Summer months, there were two major improvements that happened at the Center. The first project was the archway in the front of the building and the second was the dance floor refinishing. We are really excited about the new look and hope you visit the Center soon!

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Artifacts Donated to Center

BMNECC has acquired two invaluable pieces for the permanent collections of the Museum this summer.
His Excellency, the former Ambassador of US to Bulgaria Mr. Kenneth Hill, has graciously donated them to our Museum and we are thrilled to share with you!
They include an Amphora neck, recovered from the floor of Black See and dating more than 2000 years and a brass sculpture of Kliment Ohridski and the Cyrillic alphabet (1993).
We are grateful and more than honored!

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3rd Annual Bulgarian Folklore Festival “Na Megdana” October 13 – 14, 2017

3rd Annual Bulgarian Folklore Festival Na Megdana 

October 13 – 14, 2017

The BMNECC is hosting its third annual Bulgarian Folk Festival – Na Megdana – which will focus exclusively on Bulgarian dance and music.We are happy to welcome Ambassador Tihomir Stoytchev, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Bulgaria to the United States of America, to this year’s festival.

The 2017 festival will feature ensembles from around the U.S. and Canada:
  • “Verea” (Chicago, IL)
  • “Pendari” (Washington, DC)
  • “Bosilek” (New York, NY)
  • “Rodni Ritmi” (Orlando, FL)
  • “Sharenitsa” (St. Petersburg, FL)
  • “Otets Paisii” (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • “Danka” (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • “Shareni Chorapi” (Pittsburgh, PA)

The folklore concerts will be at West Mifflin Middle School (Address: 81 Commonwealth Ave, West Mifflin, PA 15122):

  • Friday, October 13 at 7:00 pm
  • Saturday, October 14 at 6:30 pm
Join us at BMNECC both nights at 9:30 pm for authentic, prepared-from-scratch Bulgarian food and live folklore music from the Vladimir Mollov Band. A cash bar will be available during both dinner parties.
  • Concert admission: $10
  • Dinner party admission: $15 (dinner available for purchase)
  • Dinner party admission + dinner + reserved seating: $30 (if available, limited number only)

Click here to purchase tickets

Free parking is available for all concerts and dinner parties.
Sponsorship opportunities available – please consider sponsoring us!
For more information or any questions, please contact Peter Djalaliev (peter.djalaliev@gmail.com) or Alexander Zankin (zankinalex@yahoo.com).

Click for Sponsorship 2017

Click for Festival Flyer 2017

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Annual Summer Picnic – August 25th

Dear friends and supporters of the Bulgarian Cultural and Educational Center,

 

We are pleased to announce that our annual summer picnic will be on Saturday, August 25th at the Oregon Shelter in North Park.

Please, join us from  noon till 6 pm for a pot luck lunch.

RSVP to Peter  Djalaliev at peter.djalaliev@gmail.com  by Saturday August 11th.

 

Bring a main dish, or a side dish or desert by your choice. Also, feel free to bring any soft or hard drinks.

Table cloths, utensils and napkins will be provided.

 

There is a nearby playground for the children.

 

You can find the shelter on the map here:

https://foursquare.com/v/north-park-oregon-shelter/535559a5498e2879ecd5d5a6

 

Use the following address, to get directions from your location:

N Ridge Dr.

Allison Park, PA 15101

 

For additional information, contact Polina at polinahr@verizon.net.

 

Looking forward to see you there,

BMNECC board of directors

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Colombia en Pittsburgh – July 1st

Pre Independence Colombian Party 2017

July 1, 2017
9 pm – 1:30 am

You are invited to attend the Colombian Pre Independence Party. All night of Latin music and dancing with our special guess Zafarrancho directly from Colombia, Gavas Beat and DJ Mateo. Please join us at Bulgarian Macedonian Cultural Center on July 1st, at 9:00 p.m.

$20 In advance
$25 At the door

Purchase Tickets

All proceeds will support the activities of Colombia en Pittsburgh

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End of Year Vecherinka – May 20th

Please join us in celebrating the end of the year for the Bulgarian School during our final Vecherinka for the season on
Saturday May 20, 2017

Culture and Literacy Day is a public holiday celebrated in Bulgaria yearly on May 24th. It is a day that marks the significance of the Bulgarian language and the Cyrillic alphabet. Click here for more about the holiday.

All are welcome to join the graduation for the school which will begin at 5:00pm with dinner being served at 6:00pm.

Dinner Menu

*Green Salad
*Tarator Soup
*Roasted lamb & rice
*Organic chicken & potatoes
*Caramel Tres leche Cake

The meal can be purchased for $15  for the entire 3 course meal (soup, main entree salad  & dessert), or you have the option to buy the courses separately.

Admission to the Vecherinka
$8 for members and $10 for non-members

Table reservations for large parties!
Contact Marin Tomov at 412-420-7614

For more information, phone 412-461-6188.

 

 

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Bulgarian Easter Bread for Sale

Kozunak For Sale

Easter bread is an important part of the Easter traditions in many countries in Europe. The Bulgarian version (козунак/kozu’nak) is delicious slightly sweet yeast bread with texture halfway between bread and cake.
Jak Latinov is taking orders that will be available for pickup on Mar 31 (Catholic Easter) or Apr 7 (Orthodox Easter) at BMNECC. A portion of all proceeds will benefit BMNECC.
The deadline for all orders is March 25th.

Please place your order here:
https://docs.google.com/…/1FAIpQLSdlkycuD26w6qHUeI…/viewform

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Belly Dance Show & Workshop- March 31st – April 2nd

Belly Dance Show

Doors open at 7:30 PM, show at 8:00 PM

$15 advance and $20 at the door.

Click here to purchase tickets

 

Belly Dance Workshop

April 1st and April 2nd at the Center

Click here for more details

 

ELEMENTS OF NORTH AFRICA FEATURING AISHA ALI

The one & only Aisha Ali will be coming next April for the last time to the east coast! The woman who has inspired so many of the bellydance rockstars of today with her knowledge, raw footage of her travels from back in the day, & her beautiful & elegant dance IS COMING ONE LAST TIME TO THE EAST COAST!!! MARK YOUR CALENDERS- YOU CAN’T MISS THIS!

MORE ABOUT AISHA…
Aisha Ali is an internationally recognized authority on the dances of Egypt and North Africa. Following her successes in the United States, she performed widely in Europe and the Middle East. For over twenty years she directed her folkloric ensemble, the Aisha Ali Dance Company.
In 1971, Aisha traveled to the Middle East to observe firsthand many traditional styles of dance not seen in the United States. She made subsequent visits to Egypt, Algeria, and Tunisia from 1973 to 1997 to document folkloric materials that were fast disappearing. As a result, she has released numerous audio and video recordings.


In 1973, after performing as the featured soloist at the Municipal Theater in Sfax, Tunisia, the Maison de la Culture asked Aisha to form a local dance company. Later that year she stayed among the Ouled Naïl in Algeria, a tribe famous for its dancing women. Over the years she has frequently danced at celebrations in Upper Egypt with the Banat Maazin, a Nawar gypsy family of Ghawazee.


In the United States, Aisha directed the North African performers at the Los Angeles Olympics opening festival in 1984 and was featured soloist at the grand opening of the LA Festival in 1993. In 1994, she was inducted into the Hall of Fame by the American Academy of Middle Eastern Dance in New York, and in 2000, she was an honored speaker and soloist at the International Conference of Middle Eastern Dance. At Cornell University she was featured in a folk dance program sponsored by Nahara Ruskin.


For many years, Aisha wrote articles for Arabesque magazine, as well as Habibi and other Middle East dance journals. She also contributed to numerous otherpublications, including an article on the Ouled Nail published by the International Institute for the Study of Islam, the section on Egypt for the JVC/Smithsonian “Anthology of World Music and Dance,” and articles on Algeria and the Ouled Naïl in the International Encyclopedia of Dance published by Oxford University Press.


In addition to teaching classes at her Los Angeles studio, Aisha has given lectures/demonstrations at universities throughout California and conducts workshops and master classes in North America, Europe, New Zealand and Australia. At Present, in addition to teaching and performing, she is working at making digital copies of her collection of music and films that were archived during the 1970s and 1980s in what are now outmoded forms of technology.

Click here to purchase tickets

 

 

 

 

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Fundraising Vecherinka – March 18th

SATURDAY, MARCH 18, 2017
7:30pm Dance Workshop
8:30pm Vecherinka begins

Click here to purchase tickets

The Fundraising Vecherinka will be on March 18 with Mollov Band and guest performers Nikolai and Donka Kolevi. The doors will open at 7:00 pm. Alexandar Zankin will hold a folklore dance workshop from 7:30 pm to 8:30 pm. The band will start performing at 8:30 pm.

The admission will be $15 ($12 for BMNECC members) with tickets sold in advance and at the door. People can contact Peter Djalaliev (peter.djalaliev@gmail.com) to purchase tickets in advance. There will be a menu of authentic Bulgarian dishes (details TBD). There will also be a cash bar. Parking is free.

All proceeds from the Fundraising Vecherinka will go towards covering the expenses of Otets Paisii and Danka to travel and participate in the Bulgarian festival “Verea” in Chicago, April 21-22, 2017.

Guest Performers

Nikolai Kolev (gadulka), a native of Karavelovo in Thrace, has been playing gadulka since age 10. After graduating from the Musical Folklore High School in Shiroka Luka, he began performing as a soloist of the Sliven Ensemble for Folk Songs and Dances. In 1985 he formed the wedding music ensemble Rozova Dolina, and in 1992 he founded the prize-winning ensemble Balkanski Glasove. Nikolai has accompanied many well-known singers, including Vulkana Stojanova, Roumen Rodopski and Todor Kozhuharov. In 1993, he emigrated to New York City.

Donka Koleva (vocals) is a native of the village of Tuzha in the Stara Zagora region of Thrace. She also graduated from the Musical Folklore High School in Shiroka Luka, and performed for three years with the Sliven Folk Dance and Music Ensemble. She was the director of the Folk Song Chorus of Sopot and has been a featured soloist on Bulgarian Radio-TV. She has participated in many singing competitions in Bulgaria and Europe. Her voice has been featured on numerous recordings, and in 1997 her recording of “Javore” was named “Song of the Year” in the Bulgarian national radio competition. Since 1993 she has lived in New York City.

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Vecherinka – Feb 18

On the third Saturday of each month from September through May the Bulgarian Center hosts a Balkan music and dance party known as a Vecherinka. The events begin at 7:30 and last till 11:30 pm, unless otherwise indicated.  Live music is provided by the Center’s BMNECC Band or by visiting guest artists. Easy-to-follow dance lessons are available during the first hour.  You’ll love our large dance floor!  Ample parking is available in our private lot.

The menu includes a variety of hot and cold Bulgarian specialties and an assortment of beverages, plus a cash bar. Admission is $7 for members and $10 for non-members. For more information, phone 412-461-6188.

  • Saturday, October 15, 2016,  9:30 pm to 2:00 am – special dance following Bulgarian Folk Festival  More
  • Saturday, November 19, 2016
  • Saturday, January 21, 2017
  • Saturday, February 18, 2017
  • Saturday, March 18, 2017 – special fundraiser vecherinka to benefit Otets Paissi and Danka dance groups More
  • Saturday, April 15, 2017 cancelled due to it being Easter weekend
  • Saturday, May 20, 2017

 

 

Cajun, Creole, Zydeco

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Salsa Dances

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Urban Ballroom

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Events, classes & more

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Help sponsor our Bulgarian Folk Festival “Na Megdana”

We are inviting individuals and organizations to consider becoming official sponsors of our second annual Bulgarian Folk Festival “Na Megdana” on Friday, October 14, and Saturday, October 15, 2016. Click here for festival details.

This year’s festival will feature performances by folklore ensembles from all around the United States:

You can choose to support the festival at two levels:

Distinguished Folklore Hero ($250 donation)

  • Your advertising materials will be displayed on dinner and bar tables
  • The name of your business will be listed in festival concert program

Folklore Patron ($100 donation)

  • The name of your business will be listed in festival concert program

Sponsorship levels



You can also support our Folk Festival by contributing to our GoFundMe account. Click here to make a donation. 

For more information or to donate, please contact Peter Djalaliev at peter.djalaliev@gmail.com. We thank you for your support.

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Mystery dinner theater – Nov 12

Saturday, November 12, 2016
Doors open at 5:15 pm
Dinner begins at 6:15 pm

Play starts at 7:15 pm

$35 – dinner and show
Click here to purchase tickets

Join us for an evening of dining, comedy, mystery and interactive theater on November 12, when we present “I Spy Five Spies,” a production of Musical Mysteries & More.

This type of dinner theater engages the audience in the action. Guests enjoy a meal while watching the play, and together they solve the “whodunnit” mystery at the end of the show.

The story: The world is not enough as two secret agents, one British and one American, have been dispatched to thwart the expected heist of a super-secret micro-chip. Two other spies are assigned to the team. But when a third appears, it renders the mission improbable. See who Gets Smart and who cries U.N.C.L.E.

Prior to the show, guests can sip cocktails and enjoy appetizers while getting a glimpse of the main characters, and can even secure a part in the production, if interested!

The main dinner course is served at 6:15 pm, with the show following at 7:15.

Desserts, coffee, tea, and other drinks will be available during the play’s intermission.

All food is included in the ticket price. Wine, beer, cocktails, and soft drinks can be purchased at the cash bar.

NOTE: this event is for people 15 years of age and older.

All proceeds from the mystery theater dinner benefit the Center’s cultural, educational, and preservation programs.

Click here to purchase tickets.

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Kids’ culture classes begin – Sept 11

Bulgarian School Otets Paissii welcomes students to its 2016-2017 school year!

Classes will be offered in Bulgarian language, folk dance, history, geography, culture and traditions.

We are happy to announce that the Otets Paissii school has been licensed by the Bulgarian Department of Education and Science, and is now an official Bulgarian school abroad. As part of the accreditation, the school will receive funding to help offset costs for tuition, school supplies and teaching aids.

vanya-student-map-2Schedule:
Fall Semester: September 11 to December 18 (no classes on October 16 and November 27)

Spring Semester: January 8 to May 21 (no classes on April 16 and 23)

Classes are held every Sunday:
9:30 am to 12:00 pm (Group 1)
9:30 am to 1:30 pm (Group 2)

Group 1:
Children 4 and older with limited or no Bulgarian language skills
9:30 to 10:30 am — folk dance
10:30 am to 12:00 pm — Bulgarian language

Group 2:
Children 7 and older with some language skills
9:30 to 10:30 am — Bulgarian language
10:30 am to 12:00 pm — folk dance
12:00 to 12:45 pm — Bulgarian language
12:45 to 1:30 pm — Social sciences

Cost
There will be a nominal sign-up fee that will be confirmed soon. Textbooks, notebooks and the majority of the tuition fees will already be covered.

Sign Up
To register, please email BGSchoolPITT@gmail.com by September 4, 2016, and provide the students’ names, ages, and a brief description of their Bulgarian language proficiency level (for new students).

Language and social studies classes are taught by Vanya Zankina, an experienced instructor who has written textbooks for children ranging from kindergarten age through high school. All folk dances classes are taught by Aleksandar Zankin, a renowned Bulgarian folk dance instructor and choreographer with 40 years of experience. Click here to read a profile of Vanya and Aleksandar.

Click here for information on adult classes in Bulgarian language and dance.

 

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Bulgarian Folk Festival “Na Megdana” – Oct 14 & 15

The BMNECC is hosting its second annual 2-day Bulgarian Folk Festival – Na Megdana – which will focus exclusively on Bulgarian dance and music. Prominent ensembles from all over the U.S. will be taking part in this one-of-a-kind Pittsburgh event.

Click here to purchase tickets

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14, 2016

7:00 pm @ West Mifflin Area Middle School Auditorium

Performances by:

  • Otets Paissii Folk Ensemble: Managing Director Joy Holden and Artistic Director Bilyana Stoyanova-Stafura
  • The BMNECC’s Danka Folklore Dance Group, directed by Aleksandar Zankin
  • The BMNECC’s Shareni Chorapi Children’s Group, directed by Aleksandar Zankin

General admission tickets: $15.00. Click here to order. 

9:30 pm to 2:00 am @ Bulgarian Center:

  • Late-night Vecherinka dance party
  • Live music performed by Vladimir Mollov Band
  • Home-cooked Bulgarian food available for purchase
  • Cash bar open all night

General admission tickets: $15.00.
A combined ticket for both the Folk Dance show and the Vecherinka costs $25.00.
Click here to order.


SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2016

7:00 pm @ West Mifflin Area Middle School Auditorium

Performances by renowned Bulgarian folk dance ensembles:

General admission tickets: $15.00. Click here to order.

9:30 pm to 2:00 am @ Bulgarian Center:

  • Late-night Vecherinka dance party
  • Home-cooked Bulgarian food available for purchase
  • Live music performed by Vladimir Mollov Band
  • Cash bar open all night

General admission tickets: $15.00.
A combined ticket for both the Folk Dance show and the Vecherinka costs $25.00.
Click here to order. 

Please join us in this celebration of Bulgarian culture!

The West Mifflin Area Middle School is located at 81 Commonwealth Ave, West Mifflin, PA 15122.

Click here for directions to the Bulgarian Center. Parking is free in our large private lot.

Sponsorship opportunities are available. Please click here for more information.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Soup Sega! returns this fall

Saturdays through May, 2017
9:00 am to noon

The wait is almost over! Our popular Soup Sega! kitchen will be reopening in late September 2016. Stay tuned for details.

Stop in and purchase any of our 14 varieties of homemade Bulgarian soups and other specialties. Since 1999 we’ve been offering all-natural, low sodium soups made from family recipes native to the various regions of Bulgaria. Our menu includes hearty meat soups, as well as vegetarian options – many of which are gluten- and dairy-free! Ample parking is available in our private lot. We accept credit cards, too!

Click here for more information.

 

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Walt Kolar passes away at 93

Walter W. Kolar
November 8, 1922 – June 9, 2016

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Walter W. Kolar on June 9, following several recent hospitalizations for various illnesses. He was 93.  As Executive Director of the BMNECC from 1995 through April 2016, Mr. Kolar was responsible for leading the organization in its mission to preserve, present and promote the cultural values and rich traditions of the Bulgarian and Macedonian people. Walter developed and directed the dance and music initiatives of the Center’s Otets Paissii Performing Ensemble and produced all of the group’s concerts. He also produced many of the Center’s major cultural and educational events, and was in charge of all matters related to the BMNECC building and properties.

Walt was a man of many interests, talents and passions. He was not only considered one of the world’s leading experts in ethnomusicology and folk arts, he was also a skilled and respected educator, author, musician, composer, administrator and goodwill ambassador who stayed young at heart by continually learning new skills and taking care of business day by day.

As a young man growing up in and around Ambridge, PA, Walt never dreamed he’d end up visiting over 40 countries and inspiring young and old alike to embrace the musical customs of their ancestors. But his destiny began early.

“It all started when I was six years old,” he once recalled. “My family was of Croatian descent, and they encouraged me to play the tambura, a stringed mandolin-type instrument popular in the folk music of Croatia. I played in a local children’s ensemble called The Bright Stars, and from that point on, I was immersed in ethnic music for the rest of my life.”

Walter W. Kolar at the Bulgarian Center in PittsburghAs a 15-year-old prep school student at Duquesne University, Walt was introduced to the school’s newly formed Tamburitzans performing ensemble. The year was 1937, and Walt would end up devoting 40 years of his life to this internationally acclaimed music and dance troupe.

After a four-year stint in the U.S. Air Force as a decorated Technical Sergeant and war hero flying 35 missions, Walt completed his education at Duquesne University, earning degrees in business education and educational psychology and later becoming a tenured associate professor. He became Managing Director of the Tamburitzans in 1952. From that point on, he used his musical and management expertise to turn the Tammies into a world-class performing ensemble, leading them on 11 world tours, several of which were under the auspices of the U.S. Department of State.

One of the highlights of Walt’s leadership of the Tamburitzans was his creation and production of “An American Mosaic,” a two-hour program of American folk and modern music that the Tammies performed to rave reviews during a six-week tour in the former U.S.S.R. in 1969.

“Those Americana shows in the former Soviet Union are among my proudest accomplishments,” said Walt, “because it was so rare during the Cold War years for an American group to perform in Communist countries that were closed off from American culture. I felt that we helped bridge a huge social and cultural gap.”

In addition to these achievements, Walt also helped found the Pittsburgh International Folk Festival in 1956, instituted and chaired Duquesne University’s Institute of Folk Arts graduate program beginning in 1973, and founded the Pittsburgh International Folk Theater in 1987, directing it for 12 years. In 1995, he helped transform the former Bulgaro-Macedonian Beneficial Association (BMBA) into today’s BMNECC, an active 501c3 organization focused on education, cultural preservation, and community service.

Walt was the recipient of numerous international honors and awards, including The Kiril and Metodi Medal, Bulgaria’s highest award for contributions in the field of arts and culture, and The Henry Mancini Award for achievement in the field of music by a Pennsylvania musician. He served on a variety of boards and committees, directed myriad musical programs and projects, wrote dozens of musical compositions, and authored and/or edited 28 books on the subject of ethnomusicology and folk arts. His is a permanent member of Duquesne University’s prestigious Century Club.

Walter Kolar and Patrician French at the Bulgarian Center in PittsburghIn addition to these professional endeavors, Walt enjoyed a full and rewarding personal life. He was married to the former Jennie Iva Peternac, with whom he had a son, David René Kolar. He has 3 grandchildren. For the past 23 years he lived with his companion, Patricia French, in their home in Mt. Lebanon.

His hobbies were many – from building intricate jigsaw puzzles to amassing impressive collections of coins, stamps and playing cards. He loved to organize photos and memorabilia, and was the driving force behind the archiving of the BMNECC’s museum collections. And – determined to keep up with the latest technology – he became a proficient user of computers and digital equipment, with the goal of making the BMNECC a modern, world-class organization that serves future generations of folk culture enthusiasts.

Viewing:
Saturday, June 11 – 3:00 to 9:00 pm
Sunday, June 12 – 2:00 to 9:00 pm
Savolskis-Wasik-Glenn Funeral Home
3501 Main Street, Homestead, PA 15120
Click here to visit the website.

Funeral service:
Monday, June 13 – 10:00 am
St. Bernard’s Church
311 Washington Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15216
Burial will follow the funeral service

Repast following burial:
Bulgarian-Macedonian Center
449 West Eighth Avenue, West Homestead, PA 15120

In lieu of flowers, you can make donations to:

The BMNECC
Phone 412-831-5101 for details.

The Pittsburgh International Folk Arts Institute (PIFAI)
Phone 412-396-5185 for details.


Take a listen to Walt’s original compositions for the Tamburitzans’ “Christmas In Croatia” album.

 

 

 

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Adult dance and language classes resume – Sept 4

Fall 2017 ADULT CULTURE CLASSES

New students are always welcome!

DANCE GROUP “DANKA” FOR AUTHENTIC BULGARIAN FOLK DANCE

 

Mon Sept 4–class from 7-9p and will continue into December
Sun Sept 10–class from 12:30-1:30p and will continue into December

 

ADULT CLASSES IN BULGARIAN LANGUAGE – BEGINNER LEVEL
 
Mondays from 7pm to 8:30 pm
Classes are divided into 8 consecutive sessions (3 in the fall and 5 in the spring), each session 4 classes, each class 90 minutes.
All studying materials are provided.
Fees: $60 per session
Registration by September 30th. Contact Vanya Zankina (vzankina@yahoo.com412-608-3638)

 

 

Click here to read a profile of Aleksandar and Vanya.

Click here for information on children’s culture classes.

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Mavens country-swing dance – June 18

Saturday, June 18, 2106
8:00 pm

The Mavens, a Pittsburgh-based band that plays Americana music, country swing, honky-tonk, and a mix of old and new country, will play a special concert on June 18 to say farewell to longtime band member Rick Malis.

This is a pot luck event with a cash bar.

Please come swing with us as we celebrate Rick’s career and send him off with a bang!

 

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End of season Vecherinka – May 14

Saturday, May 14, 2016
7:30 – 11:30 pm

The last Vecherinka of the season takes place on Saturday, May 14.

Our event will feature live music performed by Sedem, Dve, Chetiri (Cедем, две, четири).

The menu will include a variety of hot and cold Bulgarian specialties and an assortment of beverages, plus a cash bar. Dance lessons are available during the first hour.

Admission is $7 for members and $10 for non-members. For more information, phone 412-461-6188.

 

OTHER DANCES

Salsa Workshop and Dance with Jessica Taylor – Saturday, May 21.
Workshop at 4:00 pm, dance at 10:00 pm. More details coming soon.

 

Cajun, Creole, Zydeco

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Salsa workshop & dance – May 21

Saturday, May 21, 2016
Workshop: 12:00 to 4:00 pm
Dance: 10:00 pm to midnight

Jessica Taylor, a Pittsburgh-based instructor of Salsa and Bachata, will be conducting a Salsa workshop and dance at the Center on May 21.

A cash bar will be open during the evening festivities.

Visit Jessica’s website for information and to buy tickets: For the Love of Salsa

You can also contact Jessica directly.
Phone: 412-480-2741
Email: fortheloceofbachata@gmail.com

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Georgi Tsenov’s paintings on exhibit – through May 22

April 23 through May 22, 2016

The BMNECC is showcasing an exhibit of oil paintings by renowned Bulgarian painter Georgi Tsenov. All of his work is available for purchase.

Please see the schedule below for exhibit hours. Viewing can also be arranged by appointment.

Mr. Tsenov studied at the National School of Fine Arts “Iliya Petrov” and holds a Master of Arts degree from Sofia University in Bulgaria. He has participated in over 70 juried exhibitions and biennials in Bulgaria, the European Union, and the United States.

Click here for the artist’s statement


Exhibit hours:

April 23:  9:00 am – 12:00 pm
April 24: 10:00 am – 6:00 pm
April 25:  7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
April 30:  9:00 am – 7:00 pm
May 1:  10:00 am – 2:00 pm
May 2:  7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
May 6:  7:30 pm – 10:00 pm – reception
May 7:  9:00 am – 12:00 pm
May 8:  9:00 am – 2:00 pm
May 9:  7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
May 14:  9:00 am –6:00 pm
May 15:  10:00 am – 2:00 pm
May 16:  7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
May 21:  9:00 am – 12:00 pm
May 22:  10:00 am – 6:00 pm

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Georgi Tsenov: Fall Breeze. 20x26

 

 

 

 

 

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Attend March 19 Vecherinka to Support Otets Paissii trip

Saturday, March 19, 2016
7:30 pm

Our Otets Paissii Performing Ensemble is headed to the 6th annual Bulgarian Folk Festival “Verea” in Chicago during the weekend of April 22 – 24.  Proceeds from our March 19 Vech will be used to help the dancers with travel and lodging expenses.

Our special musical guest that night is the folk dance band Domačini. Its members include ​Andy Dokmanovich, Andy Bronkaj, Nikola Vranesevic, and Dan Jovanovich.

Dance lessons are available during the first hour. And, as always, we’ll offer a cash bar and snacks for purchase.

Plus, we’ll have a 50-50 raffle and will be selling delicious candy.

So, please come dance and party with us, and help our fabulous Otets Paissii Ensemble represent the BMNECC at this festival!

You can contact Joy Holden at bmnecc.dance@gmail.com for more information.

Click here for a link to all dances held at the Center.

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Old Time Music CD release party – April 17

Sunday, April 17, 2016
1:00 to 5:00 pm

Mark Tamsula and Richard Withers will release their third album in the Old Time Music of Western Pennsylvania series, titled “Behind the Door,” at a CD release party on April 17  at the Center.

Mark is on fiddle and Richard is on banjo and flute. They’ll be joined by Dave Krysty on guitar and vocalist Ellen Gozion.

The event is free and open to the public. Food and a cash bar will be available. And, of course, the new CD will be available for purchase.

So, bring all your fiddle friends to hear Mark and Richard perform the music from their new album! Click here to learn more about their other CDs.

Here’s a selection from “Behind The Door.” The wax cylinder recorder and camera work are courtesy of Scott Sandage.

[Note: Mark is a member of the Cajun band Grand Bon Rien, which plays regularly at the Center.]

 

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Vecherinka – Nov 19

On the third Saturday of each month from September through May the Bulgarian Center hosts a Balkan music and dance party known as a Vecherinka. The events begin at 7:30 and last till 11:30 pm, unless otherwise indicated. Live music is provided by the Center’s BMNECC Band or by visiting guest artists. Easy-to-follow dance lessons are available during the first hour. You’ll love our large dance floor! Ample parking is available in our private lot.

The menu includes a variety of hot and cold Bulgarian specialties and an assortment of beverages, plus a cash bar. Admission is $7 for members and $10 for non-members. For more information, phone 412-461-6188.

  • Saturday, October 15, 2016, 9:30 pm to 2:00 am – special dance following Bulgarian Folk Festival
  • Saturday, November 19, 2016
  • Saturday, January 21, 2017
  • Saturday, February 18, 2017
  • Saturday, March 18, 2017
  • Saturday, April 15, 2017

 

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Cajun, Creole, Zydeco

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Concert DVDs for sale

For a limited time only we are selling DVDs of several major performances sponsored by the BMNECC in 2015.  See the PayPal link at the bottom of this page to purchase these DVDs and have them shipped to your home. Each disc includes nearly 2 hours of entertainment!

DVD of night #1 of Bulgarian Folk Festival “Na Megdana” – Friday, October 16, 2015
Featuring the Otets Paissii Ensemble, the Danka Folklore Dance Group and the Shareni Chorapi Children’s Group
Standard definition DVD – $20 each

DVD of night #2 of Bulgarian Folk Festival “Na Megdana” – Saturday, October 17, 2015
Featuring 7 visiting ensembles
Standard definition DVD – $20 each

DVD of night #2 of Bulgarian Folk Festival “Na Megdana” – Saturday, October 17, 2015
Featuring 7 visiting ensembles
BluRay DVD – $25 each

Combined packages for “Na Megdana” Folk Festival Weekend DVDs
1 standard DVD of night #1 and 1 standard DVD of night #2 – $35 (a $5 discount)
1 standard DVD of night #1 and 1 BluRay DVD of night #2 – $40 (a $5 discount)

Fall Concert – “A Balkan Odyssey” – November 21, 2105
Featuring the Otets Paissii Ensemble, the Danka Folklore Dance Group and the Shareni Chorapi Children’s Group
Standard definition DVD – $18 each

Shipping and handling – $2.50

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You can pay with your credit card or via your bank account.
Use the drop-down menu to choose your DVDs. After adding items to your cart you can return to this page and continue shopping.

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Below are just a few of the fabulous performances featured on our DVDs.  All of the videos were produced and edited by filmmaker/photographer Kamen Bonev.

A performance by the Bulgari dance ensemble from Montreal on October 17:

A performance of the Otets Paissii ensemble during the BMNECC’s fall concert on November 21:

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Mystery Dinner Theater – Jan 31, 2016

Sunday, January 31, 2016
Doors open at 5:15 pm
Show and dinner begin at 6:00 pm
Tickets: $35.00 – includes the play and dinner
Click here to purchase tickets in advance

Join us for an evening of dining, comedy, mystery and interactive theater when we present “Indiana Smith and the Restaurant of Doom.”

A mystery play is one in which diners are invited to help solve a “whodunnit” story as they eat and watch the show.

The evening begins with cocktails and appetizers, followed by a buffet meal which guests can dine on during the show. Desserts, coffee, and tea will be available during the play’s intermission. All food is included in the ticket price. Wine, beer, cocktails, and soft drinks can be purchased at the cash bar.

Our play’s story involves a bumbling explorer who discovers the map to a treasure of biblical proportions. It leads to a whirlwind world tour and possibly the last escapade of famed adventure hero Indiana Smith. The show will star experienced local actors who bring the story to life.

Come take part in an evening of rollicking good fun!  For more information or to purchase tickets in advance, please phone 412-461-6188 or send an email to: bmnecc@gmail.com. Click here to pre-order tickets online.

NOTE: this event is for people 21 years of age and older.

All proceeds from the mystery theater dinner benefit the Center’s cultural, educational, and preservation programs.

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Bulgarian Consul visit – Nov 21

Saturday, November 21, 2015
1:00 to 4:00 pm

Mr. Lubomir Grancharov, Bulgarian consul from New York City, will visit the Center on November 21 from 1:00 to 4:00 pm. During that time he will be accepting applications for renewal of documents and notarizing power of attorney to Bulgarian citizens. For more info or to schedule an appointment send an email to bmnecc@gmail.com.

На 21 ноември, 2015 г., събота, от 13.00 до 15.30 часа на адрес:
449 W 8th Ave, Homestead, PA 15120 ще се проведе консулски ден.

Ще се извършват следните консулски услуги:

-Подновяване на български лични документи. Необходимо е да носите документите, които подлежат на подмяна и фотокопие от тях. За лични документи за деца следва да се представи български акт за раждане и копие от него. Лична карта се издава при навършване на 14 годишна възраст. Снимки не се изискват, тъй като се правят от нас на място. Заявлението може да бъде изтеглено от: BG_zayavlenie

Ако вече сте подали заявления за подмяна на лични документи и желаете да ги получите по време на консулския ден, можете да проверите дали вашите документи са готови и получени в консулството на страницата на консулството в интернет:

http://www.mfa.bg/embassies/usagc/bg/3320/index.html

и да ни информирате за това по телефона или на електронния адрес на консулството:

consulate.newyork@mfa.bg

– Заверки на документи. Необходимо е да носите валиден документ за самоличност, по възможност български.

Консулското обслужване ще се извършва само след предварително записан час чрез заявка на горепосочения електронен адрес или на телефони 212 935 4646, 212 935 7938 между 14 – 16 ч. всеки работен ден, за което следва да бъде получено потвърждение от Консулството.

 

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Bulgarian Citizens: Vote at the Center – Nov 13

Sunday, November 13, 2016
7:00 am to 8:00 pm

Bulgarian Center

On Sunday, November 13, 2016, the Bulgarian presidential runoff election will take place. The BMNECC will host a voting station from 7:00 am to 8:00 pm for all Bulgarian citizens living in the greater Pittsburgh area. All citizens 18 years of age and older are eligible to vote. A valid passport, ID card, or military ID is required. No previous registration is required.

The Center is located at 449-451 West 8th Avenue, West Homestead, PA, 15120. Phone: 412-461-6188; email: bmnecc@gmail.com.

 

На 6-ти ноември в България ще се проведе Балотаж на изборите за Президент.

BMNECC ще бъде домакин на секцията в Питсбърг за Българските граждани в района. Гласуването ще протече от 7:00 до 20:00 часа местнo време. Всички Български граждани над 18 години имат право да гласуват; необходим е валиден паспорт, лична карта или военна книжка (само за военнослужещи). Не е необходима предварителна регистрация.

Клуба се намира на адрес: 449-451 West 8th Avenue, West Homestead, PA, 15120. Телефон: 412-461-6188; email: bmnecc@gmail.com.

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Holiday shopping at Ten Thousand Villages – Nov 30

TEN THOUSAND VILLAGES – Squirrel Hill
Wednesday, November 30, 2016

6:00-8:00 pm

The Bulgarian Center is proud to be chosen by Ten Thousand Villages to participate in the store’s Holiday Shopping Night program, which entitles the Center to receive a percentage of all net sales made in the store between 6:00 and 8:00 pm on Wednesday, November 30.

During that two-hour period we will inform the store’s customers of our mission, history, and contributions to the community.

Ten Thousand Villages interiorTen Thousand Villages is a non-profit, fair-trade retail store – one of 160 such stores in the U.S. and Canada. The mission of the store is to provide vital, fair income to artisans of developing countries by selling their handicrafts and telling their stories to customers. Take a look at their website to get a glimpse of some of the unique items produced by over 100 artisan groups in 30 countries.

Your November 30 purchases will help globally – by contributing to the welfare of world artisans, and will help locally – by helping fund the Bulgarian Center’s important cultural, educational and preservation programs.

Ten Thousand Villages is located at 5820 Forbes Avenue in the Squirrel Hill area of Pittsburgh.Their phone number is 412-421-2160. Click here for a map.

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Folk Dance Workshop – Oct 17

Saturday, October 17 at the Center
2:00 to 4:00 pm
Tickets: $10.00

World renowned dancer, instructor and choreographer Aleksandar Zankin will conduct a workshop in authentic Bulgarian folk dance as part of our Bulgarian folk festival weekend. All ages are welcome and no experience is necessary.

Please contact Mr. Zankin at (412) 431-0191 or via email at zankinalex@yahoo.com.

Click here to read a feature article about Aleksandar and his wife Vanya, a language instructor.

Click here for information on our 2-day Bulgarian Folk Festival, October 16 and 17.

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