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2021 Spring Newsletter

Dear Minnesota Croatian Friends,

We had two exciting webinars in February that I hoped you all had a chance to join. The first webinar was on: “The Future of Travel in Croatia”. Co-founders of Mindful Travel Croatia, Alex Schmidt and Domeniko Hajdic, shared their insider knowledge and expertise on what’s going on in Croatia right now and what’s to come in the future of tourism.

Our second event was a virtual wine tasting, hosted by Randall Olson of Blue Ice, an importer and distributor of wines from Croatia and Southeastern Europe. Randall had organized a portfolio of three wines from Istria, Croatia to include a Perla Rose, Terra Rosa and Malvazija wines. He discussed the history of winemaking, along with other notable facts about the regional wines of this beautiful country. This webinar was also recorded and can be found our Croatian Cultural Society of Minnesota Facebook site. It was definitely a fun way to spend Friday night.

South St. Paul’s Sarma Queen, Eunice Dasovich has kindly offered to teach a class on how to make her world famous sarma – just in time for Easter. The class will be on Tuesday March 30th at 5 pm at the Croatian Hall. There is no cost for this class and there will be maximum of 12 attendees. She will also be selling sarmas to class attendees and others. The cost for sarma will be 6 for $18 or $3 a piece. Please call Eunice Dasovich to reserve your spot in class today.

Special thanks to our members who volunteer with our social media. Jasmine Hoedemann has been helping with updating our Facebook site and Max Woxland has been updating our Website.

There will be more opportunities for volunteering at the Slavic Experience 2021. This incredible BRAND NEW festival will take place at Father Hennepin Bluff Park in NE Minneapolis on August 7th and 8th, 2021! It was cancelled last year due to the pandemic, but this year it will be an outdoor event.

We will again have another summer intern who will be a shared resource with the NFCACF. One of her projects will be to create a Welcome Booklet for Croatians moving to Minnesota. A little about Tatjana – Tatjana Mustać is a master’s student in Biomedical Sciences on the Physiology & Biophysics track at Stony Brook University in Long Island, NY. Tatjana has a diverse background in scientific research, healthcare experience, and experiences within the Croatian American community. As per her future plans, Tatjana hopes to pursue a PhD within the Biomedical Sciences and continue her journey as a lifelong student in all facets of her life beginning with the 2021 Rudy Perpich Fellowship.

The Minneapolis International Festival will be celebrating the different cultures in the City of Minneapolis and surrounding communities with music, dance, art, cultural learning booths, exhibits demonstrations, food AND MORE. Learn about all the many amazing cultures that make Minneapolis such a wonderful place to live. Special thanks to Mary Sedlar who is coordinating this virtual event on our behalf. She selected this fantastic video below. Please make sure to watch it if you are planning to visit Croatia in the near future. The date is not determined. Please check this link for details – https://www.facebook.com/mplsinternationalfestival .

We will be continuing with online Croatian language classes. Below are the dates for the Zoom classes in the Spring 2021:
March 17th
April 7th
May 12th

Classes have been fun via zoom. We have attendees from Hibbing, Eveleth and the Twin Cities. It’s been great meeting Minnesota Croatians from around the state. Classes are moderated by Max Woxland and Vanca Schrunk.

We are looking for volunteers to help with a sister city relationship between Vukovar and St. Paul. If you have family in Vukovar, you could be a great resource for us. Members of this committee would be dedicated to this international friendship by promoting humanitarian, educational, cultural, civic and social events. The committee would meet monthly to determine the program between the two cities. For more information please contact Andrea Novak Neumann.

Our Condolences to the
Chutich, Pavelich and Mikulich Families