FRACKVILLE, PENNSYLVANIA – The longest running ethnic festival in the USA, the 103rd annual Lithuanian Days festival, will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 12 and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 13 at a new location – Annunciation BVM Roman Catholic Church hall, 9 S. Broad Mountain Ave., Frackville. Admission and entertainment is free.
The Lithuanian Days festival celebrates Lithuanian culture, cuisine, song and dance. It is hosted by the Knights of Lithuania Council 144.
Carol Luschas, public relations/webmaster of Council 144, said the venue is not the only new addition to this year’s festival.
On the entertainment schedule, Simona Minns will perform at 2 and 3:30 p.m. Sunday. Luschas said Minns will be performing the kankles, a traditional Lithuanian instrument.
According to her website, www.simonaminns.com, she is a jazz singer, composer, arranger and artistic director originally from Lithuania. She currently lives and works in Boston.
Activities get underway at 11:30 a.m. Saturday with the gathering. Opening ceremonies begin at 12:30 p.m. with the U.S. and Lithuanian national anthems, the Pennsylvania National Guard color guard and a performance by Eugene Dicevicius known as “Augis” and Lynne Cox.
The event will wrap up at 5 p.m. Sunday with a drawing for prizes, and performances from Augis and Cox and Varpelis dancers.
Other activities include a medieval coin minting demonstration, museum display and a boilo contest. The winner will be announced at the closing ceremony.
The complete entertainment lineup can be found at the event’s Facebook page, “103rd Lithuanian Days.”
A popular feature to Lithuanian Days is the food. The menu will consist of many ethnic treats including saltibarsciai (cold beet soup), kugelis (potato caserole), Lithuanian sausage and balandeliai (stuffed cabbage), as well as assorted cakes for dessert.
There will be a special exhibit dedicated to Saule, a Lithuanian newspaper. Called a giant in Lithuanian press, it ran from 1888 to 1959.
For more information, visit the Council 144’s website, www.kofl144.weebly.com, and click the tab for the 103rd Annual Lithuanian Day.