It’s Summertime, and in Marblehead, folks will soon smell the cabbage rolls a-cookin’ and hear the lively sounds of polka music at the 56th annual Halupki Festival. The event, a celebration of Carpatho-Russian foods and culture, is presented each year on the third Sunday of August by Holy Assumption Orthodox Church, 114 E. Main St. (Ohio 163), Marblehead. This year’s event takes place on Sunday, Aug. 19.
The day’s activities begin with Divine Liturgy in the historic church at 9:30 a.m. The choir of SS. Peter and Paul Orthodox Church in Lorain will sing. The parish family extends an invitation to one and all to join with them in worship.
The festival begins at 11:30 a.m. with the serving of their famous halupki and ham dinners, continuing until 2 p.m. At 2:30, the International Ala Carte will open, featuring halupki (cabbage rolls), perohi (perogies), halushki (cabbage and noodles), kolbasi (smoked sausage), pagach (Slavic pizza) and much more.
Delicious old world-style baked goods, including nut and poppyseed rolls (kolach, or koh-LAHCH), will be sold.
Entertainment gets under way at 11:30 a.m. with the Raz, Dva, Tre Russian Folk Ensemble of Lorain, followed by polka music with the Wayne Golob Band of Sandusky and the Frank Moravcik Band of Cleveland alternating throughout the afternoon.
The parish church, the oldest Orthodox church in Ohio and a historic landmark, will be open with tours for visitors. Orthodox religious items will be on display and for sale. A demonstration of the Rusyn art of Pysanky (pih-SAHN-key), or Easter egg decorating, will be given. Crafters will be showing their wares on the west lawn. There will be refreshments, raffles and fun for the kids.