Mon 2/25 @ 7PM
Tue 2/26 @ 6:30-9:30PM
The lively Kurentovanje celebration, which takes place in and around the Slovenian National Home at East 65th and St. Clair, is a day of family-friendly fun based on a “chase winter away” celebration, based on a popular celebration in Ptuj, Slovenia.
Now in its seventh year, it’s evolved from a one-day event (this year, Sat 3/2) to a week’s worth of festivities. It begins on Mon 2/25 with a dinner at the Slovenia National Home, with chefs from Cleveland and Slovenia preparing the multi-course meal and presenting the dishes, with a talk about their inspiration and prepration, to guests seated at communal tables. Tickets are $90 and incldue the meal and two drinks; proceeds help defray the cost of putting on the festival. Order here.
On Tue 2/26 @ 6:30-9:30pm, the Slovenian Museum and Archives next door to the Slovenian National Home opens an interactive exhibit about devoted to Slovenian classical poet France Prešeren (1800-1849). There’ll be a short lecture at the beginning of the evening. It’s free and open to the public.