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Let us share with you some historic moments from Kennywood history we've found in old newspapers from across the Tri-State area of Pittsburgh, so that you can feel the joy too! We'll be sharing more details with you about this year's celebration as they become firmer.... but in the meantime.... Enjoy!
Just a few corrections here: Stevo BABIC was Chairman, and Bozo MAMULA, was Secretary of the Arrangements Committee. Stevo went on to hold that post for many, MANY years.....
For the American SRBOBRAN:
The Early Days: Serbian Day at Kennywood Park
By Milana (Mim) Karlo Bizic, Feb. 16, 2016
The Thursday, August 2nd, twenty-eight page evening edition of the Pittsburg Press newspaper in 1917 was only TWO CENTS. That’s the time when newspapers were sold in the morning and evening, and Pittsburgh didn’t have the “h” at the end of its name. But that edition was very special to all Serbs. It carried the FIRST report of Serbian Day at Kennywood, thanks to very enthusiastic Chairman, Stevo Babic of McKeesport, PA and Secretary of the Arrangements Committee, Bozo Mamula, of Pittsburgh’s South Side.
Probably, in all their glory of seeing a most successful event around them, one of them found time to call into the newsroom, as from the report, it says that “There are many Serbians located in Pittsburg and surrounding towns and few, if any, were absent from the park today.”
That’s how we hope that all Serbians throughout the USA will find the time to join in the festivities of the Serb National Federation’s Salute to Serbdom’s 100th Anniversary of Serbian Day at Kennywood as part of the 3-Day weekend, July 15-17, 2016.
Not only to come and help fill the ranks and file for this historic occasion, but to let your whole community know about what’s happening like the Serbs did, whether they lived in Pittsburgh, Johnstown, Uniontown, Masontown or the Beaver Valley.
Here's an entry from 1936, the 21st Serbian Day at Kennywood Park!
(Click lower right hand corner to enlarge image!)
Translation: 1936 Kennywood Memories---
(At the top: She was sorry that Uncle Chappy -George- was in the army and couldn't be with them. She wrote that EVERY day!)
"I got up early. Joe (son) went to work, but Nikola (husband) and Batalo (border) have vacation. And we, God willing (Ako Bog da), are getting ready to go to the picnic.
Everyone came, our Joe at 9:00 to our house as he's going to the picnic (later after work.)
At 10:00, Marta (Daughter), Beba Latinka (youngest -Baby-Daughter Laura) and Sophie Buncic went early. Marty took them in her car early because they're on the committee.
At 1:00, Nikola, Milica (Daughter) and I will go on the bus with our whole Lodge (#11-Vojvoda Stepa Stepanovich!).
Joe isn't going to work in the afternoon so he'll be coming later.
"At the picnic there was everything you could think of, everything! They brought in the flags and sang the American and Yugoslav national anthems, and there were priests from all over, and a Gypsy orchestra.
There was no way it could be an any better Serbian Day than this one because I saw so many of my friends from all over (Svih strani!) so I was so pleased and happy.
"Marty worked the whole day and night until 11:00 at night. She's really exhausted, but when she wants to work like that, let her.
"However, my heart is broken, but I can't tell anyone how I feel that my two children (George in the Army, Rose in Belgrade) aren't here with us. I saw so many mothers with their children, and mine are so far away from me.
"My Josip (Joe) came about 4:30 in the afternoon. I thought when I saw him that the Heavens opened up and an Angel came because he looked so handsome!(Later on in the late evening)
"We got ready to go on the bus as happy as could be. It couldn't have been a nicer Serbian Day, everyone was so happy! "Dobro Dosli! (They arrived home safely!)
I got up early and Pi (her son-in-law, Paul Belosh) went to work and I was working around the house. Milica (Daughter)got up early too and went to see Latinka (youngest daughter who had baby Milana only 2 days ago!), but they were all sleeping. My Chappy (George) is still sleeping too. He was very tired and he's so dark from the sun that he looks like he's a Cernie. I'm waiting for Milica so that she can tell me how my babies are, one and the other. (Latinka was the baby in the family).
Today is Serbian day. I don't know if I will be able to go. Something always comes up that I can't do what I want.
Marty (oldest daughte married to Paul Belosh) and Pi (P.B.) and I got ready to go to the picnic. It was so nice. Milica, me, and Marty, but Marty was always with other people surrounding her. She was like a peacock amongst the birds. ("Kao paun medju pticima!"). She couldn't be more beautiful, and she was dressed so expensively magnificent. I saw many of my friends and we all talked so beautifully. I rode some and I walked around a lot. My dear Vladimir. (Thinking aloud about her grandson in Europe.) We came home at 12 o'clock midnight. Milica went to see the baby and I went to bed."
Kennywood 100 speech on History of Serbian Day 7/16/16By Mim Bizic
Happy 100th birthday! Happy SLAVA to all of you here today who chose to help celebrate this historic moment, one beautiful birthday party commemorating our pioneers’ efforts to create a SERBDOM that has guided and sustained us all these years!
Bask! Bask in the glory of knowing that you are here today—descendants of those early pioneers. We are the FIRST such ethnic group at Kennywood Park to reach this great milestone!
Happy 100th! The first event was recorded for history in the early evening edition of the Pittsburgh Press of Thursday, August 2nd, 1917, carrying the report of Chairman Stevo Babic.
Helping him on that original committee, also from McKeesport, were Nikola Mrvos and a fellow whose last name was Pavlovich. Steubenville was represented by Milan Kukich and also on the first committee were Sam Verlinich of McKees Rocks, and Božo Mamula of Pittsburgh’s South Side. (I left this out for time’s sake.)
That 1917 Pittsburgh Press newspaper account read: “There are many Serbians located in Pittsburgh and surrounding towns, but FEW, IF ANY, were absent from the park today!” How smart they were to make sure all of Pittsburgh and the surrounding areas knew of this great accomplishment of the Serbian War Orphans Relief Committee!
How did the first Serbian Day at Kennywood start?
War was raging in Europe, and thousands of Serbian children were left orphans, as the Serbs lost almost ½ of their male population and between ¼ to 1/3 of their total population from which they have never recovered. While +St. Bishop Nikolai was asking for help speaking to thousands at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, great physicist scientist Michael Pupin of Columbia University in New York was heading up the Relief Efforts throughout America and Canada. Pupin called upon his good friend, Stevo Babic of the Greater Pittsburgh area, to help.
Stevo’s good friend, Mr. Joseph McSwiggen, was the owner of Kennywood Park.
Babic asked McSwiggen to donate the use of the park for the day, and he agreed to let the Serbs garner a percentage from the sale of tickets for the amusement rides, thus leading to what we now know as Kennywood’s famous “Nationality Days” for all ethnic groups.
Throughout the years that followed, so many great projects occurred because of you, your parents, grandparents and great-grandparents.
Besides the proceeds helping the war orphans of Serbia, we were also able to help fund:
1.The Serbian/Yugoslav room here in Pittsburgh at Pitt’s Cathedral of Learning.
2.The late Lt. Col. Mitchell Paige, awardee of the Congressional Medal of Honor, helped raise one of the biggest amounts of money for American War Bonds during WWII.
3.More recent donations from Serbian Day at Kennywood were used to help fund Vracar Cathedral in Belgrade and
4. Scholarships here in the USA.
Collectively over the years, we have witnessed Beauty contests, athletic events, choirs, folklore groups and tambura bands from all over the USA here at Kennywood, all the while having fun and such a good time. And now, TODAY, we all are part of history! Thank you EVERYONE for being here! Ziveli, SRBI!
This year's 2016 Chairman, Dane Topich, came up with this fun activity called TRANSLATE KENNYWOOD contest to get the kids excited about this year's event:
If you click on the lower right hand corner, you'll be able to enlarge the image above. Many people are participating and some as far away as the Netherlands, hoping for a chance to win a free admission to the park.
"Most look up to admire the stars. A Champion climbs a mountain and grabs one!"
Read more about the history of Kennywood here:
Get Yourself to Kennywood for July 16, 2016!
! If Plan "A" doesn't work, there are 25 other letters!
The Pittsburgh Press on July 27, 1952, p. 7, wrote that the Serbs were holding their annual outing, and that “Tomorrow over 15,000 Tri-State American Serbs will gather for their traditional feast. At least 100 lambs will be prepared for the 35th meeting. Gavrilo Medic of Duquesne is head chef. A beauty contest, open to any American girl of Serbian descent, is scheduled at 7 PM with Mildred Hayes, of McKeesport as Chairlady. The St. Sava Tamburitzans of Johnstown will give a concert at 5:00 PM sharing honors with the Wilmerding Male Chorus. Lou Balta is chairman of Serbian Day with George Brenlov serving as Honorary Chairman.”
Then there was this post from the Morning Herald in Uniontown, from July 19, 1973.
“The aroma of BBQ lamb, home baked bread and fresh green onions will herald the 56th Annual Serbian Day at Kennywood. Sponsored by the SNF, this is one of the largest reunions of Balkan people in the country. Hundreds of lambs will be BBQed for the occasion as has always been the custom, this being the traditional Serbian Festival food.
The program will be held at the Starvue Plaza at 6:00 PM, to feature nationality music and gaily costumed dancers. The main speakers for the program are Mr. William Salatich, President of Gillette Razor Co. Also speaking will be Leonard Staisey, Allegheny County Commissioner.
“Reverend Nedeljko Lunich, of Indiana Harbor, will receive the Serbian Man of the Year Award. Special music will feature Vinka Ellison of Ventura, California. She is known as the “Queen of Sevdalinka” and Mr. Ted Erdel, a member of the Pittsburgh Opera Chorus. The talented Tillie Klaich and his Balkan Serenaders of Lackawanna, NY will join in the festivities. In full native costume, the St. Nicholas Orthodox Church Jr. Tamburitzans of Wilmerding will play, sing and dance. There are 38 youngsters in the group. President Robert Rade Stone will preside.
Going back to August 2, 1921, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette on p. 14 it said,
“Today will be Serbian Day at Kennywood Park. Steve Babic, Chairman of the Serbian Relief Committee, will be in charge. All Serb peoples from Allegheny County will celebrate this holiday. There will be an athletic meet with prizes. Folk dances and native songs will be featured. Picturesque peasant costumes will be worn. The park will be decorated with American and Serbian flags.” That was the 5th S.D. at Kennywood!
Here’s one of my favorite finds. It’s from the Pittsburgh Press of July 30, 1944, during WWII.
“Mitchell Paige, Congressional Medal of Honor winner from West Mifflin (Charleroi!) will supervise a bond rally at the Serbian Day outing at Kennywood Park tomorrow night.
“Nick Pavlovich, Chairman, yesterday announced the hero’s appearance would highlight the program which begins at 6:00 PM on the open air stage. About 25,000 district American Serbs are expected to attend. The program will include speeches from L.C. Christopher, Gary, Indiana, President of the Serb National Federation, and Steve Babic, Duquesne, Chairman of the first Serbian Day 27 years ago.
“The Marijana Singing Society of Steubenville, OH and Nick Kosanovich’s Neven Tamburitzan orchestra will entertain. Folk dances will be performed.”
This reporting should bring back many happy memories. My father always thought the Neven Orchestra with Milan Shatlan, was one of the best! Seeing that there was a “Marijana Singing Society of Steubenville” makes me think about the four Maksimovich Brothers who appeared at the first Serbian Singing Federation Festival in Akron, OH, where they first introduced the song to an enthusiastic crowd in 1936!