We are pleased to announce our Inaugural Season at the Casimir Cultural Center 2021-2022!
Our first season will feature our Cornerstone Events, which are the traditions of the Casimir Cultural Center that will be celebrated annually.
Our yearly season always begins on the Feast of Saint Casimir, March 4th.
In honor of The Cultural Center’s heritage, our Cornerstone Events follow the Liturgical Calendar of The Church and have a deep connection to the ethnic and religious culture of our region. Some are uniquely inspired by the saints represented in the windows of the Cultural Center itself, and the patron saints and ethnic heritages of the current and former parishes of Cambria City.
Individual event information will be available as we progress towards 2021.
*Dates may change and adjustments that need to be made for any possible health guidelines will be implemented.
Here’s to 2021, 2022 and many more years to come!
Here’s to 2021, 2022 and many more years to come!
March 4 – FEAST of SAINT CASIMIR
Gloria! – The premier musical, vocal and theatrical performance of the Casimir Cultural Center. This feast for the senses will illuminate the heritage of the Cultural Center while celebrating the present and offer hope for the future.
March 19 – FEAST of SAINT JOSEPH
LaTavola!, The Saint Joseph’s Table – A life-size statue of Saint Joseph surrounded by flowers, candles, music, and an abundance of traditional Italian delicacies set on a center aisle-length table full of sweets, candies, breads, pastas, meats, and cheeses. Be a part of what many in Italy call their ‘Poca Pasqua’ (Little Easter), as the Lenten fast is lifted to celebrate the special protection of the foster-father of Christ, Saint Joseph! Buona Festa di San Giuseppe!
Various Dates TBA – LENTEN SEASON
Meditations – Join in a series of mindful meditations in the Cultural Center throughout the Lenten Season. Accompanied by traditional Gregorian and Byzantine Chant, these special moments will guide you to a better sense of self and community.
Lamentations, Gorzkie Żale – These ancient and haunting chants, sung in Polish and English, retrace the Passion and Crucifixion of Christ. The essence of this Polish Lenten service takes its name from the words of the hymn, “Gorzkie zale przybywajcia” (Come to us, bitter lamentations).
The devotion incorporates prose and verse, chant and reading, prayer and meditation, inviting participants to reflect on the mystery of Christian redemption, the Passion and death of the Christ. The Lamentations highlight the very emotional nature of Polish spirituality.
April 10 – EASTER SEASON
Alleluja! – A concert celebrating the joy of Easter and Spring!
May – The MONTH of MARY
Maries du Monde, Marys of the World – A display of May Altars from around the world showing how Mary is revered as a woman, mother, and queen in the image of those who honor her.
May 2 – Honoring SAINT FLORIAN
Vatra! – A Rusyn style neighborhood gathering to celebrate community and friendship!
June 9 – FEAST of SAINT COLUMBA
The Quills of Erin – Celebrating the writers of the Emerald Isle with music and libations.
June 13 – FEAST of SAINT ANTHONY of PADUA
Pane Vita!, Bread of Life – Beginning with a procession of St. Anthony, this celebration of the food that crosses all cultures honors the traditional Saint Anthony’s Bread baked and given on this special day. Sample, eat, purchase, and learn how to make various breads from around the world! And don’t forget to take home your ‘Pane Sant’Antonio’ to share with your family and friends!
August 16 – FEASTS of SAINT STEPHEN OF HUNGARY and SAINT ROCHUS
Pirohy and Povitica – A celebration of the authentic culinary traditions of Slovakia and Croatia!
August 29 – Honoring OUR LADY of CZESTOCHOWA, QUEEN of POLAND
Polska Duma! Polish Pride! – Celebrate the Feast of the Queen of Poland, Our Lady of Czestochowa, with a procession, concert and after-concert street picnic filled with music, food and friendship!
October 8 – Honoring SAINT THERESE of LISIEUX
Fête Rose – A shower of roses through art, food, costume, and music with a distinctly French flavor.
October 29 and 30 – Honoring the FEASTS of ALL SAINTS and ALL SOULS
Requiem – A time to reflect and celebrate those who have gone before us through music, art, and theater.
November 5 – FEAST of SAINT EMERICH of HUNGARY
Szüreti!, The Hungarian Harvest Ball – Wine flowing, paprikash steaming and czárdás playing…be transported to the plains and streets of Hungary as we celebrate this beloved harvest tradition in the beauty of Casimir.
November 20 – Honoring SAINT CECELIA
Laudate! – A Celebration of Sacred Music in the rich traditions of the Church.
December 4 – FEAST of SAINT BARBARA
Service and Sacrifice – As Saint Barbara is the patron of servicemen and women, we celebrate a day of service to our community.
December 5 and 6 – FEAST of SAINT NICHOLAS of MYRA, Gregorian Calendar
Kindertag!, Children’s Day – A day for the children to visit with St. Nicholas, have their shoes filled with treats and enjoy community and friendship!
December 8 – FEAST of the IMMACULATE CONCEPTION of the BLESSED VIRGIN MARY
Ave! – A concert of Marian inspired songs accompanied by piano, organ, and the Bells of the Casimir.
December 10 and 11 – VELIJA: The Rusyn Christmas Vigil and Holy Supper
Velija, the most sacred and cherished tradition of the Rusyn people, is rich in symbolism and spirituality. It connects those that celebrate it with over 1000 years of unbroken tradition.
This 13 course meal will be celebrated twice. Additional seatings will be added if necessary.
December 19 – FEAST of SAINT NICHOLAS of MYRA, Julian Calendar
Slava! – Celebrate the Feast of Saint Nicholas with a traditional Serbian Slava! Food, music, entertainment and of course, a visit from Sveti Nikola! Ћивели!
December 26-January 6, 2022 – THE TWELVE DAYS of CHRISTMAS
The Twelve Days of Christmas at Casimir – The true Christmas Season celebrated in the ornately decorated Casimir Cultural Center. From the Feasts of Saint Stephen and the Infant Jesus of Prague to visits from LaBefana and the Celebrations of Epiphany, Theophany and Christmas, these 12 days will be filled with lights, music, theater, food and memories to last a lifetime.
February 1, 2, and 3, 2022 – FEASTS of SAINT BRIGID of IRELAND, CANDLEMAS and SAINT BLAISE
Trinity of Light – Celebrate the days of light in midwinter with the fire of Saint Brigid, the Lights of Candlemas, and the Blessings of Saint Blaise!