The Carpatho-Rusyn Society celebrates its 15th anniversary this weekend with its first-ever National Carpatho-Rusyn Festival at the National Carpatho-Rusyn Cultural and Educational Center, 915 Dickson St. in Munhall from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday.
Vendors will offer traditional Rusyn foods and crafts and demonstrate crafts such as icon writing, lacemaking, weaving and pysanky (Easter egg decorating). There will be performers, choirs and ensembles from throughout western Pennsylvania as well as Ohio and Arizona, with two professional performing groups originally from Slovakia.
Admission is $5 with children 17 and under admitted free.
Also, on Friday, the Society will open its first international exhibit of art -- "Dana Kyndrova: Podkarpatska Rus,'" black and white photographs of present-day Transcarpathia, the Rusyn-inhabited region of Ukraine. The opening is Friday 7-9 p.m. Admission is free.