Saturday, March 26, 2011

Spring Hill Orchid Show

For a few years in a row, Orchid Lovers Club of Spring Hill has rented our Suncoast SNPJ Lodge 778 hall on County Line Road for their annual Orchid Show in March. I've heard about the event but never visited - and I'm glad I changed that today!

2011 Spring Hill Orchid Show at the Spring Hill Hall

One of the things that surprised me every time I walked into familiar Hall, ready for another event, was - how different it looked. Like I've never been there before.

Orchid Show at the Spring Hill Hall

At the entrance I met one of the happy visitors, Charles Leavitt, with a breathtaking orchid with lavender blooms - and asked him if I could take a picture of his prized new possession and and him for this post (photo below).

Charles Leavitt and his new orchid

And then I took many photos of the beautiful orchid blooms in the most amazing colors and color combinations. Some of the best ones you can see below.

Orchids in pretty colors

The most unusual orchid I've ever seen

The most eye-catching color combination at the Spring Hill Orchid Show

Simple beauty of an orchid flower

Spring Hill Orchid Show

Orchids at the Orchid Show

Pretty in pink - orchids at the Spring Hill Hall

Orchid Lovers Orchid Show

Bi-colored orchids

Elegant orchid flowers

All in all, 2011 Spring Hill Orchid Show was well worth visiting and I'm sure I'll go see it again. See more orchid photos by clicking on the link below:

Blooming Orchid Plants at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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Friday, March 25, 2011

Mother's Day - Materinski dan

Closeup of Cinco De Mayo rose flower

Today is the Mother's Day (Materinski dan) in Slovenia. To all the moms all over the place I'm sending my best wishes and these beautifully scented roses from my front yard. Happy Mother's Day!! :)

Blooming Cinco De Mayo rose

Tiny yellow petunias that bloom all season long decided to turn into perennials (I bought and planted  them last spring)
The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new.

Brez sonca roža ne cveti,
a nam brez mam živeti ni.
Zahvalim soncu se za cvet,
a tebi, ker ves moj si svet!

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Thursday, March 24, 2011

2011 Florida SNPJ Days in Spring Hill

I am still working on all the (photo and video) materials from this year's Florida SNPJ Days, hosted by Suncoast SNPJ Lodge 778 in Spring Hill. But to give you a little taste of what was going on at our hall, here's a photo and a video.
Photo above by Rose Zaletel - Friday Jam Session at the Spring Hill Hall: Kathy Paulenich (button box), Larry Zaletel (button box), John Gurl (drums), Pete November (button box) and Tony (button box)

Video above - Sunday jamming with Alex Meixner

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Monday, March 21, 2011

Election of the officers

There's a regular monthly meeting (and the last one until fall) scheduled at the Suncoast SNPJ Lodge 778 in Spring Hill, Florida - for May 4, 2011 at 11 AM.

There will be nomination, election and installation of new officers at this meeting. Catherine Feil is running for the position of the President/Treasurer and Nezka Novak for the position of the Vice President/Treasurer.

Please attend if you can.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Srečen - Happy

"Srečen" - Happy - is one of those things that probably every human being wants to be - as much - or as often - as possible.

Some recent events reminded me again how irrelevant so many things we tend to worry about in life are and I am now even more determined to stay focused on the bright side of my life.

That's why I decided to share some happiness with this happy polka, performed by an excellent Slovenian ensemble "Novi Spomini." I very much admire them for the incredible vocals.

Enjoy: "Srečen" (Happy) and "Novi Spomini" (New Memories)!

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Saturday, March 19, 2011

Name Day tradition in Slovenia

In Slovenia, the Name Day - "god" in Slovenian, is still way more important to a lot of people than their birthday - and that's what they celebrate every year. Just last night Nežka was telling me about the Name Day tradition in the village near Domžale, where she comes from.

In my early years, the traditional celebrations haven't been a significant part of my life - although I lived in a small village with around 600 residents, scattered around pretty large area. But my mom was a teacher and my dad was a journalist and they both worked all days. Therefore, when other kids spent their out-of-school time on the fields, pastures and woods or in the barns, I was with either of my grandmothers - pretty far away - or on the beach.

A few minutes ago I came across a post on FaceBook, saying that today is "god" - the Name Day of all whose name is "Jože, Jožica, Joci, Pepi, Pepca..."

I can easily imagine that tonight is about to be a party night for a lot of Slovenians because these are all very common names and "veselice" will happen in private homes and public places.

Let's join in the party with this lively polka "Ljubim Jožico" (I Love Jožica) performed by one of my favorite Slovenian bands, Donačka.

"Lepo praznujte" (happy celebration)! :)


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Thursday, March 17, 2011

First annual Craft Show

SNPJ Lodge 778
 13383 County Line Road
 Spring Hill, Florida 34609

Contact:         Daria                         
Telephone:     (727) 753-9631
Date:               April 9, 2011


All vendors, craft artisans and public - invited to participate in the first annual craft show on April 9, 2011. Bring your creative talents and colorful art treasures for all to see and buy!  

Dates:             Saturday, April 9, 2011— Craft Show

Times:             April 9, 2011— 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Location:        (SNPJ) Suncoast Dance & Party Center
                        13383 County Line Road, Spring Hill, Florida

Table claim:   Friday, April 8, 2011 – 10:00 AM – 2 PM (first come first served)

Table setup:   Saturday, April 9, 2011 – 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Booth Fee:      Inside the hall— $10.00 per table
                        Outside — $8.00 per table

                        CASH OR CHECKS ONLY.
                        CHECKS PAYABLE TO:  SNPJ

Contacts:        Daria (727) 753-9631
                        Catherine (989) 768-0031 on Saturday’s only.

Food and soft drinks available on Saturday from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
Proceeds will benefit the SNPJ Scholarship Fund.

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