Bulgarian-Macedonian Assn. - Podkrepa Portland (PDX)

Здравейте Приятели! Hello Friends!
  • Join us to celebrate Трифон Зарезан (patron saint of the grape vines) и St. Valentine's Day 6:00 pm Saturday February 14, 2015 - wine & love, the perfect combination! $5 suggested donation, bring a potluck dish to share.
  • Thanks to all who came to our January Members meeting. Our next one is Saturday February 21, 2015 at 4 pm, with potluck dinner to follow. (Bring a dish to share). We will also be celebrating Bulgarian Liberation Day (March 3rd) sometime on Saturday March 7th this year, details to come, public welcome. Please remember to pay your annual dues at the new rate of $60/person.
  • Next Rosna Kitka Balkan folk dance session will be Friday February 27th 7:00 - 9:00 pm - all levels welcome, we will gladly teach those who need it. (Sometimes we do ourselves!) $5 suggested donation. Bring a potluck dish to share and your comfortable dancing clothes and shoes.
  • We also really enjoyed our first New Year's Eve celebration with so many of you. We look forward to organizing another celebration like it next year. Many thanks to the Krastevis for organizing this wonderful party!
  • Our Bulgarche (Българче) Language and Culture classes have resumed for the season as of September 14, 2014. See Arts & Education for more details on this program, as well as our adult language classes.
  • You can follow us for more information and photos on our Facebook Page here now, including the image of our new logo! You will see it in more places soon, but right now, you can get it on a white t-shirt in exchange for a tax-deductible $20 donation to Podkrepa.


2116 N Killingsworth st.
Portland, OR 97217
Podkrepa is a social organization founded in 1939 to help inroduce Bulgarians and Macedonians in Portland, Oregon to their new country - USA. In more recent years, our organization adjusted to unite Bulgarians, Macedonians, American Macedonians and American Bulgarians and to promote Bulgarian and Macedonian educational and cultural activities.
Podkrepa is a charitable organization - indeed, our charter and bylaws forbid any political or religious endorsements or discussions.
Any adult of good character, who was born or lived in Bulgaria or Macedonia, is a descendant of a Bulgarian or Macedonian, or is interested in supporting the promotion of Bularian or Macedonian culture is invited to join Podkrepa.



Celebrate Трифон Зарезан И St. Valentine's Day Feb 14th

posted Jan 27, 2015, 11:24 PM by Jan Groh

Let's celebrate Трифон Зарезан & Valentine's Day!

Вино и любов - Заедно ръка за ръка!
Love and Wine - the Perfect Combination!

Bulgarians celebrate two holidays on February 14th, Saint Valentine’s and Saint Trifon!
On the day of St. Trifon “Zarezan”, the guardian of wine-growers, we celebrate our love of wine!
So, if your loved one is with you, celebrate Valentine’s Day,
if not, enjoy some good wine and forget about love!

Saturday, February 14
6:00PM Podkrepa Hall
2116 North Killingsworth St., Portland, OR 97217

Potluck, $ 5 suggested donation

Everybody is welcome!

Holiday happenings at Podkrepa 2014

posted Nov 5, 2014, 12:49 PM by Jan Groh   [ updated Dec 5, 2014, 12:47 PM ]

We will forgo our usual monthly 3rd Saturday members business meeting in December in favor of our annual Podkrepa Christmas Party, open to all comers 4pm Saturday December 20th. We will begin with a performance by the children's Bulgarche language and dance program at 4 pm, followed by a visit from Santa and then a potluck meal with friends and family (bring a dish to share).
If you have something you wish Santa to present to your child, please have it wrapped with the child's name on it.  Bring it to the store room earlier on the day of the party  (or make arrangements with a member beforehand to get it there) so we have it ready, thanks. Santa has many gifts to present though, so please do not bring a large gift, or more than one per child. We look forward to sharing this holiday tradition with you!
Then, join us for our New Year's Eve Party hosted by Dora and Georgi Krastevi at Podkrepa on December 31, 2014 starting at 8:00 pm until ?? January 1, 2015! Dora is coordinating the potluck (so we are sure to have a good mix of all types of dishes, not just desserts, and enough for all) so please contact Dora to RSVP at krasteva64 [at] gmail[dot] com if you are planning to join us to help her plan. Just $15 per person (children are free), of which $10 is tax-deductible, and $5 will cover the costs of prizes, games, champagne and party hats, etc.) We hope you will join us! (Thank you Dora i Georgi!)

Bulgarika playing Sun Oct 12 6:30 pm!

posted Sep 29, 2014, 7:57 PM by Jan Groh   [ updated Nov 7, 2014, 1:30 PM ]

Dust off your Balkan dancing shoes, we are pleased to be able to host the talented group Bulgarika here at Podkrepa on Sunday October 12th at 6:30 pm. We will open the doors early for a potluck at 5:30, then get the party started at 6:30 p.m. $15 suggested donation, but no one turned away for lack of funds. Please come and bring your friends!

Bulgarika includes gadulka virtuoso Nikolay Kolev, internationally renowned singer Donka Koleva, gaida player extraordinaire Vassil Bebelekov, and Dragni Dragnev, on tupan, kaval, and gaida. They will provide an evening of high-energy, musical acrobatics that will have you dancing! It’s a party, so bring food and beverage of your choice to share.  See the flyer below and tell your friends! All welcome, dancing or not! See you there!

Bulgarian Independence Day September 22

posted Sep 22, 2014, 2:41 PM by Jan Groh   [ updated Sep 22, 2014, 4:47 PM ]

Prince Ferdinand declared Bulgaria's independence from the Ottoman Empire by a manifesto in Veliko Tarnovo on September 22, 1908. Bulgaria was then recognized as a separate state ruled under crown King Ferdinand (who went by the title of tsar) by both Turkey and the world's great powers at the time as surrounding countries fought for other scraps of the former Ottoman Empire. The day was declared a National Public Holiday by a resolution of the National Assembly on September 10th, 1998. Bulgarians everywhere celebrate the day with pride. We hope you will join us in recognizing this special day. Happy Bulgarian Independence Day! Честит Ден на Независимостта!

На 22 септември 1908 г. във Велико Търново, с манифест, княз Фердинанд обявява независимостта на България. С този акт на практика се отхвърлят последните васални връзки с Османската империя. Княжество България става независима държава начело с коронования цар Фердинанд. Високата порта (Турция), а след това и Великите сили признават официално българската независимост. Обявен за официален празник с решение на Народното събрание от 10 септември 1998 г. Дълго време значимостта на това събитие от новата история не се оценява, но на тази дата през 1908 г. България - една от най-старите държави в Европа, отново се появява на световната карта след петвековно османско владичество.


Bulgarche (Българче) Classes start Sunday Sept 14, 2014 12:30 pm

posted Sep 12, 2014, 3:18 PM by Jan Groh

Greetings parents and children. We hope everyone had a great summer break, and look forward to hearing about your vacations. We are restarting the 2014-2015 season of Bulgarian Language and Culture classes here at Podkrepa THIS Sunday September 14, 2014 at 12:30 pm. New & returning students can enroll at this time.  We will start off by greeting our new students and families in the Bulgarian tradition of sharing bread and honey. Then we will share the new books we will use this year, and discuss this year's learning goals and answer any questions you may have. Hope to see you there!
Скъпи родители, ученици и гости,
За четвърти път ще отворим вратите за посрещане на нашите ученици на 14 септември от 12:30 часа в сградата на " Подкрепа". Готови сме да запишем и нови ученици.
След посрещането на децата по стар български обичай с питка и мед ще разгледаме новите учебници, ще поговорим за програмата на обучение и целите, които сме си поставили, ще отговорим на въпроси, които ви вълнуват, ще споделим кой къде и как е прекарал ваканцията и ще се почерпим за добре дошли :)

Trying out some new fencing summer 2014

posted Jul 8, 2014, 12:33 AM by Jan Groh   [ updated Jul 8, 2014, 12:34 AM ]

We invite Podkrepa members to give us your feedback on the new artistic metal fencing that Dave has been trying out on the front of the property. This will help spruce up the property and better secure it during off hours. You will see various pieces appear and disappear as he keeps tweaking it to get it to fit well, be safe, and look good. (It has gotten rave reviews so far, but we will vote as a group to ultimately keep it or not.)  There will be lockable gates for the driveways. See the early sample panel picture attached below (FenceTrial1.jpg), and come see it for yourself at our next members meeting Saturday July 19th, 2014.

Great Българче Year End Presentation May 31, 2014

posted Jun 5, 2014, 2:39 PM by Jan Groh   [ updated Jun 5, 2014, 2:47 PM ]

The end-of-the-year celebration for the children's Българче (Bulgarche) language and dance program was held Saturday, May 31, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. followed by a potluck luncheon enjoyed by friends and family. The 50 minute program allowed the 14 children in this year's class to showcase what they had learned during the year. The five girls and nine boys wore ethnic costumes and each read a passage in Bulgarian.

Some recited Bulgarian poetry from memory and two short plays were presented also in Bulgarian. The children also sang three songs and performed five different dances, including one interactive dance with the audience. One girl interviewed different audience members all in Bulgarian. It was a very enjoyable and impressive display of progress the children made during their classes this year.
You can see photos of this wondeful presentation in our Picture Gallery.
Podkrepa's Bulgarian language and dance classes are now finished for the summer and will begin again in September 2014. Registration is open for those who wish to participate. See our Arts & Education page for more information.

Благодаря на нашите прекрасни деца за чудесното представление! Честит 1 юни - ден на детето!Весела ваканция!

Thank you to our wonderful children for a wonderful show! Happy June 1st - Children's Day. Happy Summer Holiday!


Българче Educational Program Year End Celebration 5/31

posted May 25, 2014, 5:29 PM by Jan Groh   [ updated May 25, 2014, 5:31 PM ]

Please join us Saturday May 31, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. at Podkrepa Portland (2116 N Killingsworth in Portland) for our educational program 2014 year-end presentation by the children's classes. This will be followed by a potluck and socializing as we head into the summer break. (Bring food and friends to share with). Classes will resume again in the fall. The children have been working hard to prepare to share their language and dancing with us, please don't miss this wonderful event!

Celebrate St. George's Day with us!

posted Apr 26, 2014, 1:11 PM by Jan Groh   [ updated Apr 27, 2014, 1:44 PM ]

We will be celebrating the very popular Bulgarian holiday of St. George's Day (May 6th), also known as Гергьовден (Gergyovden) with a potluck picnic at 1 pm on Saturday May 10th, 2014 at Rooster Rock State Park Picnic Site A on the Columbia River so lots of you may join us! (It's about 21 miles east of Portland on I-84. Directions from Podkrepa). Bring food to share with friends and family and plan for a fun day with Portland area Bulgarian and Macedonian families. (Feel free to arrive early to enjoy more of the park and surrounding sites ahead of the potluck). All welcome!
St. George's Day is known as one of the biggest name days celebrated in Bulgaria. (Name days are very popular in Bulgaria and many are celebrated in the spring). It is a major feast day with a lot of Slavic history and tradition behind it, usually involving roasting a whole lamb. May 6 was made an official public holiday in 1880 by Alexander of Battenburg. The holiday was declared to celebrate the Bulgarian army’s victories in the Liberation War against the Ottoman Turks.

Cultural and Educational Program at Podkrepa opened doors for a third year on Sept. 8, 2013

posted Sep 15, 2013, 12:38 PM by Tanya K   [ updated May 22, 2014, 10:03 PM by Vania Karachobanova Portland, Oregon ]

Културно-образователната програма "Българче" в Портланд за трети път отваря широко врати за всички деца, които желаят да разширят и обогатят знанията си по български език и литература, география и история на България. Децата ни ще имат възможност да се запознаят с традиции и обичаи наследени от дедите ни, ще се научат да пеят и танцуват по български.
Мисията ни е да изградим образователна среда, която да подкрепя децата в техния стремеж към творчество и развитие.

Имаме готовност за откриване на нова паралелка за деца, които не могат да четат и пишат. В зависимост от възрастта и степента на владеене на нашия език, желаещите деца могат да се присъединят директно към вече съществуващите второ и трето ниво на обучение .

Разпределение на часовете :

Всяка неделя без празниците от 12:30 до 15:00 ч.
Подготвителна група/първо ниво с г-жа Кармен Козарева
Български език и литература, география и история на България с г-жа Ваня Карачованова
Всяка последна неделя - Български фолклор от 15:00 до 16:00 ч. с г-жа Даниела Иванова

Заповядайте на 8 септември от 13:30ч. в сградата на "Подкрепа"! Всеки език е нов, пъстър свят, родният език е богатство. Да го подарим на децата!


За повече информация: bgschoolportland@gmail.com

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