Bulgarian-Macedonian Assn. - Podkrepa Portland (PDX)

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Здравейте Приятели! Hello Friends!
 
  • Our next members' meeting is Saturday July 19th, 2014 at 4 pm with potluck dinner to follow. See you there!
  • We will commemorate Ilinden (St. Elijah's Day) at Podkrepa Saturday Aug 2, 2014 in honor of the historic Macedonian Independence uprising that took place in 1903. This happens to also be the same day now as this year's Killingsworth Street Fair which we will not be participating in after all due to the schedule conflict, although members can enjoy that event also earlier in the day. Be prepared for some congestion on Killingsworth as the street fair wraps up at 4pm and it re-opens.
  • We are trying out some new artistic metal fencing in front to help spruce up the grounds and better secure the property during off hours. This will replace the metal cabling we currently use if members approve. Thanks to Dave who is lending his industry and artistic touch to this.
  •  "Rosna Kitka" 2014 every other Friday folk dance sessions schedule has ended for the season. Thanks to all who joined us and shared our traditional dancing this year. We will resume next fall.
  • Keep your eye out for our new logo under development now in May 2014. We will share it as soon as we can!

 

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.
 
 
 
 

 

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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!

МОЛИМ, РАЗПРОСТРАНЕТЕ НАШЕТО ПИСМО ДО СВОИ ПРИЯТЕЛИ ОТ ПОРТЛАНД И НАОКОЛО, КОИТО ИМАТ ДЕЦА В УЧИЛИЩНА ВЪЗРАСТ; „Един камък зид не прави…“

За повече информация: bgschoolportland@gmail.com

2013 Spring Dance Festival at Podkrepa, Saturday March 9th

posted Feb 3, 2013, 8:52 PM by Tanya K

Dance and sing with Daniela Ivanova!

Have great fun with our faithful, fantastic band Kafana Klub from Portland!



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njoy the most delicious ethnic Bulgarian food in Oregon State!


4:00 – 5:30 Dance workshop

5:30 – 6:15 Favorite Bulgarian and Macedonian party songs

6:15 – 7:00 Potluck dinner

7:00 – 10:00 Dance party with Kafana Klub


$10 for the dance workshop

$ 8 for the singing class

$ 10 for the dance party

Spring Festival Package (dance workshop, singing class and dance party) - $ 20

Children under 13 free

Payable at the door


Kafana Klub features: Dennis Godfrey, Brent Geary, Kathy Fors, Maria Noel, Jill Poris, Cameron Edens

Overlook Village Street Fair

posted Aug 12, 2012, 8:13 PM by Tanya K

Thank you to all who helped make Podkrepa’s portion of the Killingsworth Street Fair such a success!  A special thank you to Alex and Vesko and their helpers who sold out in three hours!  Even the restaurant workers across the street wanted the Gyros they barbecued.  Another special thank you to Luba who organized the dancers.  They were so colorful and professional-looking.  It was so nice to see so many inside Podkrepa and having a good time.  One visitor said “everyone looks so happy inside there.”  Podkrepa is no longer quietly in the neighborhood and the neighborhood seems to be excited to know we are there.  It would not have so successful without the willing participation of many of you.  Thank you so very much.

May 24 - Day Of Slavonic Alphabet, Bulgarian Enlightenment and Culture

posted May 19, 2012, 7:20 AM by Tanya K

May 24 is the Day Of Slavonic Alphabet, Bulgarian Enlightenment and Culture. This day has been celebrated for 161 years now – no other holiday was so long celebrated in Bulgarian late history.

 On May 11 1851 a celebration was organized by Nayden Gerov at the eparchy school `St St Kiril and Methody` in the town of Plovdiv. This was the first time to be marked the Day of the Saint brothers Kiril and Methody – the creators of Slavonic Alphabet. Since 1857 this day has been celebrated every year in Plovdiv, Tsarigrad, Shumen and Lom and it was no by accident that May 11 was chosen - this is the common Church Holiday of the two Saints.

The enthusiastic celebrating of the Day of the Saint brothers Kiril and Methody by all Bulgarian people was a positive proof for their thirst for enlightenment and science, for national self-defining and fast economical and cultural advancement.


May 20, 2012 - End of Podkrepa Bulgarian Class Year 2011-2012

posted May 18, 2012, 9:25 PM by Tanya K   [ updated May 19, 2014, 1:03 PM by Jan Groh ]

1:30pm-3:30pm

End of Podkrepa Bulgarian Classes inaugural year and certificates awards.

Language and folklore class, recital and dance/music performance open to parents and public

March 8th: International Women's Day

posted Mar 6, 2012, 11:27 PM by Tanya K   [ updated Mar 7, 2012, 12:05 AM ]

March 8th is also known as the International Women's Day. This holiday emerged as a political celebration to symbolize the fight of women from all over the world for their rights, full equality with men, democracy and peace.

Flowers are the most popular gift choice on March 8. Yellow mimosas and roses are especially popular. Candy and chocolate are the next popular choice, followed by perfume and cosmetics.

Честит Осми март на всички дами!

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