Bulgarian-Macedonian Assn. - Podkrepa Portland (PDX)

Здравейте Приятели! Hello Friends!
  • Next Rosna Kitka folk dancing session is THIS Friday March 27th from 7-9 pm. We are celebrating 6 years of sharing Bulgarian and other balkan folk dancing together this month. All levels welcome, bring a potluck dish to share, dancing or not! $5 suggested donation, no one turned away. We also still have some of our beautiful new 2015 calendars featuring the Bulgarche Educational Program's children available for just a $5 donation. Get one now!
  • Save the date: Saturday May 9, 2015 we will celebrate St George's Day (Гергъовден, traditionally May 6th) at Rooster Rock State Park Picnic Site A. All welcome! See details below!
  • Thank you to all who came out to join us for our 3 in 1 March holiday celebration Saturday March 7, 2015 - it was a smashing success for young and old alike, with poetry, songs, dances and raffle prizes! Many left with our new logo on a t-shirt or calendar. (We will make these available again at other events and member's meetings.) We had a blast celebrating Baba Marta (Mar 1), Bulgarian Liberation Day (Mar 3) and International Women's Day (Mar 8) all together! Enjoy photos of the occasion at http://www.facebook.com/PodkrepaPortland
  • Next Members Meeting will be Saturday April 18, 2015 at 4:00 pm followed by a potluck dinner. Bring a dish to share and remember to renew at the new rate of $60 per adult over 18 this year if you haven't yet. You can also get one of our remaining 2015 calendars or t-shirts with our new logo at this meeting also while supplies last.
  • Our Bulgarche (Българче) Language and Culture classes have resumed for the season as of September 14, 2014 and now include classes for kindergarten ages. 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 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 St George's Day Sat May 9, 2015 with us!

posted Mar 22, 2015, 2:27 PM by Jan Groh   [ updated Mar 22, 2015, 9:49 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 9th, 2015 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! The park charges just $5 entry fee per car (кола), otherwise this event is free.

And, we still have some white t-shirts with our NEW LOGO (visible on our Facebook Page here) on them available in exchange for a $20 tax-deductible donation to Podkrepa, and we will have them with us at the picnic. So bring your cash or checks if interested in getting one!
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.

Save the date for a 3 in 1 celebration March 7th 2015!

posted Feb 23, 2015, 1:04 PM by Jan Groh   [ updated Feb 23, 2015, 9:39 PM ]

We are co-celebrating THREE wonderful spring occasions in one day Saturday March 7th when we will combine the arrival of Baba Marta (March 1), Bulgarian Liberation Day (Ден на Освобождението на България (March 3) and  International Women's Day (March 8) into one great occasion with you all!

Join us for food, friendship and another great children's presentation with music and a potluck at Podkrepa Hall 2116 N Killingsworth in Portland.

5:00 pm Bulgarche Children's cultural presentation starts promptly (don't be late!)
6:00 pm Potluck, raffle and social time for everyone

We also still have some white T-shirts with our NEW LOGO (shown on our Facebook page) on them available in exchange for a $20 tax-deductible donation to Podkrepa, as well as a NEW 1 page 2015 calendar featuring our Bulgarche program kids, so bring some money and get one before they are gone! (All items are offered in exchange for fully tax-deductible donations to Podkrepa).

The three celebrations include:

Baba Marta (Grandma March) traditionally visits March 1, when everyone dons (puts on and wears) a red & white Martenitsa (plural: Martenichki or Мартенички)  signifying rebirth and good health (traditions and meaning vary a bit across regions). These handcrafted adornments are traditionally worn until the first sign of Spring comes in the form of either a blossoming tree, or the first sight of a swallow or stork when they are then placed on or tied to a blooming shrub or bush. Although spring seems to have come early to Portland this year, please don't let this stop you from sporting (wearing) a Martenitsa for a few days in early March with us anyway! (We have some мартенички available for sale you can come get early at our Rosna Kitka dance session Friday February 27th 7:00 pm also!)

Bulgarian Liberation Day (Ден на Освобождението на България  is a very significant Public Holiday for Bulgarians, signifying liberation from the Ottoman Empire, and is traditionally celebrated in the modern era on March 3rd. We are moving our celebration to the weekend to allow more to join us.

Lastly, we are also co-celebrating March 8th (Осеми Март) or International Women's Day one day early to also allow more to join us. The 8th of March is recognized with more significance in Bulgaria and other regions including Europe than in the United States. It is also known as Mother's Day in Bulgaria. This does not stop us from celebrating it here! We would not be here without women, after all. Join us!

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!

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