Celebrate the fruit of the vine at the SNPJ Farm Grape Festival

August 27, 2018 - by JOE VALENCIC, Lodge 5

KIRTLAND, Ohio — It’s time to celebrate the fruit of the vine, old country-style, at the SNPJ Farm’s colorful, musical Slovenian Grape Festival, Sunday, Sept. 23.

A polka parade with Slovenian costumes and singing will start the festivities, and the Joey Tomsick Orchestra will perform for four hours of dancing. Hearty harvest fare will be available, including smoked Slovenian sausage, savory roast beef and homemade donuts.

Wear your Slovenian outfit and join the sing-along when the parade starts at 2:45 p.m. with accordionist Tony Fortuna leading the way. Joe Valencic will provide song sheets and the story behind the tradition. Dance to Joey Tomsick’s polka and waltz favorites from 3 to 7 p.m. under the pavilion decorated with grapevines and hanging treats. If you dare grab a goody, you could wind up in jail!

Admission is free if you wear a Slovenian costume or bring your accordion to the parade; participants need to arrive by 2:15 p.m. to prepare. Regular admission is $8, free for those 18 and under, and includes four hours of live music and all the balinca (bocce) you can play. Dinners, sandwiches and refreshments will be served beginning at 2 p.m.

The SNPJ Farm is located at 10946 Heath Road, off Chardon Road (Route 6) in Kirtland, three miles east of State Route 306 and six miles west of Route 44. For more information, call (440) 256-3423.