Hungarian festival offers food, music, folk dance lessons and more : Sun Postings

PARMA, Ohio – The 66th Hungarian Festival, the largest Hungarian festival in Ohio, will take place from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on September 4 at German Central Park, 7863 York Road, Parma. The event is presented by the Hungarian American Friends of Scouting and will feature plentiful food, live musical entertainment, colorful ethnic folk costumes, folk dance lessons and more.

A flag-raising ceremony at 10:30 a.m. kicks off the festival, followed at 11 a.m. by Catholics and

Protestant religious services in Hungarian.

The kitchens open at noon and serve Hungarian specialties such as chicken paprikas with dumplings, stuffed cabbage, Hungarian sausage, grilled pork steak, pancakes filled with jam and lángos (fried dough). Café Budapest will offer pies, pastries, strudels and espresso coffee. All food is available for take out.

Live music will be provided throughout the afternoon by local talents Walt Mahovlich and Harmonia and Alex Udvary and his band from Chicago. The Hungarian Scout folk ensemble and members of the scout troops will perform in their authentic folk costumes from 2-6 p.m. There will be free Hungarian folk dance lessons for all ages.

DJ Laszlo Bohar will play Hungarian hits from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. There will also be a live animal show, free activities for children, a football game, a book fair, folk art and crafts. Souvenirs and novelty items will be available for purchase.

Proceeds will benefit and support the activities of nearly 250 Boy Scouts and Hungarian Boy Scouts in northeast Ohio. The first Hungarian Scout Troop in North America was established in Cleveland in 1951.

Admission is $9, free for children under 10. Parking is free, with handicapped spaces available near the front door and handicapped accessibility throughout the park. No coolers or pets are allowed.

The festival is supported by a grant from Cuyahoga Arts and Culture and the Bethlen Gabor Foundation in Hungary.

For more information, call 440/582-1233 or visit

Community collection: Independence 811 Scout Troopwhich consists of boys and girls, will have its annual community collection day from 9 to 11 a.m. on September 10 at St. Joseph’s Church, 8111 Brecksville Road, Independence.

The troop will pick up clean and salable household items including clothing, blankets, linens, shoes, sheets, towels, bedding, tablecloths, curtains, comforters, pillows and other fabric items.

Proceeds will help support the troop’s camping accomplishments and community outreach. For more information contact Cindy Brunovsky, 216-375-6305 or [email protected]

At the library: The Parma-Powers Branch of the Cuyahoga County Public Library will have a free Grandparents Festival during library hours on September 10. Families are invited to celebrate with their grandparents and great friends. Attendees can take home a “festival in a bag”, take a special photo for Grandparents Day, see the Bubble Lady perform, investigate science and dinosaurs with Mad Science and more. Festival bags will be available while supplies last.

Registration is compulsory for the Marvelous World of Bubbles.

The library is at 6996 Powers Blvd. Register today by calling 440-885-5362 or visiting

Members of the Ridgewood Garden Club weed the grounds of Stearns Homestead. Photo courtesy of the Ridgewood Garden Club.

Stearns Spicy: Members of Ridgewood Garden Club of Parma recently spent time cleaning up the grounds and gardens surrounding the historic Gibbs home in Stearns Homestead in Parma for the enjoyment of visitors.

Since the use of chemicals is not allowed, manual weeding of flower beds is necessary several times during the season. More recently, the members of the gardening club have weeded the flowerbeds and carried out a major pruning of the shrubs in front of the house.

The Parma Area Historical Society, which operates Stearns Homestead, Parma’s last homestead, offered its appreciation to the garden club volunteers who maintain the grounds throughout the season. The historic farm consists of 48 acres at 6975 Ridge Road, Parma.

In April, students from Holy Name Secondary School helped garden club members clean up the area by picking up many bags of fallen leaves and helping with weeding. Then, in June, garden club members continued to help with the laborious task of weeding.

Additional volunteers are welcome. Anyone interested in helping preserve Stearns Homestead should call Louann Lauer at 440-842-5042.

Stearns Homestead welcomes visitors from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays. Free entry.

Visit or the Stearns Homestead Facebook Page for more information.

New addition: Jim Busch, Busch Funeral and Crematorium Services owner and president, says his fourth-generation family funeral home has welcomed another local business, Schuster-Straker-O’Connor Funeral Hometo its Northeast Ohio footprint.

Schuster-Straker-O’Connor is located at 5904 Ridge Road, Parma.

Busch said the acquisition was completed on August 17, transferring full ownership of the location to Busch and making it Busch’s eighth location.

Schuster-Straker-O’Connor was founded in 1932 on Denison Avenue in Cleveland. The funeral home expanded to the Ridge Road location in 1953, making it the oldest funeral home in Parma.

President Pat O’Connor expanded the funeral home to an 11,000 square foot facility, with a dining hall that seats 110. Located in the center of Parma, Schuster-Straker-O’Connor is close to St. Charles Borromeo Church and serves the Catholic community of Parma.

“We wanted security and to ensure that the families we serve were well taken care of, and Busch is the perfect successor,” O’Connor said. “They know our community and do an amazing job for families.

O’Connor is known throughout the Parma community for his involvement and volunteerism. Among his civic commitments are: former president of the Parish Council of St. Charles, the Rotary Club of Parma and the Association of Embalmers of Cleveland; former vice-president of the Parma Area Historical Society; president of the 75th anniversary of Saint-Charles; Stearns Homestead Cabin; board member of the Cuyahoga Funeral Directors Association; member of Parma Elks, St. Charles Futuring Committee and Padua Franciscan High School Futuring Committee.

He and his wife Kathi plan to stay in Parma and stay active in their parish as well as travel and relax.

“I am very pleased that Pat and Kathi O’Connor have chosen Busch to continue their company’s legacy,” said Busch. “I have always admired Pat and his commitment to funeral services and the Parma community.”

Busch said Bob Solich, longtime manager of the existing Parma site, will oversee operations.

Busch’s footprint in northeast Ohio also includes locations in Avon, Avon Lake, Cleveland, Elyria, Fairview Park/Rocky River, North Royalton and Parma. The new location is between the Cleveland (4334 Pearl Road) and Parma (7501 Ridge Road) locations.

Busch offers burial, cremation and pre-planning services. The seven existing locations are being updated with modern amenities, and Busch said they pride themselves on providing personalized care to all of the families they serve.

For more information, visit

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Laura T. Thrasher