Festival of Spring

I love every moment of my life, every season and every (holy/holi)day, but spring never ceases to add that extra springy energy to the way I feel. I don’t know if that has anything to do with the fact that I am a ‘spring chick’ – as my adopted mom Breda likes to put it, or with the nature (which I feel very close with), bursting into life all over the place.

New beginnings

In the woods

On February 29 I noticed the first new leaves on deciduous trees around my house. They come in that pretty olive green color and then a few days later, all the turkey oaks and a few other kinds of trees around here look like they’ve never been leafless…
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New Leaves, Central Florida, February 29 - Photo: Daria

New Leaves, Central Florida, February 29 - Photo: Daria

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And then I walked around the house and captured the first two smiling wildflowers…
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Tiny Yellow Wildflower on February 29 in Central Florida - Photo: Daria

Tiny Yellow Wildflower on February 29 in Central Florida - Photo: Daria

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Pretty Blue Wildflowers on February 29 in Central Florida - Photo: Daria

Pretty Blue Wildflowers on February 29 in Central Florida - Photo: Daria

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In my planters

 


Around the house I found blooming Mexican petunias, their blossoms in more vivid color than ever before…
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Mexican petunia blossom - Photo: Daria

Mexican petunia blossom - Photo: Daria

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… a single bright nasturtium flower was begging for my attention…
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Orange nasturtium flower - Photo: Daria

Orange nasturtium flower - Photo: Daria

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… I discovered the first-ever clover bud…
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Blooming Red Clover - Photo: Daria

Blooming Red Clover - Photo: Daria

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… and my roses having more buds than I have time to count… 🙂
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Rose bud and new growth - Photo: Daria

Rose bud and new growth - Photo: Daria

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And just like all the flowers can’t wait to bloom again this time of the year, the Spring Festival at our Club is fast approaching.
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Spring Festival

 



Big weekend

 


I am really looking forward to see all of you who decided to join us for the biggest event of the year, for the weekend of jamming and polkas and dancing and singing – and just plain fun.

Here’s the complete program for the weekend of March 9 – 11, 2012:

SPRING FESTIVAL
2nd weekend in March: Friday through Sunday, March 9, 10 and 11 of 2012

Program:
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~ Friday: JAM SESSION and DANCE (all instruments welcome) – from 2 to 6 PM
Admission: $10.00
Door opens at 1 PM
Food served between 1:30 PM and 3 PM

Participating jamming groups:

1. Bob Kravos and Friends
2. Bob Turcola and Friends
3. Northern Echo:
– Gary Schlais: accordion/singer
– Ted Perkovich: tuba
– Stan Baumel: bass guitar/button box

~ Saturday: BOB KRAVOS and THE BOYS IN THE BAND – from 6 to 10 PM
Admission: $10.00
Door opens at 5 PM
Food served between 5:30 PM and 7 PM
~ Sunday: BOB KRAVOS and THE BOYS IN THE BAND – from 2 to 6 PM
Admission: $10.00
Door opens at 1 PM
Food served between 1:30 PM and 3 PM

More March events

 


There are more events happening at the Spring Hill hall in March. We start today, Wednesday, March 7, 2012, with the board meeting at 2 PM. At 4 PM we will continue this Wednesday afternoon with the jam session from 4 to 7. Some great musicians and fun people are joining us, includin Joe Fedorchak, Virgil Baker, Gary Schaliss, Ed Slegle, Marty Raab and several others.

I know this reminder is late but I hope not too late for all of you who are some place close to Spring Hill.

We had to make some more changes to the rest of our March schedule so please make sure to check it out online or give me a call before you come to the next two dances with NU SOUNDZ and VIRGIL BAKER. A single click on the link below will take you to the right place:

Complete March 2012 schedule for Slovenian-American Club, Suncoast Dance and Party Center


Apology

 


Once again I fell behind with recordings of our past events. I have many photos and videos to tribute them all properly – if only time wouldn’t be passing by so fast…

But I am pretty sure those images will be just as much fun to look at after a while – as they would be right now.

I would like to thank Steve Graham for his help with taking photos at the last couple of dances at our hall. He owns a terrific camera and makes great shots.


Some final thoughts

 


I mentioned before that this coming-spring time keeps pouring into my being plenty of excitement and lively energy. However, during my quiet moments I’ve been pondering friendships a lot lately.

It seems like ever since I came to Florida in 2004, I keep meeting the most brilliant, helpful, kind and fun people – everywhere I go. Some of you I’ve never met in person but you feel as close to my heart as anyone could be. Others I keep meeting at different places and it’s always so great to see you again. And some of you I’ve just met this past weekend at Samsula, like this Slovenian lady Slavica, who kept holding my hands while we were talking. Or the fun couple from Slovenia who spends three winter months in Florida – Darinka and Marjan. They were so much fun and we had plenty of laughs together.

Before I publish this page and go to the meeting, though, I’d like to mention a special friendship that started more than a year ago when Daniela from Germany found one of my websites about Spring Hill Slovenian-American Club. She emailed me and later on decided to come to our Spring Festival 2011 since her and her boyfriend were going to be visiting Florida in March anyway.

I met Daniela and Karsten at our hall and later on learned that they are both members of a club that’s called “Friends of Slovenia” with Slovenian-polka-fan members from all over. Daniela Raach also writes for the members newspaper and that’s how our Spring Hill hall and our Spring Festival is now well known all around the world. Well, almost… 😉
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Spring Festival 2011 - Frühlingsfest in Spring Hill, Florida

Spring Festival 2011 - Frühlingsfest in Spring Hill, Florida

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If you understand German and you’d like to read the whole newspaper (Clubzeitung), I have it in PDF format and can email it to you as an attachment. Just let me know. But I’ll tell you more about all this some time soon. And those attending our big weekend event, I’ll be happy to introduce you all to Daniela and her friends from Germany.

Time to send this out and get ready for the first one of the fun March Days in Spring Hill hall.

Sending you much (spring) love,

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Daria

Most of all Daria enjoys creating, designing, taking photos of, writing about and sharing all the beautiful, cheerful things and moments. She finds them everywhere she goes. And tons of fun people, too!

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