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It’s Summer time, and in Marblehead, Ohio, folks will soon smell the cabbage rolls a-cookin’ and hear the lively sounds of polka music at the big 61st Annual HALUPKI FESTIVAL. The HALUPKI FESTIVAL, a celebration of Carpatho-Russian foods and culture, is presented each year on the third Sunday of August by Holy Assumption Orthodox Church, 114 East Main Street (Route 163), in picturesque Marblehead on Lake Erie. This year’s event takes place on Sunday, August 20th.

The day’s activities begin with Divine Liturgy in the beautiful, historic church at 9:30 am. The choir of SS. Peter and Paul Orthodox Church in Lorain will sing at Liturgy. The parish family extends an invitation to one and all to join with them in worship.

The festival begins at 11:30 am with the serving of their famous Halupki and Ham Dinners, continuing until 2 pm. At 2:30, the Carpatho-Russian Ala Carte will open, featuring halupki (cabbage rolls), perohi (perogies), halushki (cabbage and noodles), kolbasi (smoked sausage), pagach (Slavic pizza), and much more.

 Delicious Old World-Style baked goods, including nut and poppy seed rolls (kolach, or koh-LAHCH), as well as baklava, will be sold.

 Live entertainment gets underway at 12 Noon with polka music with the Frank Moravcik Band of Cleveland and the Wayne Golob Band of Sandusky alternating throughout the afternoon.

 The parish church, the oldest Orthodox church in Ohio and a historic landmark, will be open with tours for visitors. Orthodox religious items will be on display and for sale. A demonstration of the Rusyn art of Pysanky (pih-SAHN-key), or Easter egg decorating, will be given. Herman Halupki’s Craft Fest, with approximately 40 vendors selling strictly handmade items, will be on the lawn during the Festival. There will be refreshments, raffles,  and fun for the kids. It all adds up to a day of fun on the Marblehead Peninsula.

The HALUPKI FESTIVAL is held on the parish grounds of Holy Assumption Church; look for “the little stone church with the golden domes”. Admission to the festival is absolutely free of charge. There is ample parking In easy walking distance.

Our History

Holy Assumption Orthodox Church is a parish of the Orthodox Church in America. Founded in 1898 it is the second oldest Orthodox Church in the State of Ohio, and was founded by immigrants from the modern European nations of Slovakia and the Czech Republic.

The parish originally met in the old church building of the Marblehead Congregational Church which had been purchased from them and Fr. Jason Kappanadze served as its first Supply Priest.

Construction of the current temple began when the founding men of the parish dug, by hand, its foundation. In 1906 the Holy Synod of the Russian Orthodox Church instructed Bishop Tikhon to bless the cornerstone, consecrate the temple and conduct the first services in this new church. You can still see today the four main icons of the iconostas, which were donated to the parish by Czar Nicholas II.

Pride in their new church inspired its members to new sacrifices and in spite of many hardships and challenges, the parish continued to grow. In 1929, the first formal choir was organized and the youth of the parish formed an "R" Club becoming Chapter #14 of the Federated Russian Orthodox Clubs. In 1942, the Mothers & Daughters Club was formed. In 1944 the first formal Church School Program established.

The 1940's and 50's saw many improvements to the temple - two new icons for the altar were completed by M. Rozdilsky, electricity was installed, carpeting laid, pews installed and a new oil furnace purchased.

In 1953 Fr. Daniel Hubiak was appointed as the first full time Rector of Holy Assumption. By November of 1953 the new rectory was completed and furnished for Fr. Hubiak and his family.

1966 saw the interior of the temple graced with the artistry of Nicholas and Peter Roadway who adorned the walls of the temple with muruals depicting the Nativity of the Theotokos, the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Annunciation to the Theotokos, the Sermon on the Mount, and our Lord's visit to the home of Martha and Mary. In addition icons of St. Helena, St. Sava of Zvenigorodsk, and of the Protection of the Theotokos were added, along with an icon of the Holy Spirit attended by angels, which was installed over the sanctuary. The ceiling of the nave was decorated with the "sign of victory" ICXC, NIKA at the center and stars symbolizing the heavens filled the rest of the ceiling.

1969 saw the renovation of the parish hall below the temple.

In 2006, after repairs to the ceiling of the temple were completed, the installation of new iconography both in the altar and in the nave of the temple took place. The icon of the Panagia flanked by two cherubim was placed over the altar, the icon of the Pantokrator placed in the center of the ceiling of the nave, and the icon of the Holy Napkin over the doors to the vestibule. These icons were written by Fr. Paul Albert of the Antiochian Archdiocese of North America. In addition the icon of St. Sophia and her three daughters, wirtten by Mr. Dennis Bell, was installed on the eastern wall of the nave.

Today, Holy Assumption continues to bears witness to the Orthodox Faith of the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church as it proclaims the Good News of Jesus Christ. Our parish continues to welcome new members and converts and we play an active role in the community life of the Marblehad Peninsula.

We invite you to join us in this Great Work!

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