The Croatian Singing Society “Javor” was established on July 11, 1905, in the Croatian Church Hall, Allegheny City (presently known as North Side, Pittsburgh). The Croatian Singing Society was made up of Croatian immigrants in the area who were interested in the progress and prosperity of “Javor”–Harmony and unity among the Croatians. They held their first concert on January 23, 1906, in the Ceh Hall, Vinial Street, North Side, Pittsburgh and obtained a Charter in June 1909. In 1917 they purchased Cecilia Hall, 822 N. Canal St., Pittsburgh, and christened it the Croatian National Hall – Javor.
Originally a male chorus, women were permitted to join beginning in 1934. The Society moved to North Canal Street in 1917, and again in 1969 to temporary quarters at 730 East Ohio Street when the Canal Street location was torn down during construction of 279 North.
The present-day Javor Croatian National Hall on East Street opened September 1977.
The City of Pittsburgh declared Saturday, October 17th, 2015 to be “Croatian National Hall Javor Day.”
For this event, we are piggybacking on a show created by the organizer of Pittonkatonk, which is a free big-band music festival/picnic potluck that has taken place since 2014 in Schenley Park’s Veteran’s Pavilion. This year’s event is May 12 and the Javor show is a warm-up for that event.
Your Roaming Social Club membership is covering the fee this evening. There will be Eastern European food available for sale.
Performing will be the Lemon Bucket Orkestra
Lemon Bucket Orkestra are Toronto’s original guerrilla-folk party-punk massive. The multi-award-winning ensemble has been heralded as a groundbreaking, genre-bending phenomenon by media and fans alike, and over the past 8 years have performed all over the world from WOMAD in New Zealand and Pohoda in Slovakia, to Festival D’Été in Québec City, and Luminato in Toronto. The Guardian proclaimed that their performances are “gorgeously sung and passionately played” and The New York Times declared them “charismatic…handsome and ambitious.”