December update

by Daniel Takacs

Hello! HAAW has been busy since I last wrote:

On October 23, we remembered the Hungarian revolution of October 23, 1956. We had a beautiful event at Crossroads Park in Bellevue, organized by the Hungarian school, scouts, and library.  Despite the inclement weather, many of us enjoyed the children’s performance and other parts of the program.

During Thanksgiving week, the Diaspora Camp was a week of fun-filled activities for Hungarian children.  

The Hungarian folk dance group started holding rehearsals. Thank you, organizers and volunteers! There are a lot of pictures to remember the activities on our Facebook webpage. I hope that you will follow us there.  

HAAW and Seattle-Pecs Sister Cities Association are now very busy preparing for our Christmas market event.  This event will be replacing the Christmas party this year.   Due to COVID, it was very hard to rent a space, and we think this semi-outdoor/indoor barn space will be perfect.  Rain or shine, we’ll be having a fun-filled afternoon.  If you have not attended an activity this year yet, this event is going to be the one you should come to!  There will be a lot of traditional food, there will be a band, and Santa will be also coming! I highly encourage you to register ASAP and come on Dec. 11.  The event will take place at 23210 Paradise Lake Road, Woodinville, WA 98077.

November is known for Thanksgiving.  During this year HAAW is thankful for all of you!

There are a lot of families who have endlessly invested a lot of labor to build the Hungarian community.  They organize and host events and activities, they prepare food, they deal with logistics, and they contribute their strength to building up our association.  I’m always amazed by what volunteers you are and very glad for the community you help to build.

Furthermore, there have been individuals and families that were able to make monetary donations, sometimes via their companies, where their efforts are multiplied.  We really thank you for this.  It does mean a lot to us, and your funds are going to great use!  If you work at a company that allows for this, please do matching donations. 

There is the membership who are attending events.  Adults and kids alike, I can tell you the association organizers feel tons of joy when we see you at these events.   

Lastly, I want to extend thanks to the local Hungarian businesses and groups around the Seattle region.

Prohibition Cellar recently organized an event called Szureti Bal/Grape Harvest Ball and contributed a significant amount of money to the scouts to finish the hut in Cle Elum.    

Helen Szablya recently published a book, “From Refugee to Consul.” 

Turul Foods organizes markets around Seattle and showcases Kurtos Kalacs.

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