Our Past Events
February 21, 2017 – Carpathian Festival
Beat the Cold and join the Fun at the Second Edition of the Carpathian Festival in Twin Cities. The Nations blessed to be living along the Carpathian Range come together to share in the traditional costumes, music, dance, history, arts and… food!
January 14, 2017 – Benefit Concert
Benefit Concert dedicated to HORA by Irina and Lucas Meachem. Read the interview with Irina and Lucas here.
December 10, 2016 – Christmas Party
As has become traditional, HORA has brought the Romanian American community together at Christmas time. This past year, we had an exceptional attendance (over 160 attendees!), to celebrate our traditions, try some delicious traditional food, enjoy outstanding entertainment, listen stories and get the children excited around nice presents. We were thrilled to have Costel Busuioc, the Romanian tenor winner of a Talent Competition, giving a great performance at our gathering, with Christmas Carols as well as beloved arias from well known Operas. Descendants of first generations of Romanian immigrants have shared their family recipes. The ensemble Plugusorul surprised and delighted us this year again with a superb performance or Christmas and New Year traditions from the Norther Romania and Moldova. We got to see the Goat (Capra) and Bear (Ursul) dances. The evening ended with dance and singing along.
June 6, 2016 – Children’s Day
Over 45 people attended a day of outdoor play and fun, in a wonderful summer day in Minnesota.
May, 2016 – “Festival of Nations”
This is an annual event and HORA has been involved in 2015 and 2016.
December 2015 – Christmas Party
October, 2015 – ACASA, Welcome Home!
An Emotional Evening of Discovery and Connection with Romanian Roots
Between 1990 and 2004, Americans adopted more than 8,000 children from Romania. Terrifying images of communist institutions filled with abandoned orphans opened the hearts of many Minnesotan families who fled to save these children. Minnesota became home- ACASA for these children, now young adults, starting their own families.
HORA is proud to welcome Izidor Ruckel to Minnesota. Once a child lost in the Romanian communist institutions, Izidor is today a nationally recognized orphan advocate who speaks on behalf of orphans lingering in institutions around the world. See www.izidorruckel.com for more information.
May, 2015 – “Festival of Nations”
This is an annual event and HORA has been involved in 2015 and 2016.
September 27, 2014 – Hora’s Documentary
World premiere of HORA’s documentary on early Romanian immigration to the Twin Cities.
June 21, 2014 – Romanian HORA Biannual Gala Benefit and Awards
Prestwick Country Club, Woodbury, MN.
December 2013 – Christmas Party
October 12, 2013 – Mircea Cartarescu at “Rain Taxi’s Twin Cities Book Festival”
Romanian Author Mircea Cartarescu attended Rain Taxi’s Twin Cities Book Festival in Minneapolis on his tour of the U.S. to celebrate the launch of his novel “Blinding”, newly translated from Romanian by Sean Cotter. Mr. Cartarescu was the 2012 recipient of the Berlin International Prize for Literature, the latest of many awards.
September 29, 2013 – Fall Harvest & Wine-Making Celebration
On an absolutely gorgeous, warm fall day, a joyous crowd gathered at Clifton French Park in Plymouth, MN. Grape must (sweet fizzy drink) was made and mici were grilled to the sound of children playing, story telling and Romanian popular music. It was an incredibly successful day, and a great big Thank You! goes out to all the volunteers and organizers that made it all possible.
September 7, 2013 – Romanian Language Classes Begin!
July 21, 2013 – Historic Pill Hill Neighborhood Tour
June 22, 2013 – Ziua Iei (Romanian Blouse Day)
Community members gathered at the Como Park Conservatory to celebrate the day.
June 8, 2013 – Career Growth Workshop
A group of about forty people gathered at the Edina public library to discuss professional goals and knowledge. The attendees represented a wide range of backgrounds, spanning from high school students to senior professionals, and all with diverse career interests. There was long discussion of important topics covered by a great panel of knowledgable professionals. Please read the article in Volume 5, Issue 2 of the HORA newsletter for more information.
May 1 – 9, 2013 – Euro-American Celebration
Nine exciting European culture-filled days held throughout the Twin Cities! HORA made appearances at the European organizations showcase, the young professionals networking brunch, the Cine Club, the European wine tasting event.
More information here: EAC link
January 26, 2013 – HORA First Annual General Meeting
During this meeting Monica Nedelcu Erickson was elected as the new President, several new board members were voted in, and HORA activities and happenings during 2012 were reviewed. For a detailed description of all the board members, please view the “People” page. The meeting was held at the Minneapolis Public Library.
Winter 2012 – “Romanian Christmas traditions” – A Family Celebration
Fall 2012 – “Celebrate Fall Traditions” Cooking Event
A traditional cooking session with Raluca Octav. More details on our Facebook page!
September 21, 2012 – Launch of HORA Internships
At the University of Minnesota’s Coffman Union.
June 9, 2012 – Romanian-American Dream Awards Gala
January 28 – February 5, 2012 – Gathering in honor of Roxana Constantinescu
Private gathering in honor of Romanian mezzosoprano, Roxana Constantinescu, hosted by the Cabuz family and HORA. Ms. Constantinescu played Charlotte in Massenets’ Werther at the Minnesota Opera.
Fall, 2011 – HORA honored the life of Liviu Ciulei
October 15, 2011 – HORA presented “Romanian Fall in Minnesota”
West St. Paul Public Library, 3:00 – 5:00pm (199 East Wentworth Ave, West St. Paul, MN 55118)
April 4, 2011 – “Beethoven’s Concerto No. 1” at “Festival of Orchestra Honors”
HORA member Raluca Gheorghiu Boac performed Beethoven’s Concerto No. 1 at St. Thomas University’s Festival of Orchestra Honors Concert. See her performance of Beethoven’s Concerto No. 1 on Youtube: First Movement Part 1 and First Movement Part 2.
October, 2010 – HORA presented “Dracula Fest 2010”
Featuring the “Izvorasul Dance Ensemble” at the Highland Park Library on Oct. 6th, and a booth and presentation by Raluca Octav at the St. Paul Central Library on Oct. 10th.
May 22, 2010 – Piano Recital at Augsburg College Hoversten Chapel
Piano recital performed by the young and very talented Romanian musicians Irina Nedelcu (Lawrence University ’10), Raluca Boac (Transylvania Music University), Codrut Barsan (MA, San Francisco Conservatory). Original songs byCodrut Barson. Works by George Enescu and Paul Constantinescu interpreted by Ryan Thorn (Graduate Student at UCLA).
May 1, 2010 – Cultural Exhibit at the “Festival of Nations”
HORA designed the Romanian cultural exhibit at the Festival of Nations. The booth was visited by more than 700 people, many with a real interest in our “Dracula: facts & fiction” theme, and in general about the Romanian culture.
March 13, 2010 – HORA’s Spring Lecture
A panel of HORA members presented “Romanian Spring Customs”. John Omorean, director of the famous Izovorasul Romanian Folk Dance Ensemble, presented “Romanian Folk Dance in the Balkans”, an interactive traditional folk dance demonstration.
December 4 – The inaugural talk of the HORA Lecture Series
Two presentations were given, “Early Romanian Immigration to the Twin Cities” by Vicki Albu, a genealogist affiliated with the University of Minnesota and the Immigration Research Center, and “Castles of Transylvania” by Raluca Octav, affiliated with the Romanian Institute of Orthodox Theology and Spirituality, New York. Took place at the Elmer L. Andersen Library, on the University of Minnesota’s West Bank campus.