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Croatian Picnic in Detroit


    It’s never too late for a Croatian picnic!  And, who knows; a fall picnic may become a new tradition!


     As earlier reported, Lodge 351 cancelled our annual summer picnic, with a promise that we would hopefully bring it back in the future, reinvented.  We have joined forces with the Croatian American Center, who also stopped having picnics for all of the same reasons, to sponsor our first Annual Joint Picnic to be held on Saturday, October 5, 2019 from 3-10 PM at the Croatian American Center, located at 11360 22 Mile Road, Shelby Twp., MI 48316.


     Music for this event will be provided by Grupa Toniks from Windsor, Ontario, Canada, starting at 4 PM.  There will also be a performance by our own Cultural Group Nova Nada.  Due to a large number of MSU fans, the MSU/Ohio State football game will be televised, starting at 7:30 PM., inside the building.  Of course, there will be games for kids and the Lički Rock Toss competition for all who wish to participate.  There is a large playground for kids and soccer fields for those who want to kick around the ball.  Perhaps enough of you might start a pick-up game.  There’s plenty of room for lawn bocce and Corn Hole there, so bring your sets.


     Here is a change that most of you won’t be familiar with:  Lamb and pork may be pre-ordered and paid for by September 28, at a rate of $17 per pound for lamb and $12 for pork.  After that date, lamb and pork will be available on a first -come, first-served basis, per availability, at the cost of $20 and $15 per pound, respectively, in the kitchen.  Roast chickens, cevapi, potato salad and deserts will also be for sale throughout the event.


    To pre-order, call Rudy Gerich at 586-876-4285 and mail your checks to Rudy Gerich at 48554 Delta Dr., Macomb, MI 48044.  You may also contact Lauren Thiel at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for orders and PAYPAL payments or VENMO payments@Lauren-Thiel-1.  Be sure to specify the time you will be wanting your order and we will make every effort to accommodate you.   All payments must be received by September 28 to receive discounted price and guaranteed order.  No exceptions!


     Please remember the usual rules:  Per the State of Michigan and our liquor license, no alcohol may be brought into the park and facilities.  Also, no personal barbeques are permitted.


     A $5 Admission will be charged at the gate per adult.   Age 17 and under are free.


     If anyone is interesting and willing to volunteer to work one of the many jobs available to make this picnic happen, please notify Kathy Thiel at 248.477.7621 or email her at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..   The areas for volunteers are:  BBQ crew, gate / entrance, ticket sales, bartenders, kitchen (service and prep), dessert table sales, games (children and adult) and 50-50 raffle sales.   Hopefully, we can get enough volunteers so that nobody has to work the entire day and everyone can enjoy the event.


     Your presence at this picnic will show us that you want to continue this tradition in the Detroit area.  One person- one vote!   Hope to see a huge crowd!   So, bring yourself, your family, your friends, your neighbors and anyone else interested in having a great day. 

Croatian Fraternal Union of America
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Detroit Tamburitza Orchestra
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Croatian Folklore Ensemble, "Nova Nada"
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