BEAUTIFUL EVENT – A PERFECT EVENING
The evening was the most
pleasant of the year – in more ways than one! The weather was
perfect and people came in large numbers from all over Northern California
for a very special and unique event – the dedication and
blessing of the Sveti Nikola Fountain at our Holy Trinity Serbian
Church and Cultural Center.
People who came early first attended a beautiful Vesper Service
in which most of our Serbian Orthodox Clergy from Northern California
participated. And then, with the large gathering encircling the
in the twilight of a very balmy evening, Sveti Nikola Fountain
was blessed by attending Clergy and dedicated by its donors, Zika
and Mico Stefanovic and their families, to the memory of their
We are grateful to the clergy who came to join with Fr. Cvijanovic
and Deacon Steve Tumbas to participate in this beautiful event
- - V.Rev. S. Jovic, V.Rev. M. Garic, V.Rev. D. Bunjevic, Rev.
and our special guest, V. Rev. Irinej Dobrijevic, Director of the
SOC Office of External Affairs in Washington, DC. We appreciate,
too, the effort of those members of the St. Michael’s Church
choir in Saratoga and their director, Vladimir Licina, who joined
with Holy Trinity members to sing responses
Then, at the conclusion of the ceremony, the fountain lights were
turned on and the water trickled down from the crown to the delight
of the crowd who joined with the choir to sing “Boze Pravde”.
It was truly a beautiful sight and a very moving ending to the
The large crowd then made its way into the Cultural Center hall
for refreshments and a delicious dinner prepared by Chef Mike Milovanovic
and his crew, and then listened to the pleasant background music
of the “Oplenac” Orchestra from Los Angeles.
Following very heartfelt remarks by Zika and Mico who thanked the
many individuals who devoted their time and effort to make the
fountain a reality, we were pleased to have our special guest,
V. Rev. Irinej,
address the crowd. He spoke of the beauty of the fountain and its
symbolic meaning and he also encouraged those in attendance to
continue their work in support of our Serbian Orthodox Church and
our Serbian heritage.
Next, the wonderful youth of the Holy Assumption Folklore Group
of Fair Oaks delighted the crowd with their intricate kolos and
including a very humorous number featuring a “stara Baba”,
her tall and handsome grandson(?), and the lovely young ladies who
were pursuing him. To them and there director, Dennis Boxell, we
extend our very sincere thanks for coming to help make our event
the success that it was…and our congratulations for a fantastic
performance! We look forward to seeing you again very soon!
At this point in the evening, “Oplenac”, with Soloist
Milan Vidovic, took center stage as the crowd joined in kolo dancing
and singing into the early hours of the morning.
The success of this very special event exceeded our expectations!
We extend our sincere appreciation to the many people who came
from our sister parishes in Saratoga, Sacramento, San Francisco,
to help make this a most memorable evening for all of us through
their participation and their generosity. Hvala!