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Updated: 2016-5-30



The MMCC Celebrates the ’56 Freedom Fighters and Refugees

The MMCC Celebrates the ’56 Freedom Fighters and Refugees Sunday, October 23, 2016, 4 - 8:00 PM (following the Hungarian mass which begins at 3 PM) at the Cistercian Preparatory School Gymnasium, 3550 Cistercian Rd. Irving, TX 75039, Building 3660

We will have a slideshow during the dinner about the 56-ers. Please send your or your family pictures (pre or post ’56) to Eva Beluska prior to October 10. Please indicate the names, approximate date and location of each picture.

Reservation deadline: October 10. To secure your reservation, please send your payment to Eva Beluska, evabeluska@hotmail.com, 817-829-2180. No payment will be accepted at the door. For more information, see the flier.

It makes us extremely happy to announce that the: The Courage for Freedom, 56-ers Remember from Texas - book, published by MMCC, is print ready. The book contains the memories of 16 brave freedom fighters and refugees. Stories about their fight, and about their and others’ perilous journey to freedom. The books will arrive just in time for the 60th anniversary of the 1956 Hungarian revolution, as a result of many, long and exhausting hours of work of a great number of volunteers.

This book will be available at the Commemoration on October 23!

We’d like to ask for your support in the form of donation to help covering the publisher’s cost of this bilingual book.
Please write your check, to MMCC (Metroplex Magyar Cultural Circle), and send it to Eva Beluska, 1904 Autry Ct. Arlington, TX 76017, and we will promptly send you a receipt.
All donations to MMCC are tax deductible!


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DFW Saint Stephen’s Day celebration will be August 28

Dear Friends!

Saint Stephen was canonized in 1083 A.D. on the occasion of the opening of his tomb in Székesfehérvár. Saint Stephen’s Day is also that of the traditional ’New Bread’ day in Hungary.

This year, our Saint Stephen’s Day celebration will take place on Sunday, August 28th starting at 5.00 PM in the Cistercian Preparatory School’s Cafeteria, after the 4.00 PM Hungarian language Holly Mass held in the Abbey.

We ask you to bring your favorite food or drink. Also please bring enough to share with your fellow Hungarians who may be coming from far distances. The MMCC will provide water, soft drinks, coffee and all the paper and plastic ware. Everyone is cordially invited to attend.

We would also like to mention to those who have not paid the annual MMCC membership fees, your help would be much appreciated. 

Thanks in advance, the MMCC Leadership, August 2016.
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We are happy to announce, that our friend and founding member of the MMCC, Véssey Ede will be presenting his newly published volume of poems. His brief biography and book information is below:

"Két világ határán" by Ede Véssey
Ede Véssey's collected poems were published by Kráter Műhely Egyesület for the 2016 Festive Book Week in Budapest, with the title "Két világ határán" ("On the Border of Two Worlds"). The volume can be purchased at several Hungarian online booksellers (e.g. www.krater.hu, www.libri.hu, www.bookline.hu, etc.).

Ede József Véssey was born in 1948 in Budapest. He received his diploma in Architectural Engineering in 1973. He was teaching structural engineering subjects for architectural students at the Technical University Budapest for 11 years. In 1984 he and his family settled in the USA. He worked as a structural engineer in Dallas for 30 years. He is a founding member of the Metroplex Magyar Cultural Circle, and he served as Treasurer for several years.



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On July 23rd will start the Hungarian language classes held by the MMCC volunteers!

: for adults and children
Intermediate: for adults and children
Advanced: for adults and children
Dates: July 23, 30; August 6, 13, 20, 27
Time: 2-5 PM
Location: Bedford Church of Christ
2401 Bedford Road, Bedford, TX 76021
Price: Free - $ donations are gladly and gratefully accepted

Register: evabeluska@hotmail.com 817-829-2180
Everyone is welcome!

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Dr. Szemerkényi Réka, Ambassador of Hungary visiting Fort Worth, Texas.

To our great pleasure, Dr. Szemerkényi Réka, was extended and graciously accepted the Metroplex Magyar Cultural Circle's (MMCC) invitation to join our local Hungarian community for the annual May Day celebration. Arriving on May 6 at DFW airport, the club's president, Eva Beluska and her husband Jack, greeted her and started their two day strenuous but fulfilling program. Many in this area are unaware, but Budapest and Fort Worth are sister cities. Based on that close relationship, the Fort Worth Sister Cities International organization joined the MMCC in hosting the Hungarian official. The first stop was the Fort Worth Rotary Club lunch where Dr. Réka enjoyed the warm welcome of Congresswoman Kay Granger, Dough Briley, FW Rotary Club president, Mae Ferguson, president and CEO of FWSCI, and many business leaders. They listened to the ambassador's keynote speech with great interest. Several Hungarians from Dallas also came to meet the dignitary and sang with pride the Hungarian National anthem.

After the luncheon, the ambassador attended a presentation of the Trinity River Vision by J. D. Granger, the president of this grand project. When that session was over, she went on to visit the historic stockyards. Because of the time constraint, this turned out to be only a quick overview but she did promise to come back in the future to have some fun there.

She was driven to TCU to meet Professor Tamás Ungár and his wife Jutka. Mr. Ungár is not only a world renowned pianist, but also the founder and president of the Piano of Texas International Academy & Festival. He arranged for a nice reception for the Ambassador. Most of the attendees had some past or present cultural or educational connections with Hungary. She was particularly glad to meet Dr. Kenneth R. Stevens, a Fulbright Scholar himself, who was a guest professor at the University of Debrecen, Hungary in 2014. They were all very happy to talk to the Ambassador about the strong academic connections existing between University of Debrecen and Texas Christian University. This short visit concluded with a short, but wonderful piano performance by Peter Klimo, piano virtuoso, who is also of Hungarian descent.

Afterwards, she was driven to Dallas to enjoy a steak dinner at the Y.O. Ranch restaurant. Meeting there with a small group of leaders from the MMCC, they had a chance to talk about the local Hungarians, their activities, aspirations and hopes to start a great relationship with the Hungarian Consulate in Washington D.C., since Texas has now been transferred to that jurisdiction from Las Angeles.

They closed the day on high note and retired to rest up for the next day's long and exciting programs. Saturday morning the ambassador visited the Cistercian Abbey in Irving meeting with Abott Peter Verhalen and a small group of the Hungarian fathers who fled from communist Hungary. They somehow ended up here and established the abbey in 1955. The group included Fr. Roch Kereszty, Fr. Marton Bernard, Fr. Julius Leloczky and Fr. Bede Lackner who also had a chance to meet the ambassador. To everyone's pleasure, Fr. Bernard offered a detailed tour of the abbey and the school. Both the Ambassador and the other visiting Hungarian official, Ferencz Péter, mayor of Bélapátfalva, were clearly surprised and pleased to note the similarities between this church and the Cistercian Abbey Church in Bélapátfalva built in the 14th century. The church in Irving was designed and built to resemble the original structure in Hungary.
When the lunch prayers of the fathers concluded, the group took an opportunity to visit the small but notable monument of the heroes of the 1956 revolution in Hungary which stands near the church.

Saying a heartfelt goodbye to the fathers, the entourage drove back to Fort Worth to the Gazda property where preparations for the long awaited May Day celebration were well under way. The Gazda family met the ambassador (an Eger native) with delicious Hungarian Gulyás, prepared by Miklós Gazda (also from Eger) and fine wine from that Hungarian city. The guests began arriving and turned into record breaking numbers - over 200. During the afternoon, she had a chance to meet and talk to many compatriots and their family members. This was a truly memorable May Day for the Hungarians living in North Texas. They will remember Dr. Szemerkényi Réka, their ambassador with love and admiration. They also hope that, there will be many more events like this. We, the leaders of the MMCC, hope that this visit was not only wonderful, but also beneficial for everyone.

Thanks for the honor and the privilege.
Éva Beluska,
MMCC president

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Hungarian Majális (May Day) in Dallas- Fort Worth

On May 7, 2016 the Metroplex Magyar Cultural Circle held its annual "Majális" celebration at what has been known as the Gazda farm inKeller. Although the attendance record was broken this year (over 200 attendees) the celebration was bittersweet. Jeannie Gazda, who has been the event's official hostess for many years in the past after her husband, Imre's passing, was missing from the festivities. Our beloved friend passed away in January, when the planning for this year's event was already under way. Jeannie's daughters, Elisabeth and Giselle and their families, graciously allowed us to come back to the property to celebrate May Day once again.

In addition to local gulyás gourmets, Gazda Miklós made his traditional return trip from Eger, Hungary to be chief chef and culinary contributor for the event. Traveling from Hungary with Miklós was also the Mayor of Bélapátfalva, Péter Ferencz . The event's special guest was Dr. Szemerkényi Réka, Hungarian Ambassador to the United States. The ambassador was thoroughly impressed not only with abundance of delicious food like the Gulyás and fresh Lángos, the entertainment provided by the Hungarian ladies and children's choirs but most of all with the level of commitment the local Hungarians have in maintaining their identity and their heritage.

Other activities included a bounce house for the children, a soccer game with teams representing Dallas and Fort Worth and later in the evening a bonfire with traditional folk song singalong. This event is one of many that truly helps galvanize us as a community and preserve our culture in this area. Please keep up with this web site and our Facebook page to stay current on things happening in our community.
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DFW Hungarian Community Commemorates 1848 March 15 Revolt

On Sunday, March 13, 2016 local Hungarians gathered at the Cistercian Abbey and Preparatory School in Irving to celebrate and commemorate the 168th anniversary of the 1848 March 15 Hungarian Revolt. Metroplex Magyar Cultural Circle (MMCC) President Eva Beluska greeted those in attendance and announced some leadership changes in the MMCC organization:
Our beloved Secretary and faithful servant of the DFW Hungarian community, Jeannie Gazda (who passed away earlier in the month) will be succeeded by her daughter, Elizabeth Gazda. Our long time Treasurer, Bela Marton decided to retire and his successor will be Stacy Huber. The MMCC leadership and members welcome Joe Czabajszki in the position of Communication and Media Director.

The announcements were followed by a short program, including commemoration speech by MMCC Vice President Peter Vali, Edina Balogh Petterson’s recital of Petofi’s National Song, presentation of Hungarian folk songs by adults and children of the DFW community.

Following the official program, local Hungarians and their guests celebrated their community with food and drinks and informal fellowship.

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Magyar Káposzta és Pogácsa Fesztival/Hungarian Cabbage and Pogácsa Festival

On Saturday, February 20 from 4-8 p.m., the Metroplex Magyar Cultural Circle invites you to the Hungarian Cabbage and Pogácsa Fesztival. The event will be held at the Bedford Knights of Columbus Hall, 1319 Brown Trail, Bedford TX 76022. Bring your favorite homemade cabbage dish or pogacsa to be judged and to share with 4 to 6 people. Be creative: cabbage soup or main dish or cabbage dessert or your favorite kind of pogacsa. The food will be accompanied by soda and a glass of quality wine from Hungary. For additional alcohol consumption, a cash bar is available. If you would rather bring a kid's meal or other hot dish or pastry please let Ilona know when you register so that everyone can see the menu in advance.

There will be a "Spring Welcoming" performance. And a costume contest for children and adults as well as kids' corner activities. Dance music will be played for all age groups.

Register soon, as attendance is limited to 150 individuals, including children. Please make your check payable to MMCC and mail it to Ilona Pesti, P. O. Box 972, Bedford, TX 76095 by February 5. Tickets for adults are $15 for MMCC members ($10 for members) , 6-12 yrs. $6, and free for children under 6. If you have any questions, please contact Ilona Pesti @ 972.739.6596 - pestiilona2@gmail.com. We look forward to seeing you there!.

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Remembering the Heroes of 1956

Not long ago we commemorated the heroes of the 1956 October Revolution in Hungary. Even though it was short lived, the brave participants shook the world with their actions, thus earning the Free World's admiration and recognition. As time passes, the memories of those heroic deeds are growing dimmer and dimmer. Soon the 60th anniversary will be upon us, and we can only imagine what was it like to be there and what did really happen during those days and weeks in 1956?

Because of that, we are asking all those North Texas Hungarians who lived through the uprising, or who actively took part in it, to step forward and share your experiences with us and with the future generations. We would like to collect those precious memories, and if possible, compile them in a book format for publication. The first step would be to identify and get in touch with all those individuals. Therefore we are asking you to please contact us as soon as possible if you would like to schedule an interview or let us know if you plan to contribute you own written story.

Years ago, our friend, Imre Gazda dreamed of compiling this book and now it has been initiated by Bela Marton. So far the (Metroplex Magyar Cultural Circle) MMCC members, Jeannie Gazda and Eva Beluska have joined him in this endeavor. As has happened in the past with other activities that the MMCC has embarked on, many of you have helped out to assure the success of the project. We are confident that the trend will continue, and again, many will join us.

We realize that your time and interest will dictate how much or how little you are able to participate. We invite those who heroically participated in the 1956 Revolt and will volunteer to share their stories, to please call one of the following individuals or write to their addresses. You may also pass this information on to your friends and relatives living in this area who may wish to contribute their first-hand stories.

Bela Marton – 972-727-5467 (bimarton@yahoo.com) 211 Lynge Dr., Allen, TX 75013

Eva Beluska – 817-829-2180 (evabeluska@hotmail.com) 1904 Autry Ct., Arlington, TX 76017

Jeannie Gazda-817-915-4843 (igazda@hotmail.com)1901 Keller-Hicks Rd.,Ft.Worth,TX 76177

We look forward to your reply!

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Community Rewards Program

The Metroplex Magyar Cultural Circle is pleased to announce several opportunities to easily and automatically contribute to our 501(c)3 non-profit organization:

Kroger’s: Link your Kroger rewards card at : www.KrogerCommunityRewards.com .Enter your email address and password and click on “Sign In”. Click on “Community” then “Community Reward”¸then click on enroll now¸ complete personal information, click on save. Enter your organization’s number (34244) or name and click on “Search”. Select your organization and click on “Save”. To verify that you enrolled correctly, you will see your organization’s name on the right side of your account settings page. Once you are linked, you can start earning rewards immediately.

Tom Thumb/Randalls/Simon David: Register your rewards card online and then click on the Community Caring link, followed by the Good Neighbor program. There you will find the form to fill out and take to your local store. You may list 3 favorite charities. The MMCC membership number is: 11152.

Amazon’s Smile Program: Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to your charitable organization by starting your shopping at smile.amazon.com. Click on the link: http://smile.amazon.com/ch/56-2306802 to register.

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New Book: Searching for Heaven by Geza Bosze

In I the Contraption, Searching for Heaven, a thinker follows his alter ego, Pinocchio, in an exploration of humanity’s deepest questions: Why are we here? Where are we going? Pinocchio’s journey takes him from the depths of human suffering and cruelty to the heights of well-being, describing a message of hope for the future. The world is a lucid dream—a magical simulation—and we have almost grasped the ability to manipulate the interlocking blocks of its substance. Soon we will be able to create our own heaven, a world shaped not by blind, unreliable nature, but rather by knowledge and understanding of the forces in play. This fascinating and refreshingly positive book builds a literal magical bridge between science and faith that points to hope in our often chaotic and absurd world. The answers the author proposes are deeply thought-provoking and could even be life changing.

See more at Amazon.com

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Upcoming Events

March 27, 2016 at 4 pm
DFW Magyar Fellowship Church Service at BridgeWay Church 8201 Justin Road (FM 407) Copper Canyon, TX. 75077
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For more information, please contact Peter Vali, peter.vali@verizon.net.(214) 641-3358.

April 24, 2016 at 10:30 am
Hungarian Mass at the Cistercian Abbey 3550 Cistercian Rd, Irving, TX. 75039.

May 7, 2016 at 4:00 pm
MAJÁLIS at the Gazda house 1901 Keller-Hicks Rd. Fort Worth, Tx 76177.

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