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Hand-Harvesting Contest

On July 8th, the 13th annual Hand Harvesting Contest and Folk Cooking Competition took place at Karcag, with 23 teams participating in the blazing 102°F plus heat.  By invitation, one team came even from Transylvania. They were judged on their work process, their Shook (shock of grain sheaves) as well as on their Harvest Table Setting.  There was also a pálinka competition.

First prize in the Harvesting competition was awarded to the team posted by Karcag Aranykalász Barátikör (Golden Ear Friends’ Circle of Karcag), which also won the City of Jászberény’s special prize. Second prize went to the team from Jászboldogháza, while the team from Kiskúnfélegyháza won third prize.

The Harvest Table Setting as well as the Pálinka competition was also won by the Karcag team, the latter for their quince pálinka. 

The oldest reaper, using a scythe, was a 90-year old from Kunmadaras.


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Szíki Károly

A Grand Caféban. Páris

The emotions of people torn away from their homes cannot really be understood by those who did not experience such separation.  This is delicately illustrated by Szabolcska who describes a café in Paris, where gypsies are playing Hungarian songs.  The guests are chatting and laughing among themselves, oblivious to the music which describes the life of a shepherd on the Alföld. So what, if a pack of horses is having its noontime rest by a country tavern – what is there to cry about?


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Szabolcska Mihály

 American-Hungarian Community

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Dr. Abel Lajtha
Journey into the Brain with Dr. Abel Lajtha

One rarely has a chance to write about father and son within three months.  The 125-year anniversary of the father’s birth was honored both in Hungary and in Magyar News Online in June, while the son is going to celebrate his 95th birthday on September 22nd, 2017.  


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Olga Vállay Szokolay

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Cardinal Mindszenty
Memories of a Texas Altar Boy

The pastoral visit of Cardinal Mindszenty József to the US in 1974 left a lasting impression on all who met him.  Among these were the Laky family.  László’s Mom, Anna Hódosy Laky, played a leading role in organizing his reception in Dallas.  Here are some of László’s  memories of that visit. 

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László Laky

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Friar Louis Pintye, OFM
Rev. Friar Louis M. Pintye, OFM

As human beings, we are sorry to have to report on the death of Rev. Friar Louis M. Pintye, OFM.  But as Christians, we rejoice with him that his earthly pilgrimage is over.


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Magyar Studies of America
Magyar Studies of America is starting its 2017-2018 school year.If you are interested click on the story. See the full story...

Events for September 2017
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 Magyar News Classics

Gypsy Music in Lockwood-Matthews
The original was printed in the September 2000 issue. See the full story...

 Arts and Culture

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Ella Bitskey
Book Review: Floridai levelek (Letters from Florida)

Ella Bitskey wrote a monthly column entitled ”Floridai levelek” for the Hungarian monthly Életünk published in München. Those columns have now been collected and made available by Szent Maximilián lap- és könyvkiadó in Budapest.  She is a sometime contributor to Magyar News Online.


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by Ella Bitskey, reviewed by EPF

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Szilvás lepény / Plum pastry

I know many poems and songs about roses, rosemarys, poplars, and cherries, but I never heard any about the hosszú szilva (prune plum.)  Oh, but I can write an ode to the Besztercei hosszú szilva.  It is also called Magyar Szilva, although the smaller sized, slightly elongated plum most likely originated in Syria.

The tree was standing in a prominent place in our garden.  I couldn’t wait when its fruit’s color started to change from green to dark blue.  It ripened by the end of August, beginning of September. 

Its sweet and sour taste makes it perfect to eat it fresh or to dry it to make aszalt szilva (prunes).  The pit comes out easily, not at all like other plum types.  My Mother made the best lekvár (prune butter), and my Father made pálinka (whiskey) out of it.  But I enjoyed the szilvás gombóc (plum dumpling) and the szilvás lepény (plum pastry) the most.

Here is one of the recipes that was my favorite.


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Karolina Tima Szabó

 Hungary Past and Present

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Coat of arms of Karcag
Karcag, Capital of Nagykunság

This town on the Great Hungarian Plain was the scene of the Hand-Harvesting Festival recently (see elsewhere in this issue). 

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 It's a Small World/Kicsi a Világ

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Did you know.....

... that this time we can brag about a tennis player, a talented team of robot builders, a beautiful stamp issue and a Bartók festival?


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Kicsi a világ

A rather unusual commute was the trigger of a Small World episode.


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