Nikola Tesla’s last remaining laboratory was about to be scrapped and turned into a shopping center, thanks to all of his fans the world turned a wrong into a right and now, slowly but surely, Tesla’s laboratory will become the Tesla Science Center. On August 15th 2012 theoatmeal.com did a comic piece on Nikola Tesla, “Why Nikola Tesla was the was the greatest geek who ever lived.” There was a call for action to donate to the Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe. On May 2nd 2013 Tesla’s laboratory was saved. The property was bought for $850.00 and well over a million dollars has been donated. Today the property is in good hands but the building and the land around the building needs to be updated. The most recent campaign was started in September 2014 to raise more money. “A Brick for Nik” is your chance to become a part of history and help keep Tesla’s memory alive. A great idea to permenantly be a part of history and have your family name presented to the millions of people who will tread on the walkway leading to the Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe in Shoreham, NY.
To buy a brick for yourself, family, or company and become a part of Tesla’s history: CLICK HERE
Father and son duo take on the U.S. & Canada with a trubaci tour. Hitting cities like Chicago, Toronto, Montreal and New York through September and October. Click link below for more information and ticket availability.
The Belgrade Philharmonic will be having a U.S. tour of 4 cities. Chicago 10/6, Cleveland 10/7, Washington 10/8, and New York City 10/9. Ticket prices for all 4 cities range from $15 dollars to $65 depending on your seats. For more information on the U.S. tour you can visit the website and for tickets you can visit the separate individual concert halls for availability.
On September 5th 2014 the Serbian Community has lost a young vibrant soul. Nikola Nikolic, a 28 year old from Elizabeth, New Jersey tragically took his own life. He was a dear friend to many, loving and caring brother and son. As a child he was a member of Dukati Folklore Ensemble based in St. George Serbian Orthodox church in Elizabeth. It was a blow to the Serbian Community in New Jersey and New York as it was unexpected. Let Nikola’s life not be lived in vain but rather a recognition of the internal battle with ones demons. One should never be afraid to ask for help from anyone and can always turn to God and with faith can overcome those demons. Depression and suicide are serious problems that should be recognized and prevented. As the Serbian Community being a tight one, we need to band together and stop any further tragedies within it. Nikola will be remembered in our hearts forever.
To the living, I am gone,
To the sorrowful, I will never return,
To the angry, I was cheated,
But to the happy, I am at peace,
And to the faithful, I have never left.
I cannot speak, but I can listen.
I cannot be seen, but I can be heard.
So as you stand upon a shore gazing at a beautiful sea . . .
As you look upon a flower and admire its simplicity . . . .
Remember me in your heart:
Your thoughts, and your memories,
Of the times we loved,
The times we cried,
The times we fought,
The times we laughed.
For if you always think of me,
I will never have gone.
Memorial for Nikola Nikolic: http://www.facebook.com/NikolaNikolicMemorial
In memory of Nikola Nikolic
May 11th 1986 – September 5th 2014
As many of you may know, the ALS Ice bucket challenge has gone viral and has even entered our small Serbian community. Many Serbs around the world are getting involved in fighting this disease. It is better known as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease” which affects your nervous system and eventually paralyzes the body. As Serbs are sometimes known to be negative, you might hear many say that the ice bucket challenge does nothing to help. $5.5 million have been raised since July 29th compared to last years $32,000 according to Time Magazine http://time.com/3101166/als-ice-bucket-challenge-fundraising/ because of of the awareness being raised with the ice bucket video. Our very own Serbian celebrities have participated in the challenge. Check out the video of Ana Ivanovic and Novak Djokovic. Along with the celebrities many Serbs in Chicago, New York and elsewhere are participating. Still waiting on the ice bucket challenge wave to hit Australia.
Most Americans see Labor Day as a national U.S. holiday; they get their hamburgers and hot dogs ready to be grilled on the bbq, invite the neighbors over along with some friends. Others plan on heading to the beach or lake, possibly a party where they can show off how they look in white one last time before the summer ends. For Serbs who live in the U.S. and Canada it means something totally different. Labor Day marks the annual event known to all Serbs as “Srbijada”. For most who have attended know why it is so special. It has been a tradition in the Serbian-American/Canadian community for 22 years now (1993 being the first ever Srbijada, held in Windsor, Canada). The event is based around a soccer tournament which most of the Serbian teams in North America participate in. The 22nd annual Srbijada will be held this year in Milwaukee Wisconsin on the grounds of the St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Cathedral located on 3201 S. 51st. Street Milwauikee, WI 53219. The event will be hosted by the local Serbian Soccer team “United Serbians”. The weekend will be filled with events from day to night. Serbian bands, singers and DJ’s will be in full effect so bring your dancing shoes. Surely, the local Serbian Folk Ensemble “Sumadija” headed by Michael Malich (Artistic Director) will be performing. The standard menu will most likey be served, Serbian delicacies such as cevapi, prasetini, jagnjetini, kupus etc. 1000’s of Serbs will descend on Milwaukee August 29th 2014. If you haven’t been, there is still plenty of time to book a ticket or plan for a drive. Bring your kids and spread Serbian culture and help the tradition last. Stay tuned to Serb Life as we will be bringing you live coverage of the shenanigans via twitter (@serblifemag) and instagram (@serblifemagazine). Hope to see everyone there!
St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Cathedral: http://www.stsava-milw.org/
United Serbs: http://www.unitedserbians.com/srbijada2014.html
Sumadija Serbian Folk Ensemble: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sumadija-Serbian-Folk-Dance-Ensemble/249946878393364