When: Sat., Aug. 15, 5 p.m. 2015
For nearly 50 years the St. Louis Croatian Jr. Tamburitzans have made sure the band plays on for their community -- with a focus on the tamburitza, a Slavic mandolin. Led by music director Dan Lusicic, the group's annual social mixes traditional folk music and dancing with homemade food and desserts. Currently the group provides free tamburitza lessons to 45 students. Each one receives costumes and instruments from the organization, ensuring that future generations will pass on this vital cultural legacy. This year's social starts at 5 p.m. at St. Joseph's Croatian Church Hall (2112 South Twelfth Street; www.facebook.com/CroatianJrTamburitzansStLouisMo). Admission is $12, and children younger than twelve are free.