Home of the necktie
It’s a little-known fact that Croatia holds a place in the history of neckwear. The cravat, a scarf-like accessory worn by Croatian mercenaries during the 1600s, was the predecessor of the modern tailored necktie. Before you go cursing the Croats for inventing the much-loathed garment, head to the 22nd annual Croatian Extravaganza and discover the positives of Croatian culture. Don’t worry; ties are not required. Taste Croatian treats like domace kobasice (smoked Croatian sausage) and cevapcici (beef and pork rolls). Enjoy traditional Croatian dance performances, and listen to popular recording star Nenad Vetma belt out the Croatian tunes. The cultural bazaar is scheduled for Saturday from noon until midnight and Sunday from noon until 10 p.m. Tickets for the event are $7 (children 12 and younger get in free). It all happens at the Croatian-American Cultural Center at 3730 Auburn Boulevard. Call (916) 971-0663 for more information.