Saturday, July 17, 2010



TLC's Summer slate just got sweeter with the arrival of DC CUPCAKES, the latest treat in the network's growing menu of food-themed programming. Premiering with back-to-back episodes on Friday, July 16, at 10 PM (ET/PT), the six-part series follows sisters and business partners Sophie LaMontagne and Katherine Kallinis of Macedonian heritage as they run Georgetown Cupcake, a small cupcakery that they've transformed into a sweeping success.

Sophie and Katherine risked their life savings and traded high-powered careers in fashion and finance to pursue their passion for baking and their lifelong dream of opening a bakery. Armed with their grandmother's recipes and strong family support, the sisters opened Georgetown Cupcake on Valentine's Day 2008. To their surprise, the shop became an overnight sensation and now sells more than 5,000 cupcakes a day.

DC CUPCAKES shares the recipe to Sophie and Katherine's sweet success, following their journey as they navigate the challenges and rewards of building a booming cupcake business. Each half-hour episode goes beyond the frosting to capture the behind-the-scenes drama in their fast paced, family-owned bakery. From baking and decorating thousands of gourmet cupcakes a day, to meeting tight deadlines for discerning clientele, to securing large projects such as fundraisers, festivals and weddings, there is never a dull moment with this sister duo.

Mixing in their Mother ("Mommy") — who plays a big part in running the family business — adds to the chaos and family drama. The other staff members are as colorful as their cupcake creations — their small workspace, sprinkled with the high volume of business, leads to family bickering and staff tension that has more icing flying through the air than on the cupcakes.

  • [Georgetown Cupcake]

  • [TLC]

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    Monday, July 05, 2010



    The 49th edition of Balkan Festival of Folk Songs and Dances, including ensembles from the Balkans, but also from the entire world, will be held in Ohrid on July 6-11.

    The festival opens Tuesday with an all-evening concert of national ensemble of folk dances and songs "Tanec" from Skopje.

    The program also includes performances by ensembles and cultural-artistic clubs from Macedonia, Serbia, Montenegro, Croatia, Bulgaria, Turkey, Czech Republic, Nigeria, Ivory Coast and Australia.

    The festival was established in 1962, originally titled Ohrid Festival of Amateur Folk Songs and Folk Bands. In 1967, the festival was restructured and has since hosted vocal and instrumental bands and solo singers presenting their authentic folk creations and traditional culture through horas, songs, rites, traditional clothes, local costumes, traditional musical instruments, and handicrafts.

    The Balkan Festival of Folk Songs and Dances is a member of two UNESCO organizations - the International Council of Organizations of Folklore Festivals and Folk Arts (CIOFF), and the International Organization for Folklore Art (IOFA).


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    President Gjorge Ivanov sent note of congratulations Sunday to Barack Obama on the US Independence Day, extending best wishes for prosperity and welfare of American state and people.

    I use the opportunity to reaffirm the commitment of the Republic of Macedonia to nourishing the traditional friendship with the United States, as well as to its full-fledged NATO membership, where we shall keep building our in numerous occasions proven partnership, Ivanov say in his note.

    He also praises the US engagement in realizing the objectives both countries have been aspiring to, such as the efforts for global peace, security, economic prosperity and democracy.

    The joint engagement of armed forces in international peace missions demonstrates the strong commitment of both countries to combating international terrorism, the note reads.

    Ivanov also extends gratitude to Obama, US on their support of Macedonia's EU, NATO accession processes, saying that Skopje has been taking active, constructive part in the process for reaching mutually acceptable solution to the name dispute with Greece the only obstacle to Macedonia's EU, NATO membership.

    We believe that you will keep supporting Macedonia, so that the country could take the place its deserves in the North-Atlantic Alliance, which is in favour of everybody, Ivanov says.


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