|CSHA Annual Festival|
CGSI Events & Festivals
Sunday 4th of October 2015 12:59:43 PM EDT
Enjoy some of
ANNUAL CZECH and SLOVAK FESTIVAL
4th Sunday, October 25, 2015
Dancing to Live Music
Fun, Laughter & Fellowship
Food by Bohemian Caterers
"We aren't getting older, we're just getting better," is a statement which truly applies to 20 years of festivals sponsored by the Czech and Slovak Heritage Association. How many of us recall the first celebration in 1987 organized by Virginia Baker? That memorable event was held at the War Memorial Plaza in front of Baltimore City Hall. Attendance on that day was sparse due to showers, but the Prague Brass band played on and gave an outstanding performance for the rain soaked audience. As years passed the crowds who attended the Czech festivals grew and grew and grew. It was necessary, therefore, to change venues in order to accommodate increasing numbers of guests. Early festivals were held at War Memorial Plaza, Patterson Park and at Iron Workers Local 16 Hall in Dundalk. Fifteen years ago the present site, Baltimore 45, (Tall Cedars) hall in Parkville was contracted and has, thus far, satisfied attendance needs. The 2005 Festival attracted one of the highest numbers of participants in recent years and we continue to grow.
Fun, laughter, and fellowship have always been part of each annual Festival, and will continue to draw in both old timers and new comers to the festivities. What accounts for the continuing growth of this very special event? Throughout the association's history the key to our success has been good planning, delicious foods, and great entertainment. An expected part of any ethnic fair, foods native to the country are surely a winner. Without question, the tasty meals of vepřové, zeli a knedliky (pork, sauerkraut and dumplings) accompanied by strudel, koláči and delicious pastries have been most satisfying to diners. Because of the large number of meals being served, it was necessary in recent years to call upon the services of caterers. However, one of the first dinners was prepared by the women of St. Wenceslas and some refer to it as the most delicious meal served at any of the festivals. Other foods usually served include hot dogs and beer, specialty foods from the old country, sweets and snacks.
We have been fortunate to have been able to depend on the hard work and organizational skills of the chairpersons for the festivals. Each has devoted hours and hours to planning and preparing for successful events which hundreds have enjoyed.
/Richard Bradley 2006/
The Festival Souvenir Program Book
Each year visitors to the annual Czech and Slovak Heritage Festival receive a festival souvenir program. In 1987, the very first program was a one-sheet flyer. However, the following year, when Frank Trachta was elected president of the association, the festival souvenir program had already evolved into a real book with an appealing cover, title page, ads, greetings, memorials, biographical tributes and articles about Czech and Slovak history, traditions and customs. In 1992, when Charles Supik became president, Eva Slezak produced the festival souvenir program book with Dolores Gentes and others contributing articles.
In 1994, Fred Dvorak took over production of the festival souvenir book and Dolores Gentes continued to contribute articles. It was at this time that the program book not only recognized people and events in Czech and Slovak history, but also featured articles that acknowledged individuals, especially young people, whose achievements reflected the Czech and Slovak spirit and inspired pride in our Czech and Slovak heritage now and for future generations.
Jane Vanicky has produced the festival souvenir book since 2000 and today it remains a vital part of the annual festival and the work of the Czech and Slovak Heritage Association.
/Dolores Gentes 2006/