HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY to all!!!!
Two December Events are coming up – please check these links and mark your calendars –
Festival was a great success, we will be thanking many people and share happy memories and many photos…. All that will be posted in next few days. Meanwhile, enjoy this video.
We are introducing our festival performers, caterers and vendors. You should not miss this year’s festival!!!
find your way to the festival …. directions
FOOD – This year we have a new caterer – Bistro Bohem – You can look forward to “guláš” and “vepřo knedlo zelo” (pork, dumplings and cabbage), but also “halušky” (traditional Slovak dish). We are so happy to work with this fabulous place. https://www.bistrobohem.com/
Baked goods – La Bohemia Bakery – along with our volunteers and vendors, we are excited to let you all know that many baked goods will come from http://labohemiabakery.com/ What a lovely place. The owners lived in Prague for 20 years and know very well what real Czech pastry looks like. We are sure you will enjoy.
PERFORMERS – the Festival poster already unveiled what you can expect, but just to remind you. Music by Pajtasi. click here You can also expect dance lessons that proved to be very popular last year. In addition to that, Prague Philharmonic Children’s Choir click here will be part of our 32nd Annual Czech and Slovak Festival in Baltimore! The oldest and largest children’s choir in the Czech republic is now touring USA celebrating the 100th anniversary of the foundation of Czechoslovakia, today the Czech Republic. Prague Philharmonic Children’s Choir is now one of the most significant Czech artistic collectives, known not only in Europe, but on all five continents. Among the choir’s greatest achievements are appearances at La Scala, Milan, Carnegie Hall in New York, the Bregenzer Festspiele and elsewhere. This choir will open up our festival performing anthems of the Czech Republic, Slovakia and the United States. The central piece of their performance will be the dance and music poem Calling the Sun by renown Czech composer Otmar Macha showing the best from Czech and Slovak folk traditions in traditional costumes. This project has been received enthusiastically by audiences all over the world from Mexico to Japan.
All tables this year have work related to the Czech and Slovak Heritage:
You may remember these graphics from last year’s festival, or you may own some of the art of Alex Vanicky. So don’t forget to check the vendors this year, visit with Alex and support him. He often uses motives from Prague in his spectacular work. He is a local artist and a long time member of CSHA. Some of these or other graphics will be available for purchase during our 32nd Annual Czech and Slovak Festival this Sunday, October 28th, 2018 from noon to 6PM at American Legion Hall in Towson.
Dana Havlik Jewelry Handmade Jewelry – another local artist and a member of CSHA – she creates beautiful jewelry using Czech glass beads, gemstones and Swarovski crystals. You all know Dana, since her pastry is often the highlight of our festivals, and if you are lucky, you may win her cake in this year’s raffle. So stop by her table and support her art.
AK Hand Painted Glass – Hand painted glass by a local artist from Baltimore area that focuses on Czech Heritage. You can find traditional folk motives as well as Czech National symbols, Christmas motives, Mucha paintings. Even though the festival vendor tables have limited space, don’t forget to check these peaces out and feel free to ask to see more that will be displayed.
OM Design and Photography is a local small business providing graphic design and photography services, and – for special occasions like the annual Czech and Slovak Festival – a large variety of Czech pastries, koláčes and cookies. OM Design and Photography offers calendars with motifs of Prague and the Czech Republic. Calendars and greeting cards are all photographed, designed and produced locally. In addition, at this table you will find handmade all-natural soaps, lip balms and cosmetics that are good for you and the planet. All goods at this table are created by Czech hands and made with love. Nicknamed #CzechByHeart, you can find more info OMDesignAndPhotgraphy Facebook Page, and OMDesignAndPhotography Web page.
Mary Gonec Jewelry – Mary will be presenting with us for the first time, you can check our her store here: Mary Gonec jewelry
Czech Slovak Varieties – A staple at our Annual Festival. Typical Czech candy bars, cookies, drinks, chocolates. Again this year you can stock up on things you cannot find in the US stores. There is always a line and some items are gone very early, so don’t wait and shop soon. https://www.slovczechvar.com/?lang=en
You will also find CSHA children’s table, CSHA Adult School table with books for sale and Bohemian National Cemetery table
Check out this article:
REMEBER 50 YEARS SINCE THE RUSSIAN INVASION IN FORMER CZECHOSLOVAKIA… check these links for pictures and more…
Do you remember last April? The English Cimrman Theater performing for us in Baltimore? Here you can watch a movie about their trip.
Check out the details of the Memorial Day Event
School and activities interest survey
Dear Friends of the Czech and Slovak Heritage Association,
As you know, CSHA is working hard this year to expand and revive interest in our community, and especially to reach out to young parents who want their children to be familiar with their heritage, language and culture.
We want to get your input, your ideas, to help us plan a calendar of activities and events that you all will find interesting and fun. We’ve developed a short and simple questionnaire, via Survey Monkey, to find out more about the kinds of activities you and your families would be most interested in. So please click this link, take the survey, and let us know how CSHA can create a calendar of events you’d like to be a part of.
Thanks in advance for your thoughts and suggestions and sharing with friends who might be interested. Please make sure to submit the survey no later than May 31st.
this Friday, March 23rd
Dear families and friends of the Czech and Slovak Heritage Association of Maryland,
We are always glad when you join us during the year for cultural events like Mikulášská, Annual festival, or theaters and concerts organized by CSHA. But we want to see more of you. We are happy to invite you for a series of four Family Fun Nights this spring with potluck, games, cartoons, crafts and music. All ages (kids, adults, grandparents) are welcome. Let’s celebrate our heritage together!
These events will be held on Friday nights from 6 to 8.30 PM (come later if you cannot make it right from the beginning) in the Undercroft of the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, 5200 North Charles St. Our Family Fun Nights will be held in English, so everyone can understand even if they don’t take Czech or Slovak classes and don’t speak at home in either of those languages. The goal is to bring people with Czech and Slovak roots together and share our heritage.
The first two will be:
March 2nd – Carnival Mask Making Craft Night – celebrating the tradition of Czech Masopust – register here: Carnival Mask Making Craft Night
March 23rd – Easter Traditions Night – decorating eggs and learning about Czech and Slovak Easter Traditions – register here: Easter Traditions Night
Please bring a simple dish (homemade or store bought) and join us.
All four events are free for members, but anyone is welcome to come. For non-members we ask you to make a small donation. Or better yet become a member or renew your membership for only $25 per family per year and support other activities organized by CSHA. Click on this membership form which explains all the other benefits CSHA membership brings you.
Follow us on Facebook or visit our website on www.cshamaryland.org to see the detailed schedule or to register
To all members and friends of the Czech and Slovak Heritage Association!!!
IMPORTANT GENERAL MEETING
Please join us for a general meeting of CSHA that is open to all members. Meeting takes place on January 21st, 2018 at 3 pm in the Parish Center of the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen. We encourage everyone to come and help us with shaping the future of CSHA. Anyone can become member of the Association right at the meeting by paying memberships dues (only $25 per family per year).
This year we celebrate 100th anniversary of Czechoslovak Independence and we would like to bring new events to our members and friends. We need your input on what would you like to see happening in Baltimore and are eager to hear your ideas and suggestions.
We are looking forward to seeing you at the meeting. And don’t forget, refreshments will include homemade baking from our famous Dana and Dana team and Olga’s pastry.
find on map – please note that the Parish center is a one story building located behind the cathedral
Check out the Czech and Slovak Association Facebook pages:
Time to pay your dues, please support CSHA and join in.