Merta House Concert was a huge success
Big thank you to Dana Havlik and Gregg Iskra for opening their home and hosting this event.
Easter Traditions Family Fun Night – another successful CSHA event
Last Friday, April 5th, many families and friends of CSHA met to decorate eggs and learn and celebrate the Czech and Slovak traditional Easter. Our community is growing and more events are coming up in late April and early May. But we need your help. We are looking for volunteers to help us organize these events. Again and again we want to shout out a huge thank you to Dana Havlik, who is always dedicated, organized and full of ideas, but also contributes huge amounts of amazing food and pastry. Thanks for pulling off another successful evening.
Carnival Mask Making Craft Night, Friday, March 1st, 6 to 8.30 PM
For more information and to register please check the link below the image
Two December Events are coming up – please check these links and mark your calendars –
Enjoy remembering the fun of the Centennial celebration of Czechoslovak Independence and 32nd Annual Festival with these photographs. Photo Credit: Olga Mendel, Dana Havlik, John Vanko
Halloween Family Fun Night is this Friday
Register on Eventbrite to help us plan the event it the best possible way. Halloween Family Fun Night
Festival is this Sunday, October 28th. Here is the program:
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
To kick off the school year, please join us for Back to School Family Fun Night.It will be a pot luck dinner and will take place from 6-8 pm at the new home of our Children’s Language School, Woodbrook Baptist Church, 25 Stevenson Lane. There will be activities for the kids and good company for the adults. Bring a dish to share and bring the family; CSHA will provide non-alcoholic beverages and table ware.
You can use the opportunity to sign for the Children’s school fall semester there, talk to the teachers and learn more about the school or just enjoy the night.
For more information, see the Children’s school page.
Please do take time to RSVP and register for the Family Fun Night here: RSVP – Back to School Family Fun Night
CSHA Member Annual Picnic – July 22nd, 2018, 2 to 5 PM
The CSHA Annual Picnic will take place at the Red Eye Yacht Club as in previous years. You can look forward to burgers and hot dogs provided by the CSHA. Beer will be available for sale and we hope everyone will bring a dish to share. See map for directions and hope to see you on July 22nd from 2 to 5 PM.
This event is free for members. A donation of $10 per person is expected from non-members. If you are behind on your dues, bring a checkbook (or cash) and renew your membership right at the picnic.
See you soon!!!
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.
EASTER TRADITIONS NIGHT PHOTOS:
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
Read more about Masopust
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
Due to circumstances beyond our control the 31st annual Czech and Slovak festival will take place in a new location this year. The VFW Hall in Parkville is a lovely space just 3 minutes away from the previous location. See updated poster bellow!!!
Musicians, food stands and meal catering are important and vendors add to the festival success… Here are examples:
MUSIC by PAJTASI:
FOOD by Bohemian Catering and CSHA volunteers:
2017 VENDORS: listing just few that you can expect to find at our 31st Annual Czech and Slovak Festival
Baltimore based ALVA GRAPHICS – Graphic Arts related to Heritage of Czechs and Slovaks: unique framable art
New York based SLOVAK_CZECH VARIETIES: Czech and Slovak sweets, cookies, chocolates and drinks…
Baltimore based OM Design and Photography: custom made calendars with OM photographs, handmade all natural soap and cosmetics, cookies and pasties…
Baltimore based: Dimiter Vassilev – Portraits of famous Czechs and Slovaks
October 22nd is quickly approaching… enjoy photos from last year’s festival and make a note in your calendar to visit with us again.
WE WILL WELCOME BODI on Friday, October 13th, 2017. Mark your calendars and plan to come.
SAVE THE DATE for the 31st Annual Czech and Slovak Festival in Baltimore.. Pajtasi band will perform for us just like last year, and you can expect great meals, entertainment and shopping opportunities… October 22nd, 2017, noon to 6PM.
DUMPLING MEETING IS BACK, make sure you sign up:
Please mark your calendars for May 21, 3 pm. at the Parish Center at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, 5200 N. Charles St., Baltimore 21210.
Following a cooking demonstration by Bohemian Caterers, dinners will be available for purchase featuring
Spanielsky Ptacek (Spanish bird) and knedlicky (dumplings) and kolace.
We are also hoping for a repeat of the ovoce knedlicky (fruit dumplings) served last year.
WE ARE THRILLED TO INVITE YOU TO JOIN US IN PRESENTING FAMOUS JARA CIMRMAN IN ENGLISH…. Make sure you reserve your tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-stand-in-zaskok-by-the-cimrman-english-theatre-tickets-33395060525
SIMULTANEOUS BOARD AND GENERAL MEETING is on JANUARY 22 at 3PM
Cathedral of Mary Our Queen Parish Hall, 5200 N Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21210
CHRISTMAS CONCERT – Decmeber 4th at 3PM
The Czech and Slovak Heritage Association Baltimore, in collaboration with the Embassy of the Czech Republic, invites you to the hilarious multimedia presentation VIA HRABAL, about the lives of Czech writer Bohumil Hrabal and former Czech President Václav Havel on November 18, 2016, at 7 pm. The performance is presented through the memories of their friends: Tomáš Mazal, Václav Špale, and Jiří Rejthar, with technical support provided by Jan Čapek. The performance runs a little over an hour and will be presented in both English and Czech.
In this unique presentation, Hrabal’s biographer Tomáš Mazal presents a look inside Hrabal’s life, the places and people that influenced his personal and artistic journey. Set designer Václav Špale uses a vivid display of texts, photographs, drawings, and video sequences to showcase a collage of the author’s artistry. Last but not least, Jiří Rejthar, a chef who served both Havel and Hrabal, guides viewers through Czech cuisine and brewing episodes of the two literary greats.
The performance is being presented as part of the recent 100th anniversary of the birth of Bohumil Hrabal and the
80th anniversary of the birth of Václav Havel.
Location: Parish Hall of the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, 5200 N Charles Street, Baltimore, MD 21210
Doors open at 6 pm, Free Entrance
Dinner (Havel’s favorite goulash $10, reservation required: email@example.com)
Beer and dessert available as well for purchase.
For additional information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Friday, October 21st, 2016 – Puppet show by BODI theater
Sunday, October 16th, 2016 – come to Parkville and help us celebrate thirty years of bringing Czech and Slovak music, dancing, food and drink to the Baltimore area. Pajtáši band along with dancers will perform, join us noon to 6PM.
Location: Baltimore 45 Association Inc. Hall (Tall Cedars Hall), 2501 Putty Hill Avenue, Parkville, MD 21234
check out our FB page and event let us know that you are coming. FB EVENT
Just 8 days and we will sing and eat and shop and meet friends and family and celebrate 30th annual Czech and Slovak Festival in Baltimore. Along with meals by Bohemian Catering, you need to stop by the hotdog stand and be served by ladies in these great aprons…
In 10 days from now the festival will be over. Lets start the countdown… and let me introduce you some of the festivities….
PAJTASI is known all over East Coast and we are happy to host them this year…… You cannot find much online, so you better show up for the live performance…. Sneak a peak here….. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LRpPejwjfSo
Along with Pajtáši band, which we are so excited about, you can look forward a dance performance by the Karpaty ensemble.