Please join us for a workshop & book presentation “ABCZ aneb H jako Havel” with a Czech author Denisa Šedivá.

The book received a 2018 best Czech Text Book award (by Ministry of Education)

Location: Woodbrook Baptist Church on Stevenson Ln, home of our Children School

Targeted audience are families with children ages 5 and more and adults. But everyone is welcome, especially the Adult school students !!!

Interview with Denisou Šediva (in English):

Please register via Eventbrite here:









You have probably already seen Bob Rychlik’s email regarding the Traditions Week workshops at the McDaniel College where he invited the Czech folk music celebrity Vladimir Merta and his daughter Sara Mertova to teach. Here is a link to more information:

Here is more information about Vlada and Sara:

Vladimír Merta is Europe’s most celebrated Czech acoustic guitarist and folk singer-songwriter. As a co-founding member of Saphron, he established his own sophisticated style, combining influences of ballad, blues, modern chanson and improvised accompaniment. An often banned protest-singer, he gained a reputation as an essayist, writer, photographer, architect, filmmaker and author of film music. He has recorded 17 solo albums, composed over 1200 original songs, and played guitar with the Jewish Choir Mispaha. He received an Angel Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Czech Academy of Popular Music, the equivalent of a Grammy in the U.S. He has published several books of lyrics, including a highly acclaimed book folk guitar and harmonica. He teaches film music at the Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague. (TW2: The Power of Music: Vladimir Merta; Guitar with Vladimir Merta; A Slavonic Approach to Jewish Music; Search for Common Ground)

Sara Mertova has been singing Hasidic and Jewish folk songs in the Prague choir Mishpaha since she was eight years old. She regularly performs with her father Vladimir Merta, who is a folk singer. She worked for six years as a flight attendant in Ireland. In 2018 she graduated from Charles University in Prague, where she studied English and literature. Recently, she has been teaching English to teenagers at an elementary school in Prague. In her teaching she focuses on using English pop songs to facilitate language learning. Her course will also be part of Vladimir Merta’s lectures. Her favourite songs are Ana halach dodech and Lulinke. (TW2: A Slavonic Approach to Jewish Music)



Please join Czech and Slovak Heritage Singers for their annual performance at the Bohemian National Cemetery in Baltimore.



ČARODEJNICE – WITCH BURNING – May 5th, 2019 in Ellicot City


Join in for a bone fire, and afternoon of fun, family time, friendship and good food.

After last year’s success we would like to continue the tradition and invite you to “Pálení Čarodějnic ( Witch Burning)”
on Sunday May 5, 2 PM -6 PM at Dana’s and Gregg’s house in Elliott City

If you are interested , please register here on Eventbrite and email Dana Havlik at for directions. We hope you can join us by the camp fire to talk and sing with guitars some of our favorite songs. Dana and Greg plan to provide some drinks , bread and  sausages/ burgers to grill, but please bring additional drinks, side dishes and snacks to share. We are grateful to our generous hosts, Dana and Greg for opening their home to us, thank you!!!

Suggestions for kids activities are welcome. Kids are also encouraged to bring their own witch or make one there. Some materials will be provided, again, you can bring your own to share with others.
There are a lot of tree stumps and some chairs to sit on. But if you have your favorite comfy lawn/ beach chair or blanket, please take them with you. 

We hope to see many of you soon.



Location: Woodbrook Baptist Church on Stevenson Lane

We are so happy to be able to welcome to CSHA’s board meeting Mr. Kevin McNamara, author of the book DREAMS OF A GREAT SMALL NATION. We published information about this book in Spring 2016 Hlas. If you don’t have that issue in print version anymore, you can read more about the book and its’ author here

Please register at Eventbrite here:

Easter Traditions Family Fun Night


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


Please register for this event here





Annual January General Board meeting will be held at our new Children’s School location on January 20th, 2019 from 2PM. Come join us to give us feedback or learn what will be happening in 2019. A small snack or sweet treat to share is always welcomed.




CSHA wishes you all the best in the upcoming year 2019, health and prosperity, love and happiness. 

We hope to be seeing many of you during all of 2019, please come to the events we organize, get in touch via Facebook or our website and come celebrate our heritage, language and culture. You can also choose to volunteer or offer suggestions for activities you would like to see offered. 

Cheers to 2019


Two December Events are coming up – please check these links and mark your calendars –

Mikulášská in Baltimore

The Czech and Slovak Heritage Singers – Traditional Koledy Singing


Kuhnata at Czech and Slovak Festival

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.

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  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 Pajtasiclick 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:

Alva Graphics 

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.

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:

Cesi a Slovaci v Centru Woodrowa Wilsona








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

Memorial Day Event at the Baltimore National Cemetary



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

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 to see the detailed schedule or to register


To all members and friends of the Czech and Slovak Heritage Association!!!


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:

Children’s school  

Adult school 

Czech and Slovak Heritage Association of Baltimore


Time to pay your dues, please support CSHA and join in.