The Victoria County Czech Heritage Society will celebrate its 35th anniversary with a special dinner and program on decoding Czech music June 20 at St. Peter’s Hall at the Holy Family Catholic Church, 704 Mallette Drive in Victoria.
“While many know the tune and some even know the words and sing the songs, many unfortunately do not speak the Czech language well as the conversational language is spoken less over the past generations. Many though enjoy singing them but don’t know what they are singing or don’t even know what the song is about. Is it a love story between a young boy and girl? Is it about the beautiful rolling hills in the old country? What is the song about? Who wrote it and why and when?” Joe Janak, program chairman for the Victoria County Czech Heritage Society, said in a news release. The evening begins at 6 p.m. with a social, the dinner, and then a brief society update. The program will include a presentation of various popular Czech songs by Texas Czech musical scholar George Koudelka, of Flatonia, with live music performances by an accordionist Pat Veit, of Victoria, and Koudelka on percussion.
The public is invited to attend. The public can attend by with paying the annual $15 dues; youth under 18 are $2.50, if they want to join the society or $12 admission for that evening.
Victoria Czech Society members can attend the social, barbecue brisket/sausage dinner and program free. Members will provide side dishes and deserts.
All attending must make reservations by calling Stephanie Higdon, Society president at 361-573-4679 by June 17. Czech played tarok card game lessons and playing will be from 4-6 p.m.