Lodge 88 Czech Day
Just wanted to say that I finally got to attend a Lodge 88 function, for
Czech Day this last Sunday. It was so fun. I really enjoyed the Choral
Group that sang. While it made me think of my Poppa and miss him, it also
made me proud of the singers ... they were really good.
I like the way Mrs. Hegwood told everyone what the name of each song meant
in English for those of us, who can't understand Czech. I saved the list of
songs, and wrote down the interpretation of the names of the songs, so I
could have it to frame with some of my other Czech memorabilia. It was good
to see so many people there ... it seemed to have quite a turn-out. The
Silent Auction had several tables filled with items to be auctioned. For
raffle there were several nice items, such as a comforter, train and a nice
pitcher and glass set. Unfortunately, I didn't win anything, but oh well,
sometimes you win, sometimes you lose, right? Besides, it was all in the
name of fun. The Czech Costume parade was nice, all those wonderful
outfits. And the king and queen who won Czech Day this year, my goodness,
they really came decked out in the fanciest of outfits.
Something to highlight on, was the "cloggers" that performed. They did so
many songs, oh my goodness, I don't know how they stayed on their feet all
that time! I'm only 27 years old, and I know I couldn't stand up there and
clog for that long! That was really awesome. It brought a real spark to
the show. I'm still amazed at how well they did.
I was glad to see the CHS out there in the heritage room. They had several
genealogy books to look through, with lots of Czech Excerpts.
I found lots of info on my family ... and even found a lot of info on my
grandma Bessie's side of the family too. It was fun looking through those
books with her, and watching her face as I found family member, after family
member of her family.
The turkey dinner was great. So much food ... I think Bessie will be eating
for 3 days on the amount of food we got. You can't beat that for $6.
Turkey and all the trimmings. And if you wanted dessert? They had all
kinds of dessert up front for only 50 cents a piece.
I purchased several Kolaches, and brought them back up here, and gave some
to my friends who've never had one before. It was really neat to have the
opportunity to treat them to something new. Most of them have never even
heard about anything Czech before, except from history classes, when they
hear just a tad bit about Czech people through Hitler's takeover, and the
It always amazes my friends when they come over to my house and see my Czech
memorbilia left to me from my grandparents, and they see my genealogy work
that I have framed in various places in my living room.
Back to the Czech Day at Lodge 88, it was very fun. But most of all ... it
was nice to see so many people I hadent seen in so long. So many good
people there ... I see why my family has loved that lodge for many years.
Rhonda Jo Bell
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