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Czech Days, April 1st

IT STARTS AGAIN APRIL 1.  Count Down to Czech Days Calendars are for sale again.

Drawing for the calendars will start on Saturday, April 1, 2017.  There will be 52-$50 drawings; 11-$100 drawings; 1-$150 drawing; 1-$250 drawing and 1-$500 drawing for a total of $4,600 in prizes.  That’s 66 chances to win.

Yes, you have more than one chance to win, you can win as many times as there are drawings.  Your name is put back into the hopper again and again whenever you win.

The drawings take place Monday through Saturday at the CorTrust Bank in Tabor.  Monday through Friday drawings are $50 each day.  Saturday drawings are for $100.  The Thursday of Czech Days winner will be $150; Friday of Czech Days the winner will be $250 and Saturday of Czech Days the drawing will be $500.  There are no drawings on Sunday’s or Memorial Day.

Each calendar costs $20 and they make great gifts.  Make your check payable to the Tabor Chamber of Commerce and mail your check to me and I will send you one of the calendars along with a Czech Days brochure.
Make sure you check out our Czech Days web site
Dennis Povondra                 for all of the activities this year at:
PO Box 64                  or
Tabor, SD  57063      

We welcome you to come to our 69th Czech Days celebration June 16 and 17, 2017, come to visit you are always welcome.  The Legion Hall, Beseda Hall or Fire Department will only serve food on Friday and Saturday.  Food may be purchased from the carnival on Thursday.

Thanks for helping to support Czech Days, it is greatly appreciated.
Dennis L. Povondra
Dennis L. Povondra

Help support Czech Days by placing a Good Luck Group Line Listing Ad for $ 10 in our Detailed Program Guide which will be available to all visitors during Czech Days.  Make your checks payable to Tabor Chamber of Commerce and mail to me.

HISTORIC REENACTIMENT PERFORMANCE-Saturday Only, June 17 at 2 pm, the Czech Heritage Preservation Society will be sponsoring a performance in the buildings of the mini Bohemian village in Vancura Memorial Park.  Five pioneer residents of the Tabor area will be highlighted.  Charles F. Blachnik, Frank Fejfar, Jerry Jarolim, Lou Koupal, and Catherine Mudloff are the honored pioneers.  Admission is $5 per person.

RUNAWAY SAWS-Chain Saw Carvings.  Jeff Klatt will carve four sculptures on Friday and four sculptures on Saturday.  He will be working his magic north of the Information Center.  His carvings will be auctioned off at the end of each day at 6 pm at the carving site.

MERRIAM’S MIDWAY SHOWS from San Antonio, Texas is the CARNIVAL for the third year on Tabor’s main street. They will be operating Thursday evening, all day Friday and Saturday.  The carnival will be selling wrist bands for use on Thursday along with advance sale tickets and regular sale tickets.

KOLACHE KRAWL 5k FUN RUN/WALK will take place Saturday morning at the ball park.  Open to women, men and kids of all ages.  Six Age Groups, Male and Female.  Prizes will be awarded and snacks will be served. Register early on line.  Forms may be downloaded from our Czech Days web site.

BENEFIT PICK-UP PULL AND TRACTOR PULL will take place on Sunday, June 18 at 12 noon on the south side of Tabor.  Ed and Mike Sedlacek are organizing the event with proceeds being used for improvements at the Leonard Cimpl Bluebird Baseball Park and the Takota Ball Park.  Call for further information at (605) 660-3497.

GIFT & INFORMATION CENTER – Main Street, OPEN Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.  Czech recipe books, Czech gifts and CD’s, clothing items, imported Czech items and other souvenirs are offered for sale.

BESEDA DANCERS – 238 Colorful costumed folk dancers performing both evenings.

CRAFT FAIR IN THE SCHOOL GYM – North of St. Wenceslaus Church.  OPEN Thursday from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

MASTERS CORRAL EXOTICS – Jeff Rueb of Tyndall will have a herd of 6 to 8 exotic animals in Sokol Park after the kiddie parade.

PEDAL TRACTOR PULL – South of Sokol Park on Saturday June 17 at 1:30 PM.  C & D Pedal Pullers of Burke, SD with Chad Stevicks as operator.

KOLACE AND ROLL BAKING DEMONSTRATION – Friday, 3 p.m. in the Gift & Information Center Kitchen with Ann Beran demonstrating and Saturday, 1 p.m. in the Gift & Information Center Kitchen with Abby Kokesh demonstrating.

·         JOURNEY FOR FREEDOM – Peter Vodenka, 3 pm on Friday and 12:30 pm on Saturday in the Opsahl-Kostel Funeral Home will speak on the dream of a teenage boy longing for freedom in communist Czechoslovakia years ago – to living free in America and calling the American Flag HIS FLAG and the Star Spangled Banner HIS ANTHEM. This is the ultimate version of an American dream… The story combines all the basic components: hope, life threatening danger, children, struggles for freedom, a new beginning, hard work, and success.   Peter delivers a very patriotic, emotional, and uplifting account of the true American Dream.

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Cachet Envelope Stamp

The 2014 66th Annual Czech Days design created by Josie Pechous of Tabor, SD which will appear on a special stamped Cachet Envelope designed by Sandy Sykora, may be purchased from the Post Office by sending a stamped, self-addressed envelope (SASE) #10 size and $2.00 for each cancellation wanted to:  Tabor Chamber of Commerce, PO Box 21, Tabor, SD  57063.  Make checks out to Tabor Chamber.

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Dancing Couple

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Virtual inspection of Prague’s Castle

Je to nádhera, nespěchat, otáčí se kam dole ukážeme, dvojitá šipka nás

povede dál…

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Povídání o Kampě


Powerpoint Presentation File

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Sample of Czech Republic Embassy Newsletter


September 2013


Ambassador’s Message: “The Mutual Inspirations Festival 2013 – Václav Havel is in full swing. I hope that you join us in celebrating the legacy of Václav Havel through theater, film, and music at the many events we have planned with our wonderful partners around Washington. I am especially looking forward to the concert The Power of the Human Spirit at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception on September 30, and establishing Václav Havel’s Place at Georgetown University on October 2. Please visit the festival’s for all the details.” ~ Petr Gandalovič

Elections – Chamber of Deputies
Early elections to the Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament of the Czech Republic will be held on October 24 and 25, 2013. Voting will be organized at the Embassy of the Czech Republic in Washington, DC, and at the Consulates General of the Czech Republic in Chicago Los Angeles, and New York.Photo courtesy: Martin Pizinger Read more.

Ambassador Visits Nebraska

During his trip to Nebraska in August, Ambassador Gandalovič visited Prague, a small town where many of the residents are of Czech ancestry, still speak the Czech language and follow many of the Czech traditions. Photo Courtesy: Morgan Spiehs / Lincoln JournalRead more.

Czechs at XChange Americas 2013  

Five Czech companies participated in the XChange Americas 2013 Conference in Fort Washington on August 18-20. This annual event is focused on providers of complex IT solutions, mainly for medium and large companies. Photo Courtesy: Tomas Hart  | Read more.

Václav Havels Place

Georgetown University, in collaboration with the Czech Embassy, the Václav Havel Library, and American Friends of the Czech Republic, will present a panel discussion in Gaston Hall on October 2, at 3 pm, followed by the dedication ofVáclav Havel’s Place and reception in the Alumni Square, honoring the late Czech President, playwright, and human rights advocate–Václav Havel. Photo courtesy: Mary Fetzko | Read more.

Theatre: Havel’s Trilogy – Sept. 21-26

The Czech Embassy, in collaboration with Alliance for New Music-Theatre, Ambassador Theater, and Fort Fringe-The Shop, will feature HAVEL’S TRILOGY, a series of performances and discussions connected to the “Vaněk” plays of Václav Havel as part of the Mutual Inspirations Festival.

Photo courtesy: Michal Hančovský | Read more.

The Power of the Human Spirit

The U.S. Army Concert Band, conducted by Colonel Thomas H. Palmatier, and members of the Cathedral Choral Society, under the direction of J. Reilly Lewis, join together for a very special musical tribute to the late Czech President Václav Havel in the program The Power of the Human Spirit at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception on September 30, at 7:30 pm. Photo Courtesy: Pavel Štecha | Read more.

New Czech Restaurant – Capitol Prague
The Czech Embassy welcomes the recent opening of Capitol Prague, a trendy restaurant in DC offering delicious Czech & Slovak cuisine, such as schnitzel, svíčková, knedlo-vepřo, halušky, and koláče. Ambassador Gandalovič and former Minister of Foreign Affairs Karel Schwarzenberg had the opportunity to taste their delicacies this summer. Photo Courtesy: Capitol Prague | Read more.
Follow the Embassy on Twitter

The Embassy of the Czech Republic has recently joined Twitter. Through the site, we will share official Government statements, updates on upcoming events, links to interesting articles on Czech-US relations and much more. | Read more.

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Some Interesting Views of Prague

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A Note Regarding Czechoslovak Dealers

FYI.  In looking for dealers of Czechoslovak material, I lucked into
the following.  Jack Ott is a local dealer who also organizes shows.
His largest show is held at the Elks Club in Fairfax, VA.  This
weekend (9/07-9/08) was one of Jack’s shows; two dealers there has a
lot of Czechoslovak material:

1)  Michael Schweitzer, P.O. Box 361064, Indianapolis, Indiana
46236—2 large red boxes labeled Czechoslovakia including the First
Republic,  and a selection of wartime Slovakia and Bohemia and
Moravia—no covers.   and

2) The Russian expatriate who’s company is “Admirer of Stamps” 49
Trafalgar Sq., Lynbrook, NY 11563
516-561-2292.   eBay store:  Admirer of
Stamps.  Large selection of stamps including the First Republic and
souvenir sheets and other “stuff” in stock books. Very few covers.  In
the past, Rich P. has bought from him.
I’ve seen him at other local shows and he adds slowing to his
Czechoslovak inventory; His ad mentions Czechoslovakia, Poland,
Hungary, Germany, Russia, etc.


John P.

(The SCP does not endorse nor has been paid for this information)

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If you are in Washington DC during September 15th or 29th




Sept. 15, 10 am
The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception invites you to celebrate Mass on September 15, at 10 am, in the Crypt Church in commemoration of the 1115th anniversary of the arrival of Cyril and Methodius to Great Moravia. The Mass will be celebrated in the Slovak language.

Sept. 29, 12:15 pm
The Basilica will also celebrate Mass with Rev. Antonín Kocourek from New York in honor of St. Wenceslaus on September 29, 12:15 pm, in the Czech National Chapel (Hostyn Chapel). The sermon will be in the Czech language.

MASS: Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
Cyrpt Church | Our Lady of Hostyn Chapel (both are located on the lower level)
400 Michigan Avenue, NE, Washington, DC


The Czech National Chapel was a gift of the Czech-American Catholics and dedicated in June 1983 by James Cardinal Hickey. Recalling the rescue of the Czech nation in 1241, Mary is shown with the Christ Child atop rain clouds; in the Child’s hand is a bolt of lightening. The translation of the inscription on the face of the arch above the statue reads: “Remain a Mother to your people.” The heroic size bronze statue of St. John Neumann, native of Bohemia, Bishop of Philadelphia and the first American to be canonized, is located at the entrance.

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Lidice Remembered Around the World by Toni Brendel

One of our members, Toni Brendel, has asked us to forward this message to our members:
Lately, I have been going some traveling to promote my new book, “Lidice Remembered Around the World.”   This is an expanded version of the earlier book of the same title.   The book retells the story that unfolded during WWII with the planning and carrying out of the assassination of Reinhard Heydrich, important Nazi General, author of the Final Solution to the Jewish Question.  Had he lived, his plan to eradicate the Jewish population in Europe and part of Russia may have succeeded.  This is said to be the most important historical event in Czech/Slovak lands during WWII.   Due to the success of Operation Anthropoid, the villages of Lidice (and Lezaky) were destroyed, along with most of their people.
One of the two parachutists who performed the successful mission was Slovak hero, Jozef Gabcik.  Along with his Czech counterpart, the deed was done, and today both are being recognized in their respective villages for their heroism.  Gabcik is memorialized with a bronze bust in Zilina, Slovakia, near his home village, and again, along with Jan Kubis, at the site of their deaths, in Prague.   All of the principals credited with assisting in the operation are written about in the book,  along with the aftermath of the tragedy which was never much known.
The book takes the reader to places in the world where memorials were established, where parks, by-ways, cities, and even children’s names became:  LIDICE.
As unbelievable as it seems, people in Crest Hill, Illinois, and Phillips, Wisconsin, continue to conduct memorial services to the memory of Lidice, even today, 70 years later.  A beautiful monument, recently was given a new face in Lidice, Brazil, near Rio de Janeiro, and continues to be adorned with floral tributes each year.
The memorial grounds in Lidice thrive in the area where the village once stood, and a new village has been built not  far away.  After visiting the site four times through the years, I got acquainted with the Mayor, Vice Mayor, and members of the Lidice Memorial staff, including two of the “Lidice Children,” and photographs were used in the book.
The book may be purchased through the author, Toni Brendel, or

Amazon and Penfield Books also have it available.       $16.00 plus postage and handling:  $21
Toni Brendel,  Author
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