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Ellis County Chapter
Czech Heritage Society of Texas


President: Victor Havel
812 Woodcrest Dr.
Ennis, Texas 75119
Phone: 972-268-0493

V-President: Victor Pochobradsky
262 Highview Road
Ennis, Texas 75119
Phone: 072-646-5330

Secretary: Josie Grmela
204 Houston
Waxahachie, Texas 75165
Phone: 972-938-1652

Treasurer: Donna Daugherty
1405 Hillcrest
Ennis, Texas 75119
Phone: 972-875-0057

Reporter: Eleanor Gallagher
8019 F. M. Rd. 1181
Ennis, Texas 75119
Phone: 972-878-6415

The Ellis County Czech Heritage Society is happy to announce a very busy schedule for the year 2011. This year it was decided that we will be holding membership meetings quarterly on Sunday afternoons at the K.J.T. Dining Room. We will meet at 2:00 p.m. and adjourn at 5:00 p.m. after enjoying light refreshments and time to visit with one-another. The K.J.T. Hall is located at 1216 South Paris Street, Ennis, and new members and guests are always welcome. Schedule follows, please join us... March 13th, Sunday, first ECCHS meeting, K.J.T. Dining Room, 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Other meeting dates for the year: June 5th, September 11th, December 11th. The December 11th meeting will be our Christmas Meeting and it will be a short business discussion followed by a delicious Soup, Sandwich and Dessert celebration.

Currently, the Ennis Chapter of the ECCHS is sponsoring Czech Language Classes every Wednesday night at 7:00 p.m. at the K.J.T. dining room. The classes began on January 12th and they will continue every Wednesday until March 9th. If you are interested in learning a second language it is not too late to join us. The classes are taught by Mr. Joe Janecka and cover grammar, pronunciation, conversational Czech and Mr. Janecka includes Czech history from the year 863 to the present. This is a very informative class and even if you speak the language you will learn something that will be of value.

We would like to inform anyone interested in Czech culture and music to visit Ennis and enjoy all the events coming up this year. On February 12th Saturday, the Fifth Annual Czech Music Festival will be held at the Sokol Hall, located at 2622 E. Highway 34. This year there will be five popular local bands for your enjoyment, the Czech Harvesters, the Jodie Mikula Orchestra, Czech and Then Some, The Ennis Czech Boys and Jak Se Do. There will be raffle prizes and a cash bar and remember that Czech Krojs (costumes) are encouraged. Festivities will begin at 1:30 p.m. and end at 11:30 p.m. and tickets are $5.00 per person with children 14 and under free. There will be a pre-party Jam Session on Friday the 11th from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. with no cover-charge.

Sunday, February 13th St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church will be celebrating the Feast Day of Sts. Cyril and Methodius at the 10:30 a.m. Mass. This will be a Polka Mass, the hymns will be sung in Czech by the St. John Czech Choir, parishioners are encouraged to wear their Czech Krojs (costumes), and following the mass there will be a procession to the K.J.T. Hall for a pot luck luncheon and celebration. Everyone is invited to join in and share the celebration of Saint Cyril and Methodius who brought the Catholic religion and Czech alphabet and language to the Czech lands.

In April in Ennis it is all about the 60th Celebration of The Ennis Bluebonnet Trails. The dates this year will be Saturday and Sunday, April 16 and 17. We believe this year our Bluebonnet Trails will be abloom with the State of Texas flower and we anticipate a wonderful turn-out for this two day weekend. Featured besides the trail tours will be live music, children's activities, souvenir vendors and much more.

Ennis will be celebrating its 45th Annual National Polka Festival on May 27, 28, 29th. The Grand Marshalls of our Celebration will be two Embassy Ambassadors of the Czech Republic. Need we say more! This festival has 45 years of celebrating Czech Heritage with a grand parade beginning at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday the 28th followed by Czech music and Street Dancing downtown, booths featuring klobase and bar-b-que, vendors featuring Czech imports and many other interesting items. There will be various musical groups and a childrens area with rides and other activities. Remember there are three fraternal halls featured in this celebration in Ennis, the K.J.T. Hall located at 1216 S. Paris Street, the Knights of Columbus Hall located at 850 S, Interstate 45 Hwy, and the Sokol Hall located at 2622 E. Highway 34. Here you will be able to taste the flavor of Czech cuisine beginning at 11:30 a.m. followed by Czech music until the wee hours. Each hall will feature its own form of entertainment and everyone will have a great time. If you desire more information please visit .

There is always something interesting happening in Ennis and the Ellis County Czech Heritage Society invites everyone to come see us. We have Antique Stores, great Kolache at our Kolach Bakery and Restaurant (some kolache are sugar free for the diabetics among us), restaurants to include Chili's, Don Jose's, Fiesta Grill, Marsala Itallian Bar and Restaurant, Fire House Grill, Bubba's Bar-B-Q and Steak House and many more. We will always make you welcome. As we say in Czech...Na Shledanou you all!


Formed 1987.  Dues are $15.00 yearly.


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