Fort Bend County Libraries, in partnership with the Fort Bend County Chapter of the Czech Heritage Society of Texas, will celebrate Czech Heritage Day on Saturday, October 8, from 10:00 am to 12:30 pm, in the Meeting Room at George Memorial Library, 1001 Golfview in Richmond. The celebration, “We, Czechs,” includes Czech singing, dancing, music, and a presentation on the history of Czech organizations in Texas.
Meet the members of the Fort Bend County Chapter of the Czech Heritage Society of Texas at a brief, general meeting of the organization to kick-off the day’s events at 10:00 am. Learn about the activities in which the members participate to preserve the rich heritage of the Czech community in Texas.
The meeting will be followed with a dance performance by the Polka Lovers Klub of America (Po.L.K. of A.) dance group. This non-profit club is the Houston chapter of the national organization, which was organized for the purpose of promoting polka music and dancing. Dressed in festive red and white attire, members give dancing exhibitions at various community functions.
After the dancing demonstration, Robert Ermis will entertain the crowd with his accordion playing. Ermis was a singer and accordionist for Kovanda’s Czech Band for some 20 years, and he is also a former accordionist for the Czech Heritage Singers and University Czech Singers.
During a break between performances, Pat Parma will share information about the Czech culture and will show a brief DVD of “Czech Organizations in Texas.” Parma is a member of the Fort Bend Chapter of the Czech Heritage Society of Texas.
The day’s activities will conclude with a performance by vocalist Christiana Gentry, who will sing authentic Czech songs. Dressed in traditional Czech costume, Gentry will play her rare instrument, the Vozenbouch — a hand-made folk percussion instrument modeled after those seen in the Czech Republic – while accompanied by Robert Ermis on his accordion. A former Miss Harris County Czech Slovak Queen, Gentry is currently a junior at the University of Houston.
The celebration is free and open to the public. For more information, call the library’s Public Information Office at 281-341-2677.