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Sokol hosting benefit New Year’s Eve event

Czech and Then Some (CATS) will be featured entertainers for the evening
For a great New Year’s Eve Dance, make plans to go to the Sokol Hall in Ennis. Czech and Then Some will play to benefit the statewide Texas Czech Heritage and Cultural Center (TCHCC) located in La Grange, Texas. The evening promises to be a place to have a good time while dancing to a great band. Sponsors for the event are Ben E. Keith, Slovak Construction Company, National Polka Festival of Ennis, SOKOL-Ennis and RVOS-Farmers Mutual Insurance, Lodge # 135.
Czech and Then Some always has a full program of crowd-pleasing songs. Danny Zapletal, director, with co-owner, David Slovak, take pride in bringing new arrangements to their audiences. Their program of Czech vocals is extensive, and they are a wonderful example of a group that is promoting and preserving Czech music and heritage. However, their selections are not limited to only Czech polka and waltzes. They play many country tunes as well as other music.
The Texas Czech Heritage and Cultural Center represents Texans who are of Czech and Slovak ancestry. The mission is to tell the history and story of the early immigrants and to preserve the artifacts and traditions. To accomplish this, a multifaceted complex is being developed. This story is not only the story of the early Czechs, but also of all the other early settlers who came to Texas. Their experiences were similar.
The Kalich House is the organization’s Visitor’s Center. Built in the late 1800’s, it was restored in 2000. Robert Slovak of Slovak Construction of Ennis donated many months of his time in the restoration of this house. Also taking part in the restoration process were other volunteers from Ennis. Willie J. Salik, Jr. and members of the Betik family as well as many volunteers from other Texas communities also worked on the restoration. It now serves as an interim museum, library, and gift shop. The Sanford Schmid Amphitheater that seats 400 is now completed and is available for rental to the public for concerts, plays, and musicals.
The planned Texas Czech Heritage and Cultural Center library/museum/archives building will be built on the 70-acres site along the banks of the Colorado River in Fayette County. Fayette County is considered the cradle of Czech immigration to Texas because a large influx of Czechs who came through Galveston moved to this area first and then later some moved to other parts of Texas. Other structures on the site are a bell and belfry from the Czech Republic, the Migl House, the Polka Lovers Club of Texas Museum, the Bucek Building and a log barn.
A capital campaign is underway to build the library/museum/archives building and the New Year’s eve dance at the Sokol will help provide funds for the project.
The Ennis Sokol Hall is located two miles east of downtown Ennis on Hwy 34 (East Ennis Avenue). Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Music will begin at 8:30 p.m. Call 972-8778-3091 for reservations.
For information, visit the web site at www.czechtexas.org.

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