Christmas Open House 2018

Annie Vahalik’s beautiful Czech “Merry Christmas” cookies delighted visitors at the Czech Heritage Museum’s Open House

Annie Vahalik’s beautiful Czech “Merry Christmas” cookies delighted visitors at the Czech Heritage Museum’s Open House

Once again, we had a wonderful time at our annual Christmas Parade Night Open House! Per CHM tradition, Ralph Milek brought his accordion music. Ralph’s special touch always makes his accordion sound sweet and comforting. We sang the old Czech songs from our childhood, even if some of us could only hum along. :-)

The Taylor Czech Chorus came with their band and great energy and enthusiasm to help us kick off the Christmas season with Czech Christmas carols.

SPJST State Fraternal Director Frank Horek brought the SPJST Royalty by the Museum after their appearance in the City of Temple Christmas Parade. These beautiful young people earned their titles at the SPJST youth competitions held statewide every year.

Special thanks to Directors Nancy Wiess and Roxy Bertrand. Each year, they bake homemade cookies for weeks before the event. Every year, the entire Board contributes and lends a hand. Board President Jerry Milan and his wife, Henrietta bring lots of food and help with preparations. Philip Vahalik always brings delicious, beautifully-decorated cookies made by his wife, Annie at her bakery in Victoria. Jesse Pospisil brings delicious smoked sausages from Taylor. Of course, we had to have freshly-baked kolaches! These were provided by Czech Honorary Consul Brian Vanicek.

Roxy’s sister, Wendy Pruski also baked up scores of cookies ahead of time and helped decorate, too! Roxy always brings her crew from Floresville. In past years, her faithful friend Janie Mutz has come to lend a hand at setting every thing up. They swoop in with a plan and get right to work!

Many hands make light work! Thank you everyone for a lovely tradition and a night of fun!